Giveaway Week 2023 – GL.iNet GL-S200 Thread Border Router devkit

It’s already day 4 of CNX Software Giveaway Week 2023 and today, we’ll be giving away GL.iNet GL-S200 Thread Border router kit that also includes three USB or battery-powered Thread development boards to experiment with various Thread topologies.

The GL-S200 router comes with a Qualcomm QCA9531 MIPS router processor running a fork of OpenWrt and provides two Fast Ethernet WAN/LAN ports, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 4 802.11b/g/n up to 150 Mbps, and support for Thread (via an 802.15.4 radio) and Bluetooth 5.0. The development boards are based on the Nordic Semi nRF52840 microcontroller and each features a potentiometer+button, a PIR sensor, and two RGB LEDs.

Getting Started GL-S200 Thread Border Router

I reviewed the GL-S200 Thread Border router kit using the router’s dashboard interface and demo firmware provided for the three development boards. This enabled me to test star topology and mesh networking, and play around with demo scripts and code samples to display sensor and potentiometer data or control the RGB LEDs using a COAP client or/and Lua code.

Finally, I also managed to send messages to Telegram each time motion was detected in my office through the PIR sensor of one of the modules thanks to support for Webhooks in the router’s dashboard. The kit was fun to experiment with, but practical applications may be limited since the router only supports the provided development boards unless GL.iNet modifies the router’s source code for your project.

GL-S200 Thread Border Router Devkit Giveaway

The giveaway includes the complete kit with the GL-S200 Border Router itself, a USB power supply and US/US/UK plug adapters, an Ethernet cable, the three Thread development boards/nodes, a Quick Start Guide, and a Warranty card that’s probably useless since it’s a review sample…

To enter the draw simply leave a comment with your country and whatever else you’d like to say (no links in the body of the comment). If the country is missing, I’ll consider the entry void. Other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter out entries with the same IP and/or email address.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours starting at 10 am (Bangkok time) every day.
  • Comments will be closed after 48 hours. If comments are open, the contest is still going on.
  • Winners will be selected with random.org, and announced in the comments section of each giveaway.
  • I’ll contact the winner by email, and I’ll expect an answer within 24 hours, or I’ll pick another winner. Note that I may not be able to contact people who log in with Facebook, Twitter, or Google, so it’s better to use an email address to enter the draw.
  • Shipping
    • $24 for registered airmail small packet or ePacket for overseas shipping payable via PayPal within 48 hours once the contest (for a given product) is complete. If PayPal is not an option in your country, we can try to find another payment solution.
    • All prizes will be shipped at the same time once we get all the winners, so around November 15.
  • I’ll make sure we have 7 different winners, so if you have already won a device during this giveaway week, I’ll draw another person.

The kit currently retails for $154 plus shipping.

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Lyle Holyoak
Lyle Holyoak
3 months ago

Nice! United States, Montana

Good luck to everyone

Chinmay
3 months ago

Awesome! Singapore

KunYi Chen
KunYi Chen
3 months ago

Taiwan,

Peace & Love

Nate Rees
Nate Rees
3 months ago

United States

Hoang Vo
Hoang Vo
3 months ago

Good morning from VietNam

Jason
Jason
3 months ago

Yo, from united States

Hemal Shah
Hemal Shah
3 months ago

Good morning from United Kingdom

Ivan
Ivan
3 months ago

Belarus again

Chris Ivarsson
Chris Ivarsson
3 months ago

Sweden. Not entirely sure what one would do with those things tho?

khiemspdt
khiemspdt
3 months ago

Vietnam 🙂

Naws
Naws
3 months ago

Australia

Ashutosh
Ashutosh
3 months ago

Hi from Bangladesh

Kimmo
Kimmo
3 months ago

Finland

Adrien
Adrien
3 months ago

Hello from France

Rahul Rao
3 months ago

Rahul Rao from India,
Openwrt enthusiast,
Kernel expert

Christoph Appel
Christoph Appel
3 months ago

Germany

Love your blog…

Kuan-Yi Li
Kuan-Yi Li
3 months ago

Hello from Taiwan. OpenWrt rocks!

Xtract
Xtract
3 months ago

This would be fun to play with in Germany!

The4anoni
The4anoni
3 months ago

Greetings from Poland 😉

Good luck everyone!

Ralph Martin
3 months ago

This will enable my smart home!

Balazs Gy
Balazs Gy
3 months ago

Hungary – I hope Thread will provide more compatibility between devices from different vendors than Zigbee, that’s really a pain point for me now (with Zigbee).

