MagoNode: Advantages of RF Front-ends in Wireless Sensor Networks

  • Mario Paoli
  • Antonio Lo Russo
  • Ugo Maria Colesanti
  • Andrea Vitaletti
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 281)


This chapter introduces the MagoNode: a new low-power wireless device for Wireless Sensor Networks operating in the ISM 2.4 Ghz band. This platform is based on a highly efficient RF front-end that greatly improves RF performance, in terms of radio range and sensibility, still limiting energy consumption. Indeed, the device outperforms other existing amplified platforms available on the market and is comparable to most commonly known unamplified motes. Moreover, the MagoNode is tailored to operate in various countries with different wireless regulations. Our platform is also TinyOS-compatible and supports the Contiki operating system.


Wireless Sensor Networks Hardware Platform RF front-end TinyOS Contiki 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Paoli
    • 1
  • Antonio Lo Russo
    • 2
  • Ugo Maria Colesanti
    • 2
  • Andrea Vitaletti
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di InformaticaSapienza Università di RomaRomeItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Ingegneria InformaticaAutomatica e Gestionale Antonio Ruberti, Sapienza Università di RomaRomeItaly

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