Wireless Options – RFM, ESP, CC

Given the number of wireless options available and the countless modules I’ve used, I thought it would be helpful to put them all in one table. This table is based on data found on several different sites: open energy, hope, jeenode, etc.

RFM12B Jeenode RFM12B RFM69 Funky v3 RFM69CW ESP8266 ESP-12 Huzzah ESP8266 Particle Core CC3000 Particle Photon BCM43362
Supply Voltage 2.2 to 3.8 V 2.2 to 3.8 V 1.8 to 3.6 V 2.7 to 3.3 V 3.3 V 3.3 V 3.6 – 6 V 3.6 – 5.5 V
Max. Data rate 115.2 kbit/s 115.2 kbit/s 300 kbit/s 300 kbit/s
Output power (max) 5 dBm 5 dBm 13 dBm 13 dBm
TX consumption ~23 mA ~23 mA 45 mA 45 mA 215 mA 250 mA 300 mA 430 mA
RX consumption ~12 mA ~12 mA 16 mA  16 mA ~60 mA ~60 mA
Sleep current .3 uA .3 uA .1 uA  .1 uA ~10 uA ~10 uA
FIFO 2 byte RX/TX 66 bytes 66 bytes
Encryption none* 128 bit
Packet handling none* preamble, sync, address, CRC
Open air range ~150m ~250 m
Indoor performance very good excellent
Freq Bands 434, 868, 915 434, 915 434, 868 433, 868
Price $5 – $10 $15  $5 $25 $3 – $7 $10 $40 $20

Resources:

http://openenergymonitor.blogspot.com/2014/12/introducing-rfm69cw.html

http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/06/15/iot-wi-fi-modules-comparison-table-esp8622-vs-cc3300-vs-rn131-vs-hdg204/

http://21stdigitalhome.blogspot.com/2015/06/comparing-microcontroller-wifi-breakout.html

http://jeelabs.org/book/1526b/

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