I would like to start experimenting with 802.15.4 for WSNs, especially using 6LoWPAN. As far as I can see, that looks pretty easy to do with Arduinos, since there is a IPv6 stack implementation for the Mega 2560: uIPv6 stack
Now the question is: assuming I have a Mega 2560+Wireless Shield+XBee Series 1 that talks to other Arduinos over 802.15.4, what would be the simplest off-the-shelf solution to exchange data with an ordinary PC?
I have found the SparkFun XBee Explorer Dongle that I could plug into a PC. Drawback: I would also have to develop code for the PC to read the data.
Alternatively, can I make an Arduino Mega 2560 multi-homed? I.e., use a Wireless shield with XBee module and an Ethernet shield at the same time? For a beginner like me, it is not clear from the descriptions of the shields whether that would work (physically as well as software-wise).
Any other options?
I hope the question does not sound too stupid. The main point is: What is the simplest off-the-shelf solution? For different reasons (students with time constraints involved), I would like to keep things as much "plug and play" as possible.
Thanks in advance,