3 Questions on LoRaWAN gateways

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One may wonder what are the key factors that make certain LoRaWAN gateways so expensive. Sometimes the price difference is huge, ranging from 100 to 1000 € per unit. To better understand, here are some explanations:

LoRa / LoRaWAN definition?

LoRa and LoRaWAN are completely different.

LoRa (Long Range) is a patented digital wireless data communication IoT technology developed by Cycleo of Grenoble, France. It was acquired by Semtech in 2012, which owns the intellectual property for the LoRa transmission methodology. LoRa is based on spread spectrum modulation in frequency modulation which maintains the same low power characteristic as FSK modulation but considerably increases the communication range.

LoRaWAN is a media access control layer (MAC) protocol maintained by the LoRa Alliance, a non-profit technology alliance. It is designed to allow low power devices to communicate with applications connected to the Internet via long range wireless connections.

In a nutshell, LoRa is a kind of wireless modulation that belongs to the physical layer and creates the long-range communication link. LoRaWAN presents the communication protocol and system architecture defined by the LoRa Alliance and aims to create a large-scale public network.

What is the difference between a LoRa gateway & a LoRaWAN gateway?

One of the things that distinguishes the LoRa gateway from the LoRaWAN gateway is the communication protocols used. The LoRa gateway generally works with private agreements which can be of different types, while the LoRaWAN gateway is offered with standard communication agreements recognized worldwide.

What makes a LoRaWAN gateway excellent?

Large-scale development

The LoRa gateway uses private protocols which are for the most part unique and which vary according to the brands. Users can barely free themselves from product brands when selecting the right hardware for large-scale deployment of endpoints, gateways, and beyond. And this increases the difficulty for the new product to communicate with the existing system and may not achieve the result desired by users.

On the contrary, the LoRaWAN gateway makes the network more accessible for everyday use. Using the LoRaWAN protocol, data can pass transparently to these different LoRaWAN devices with only a minor configuration adjustment. It creates a scalable design with flexibility to interact between different endpoints. With this in mind, Ursalink provides robust, secure and wireless connectivity in a wide range of environments with a large number of LoRaWAN devices such as the LoRaWAN gateway, the LoRaWAN multi-interface sensor and the temperature / humidity sensor. LoRaWAN, available for deployment in most global frequency bands, such as EU433 / CN470 / IN865 / EU868 / AU915 / US915 / KR920 / AS923, etc.

High reliability

To stay on budget, the LoRa gateway typically uses the LoRa SX127X concentrator module, which is inexpensive but unstable. On the other hand, the LoRaWAN gateway is provided with the SX1301, with the ability to provide an optimized continuous network connection for reliable performance and easy development.

Easy to build and buy

A LoRaWAN network is a complex architecture that contains end devices, LoRaWAN gateways, network servers and application servers. The data is transmitted to the servers via the end nodes and finally reaches the application. Sometimes this data-based technology requires additional maintenance or compliance costs for the network server. To avoid overhead, the LoRaWAN Ursalink UG85 / UG87 gateway is designed with an integrated network server aligning with multiple third-party network servers, such as The Things Network (TTN), LORIOT, etc., to bring nodes online. distributed faster and check your PoC at an affordable price.

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