LoRaWAN gateways: Manufacturers, frequencies and their Antenna Connector Types

LoRaWAN gateways

LoRa Antenna connector type 

Americas (915 MHz)

Europe (868 MHz)

Asia 

The Things Indoor Gateway

Integrated antenna

Integrated antenna

Integrated antenna

(CN 470) (IN 865)

Opensource LoRa Gateway Board using SX1301/SX1308 and SX1255/SX1257


Raspberry Pi 

SMA connector (F)

SMA connector (F)

 

Laird RG1xx Series

RP-SMA connector (F)

RP-SMA connector (F)

RP-SMA connector (F) (AS 923)

The Things Network Gateway

 

SMA connector (F)

 

Kerlink Wirnet iBTS

N connector (F)

N connector (F)

 

Mikrotik wAP LR8 / LR9 kit 

 

SMA connector (F)

 

Robustel R3000 LG LoRaWAN Gateway

SMA connector (F)

SMA connector (F)

SMA connector (F)

(CN 470) (IN 865)

Ursalink UG85 Indoor Gateway

SMA connector (F)

SMA connector (F)

SMA connector (F)

(CN 470) (IN 865)

Ursalink UG87 Outdoor Gateway

N connector (F)

N connector (F)

N connector (F)

(CN470) (IN 865)

Linklabs LL-BST-8

Gateway

SMA connector (F)

   

Cisco LoRaWAN Gateway

N connector (F)

N connector (F)

 
       

AAEON AIOT-ILRA01

Gateway

 

SMA connector (F)

 

LORIX One 

Gateway

N female connector

N female connector

 

Lorrier LR2 Gateway

 

N female connector 

 

Gemtek LoRa Indoor Pico Gateway

SMA connector (F)

SMA connector (F)

 

Outdoor LoRaWAN access points and compatible antennas mostly use N-female antenna connectors, which are nickel-plated and are the most weatherproof of all antenna connector types.

Indoor LoRaWAN access points and compatible antennas mostly use SMA antenna connectors. These are a distinct antenna connector from the RP-SMA connector that is used in the coaxial coupler. Even though these connectors look externally identical the inner mating interfaces of the RP-SMA connector are reversed. An RP-SMA to SMA adapter is therefore needed to make the correct connection. In addition, you may require:

  • SMA antenna cables: An SMA cable can be used to connect the LoRA antenna to the flat antenna cable via an adapter and a second length can be used with an adapter to connect to the Helium Miner/Hotspot.
  • Antenna mounting equipment: The external antenna will require secure mounting at height.
  • Antenna weatherproofing equipment: The antenna’s longevity will be prolonged by using suitable weatherproofing, including Coax-Seal to seal and protect the antenna connectors that are exposed outside.

All of our LoRa antennas are compatible with Helium Network miners / devices:  This includes all antennas in this subcategory.  

LoRa: Long Range Wireless for Internet of Things (IOT):  Frequency Bands, Antennas

LoRa (short for long-range) wireless technology for Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M (machine to machine) applications:  

  • Incredibly low power usage, long range and secure data transmission. 
  • 915 MHz band in the US and 868 MHz in Europe
  • LoRa antennas, also called Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) antennas, use advanced signal processing to achieve long-range communications at wavelengths smaller than 1 GHz.

LoRa compared to Bluetooth and ZigBee
LoRa wireless networking biggest advantage over Bluetooth and Zigbee is its incredibly low power usage and long range capacities. Zigbee and Bluetooth don’t come close to LoRa especially when it comes to battery usage. LoRa devices can be equipped with a battery which will last for up to ten years as compared to the average of just one year for Zigbee and Bluetooth devices. LoRa can communicate with a standard gateway wirelessly for a distance of up to 15km as compared to a few feet for its competitors.

LoRa Compared to Using Cellular Data Systems

Most cellular data systems can match the coverage and range of LoRa, though they tend to be more expensive to maintain as compared to LoRa systems. The reason for this is that LoRa demands less from the underlying network, given its significantly lower use of bandwidth. This makes cellular network subscriptions many times more expensive than LoRa.

LoRa Frequency Bands:  LoRa uses unlicensed frequency bands that are to be found worldwide. However, the following are the most common bands/ frequencies for LoRa:

Typical Applications
LoRa has found use in a wide range of applications though it is most preferred in IoT Internet of Things devices that:
1. Have no access to electricity
2. Do not require instant feedback
3. Are too many to get a costly cellular subscription for
4. Are inconvenient or impossible to physical access

Given its long range and low power capacities endpoint devices can be deployed in all manner of outdoor and indoor facilities. Applications include devices in smart cities, smart logistics, supply chain, smart homes, smart metering, and smart agriculture.

