nRF5 SDK for Mesh v2.2.0
Serial example

This example implements the serial interface for the mesh stack. It can be used unaltered as connectivity firmware for mesh devices. You can also modify the example to provide additional functionality.

The example shows how to initialize and use the serial interface. To initialize the serial interface, only two API calls are required:

The nrf_mesh_serial_init() API initializes the serial bearer interface, and the nrf_mesh_serial_enable() API sends the SERIAL_OPCODE_EVT_DEVICE_STARTED event over the serial interface to notify the external host that the device is ready to accept serial commands.

This example also demonstrates how to offload certain mesh related tasks (to the external host using a serial interface) and improve the performance of the mesh stack. The ECDH operations used in the provisioning process are a suitable candidate for such offloading.

The ECDH offloading allows the device to take advantage of the host's more powerful processor to perform ECDH operations during provisioning. It is enabled by calling mesh_opt_prov_ecdh_offloading_set with enabled=true.

When this offloading is enabled, the serial interface sends the SERIAL_OPCODE_EVT_PROV_ECDH_REQUEST event to the host processor with the public and private keys. The host processor then performs the ECDH shared secret calculation and sends the calculated value back using the SERIAL_OPCODE_CMD_PROV_ECDH_SECRET serial command.

Running the example

To build the example, follow the instructions in Building the Mesh Stack. Refer to the How to run examples section in Examples README for the commands required to program a device using nrfjprog.

Go to the Interactive PyACI documentation to get started with the serial interface.

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