However, the basic Bluetooth protocol does not support this relaying - the host software of each device would need to manage it.
Using this approach, it is possible to join together numerous piconets into a large scatternet, and to expand the physical size of the network beyond Bluetooth's limited range.
It is distinctly different from the Bluetooth used by your phone to connect with your car or a wireless microphone.
It is specifically designed to work with devices that use very low power.
Scatternets can be formed when a member of one piconet (either the master or one of the slaves) elects to participate as a slave in a second, separate piconet.
The device participating in both piconets can relay data between members of both ad hoc networks.
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However, when a piconet is formed between two or more devices, one device takes the role of the 'master', and all other devices assume a 'slave' role for synchronization reasons.
Piconets have a 7 member address space (3 bits, with zero reserved for broadcast), which limits the maximum size of a piconet to 8 devices, i.e. A scatternet is a number of interconnected piconets that supports communication between more than 8 devices.