Semtech Releases Open Source Software for LoRa Gateways & Devices

Lora Basic Station

Semtech has released open source software for LoRa-based gateways including LoRa Basic Station packet forwarder for Linux-based gateways, LoRa Basic MAC implementation of the LoRa Alliance’s LoRaWAN specification, and LoRa Basic loader bootloader capable of handling firmware updates. All three components are available for free under a revised 3-Clause BSD license. LoRa Basic Station supports LoRaWAN Classes A, B, and C, presents a unified radio abstraction layer supporting Concentrator Reference Designs v1.5 and v2, and implements various backend protocols. Apart from mbedTLS and libloragw/-v2, it does not rely on external dependencies, the code is written in C language only, and easily portable to Linux gateways and embedded systems. LoRa Basic MAC is a fork of IBM’s LMiC library, also implemented in C language,  supports multiple regions selectable at compile and/or run time, and can handle Class A, Class B, and Class C devices. Basic MAC uses LoRa Basic loader to load its firmware, and to support firmware updates over-the-air (FOTA). …

AIOT-ILND01 LoRa Node Comes with AA Battery Holder, Grove Connectors, Optional Enclosure

AAEON AIOT-ILND01 LoRa End Point

AAEON specializes in industrial and embedded computing platforms, and usually their products are fairly powerful Windows or Linux based computers, gateways, or network appliances. But in order to provide a complete LoRa solution to system integrators, the company has now introduced AIOT-ILND01 LoRa node powered by STMicro STM32 MCU, and compatible with their AIOT-IP6801IP68 IoT Gateway, as well as other LoRa gateways. AIOT-ILND01 LoRa node specifications: MCU – STMicro STM32L Arm Cortex-M3 MCU @ 32 MHz Connectivity 868MHz/915 MHz LoRa via Semtech SX1276 chipset 1x SMA antenna hole, 1x IPEX antenna hole Sensors – Temperature & humidity sensor, 3-axis accelerometer Expansion – 3x GROVE connectors: 1x UART1 (RS-232/422/485), 1x UART2 (Tx/Rx), 1x I2C Misc – 4x user LEDs, boot select button, 2x user buttons, 1x reset button Debugging – JTAG header Power Supply 5V via micro USB port Battery holder for 2x 14500 rechargeable Lithium-ion battires or AA batteries Dimensions – PCBA: 85 x 65 x 14 mm Temperature Range …

LoDev S76S Board Combines STM32, LoRa and Arm Mbed Support (Crowdfunding)

LoDev S76S

There are already plenty of low power boards with a LoRa radio, but Ronoth offers another option with their tiny LoDev S76S LoRa development board featuring AcSip S76S SiP (system-in-package) with STMicro STM32L073 microcontroller, a Semtech SX1276 LoRa radio, and other components. While most hobbyist LoRa boards are designed to be programmed with the Arduino IDE, LoDev S76S is instead compatible with Arm Mbed. LoDev S76S board specifications: SiP – AcSip S76S system-in-package with STMicro STM32L073 Arm Cortex-M0+ microcontroller @ 48 MHz with 192 kB flash, 20 kB RAM Semtech SX1276 chip supporting global 863MHz ~ 928MHz ISM Bands RF front-end LoRa Connectivity Receiver Sensitivity – down to -146 dBm TX Power – adjustable up to +20 dBm Range – up to 15 km coverage in suburban areas and up to 5 km coverage in urban areas SMA antenna connector USB – 1x micro USB port for programming and power Expansion – 2x 20-pin unpopulated headers with I2C, SPI, UART, …

RAK Wireless Launches RAK7258 Indoor LoRa Gateway for $149

RAK7258 Indoor Gateway

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 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 …

