Moscow-based M2M-IOT has released a new 8-channel LoRaWAN gateway board that’s coupled with an OrangePi Zero H2+, following a similar package the company offered with a Raspberry Pi a while ago. The GW-01 is a modified version of that RPi board (GW-01 RPI), and the GW-01 PoE gateway, which packs an i.MX6 ULL processor.
M2M-IOT’s GW-01 for the OrangePi Zero H2+ is designed around Semtech’s LoRaWAN-equipped SX1301 chip and uses the 868MHz or 915MHz frequencies. As for features, the board has a -139dBm sensitivity, an external antenna, 10/100M Ethernet port, an operating temperature range of 0°C to 70°C, and has a communication range of about 1.5-miles in the city, and 6.2-miles in open areas.
On the software side, the GW-01 comes with OpenWrt pre-installed, however, M2M<-IOT states that Armbian can be used if needed. Users may have to change the frequencies as well, depending on the country, the company explains:
“It can be easily done just by replacing single text file named global_conf.json. You can find some explanation of frequency plans here. Just get corresponding configuration file and replace existing global conf.json with a new one. For example, you need to use EU868 frequency plan with an 868MHz gateway in Europe. US915 and 915MHz gateway in the USA.”
It should be noted that for prototyping endeavors, the GW-01 LoRaWAN Gateway requires at least one end node, along with a web server, which M2M-IOT recommends its cloud.m2m-tele.com server or The Things Network. The GW-01 LoRaWAN Gateway is now available on M2M-IOT’s site for $120, and documentation for the board can be found on the company’s GitHub page.