GL.inet is better known for its WiFi routers, but the company’s latest model, the GL-S10, can not be used as a WiFi access point, and instead, the ESP32 powered device acts as a BLE to MQTT IoT gateway over Ethernet or WiFi.
The gateway will gather data from Bluetooth LE devices such as beacons, and be used in warehouses, shopping malls, airports, exhibition halls, tourist attractions, etc… for personnel management, asset management, environmental monitoring, indoor navigation, and more.
- SoC – Espressif ESP32-D0WD dual-core processor with WiFi and BLE connectivity
- System Memory – 8MB RAM (PSRAM)
- Storage – 4MB NOR flash
- 10/100M Ethernet port
- IEEE 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 4 @ 2.4 GHz up to 150 Mbps; station mode only
- Bluetooth 4.2 LE with GAP and GATT support, can act as GATT server or GATT client
- MQTT connectivity to the cloud
- Misc – 3x LEDs (Power, Internet. BLE), 1x Reset button
- Power Supply – 5V/1A via Micro USB port or 802.3at/af standard PoE Power Input
- Power Consumption – Typ: <0.5W, max: <1.5W
- Dimensions – 57 x 57 x 25mm
- Weight – 53.6 grams
- Temperature Range – Operating: 0~40°C; storage: -20~70°C
There’s no typical web interface in the device, and instead, you’d be asked to use GL-S10 Tool App for Android or iOS to configure the gateway’s settings including reporting intervals, MQTT servers, DHCP/Static IP, OTA firmware upgrades, and more. Alternatively, the company lets you rebuild the firmware with your own default settings for WiFi and MQTT server, and whatever you’d like to change, which you’d then be able to flash accordingly.
GL.inet GL-S10 is sold for $24.99 with its external antenna, a USB power cable, and a user manual, but you can also add $5 to get a BLE beacon shipped with the gateway.
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.