RAK Wireless Launches RAK7258 Indoor LoRa Gateway for $149

RAK Wireless has just launched a new indoor LoRa gateway with their RAK7258 model featuring Semtech SX1301 8-channel digital baseband chip. The OpenWrt gateway supports Ethernet with PoE, 2.4GHz WiFi, optional NB-IoT, LTE Cat M, LTE 4G module, and is fully compatible with LoRaWAN 1.0.2.

The gateway supports all main LoRa regions including EU433, CN470, EU868, US915, and AS923.

RAK7258 Indoor Gateway

RAK7258 gateway specifications:

  • SoC – MediaTek MT7628 MIPS 24KEc processor @ 580 MHz
  • System Memory – 128MB DDR2 RAM
  • Storage – eMMC flash, microSD card slot
  • Connectivity
    • 10/100 Ethernet with PoE
    • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 4 with internal antenna
    • LoRa via RAK833 mini PCIe card + RP-SMA antenna
    • Cellular – Extended NB-IoT, Cat M, LTE 4G, supported by default; nano SIM card slot
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port
  • Console – RJ45 RS-232 port
  • Misc – 6x status LED
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A (default) or 42-57V DC PoE
  • Dimensions – 180 x 120 x 43 mm (plastic enclosure)
  • Weight – 300 grams
  • IP Rating – IP31

RAK7258 Board

The gateway is meant to be mounted to ceilings or walls. The software has a built-in LoRa packet forwarder, and a web based graphical user interface allows configuration of network environment, firewall, TTN and Cayenne configuration, and various other parameters. More details about the hardware and software can be found in the documentation page.

RAK Wirelesss RAK7258 gateway is now sold for $149 including shipping and the package also includes a power adapter, a LoRa antenna, two screw anchors and two tapping screws for mounting.

RAK Wireless Gateway User Inteface
RAK7258 Graphical User Interface – Click to Enlarge
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In the article you say:
“Cellular – Extended NB-IoT, Cat M, LTE 4G, supported by default; nano SIM card slot”

But when one look at the specs for this gateway on Aliexpress there is no mention of cellular. The only hint is a nanoSim slot. Looking at the photos of the PCB there is also not cellular module on the board. My assumption is therefore that this gateway does not have cellular and that the sim card slot is only there for future upgrade. Perhaps the idea is that one can swap the LoRa PCIe card out for a cellular one, but that means one can’t do LoRa and Cellular at the same time.