Last year, MikroTik announced they had worked on several LoRa products including R11e-LoRa8EU mini PCIe LoRaWAN Gateway/concentrator card, wAP LoRa8 kit (LoRa & WiFi gateway) with the mini PCIe card, as well as a 6.5 dBi Omni antenna kit to extend the range provided by the 2 dBi internal antenna.
All three products are now available with R11e-LoRa8EU mini PCIe selling for $89, wAP LoRa8 kit going for $169, and the optional antenna kit adding $49. The company also introduced wAP LoRa9 kit with R11e-LoRa9 mini PCIe card geared towards markets (like the USA) using the 902-928 MHz frequency band and selling for the same price.
- SoC – Qualcomm Atheros QCA9531 MIPSBE (Big Endian) processor @ 650 MHz
- System Memory – 64 MB RAN
- Storage – 16 MB flash
- Wired – 10/100M Fast Ethernet
- WLAN – 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n WiFi 4 @ up to 300 Mbps
- R11e-LoRa8 LoRa MiniPCIe card working in 863-870 MHz frequency band for Europe, Russia, India, etc…
- LoRa TX Power – Up to 20dBm
- Lora Sensitivity – -137dB @ SF12
- Supported LoRa devices – Class A and C
- LoRa Antenna – 2dBi internal PCB antenna plus optional MikroTik LoRa Antenna kit for extra range/coverage.
- Cellular – SIM card slot (no other documentation available at this stage)
- Misc – PCB temperature monitor, Voltage Monitor
- Power Supply – 9-30V DC via DC jack, 4-pin automotive connector, or passive PoE input
- Max power consumption – 7 Watts
- Dimensions – 185 x 85 x 30 mm
- Temperature Range – -40°C to 60°C
- Certifications – CE/RED, FCC, IC, EAC, ROHS
- IP protection – IP54
The device runs MikroTik RouterOS, License level 4 meaning it supports up to 200 hotspot clients among other features. The gateway ships with a getting started manual, a PoE injector, a 24V/800mA switching power supply, a desk stand, an outdoor bracket, screws, a hose clamp with a wall template, a 4-wire cable for the automotive connector.
I found out about the product launch as the company organized a workshop at The Things Conference 2020, and gave away samples to attendees. One of those attendees was Tinkerman (Xose Pérez) and he wrote a long post about his experience with the hardware and software including RouterOS interface, integration with TTN, and MikroTik Android app.
Xose mentions the kit costs 200 Euros, so I suppose that includes VAT and maybe other taxes or shipping fees, as the suggested price for the router is $169 on the LoRa products page. If you check the individual pages, you’ll also find documentation and RouterOS download link.