Node-RED is a popular flow-based, visual programming development tool originally developed by IBM for wiring together hardware devices, APIs, and online services as part of the Internet of Things.
But despite being designed for the IoT, I’ve seldom seen Node-RED support for LoRaWAN hardware, the only exception being the Axon platform, a tiny WiFi & LoRaWAN board. But there’s at least one more option with Milestone IoT’s UG65 LoRaWAN gateway, launched late last year, getting a firmware update that adds Node-RED support.
- SoC – NXP quad-core Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.5 GHz
- System Memory – 512 MB DDR4 RAM
- Storage – 8 GB eMMC flash
- Semtech SX1302 based
- Fully Integrated Internal Antenna (Optional: 1 × 50 Ω N-Female External Antenna Connector)
- 8 channels
- Frequency Bands – CN470, IN865, EU868, RU864, US915, AU915, KR920, AS923
- Sensitivity – -140dBm Sensitivity @292bps
- Output Power – 27dBm Max
- Protocol – V1.0 Class A/Class B/Class C and V1.0.2 Class A/Class B/Class C
- Up to 2,000 LoRaWAN nodes supported
- Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port with PoE PD support
- 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi 4 with fully integrated and internal antenna
- Optional cellular interface with SIM slot, fully integrated and internal antenna
- Network Protocols – PPPoE, SNMP v1/v2c/v3, TCP, UDP, DHCP, DDNS,HTTP, HTTPS, DNS, ARP, SNTP, Telnet, SSH, MQTT, etc.
- VPN Tunnel – OpenVPN/IPsec/PPTP/L2TP/GRE/DMVPN
- Access Authentication – CHAP/PAP/MS-CHAP/MS-CHAPV2
- Firewall – ACL/DMZ/Port Mapping/MAC Binding/URL Filter
- USB – 1x USB-C port
- Misc- Reset button; LEDs for power, station, LoRa, WiFi, LTE and Ethernet; watchdog timer, RTC
- Power Supply
- 9-24V DC jack
- 802.3af PoE input
- Power Consumption – ≤ 4.2W
- Dimensions – 180 x 110 x 56.5 mm
- Ingress Protection – IP65
- Certifications – CE, FCC
- Temperature Range – Operating: -40°C to +70°C (with reduced cellular performance above 60°C); storage: -40°C to +85°C
- Relative Humidity – 0% to 95% (non-condensing) at 25°C/77℉
The gateway can be placed on a desktop or mounted on a wall or pole, and support management via a web dashboard, a CLI application SMS, on-demand dial, DeviceHub, or Milesight IoT Cloud. UG65 is compatible with The Things Network, ChirpStack, and LinkWAN. Firmware version 126.96.36.199 introduced support for Node-RED to the LoRaWAN gateway, but you may want to upgrade to 188.8.131.52 in order to access Node-RED over HTTPS according to the release notes for UG6x firmware.
If you look for the UG65 LoRaWAN gateway you may encounter the “Ursalink” name, which is simply the previous name for “Milesight IoT” after both companies merged together with Yeastar last December.
More details may be found on the product page. Milesight IoT does not appear to sell the gateway directly, instead, relying on distributors such as ICP Germany or MCCI with the latter offering the UG65 gateway for $370, or $460 with LTE cellular connectivity.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.