If you ever see a cheap LoRaWAN gateway, chances are that it is a single channel gateway such as Dragino LoRa gateways that can be purchased for as low as $56. Those will work for your private network, but if others people try to use your gateway, some LoRa nodes will fail to connect.
So what you really need is a multi-channel gateway for instance to connect it to The Things Networks. That would be $200 (and up), thank you very much. The IoT can only succeed on a large scale if costs are low enough, so Things Industries decided to design, and has now unveiled a low cost indoor multi-channel LoRaWAN gateway. Meet The Things Indoor Gateway.
The Things Indoor Gateway specifications:
- SoC – Espressif System ESP8266 WiSoC
- Wireless Connectivity
- 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 4 via ESP8266 + PCB antenna
- LoRaWAN via Semtech 1308 chipset with
- Support for 868 MHz (EU) and 915 MHz (US) bands. AS bands coming later in 2019
- 8-channel support
- Integrated antenna
- Misc – Setup & Reset buttons
- Power Supply
- Built-in 110-220VAC 50-60Hz power supply with 2-prong plug (EU or US)
- USB type-C port (900 mA)
- Dimensions – 80 x 80 x 40 mm
The gateway will be available in US and EU starting from early February for $69, with Asia & Oceania (Japan, India, SE Asia, and Australia) coming later in 2019. The company also introduced The Things Industrial Gateway, an industrial 3G/4G gateway with GPS that will sells for $399 through RS Components. Both gateways are made by Gemtek.
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