Q: @jruddy34 should we contact the zegbee alliance even for the non commecial use?
A: You could ask them. I think you need to license ZigBee only if you create a product, whatever the use. If you want to set up a network of sensors for academic research and buy off-the-shelf ZigBee modules to drop onto your own boards, I doubt you need to contact the ZigBee Alliance. The Alliance just wants to ensure reliability and compatibility for commercial products.
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