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rick merritt
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rick merritt   5/10/2016 6:26:45 PM
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Senet annucned today that it will buy 8-channel LoRa gateways from MultiTech and Kerlink.

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alex_m1   5/5/2016 8:11:06 PM
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There was also a kickstarter for th LoPy[1], which can function as a LoRa nanogateway with a claimed range of 5km(probably exaggerated, maybe more realistically 3km non-urban) supporting 100 nodes for 30 euro.

With that and with a full gateway starting at 200 euro, and i wouldn't be surprised if LoRa rate would be free, or sub-dollar  per year per node in small volumes.

 

As for sensors, there's the m2com modular standard, so network will robably be modularized from sensors and won't be an issue.

 

[1]https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1795343078/lopy-the-lora-wifi-and-bluetooth-iot-development-p?token=7a5d4087

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rick merritt   5/5/2016 6:39:57 PM
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@AllenP13 Wow, thanks for the FCC link.

I knew 433 MHz was used for pacemakers among other things, but never thought to ask why the switch. Turns out I guess they HAD to find something new.

I still give them under the new CEO and strategy a chance to plow a new path, perhaps one that holds lessons for others interested in IoT.

I'd love to hear from anyone using their network.

 

 

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AllenP13   5/5/2016 1:09:22 PM
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To be clear, the previous 433 MHz system was blatantly illegal, and they were sued by the FCC to shut it down. See this link

I think companies like this are going to be hard pressed to find sensor customers who can afford the $3-5/mo charge to use their spotty network.

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