Codrut R.
Codrut R.
3 months ago

Romania!

Wahyu
Wahyu
3 months ago

Greeting from Indonesia

sparrow
3 months ago

KOREA

Eli
Eli
3 months ago

Greetinga from Israel

Alx
Alx
3 months ago

Greetings from Belarus!

Ramin
Ramin
3 months ago

IRAN

Thiago
Thiago
3 months ago

United States
Good luck everyone!

Cezary
Cezary
3 months ago

Poland

Toby
Toby
3 months ago

Greetings from Sweden !

Jesse Weaver
Jesse Weaver
3 months ago

Hello from the USA!

Eric Zhang
3 months ago

Greetings from China.

Stanislav Vasilev
Stanislav Vasilev
3 months ago

Greetings from Bulgaria

Zuan Nguyen
Zuan Nguyen
3 months ago

Great, fr VietNam

David Angosto
David Angosto
3 months ago

Greetings from Spain.

Jean-François
Jean-François
3 months ago

Hello from France

Юрий Шалкин
3 months ago

Hello from Russia!

RazorBurn
3 months ago

Australia

Erdem
Erdem
3 months ago

Hello from Turkiye…

rui Cruz
rui Cruz
3 months ago

Hello From Portugal

animtakhnet
animtakhnet
3 months ago

I would love to unravel that Thread XD
The Netherlands

Luis Jiménez
3 months ago

Spain,
Cheers!

Erik
Erik
3 months ago

Morning from Sweden

alexander
3 months ago

Montenegro, Awesome!

Balázs Gyenge
Balázs Gyenge
3 months ago

Hi from Hungary.

repkid
repkid
3 months ago

Greetings from the Netherlands!

Vasco Braga
3 months ago

This one is headed to Portugal!

Andi
Andi
3 months ago

Hello from Germany

Sergey
Sergey
3 months ago

Latvia

Michal
Michal
3 months ago

Poland.

Great devices that opens possibilty to build smart home solution.

Leandro
Leandro
3 months ago

Hi from Italy!

Nick
Nick
3 months ago

It’s raining in the UK!

Loic
Loic
3 months ago

Greetings from switzerland 🙂

L D
L D
3 months ago

Me please ! France

Lasha
Lasha
3 months ago

hey from Georgia

Jose Antonio
Jose Antonio
3 months ago

Pick me! Greetings from Spain

Bart Cleymans
Bart Cleymans
3 months ago

Belgium

My excuse to say comment something:
I’ve been reading for about a year now, and damn, how have I missed this site for so many years. Daily source of geeky DIY info, love it, thank you!

George
George
3 months ago

Thanks! The Netherlands

Kristof Vandenbussche
3 months ago

Belgium.
Good to see OpenWRT has support for Thread.

Ivan Podogov
3 months ago

United Kingdom

Hai-Ninh Dang
Hai-Ninh Dang
3 months ago

Xin chào, from Vietnam

Ivan Najdanović
3 months ago

Hello from Serbia

Hardip
Hardip
3 months ago

Hello from Australia 🦘

Kubo
Kubo
3 months ago

Slovakia

8bitsquid
8bitsquid
3 months ago

United Kingdom, it’s cool that they include some Dev boards to test with, though I’d want to add them into Google Home

Pawel
Pawel
3 months ago

Hello! Poland

DressMA
DressMA
3 months ago

Greetings from United Kingdom !

NikolaS
NikolaS
3 months ago

Serbia

udif
udif
3 months ago

Thanks from Israel

Gaetano
Gaetano
3 months ago

Wow! Italy
I hope.

Ezneh
Ezneh
3 months ago

Greetings from Belgium! Interesting giveaway!

Ingmar Guillaume
Ingmar Guillaume
3 months ago

From Belgium.
Always nice to experiment with new tech. Thread is certainly on my list.
This looks like a nice kit to start with. (Actually, to continue, 😉 )

Carlos Santos
Carlos Santos
3 months ago

Hi from Portugal!

Nico
Nico
3 months ago

Germany

Roberts
Roberts
3 months ago

Latvia

Sathish Guru V
Sathish Guru V
3 months ago

Hello from India!

Gonzalo
Gonzalo
3 months ago

Spain

Iddeen
Iddeen
3 months ago

Malaysia here!

Aleš
Aleš
3 months ago

I love u.Czechia.

Kwinten Guillaume
Kwinten Guillaume
3 months ago

Hello from Belgium.
Good luck to all

Lawrence
Lawrence
3 months ago

Ooh another interesting kit, lots of wireless on offer. Thank you from the UK.

