LoRa Raspberry Pi Gateway with Enclosure

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LoRa is a fantastic advancement in the field of wireless communication. The multi-kilometer distances are incredible! Point to point LoRa has been nailed down with various low cost Semtec based modules like the RFM95 but the true power of an open IoT network is LoRa gateways. These provide public access accross the globe to any LoRa node as long as the node follows the guidelines (don't use more than your share of bandwidth). But what gateway do you need?

The LoRa Raspberry Pi Gateway is a professional grade gateway with the hacker in mind. While other low cost gateways are a single channel, the LoRa Raspberry Pi Gateway comes with a fully heat-sinked concentrator capable of multi-channel, multi-node communication all running in a friendly, hackable Raspberry Pi environment.

The LoRa Raspberry Pi Gateway uses the high-power multichannel SX1301 processing engine specifically designed for LoRa gateways. If you're just experimenting with LoRa, a single channel gateway is a fine way to go; we offer the ESP32 1-Channel LoRa Gateway based on the SX1276/78 RFM95 module. But if you're planning on having multiple, public LoRa nodes you'll need a proper gateway like the LoRa Raspberry Pi Gateway.

Designed for the US and Australia, the 915MHz LoRa gateway comes fully assembled in a black anodized aluminum enclosure using the Raspberry Pi 3B+ as its backbone. With this upgraded model you no longer need to provide your own microSD card (16 GB card included) & there are handy instructions on flash the LoRa Gateway image to the MicroSD card. We recommend using Resin to create your Linux image. RAK Wireless (the makers of the gateway) have a well written tutorial guiding you through the setup. The gateway includes a 2dBi 915MHz antenna and a multi-frequency GNSS(GPS) antenna. If you'd like to increase the LoRa range we have 2dBi 1/2 wave and 6dBi antenna upgrades available.

  • Fully assembled gateway
    • 915MHz LoRa concentrator shield
    • GPS shield
    • Raspberry Pi 3 B+
    • Aluminum enclosure w/ integrated heatsink
  • Power supply (5V/2.5A)
  • 16GB MicroSD card
  • Magnetic mount GPS/GNSS antenna 1m with SMA
  • 915 MHzLoRa compatible antennaAntenna (2dBi Gain / 50 Ω)
  • LoRa Concentrator Engine: Semtech SX1301
  • Sensitivity up to -142.5 dBm
  • New Model integrates Ublox MAX-7Q GPS module
  • Max output power up to 350mW or 25.5dBm
  • Range up to 15 km (Line of Sight), ~2km in dense urban areas
  • Designed for 915MHz US/Australia LoRA ISM band
  • Emulates 49 x LoRa demodulators, 10 programmable parallel demodulation paths, 8 uplink ch, 1 downlink ch
  • Temperature: -40 to 85 C
  • 2x SX1257 as Tx/Rx front-ends
  • SMA connector for GPS/GNSS antenna
  • RP-SMA connector for 915MHz antenna
  • Sleek and compact anodized enclosure: 68.3 mm x 92 mm x 53.5 mm
  • FCC & CE compliance

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  • Here's my biggest beef with this no matter where I look everybody selling a kit not just the board. I can get a mini PCI card for $90 I don't need the raspberry pi or all the accessories why don't you start selling the board by itself and then I actually might purchase it because I have a real need for a decent Lora Gateway and I see that this will never take off in the United States if the price doesn't come down for the gateway hardware and a single channel gateway is not the right way to do it. I want to try to implement a citywide gateway network kind a like a APRS in the ham world but the cost is just too high for large scale implementation for non-commercial users would you mind selling me just the board itself I have everything else.

    • If you are really wanting it, aliexpress sells all the RAK gear on their site. They sell the concentrator pi-hat for $120, so it's still a little spendy, but IMHO, I'd just get the full kit as the heat sinked little case, U.FL Mini pigtails, proper GPS antenna, etc make it not a bad deal and then you'll just have an extra pi. This kit is the exact same price as Sparkfun, so I'd probably support them rather than paying Ali the markup. They do actually have an LTE backhaul version though which is pretty cool if you are just mounting it on a tower and don't have ethernet/wifi etc to bridge to.

    • Unfortunately, this might just be how the supplier provides this kit. However, I will let our purchasing team know that there is a need for this kit without a Pi. There are no guarantees, but we will do our best. Thank you for the feedback.

  • I'm in the same boat as other commenters, I've got 3 pis collecting dust, all with power supplies/cases/storage already. If we could just get the concentrator board on its own I would buy it in a heartbeat, but I can't justify buying this whole bundle just for that.

    • Unfortunately, this might just be how the supplier provides this kit. However, I will let our purchasing team know that there is a need for this kit without a Pi. There are no guarantees, but we will do our best. Thank you for the feedback.

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