There are many current and upcoming long range low power wireless protocols for the IoT, but this morning I learned that South Korea launched a LoRa network (aka LoRaWAN), after another launch in the Netherlands earlier this year. While there are also some LoRa hobbyist kits such as LoraONE and LoPy being worked on, I decided to look on Aliexpress, but only got two products were listed: a LoRaWAN temperature and humidity sensor, and a LoraWAN USB modem. Both of them are made by a company called RisingHF.
- 1x Raspberry Pi board
- 1x RHF0M301 LoRa Gateway based on Semtech SX1301
- 1x RHF4T002 adapter for Raspberry Pi and RHF0M301
- 1x RHF3M076 LoRaWAN USB AT Modem End point to connect to computer. It operates at 434MHz, 470MHz,868MHz, and 915MHz
- 3x RHF76-052 STMicro STM32L0 + Semtech SX1276 module
- 1x USB to UART adapter
- 1x 4- pin dual female splittable jumper wire
- 1x SD Card
- 1x Adapter
- 3x USB cables
- 1x Ethernet cable
- 2x Antenna
So that’s looks like a complete kit to get started with LoRaWAN using the Raspberry Pi boards, and several RF modules powered by Semtech solutions as most competitors do. The main downsides right now are that it does not seem available for sale (even in China), and the Wiki is password protected. The company website also points to OpenLORA and LPWAN IoT technology forums, where it might eventually be possible to get support about the kit, and other IoT products. Some minimal information can be found in the setup guide.
I’m expecting more information on RisingHF IoT Discovery page, and the opening of the Wiki once the product is launched. [Update: The kit is sold for $385 US (FOB Shenzhen). Sadly, the company only opens the Wiki to people who purchase the kit]