Matter Sleepy End Devices over Wi-Fi#

This page explains how Matter Wi-Fi Sleepy End devices (SEDs) work and how to configure a Matter Wi-Fi SED example.


Matter provides a Sleepy End Device (SED) operating mode to extend the battery life of power-limited devices. This operating mode leverages native Wi-Fi functionality to enhance the power management features provided within the Matter protocol.

Wi-Fi module power saving is achieved by the Wi-Fi Station notifying the Access Point (AP) that it is entering its power save (PS) mode. Afterwards, the Wi-Fi station will shut down its RF and Wi-Fi SoC blocks to enter power saving mode.

The Access Point (AP) buffers the frames destined to a Wi-Fi station while it is in power save mode. The Access Point (AP) will send the buffered frames to the Wi-Fi station when requested to do so.

During association, the Wi-Fi Station uses the Delivery Traffic Information Map (DTIM) parameter to get from the Access Point (AP) how many beacon intervals it shall spend in sleep mode before it needs to retrieve the queued frames from the Access Point (AP).

Wi-Fi module sleep is implemented by using the PS-Poll Legacy Power Save (DTIM based) method. EFR sleep is implemented by using the power manager component (EM2).

Note: Wi-Fi module sleep is enabled after successful commissioning and EFR sleep is enabled after system bootup.

Note: Wi-Fi is implemented with DTIM-based sleep, since the operational discovery packet is a broadcast packet that will not be buffered by the Wi-Fi router.

Power Save Methods#

Deep Sleep Power Save Mode for EFR32#

The EFR32 will go into deep sleep (EM2) power save mode by using the power manager module. The power manager is used to transition the system to a power mode when the application is the Idle Task.

In EM2 energy mode, all high frequency clock sources are shut down. Peripherals that require a high frequency clock are unavailable or have limited functionality.

PS-Poll Legacy Power Save for Wi-Fi Module#

The PS-Poll Legacy power save mode leverages the PS-Poll frame to retrieve the buffered frames from the Access Point (AP). The PS-Poll frame is a short Control Frame containing the Association Identifier (AID) value of the Wi-Fi station. In the Legacy power save mode, when the Wi-Fi station receives a beacon with its Association Identifier (AID) in the TIM element, it initiates the buffered frame delivery by transmitting a PS-POLL control frame to the Access Point (AP). The AP acknowledges the PS-Poll frame and responds with a single buffered frame.

In this mode, the Wi-Fi station stays active and retrieves a single buffered frame at a time. The AP also indicates that there are more buffered frames for the station using the More Data subfield. The Wi-Fi station continues to retrieve buffered frames using the PS-Poll frame until there are no more buffered frames and the More Data subfield is set to 0. The Wi-Fi station goes back into the sleep afterwards.

A Wi-Fi station can enter sleep mode after sending a Null frame to the AP with the power management (PM) bit set. From then on, the AP will store all packets destined to the Wi-Fi station in a per-device queue and sets the TIM field in the beacon frame to indicate that packets destined for the Wi-Fi station have been queued.

The Wi-Fi station wakes up to receive buffered traffic for every Delivery Traffic Indication Message (DTIM) beacon. When it detects that the Traffic Indication Map (TIM) field for it has been set, it sends a PS-Poll control frame to the AP.

Delivery Traffic Indication Message (DTIM)#

A Wi-Fi station in DTIM Power Save mode can wake at any time to transmit uplink traffic, but can only receive downlink traffic (broadcast, multicast or unicast) immediately after receiving a DTIM beacon. In order to inform the Wi-Fi station in Power Save mode that the access point has buffered downlink traffic, the access point uses the Traffic Indication Map element present in the beacon frames. The Wi-Fi station in Power Save mode wakes up to receive the DTIM beacon and checks the status of the TIM element. This element indicates whether any frames need to be retrieved from the Access Point (AP).

Note: The DTIM parameter can be configured on the access point settings.


Enabling Sleepy Functionalities#

To enable sleepy functionality for Wi-Fi, the following components need to be added in the project file.

  • For rs9116 and WF200 - matter_sed_wifi

  • For 917NCP - matter_sed_wifi_917ncp

Minimal Power Consumption#

Simply enabling Sleepy functionality does not give the application the best power consumption. By default, several features that increase power consumption are enabled in the example applications. The following set of features increase power consumption.

To achieve the most power-efficient build, the following components need to be disabled.

  • Matter Shell (matter_shell)

  • LCD (matter_lcd) and Qr Code (matter_qr_code)

Note: matter_shell is not enabled by default in project file.

  • Add matter_shell component in project file to enable the matter shell feature (for Wi-Fi non-sleepy apps)

  • Remove matter_shell while enabling sleepy apps