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Jeenode Zero any plans for LoRa support

Added by adrianbro 5 months ago

Hi any plans to add lora support to the zero

eg the RFM95W

Cheers
Adrian


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RE: Jeenode Zero any plans for LoRa support - Added by jcw 5 months ago

Yeah - it's on the radar. But let's take one baby step at a time :)

Allow me to turn your question around: do you have a use case which depends on LoRa?

RE: Jeenode Zero any plans for LoRa support - Added by adrianbro 5 months ago

Globally Lora networks are being rolled out at a frantic pace.
The low cost and relative simplicity of setting these systems up means, that its one of the few large area network solutions that are withing reach of all organisations.

It's the only solution that I have seen that offers, commercial, private and open source community alternatives. The Netherlands has been on of the main drivers of a community open source alternative - https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/

Lora's power requirements are the lowest around, well below LTE-M & Sigfox.

The low cost of entry and modest power requirements paired with an MCU like the STM32 make it an ideal platform for developing innovative vertical market solutions.

  • Agriculture
  • Smart Cities
  • Mining etc

For Jeelabs that equal more sales, for us it's about having access to reasonably priced and flexible open tools.

Even more simply sometimes it would just be easier and more practical not to have to build support and maintain the radio receiving end.

Cheers

Adrian

RE: Jeenode Zero any plans for LoRa support - Added by martynj 5 months ago

@adrian,

Your well argued case is really talking about implementing LoRaWAN, not just the LoRa PHY + some packet level support routines.
The latter will come first - the rest of the stack is quite an ask, but at least the spec is open and as you say, open source code is emerging.

I'm interested in the first step, "long distance" packet exchange. There are certainly cases where one or two collecting nodes are far enough away from "node central" that would justify LoRa packets, but this might require partitioning the "node central" function into distant and local if lower cost simple FSK nodes are used for close in nodes. The common Lora RF modules can handle both LoRa and conventional PHY, but not simultaneously.

RE: Jeenode Zero any plans for LoRa support - Added by adrianbro 5 months ago

Yes your correct I was talking about LoraWan

Pycom have a great approach in that they support a nano gateway on the board you connect up to 100 nodes.

https://www.pycom.io/solutions/py-boards/lopy/

https://docs.pycom.io/pycom_esp32/pycom_esp32/tutorial/includes/lora-nano-gateway.html?highlight=lora

From memory, they use the RN2483 lora chip set

It's not a bad board, the firmware is in heavy development, so still a bit buggy but they have been making great strides. (espressif are a minority share holder)

Cheers
Adrian

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