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This paper describes a wireless sensor network (WSN) based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)'s 1451.0, 1451.5, and 802.11 standards. The implementation of the IEEE-based WSN was developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The WSN consists of two wireless nodes - the network capable application processor (NCAP) node and wireless transducer interface module (WTIM) node. In operation the NCAP node communicates wirelessly with the WTIM node using the IEEE 1451.0 and IEEE 1451.5 interfaces through the IEEE 802.11 wireless communication modules. In the paper two case studies illustrate the implementation of the request and response of the sensor data and transducer electronic data sheet (TEDS) using the client-server model. The work described provides a foundation and some guidelines for implementing a wireless sensor monitoring application based on the IEEE 1451.0 and 1451.5 standards.