Pycom Pygate is a 50 Euros 8-channel LoRa Gateway Board

Pycom Pygate

Semtech SX1308 digital baseband Chip for indoor LoRaWAN pico gateways was announced a few years ago, but it took a while before multi-channel gateways integrated the new low cost chip, and 2019 appears to be the year where pico LoRa gateway will be launched. We covered the $69 The Things Indoor Gateway a few weeks ago, but there will be soon another option, although geared towards developers, with Pycom Pygate low-cost 8-channel gateway board that connects to LoRa or the company’s Pymesh network. Pycom Pygate gateway board preliminary features and specifications: Dual SX1257 transceivers for a total of 8 channels support Frequencies – 863-870 MHz and 902-928 MHz Baseband processor: Semtech SX1308 Ultra-low power standby mode Ethernet with PoE via the optional daughter board Powered via USB, LiPo Battery and Ethernet via the optional daughter board LiPo battery charging via the USB port USB to serial connection for the Pycom module with auto-programming features Same form factor as the Expansion …

The Things Industries Announces $69 Indoor Multi-Channel LoRaWAN Gateway

Indoor Multi-channel LoRaWAN Gateway

If you ever see a cheap LoRaWAN gateway, chances are that it is a single channel gateway such as Dragino LoRa gateways that can be purchased for as low as $56. Those will work for your private network, but if others people try to use your gateway, some LoRa nodes will fail to connect. So what you really need is a multi-channel gateway for instance to connect it to The Things Networks. That would be $200 (and up), thank you very much. The IoT can only succeed on a large scale if costs are low enough, so Things Industries decided to design, and has now unveiled a low cost indoor multi-channel LoRaWAN gateway. Meet The Things Indoor Gateway. The Things Indoor Gateway specifications: SoC – Espressif System ESP8266 WiSoC Wireless Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 4 via ESP8266 + PCB antenna LoRaWAN via Semtech 1308 chipset with Support for 868 MHz (EU) and 915 MHz (US) bands. AS bands coming later …

RAK Wireless Introduces DIY Cellular LoRa Gateways, Raspberry Pi & 96Boards Compatible LoRa Modules

Raspberry Pi 3B+ professional LoRa gateway

RAK Wireless already has a decent offering of LoRa gateways and modules, but the company has been working on two new LoRa gateways, one Enterprise grade model – RAK7249 gateway – based on fully custom hardware, and the other – Pilot Gateway Pro RAK7243 – features a Raspberry Pi 3B+ board with Cellular & GPS connectivity on top of a LoRa radio. RAK Wireless will also introduce three RAK2245/RAK2248 LoRa concentrator modules that can easily be used with boards following Raspberry Pi, or 96Boards IoT edition form factors. RAK7249 DIY Enterprise LoRa Gateway Specifications: Main Board WiFi Module – RAK634 Module SoC – Mediatek MT7628N MIPS processor @ up to 580 MHz System Memory – 128MB DDR2 RAM Storage – 16MB SPI flash Connectivity – WiFi: 2×2 MIMO 802.11b/n/n mPCIe LoRa concentrator card Semtech SX1301 based Standard version with 8 channel Gateway and also support Max.16 channel Gateway. Tx Power is up to 27dBm and Rx sensitivity is down to …

Year 2018 in Review, Top 10 Posts, and Some Stats

cnx software year 2018 review

That’s it, we’ve already reached the last day of 2018, and it’s time to have a look back at what happened during the past year. On the mini PC front, Gemini Lake based mini PCs took over from Apollo Lake with some performance improvements, but I expected the price point to be a bit lower than it is today.  Apart from further developments with regards to mobile processors, it feels 2018 was an off-year for processors, such as the ones found in TV boxes and development boards, with mostly more of the same. Allwinner and Rockchip did not release any really interesting processor, and Amlogic only launched S905X2 and S905Y2 which are mostly evolutions of their previous generation with an OpenGL 3.x capable GPU and USB 3.0. Rockchip RK3399 stood out this year, as despite being launched in 2016, it suddenly became popular again with many RK3399 SBCs coming to market, and RK3399Pro was announced – but not launched yet …