GW-01 LoRaWAN gateway offers a choice of Orange Pi, Raspberry Pi, or i.MX6 ULL options
M2M IOT has launched a GW-01 LoRaWAN gateway based on an Orange Pi Zero H2+ SBC which supports outdoors installations. The GW-01 integrates the Zero H2+ with an 8-channel LoRaWAN board based on Semtech’s SX1301 LoRa concentrator. The $120 “GW-01” LoRaWAN gateway runs Linux on an Orange Pi Zero H2+ SBC as well as an 8-channel LoRaWAN board. The GW-01 is a modified version of the GW-01 RPI add-on for the Raspberry Pi, and also the all-in-one GW-01 PoE gateway that features Power-over-Ethernet support that runs on i.MX6 ULL. The three products ship out with an open-source Linux stack, with LoRa gateway and packet-forwarder software pre-installed on the board. The GW-01 gateway clocks in at 868MHz or 915MHz LoRa frequencies, and has -139 dBm sensitivity. It has a 2.5 km range when obstructed by buildings, or up to 10 Km in an open space. The GW-01 measures at 80 х 50 х 20mm minus the supplied antenna and has a 0 to 70°C temperature.
The GW-01 runs OpenWrt, or Armbian on the Orange Pi Zero H2+, and features an Allwinner H2+. The H2+ SoC enables 4x Cortex-A7 cores @ 1.2GHz and a Mali-400 MP2 GPU. The Zero H2+ offers a meager 256MB DDR3 RAM, and the available display interface is an AV-out header. Available also is a single USB 2.0 host, micro-USB OTG with 5V power input, and 10/100 Ethernet ports. The board also has a microSD slot, WiFi, and a 26-pin header that supports early Raspberry Pi boards.
The Zero H2+ board on the GW-01 has 8MB serial flash instead of the 2MB. The reason for the increment is to incorporate the 4.5MB OpenWrt image. One thing I see that stands out about the SBC is that it has lower power consumption and a lower price ( $8.50) than any of the latest RPI boards. For prototyping purposes, M2M IOT recommends TheThingsNetwork or its own cloud.m2m-tele server. The GW-01 RPI and GW-01 PoE have similar specs with the GW-01, with the exception of the PoE model having a wider -35 to 70°C range. The GW-01 RPI can operate with any Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 board.
The RPI and PoE models have an 80 x 50mm footprint like the GW-01, and the SBC on the PoE model also adds 20mm on the vertical, and they both ship with antennas. The PoE model also runs on OpenWrt like the GW-01, while the RPI shield runs Raspbian. The GW-01 PoE is a standalone product which integrates a homegrown SBC based on NXP’s power-sipping, single Cortex-A7 based i.MX6 ULL SoC. It features an Ethernet port with 48V PoE support for easier installation.
The GW-01 is available for $120, the RPI model is $95, and the PoE model is $245. More information may be found on the M2M IOT website and GitHub page, and also the shopping pages for the GW-01, GW-01 RPI, and GW-01 PoE.