Wireless Transceiver and Wireless Interface

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F.O

Joined Sep 24, 2021
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Greetings!!

What is the difference between the Wireless Transceiver and the Wireless Interface?
If I want to do a project where a system is comprised of multiple sensors which are connected to a microcontroller and want readings taken by the sensors to be shown on a mobile phone supported with an app for providing a particular user interface to be used with the system, how can the Wireless Transceiver and the Wireless Interface serve the purpose?

Could anyone explain these two terms in a simple way in accordance with the stated purpose? As I don't have any electrical/communication background at all.

Thanks in advance!
 

Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
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A transceiver is the combination of a transmitter and a receiver. It is a physical device that takes digital data and transmits it over a wireless connection. It also receives data from the wireless connection and converts it to digital data.

An interface describes the details of the data exchange process between a transceiver and the rest of the system.

I don't know if that is enough for you and your purposes, but I'm pretty sure it would not be helpful to bury you with details.
 

Yaakov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
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In general use, a transceiver would be the hardware that send and receives the data via radio while the interface refers to the software layer that allows programs to access the data that is being sent and recieved.

What you want to do it a common thing but in order to work out just what sort of wireless technolog(ies) you should use more information is needed:

What is the distance you expect to transmit?
What is the data rate you can use?
How much power can you afford?
How many nodes will be involved?
What platform (hardware/development) will you use?

Among others.
 

Yaakov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
3,736
A transceiver is the combination of a transmitter and a receiver. It is a physical device that takes digital data and transmits it over a wireless connection. It also receives data from the wireless connection and converts it to digital data.

An interface describes the details of the data exchange process between a transceiver and the rest of the system.

I don't know if that is enough for you and your purposes, but I'm pretty sure it would not be helpful to bury you with details.
You beat me by this much…
 

BobTPH

Joined Jun 5, 2013
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I just started a project with a wireless interface. I am going to have 40m of LED strips on the ceiling if a 32x26 ballroom. I agonized over what kind of wireless control to use. There will be either 4 or 8 controllers, which will need to be synchronized and have multiple patterns as well as static lighting.

I decided on WIFI and TCP/IP for reliability, extensibility, and a standard, cross platform interface.

So far, as a proof of concept, I can control the 4 LEDs on the board with a web page from any device on my local WIFI router. I am very excited about this project.

Bob
 

Thread Starter

F.O

Joined Sep 24, 2021
3
A transceiver is the combination of a transmitter and a receiver. It is a physical device that takes digital data and transmits it over a wireless connection. It also receives data from the wireless connection and converts it to digital data.

An interface describes the details of the data exchange process between a transceiver and the rest of the system.

I don't know if that is enough for you and your purposes, but I'm pretty sure it would not be helpful to bury you with details.
Thank you for your response. This is very helpful!

According to your explanation, I concluded that both the Wireless Transceiver and the Wireless Interface are parts of the communication process between the system and user. So, if I want to represent the whole system in a block diagram, two blocks should be there for each of them to represent the communication process between the system and the user. One cannot exist without the other to accomplish the purpose (... want readings taken by the sensors to be shown on a mobile phone supported with an app for providing a particular user interface to be used with the system).

Regards.
 

Thread Starter

F.O

Joined Sep 24, 2021
3
In general use, a transceiver would be the hardware that send and receives the data via radio while the interface refers to the software layer that allows programs to access the data that is being sent and recieved.

What you want to do it a common thing but in order to work out just what sort of wireless technolog(ies) you should use more information is needed:

What is the distance you expect to transmit?
What is the data rate you can use?
How much power can you afford?
How many nodes will be involved?
What platform (hardware/development) will you use?

Among others.
Thanks brother, appreciated!
 
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