Mani
Mani
3 months ago

..::Germany::..

YE Th
YE Th
3 months ago

Singapore

Fabien
Fabien
3 months ago

Bonjour from France

Occam
Occam
3 months ago

Tennessee, US

Pch Simon
Pch Simon
3 months ago

Hello from Germany 🙂

Eckhard Kaul
Eckhard Kaul
3 months ago

Nice Giveaway
United States, Minnesota

Linumiz
3 months ago

Hello from India!

MMarouan
MMarouan
3 months ago

Nice article and giveway thanks from France!

Aashitech
Aashitech
3 months ago

India

Walter
Walter
3 months ago

Spain

Ede
Ede
3 months ago

Greetings from Germany

3 months ago

Thank you! Greetings from Malta

Ian
Ian
3 months ago

United States

Kenny MacDermid
Kenny MacDermid
3 months ago

Hello from Canada. I probably would have bought this after your first reviews if I knew for sure it would work with Matter. I can’t see any reason it won’t though, but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t adding to the e-waste problem. Any idea how long the sale price will last? It seems like a good solution for people looking for a plug-and-play way to get started. For the more hacker and/or budget-conscious user you, another options is to buy simple devboards for around $10, plug them in to existing hardware (like an old RPi), and have them… Read more »

sheng
sheng
3 months ago

Canada

Dainis
3 months ago

Hello from Latvia 🙂

frostworx
frostworx
3 months ago

GL.inet ftw!
Greetings from Germany

Andrea R
Andrea R
3 months ago

Hello from Italy!

Milan
Milan
3 months ago

Hello from Czech republic

Oleksii Os.
Oleksii Os.
3 months ago

Greetings from Ukraine!

Rachid
3 months ago

hello from Morocco

Oliver K
Oliver K
3 months ago

Germany
Thanks.

Usual Suspect
Usual Suspect
3 months ago

Thanks

haiko
haiko
3 months ago

Hello from Czechia!

Greg Dalton
3 months ago

Canada…🤞

Jaz
Jaz
3 months ago

UK – good luck all

Pascal
Pascal
3 months ago

Hello from germany.

gawad
3 months ago

Hello from Austria!

Pedro Maia
Pedro Maia
3 months ago

Hi from Portugal!

Looking good.

Radu
Radu
3 months ago

Hello from Nigeria

Guillaume
Guillaume
3 months ago

Hi from France

Jean-François Milants
3 months ago

Hello from Belgium!

Andy Bloom
Andy Bloom
3 months ago

threads! USA

Marek
Marek
3 months ago

Poland

Ryan
Ryan
3 months ago

It’s wet in the Netherlands today

Ro Phelan
Ro Phelan
3 months ago

Sunny NZ

SRY
SRY
3 months ago

Indonesia

Alex Mina
3 months ago

Hi, Kyiv, Ukraine

Francois B (Makoto)
Francois B (Makoto)
3 months ago

Belgium 😉

Vincent
Vincent
3 months ago

Greetings from France

Patrick McDonnell
Patrick McDonnell
3 months ago

G’Day from Australia

Andrzej
3 months ago

Poland
Brałbym!

Pham
Pham
3 months ago

Hi from Vietnam

john tommy
john tommy
3 months ago

singapore

Caio Pedreira
Caio Pedreira
3 months ago

Hello from Brazil !!

Charles Barker
Charles Barker
3 months ago

Hello from America

dedecou
dedecou
3 months ago

Greeting from Brazil!

Michael
Michael
3 months ago

germany

Elias
Elias
3 months ago

Good morning from Brazil

Abbadon
Abbadon
3 months ago

The Netherlands!

Vladimir Tasic
3 months ago

Gimme that router board

3 months ago

Poland!

Bie Lamon
Bie Lamon
3 months ago

Hi from Belgium
Nice kit.

Dieter
3 months ago

Greetings from Belgium!

Ahmed
Ahmed
3 months ago

Saudi Arabia

Chris Wilson
3 months ago

Hi from the SF Bay Area in the US! Just learning about Thread and would love to try this out!

Alex Voytov
Alex Voytov
3 months ago

United States

Jason R
Jason R
3 months ago

United States

I’m quite curious to compare Thread to BLE mesh.

Wissy
Wissy
3 months ago

Germany!

Nand
Nand
3 months ago

Good evening from Brazil

Alfio Bosco
Alfio Bosco
3 months ago

Hello from italy

Agustin
Agustin
3 months ago

Hello from Argentina!

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