LoRa achieves better coverage for its wireless devise and modules by using frequencies lower than those in the 5.8 or 2.4 GHz ISM bands. While it uses sub 1 GHz bands a lot of the time, LoRa tends to be frequency agnostic and will work fine on most frequencies without needing significant modification.

LoRa is made on the chirp spread spectrum modulation technology which makes it efficient for long-range communication.

LoRa: Long Range Wireless for Internet of Things (IOT):  Frequency Bands, Antennas

LoRa Antennas: LoRaWAN | Long-Range IoT

LoRaWAN gateways: Manufacturers, frequencies and their Antenna Connector Types

LoRaWAN gateways

LoRa Antenna connector type 

Americas (915 MHz)

Europe (868 MHz)

Asia 

The Things Indoor Gateway

Integrated antenna

Integrated antenna

Integrated antenna

(CN 470) (IN 865)

Opensource LoRa Gateway Board using SX1301/SX1308 and SX1255/SX1257


Raspberry Pi 

SMA connector (F)

SMA connector (F)

 

Laird RG1xx Series

RP-SMA connector (F)

RP-SMA connector (F)

RP-SMA connector (F) (AS 923)

The Things Network Gateway

 

SMA connector (F)

 

Kerlink Wirnet iBTS

N connector (F)

N connector (F)

 

Mikrotik wAP LR8 / LR9 kit 

 

SMA connector (F)

 

Robustel R3000 LG LoRaWAN Gateway

SMA connector (F)

SMA connector (F)

SMA connector (F)

(CN 470) (IN 865)

Ursalink UG85 Indoor Gateway

SMA connector (F)

SMA connector (F)

SMA connector (F)

(CN 470) (IN 865)

Ursalink UG87 Outdoor Gateway

N connector (F)

N connector (F)

N connector (F)

(CN470) (IN 865)

Linklabs LL-BST-8

Gateway

SMA connector (F)

   

Cisco LoRaWAN Gateway

N connector (F)

N connector (F)

 
       

AAEON AIOT-ILRA01

Gateway

 

SMA connector (F)

 

LORIX One 

Gateway

N female connector

N female connector

 

Lorrier LR2 Gateway

 

N female connector 

 

Gemtek LoRa Indoor Pico Gateway

SMA connector (F)

SMA connector (F)

 

Outdoor LoRaWAN access points and compatible antennas mostly use N-female antenna connectors, which are nickel-plated and are the most weatherproof of all antenna connector types.

Indoor LoRaWAN access points and compatible antennas mostly use SMA antenna connectors. These are a distinct antenna connector from the RP-SMA connector that is used in the coaxial coupler. Even though these connectors look externally identical the inner mating interfaces of the RP-SMA connector are reversed. An RP-SMA to SMA adapter is therefore needed to make the correct connection. In addition, you may require:

  • SMA antenna cables: An SMA cable can be used to connect the LoRA antenna to the flat antenna cable via an adapter and a second length can be used with an adapter to connect to the Helium Miner/Hotspot.
  • Antenna mounting equipment: The external antenna will require secure mounting at height.
  • Antenna weatherproofing equipment: The antenna’s longevity will be prolonged by using suitable weatherproofing, including Coax-Seal to seal and protect the antenna connectors that are exposed outside.

All of our LoRa antennas are compatible with Helium Network miners / devices:  This includes all antennas in this subcategory.  

LoRa: Long Range Wireless for Internet of Things (IOT):  Frequency Bands, Antennas

LoRa (short for long-range) wireless technology for Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M (machine to machine) applications:  

  • Incredibly low power usage, long range and secure data transmission. 
  • 915 MHz band in the US and 868 MHz in Europe
  • LoRa antennas, also called Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) antennas, use advanced signal processing to achieve long-range communications at wavelengths smaller than 1 GHz.

LoRa compared to Bluetooth and ZigBee
LoRa wireless networking biggest advantage over Bluetooth and Zigbee is its incredibly low power usage and long range capacities. Zigbee and Bluetooth don’t come close to LoRa especially when it comes to battery usage. LoRa devices can be equipped with a battery which will last for up to ten years as compared to the average of just one year for Zigbee and Bluetooth devices. LoRa can communicate with a standard gateway wirelessly for a distance of up to 15km as compared to a few feet for its competitors.

LoRa Compared to Using Cellular Data Systems

Most cellular data systems can match the coverage and range of LoRa, though they tend to be more expensive to maintain as compared to LoRa systems. The reason for this is that LoRa demands less from the underlying network, given its significantly lower use of bandwidth. This makes cellular network subscriptions many times more expensive than LoRa.

LoRa Frequency Bands:  LoRa uses unlicensed frequency bands that are to be found worldwide. However, the following are the most common bands/ frequencies for LoRa:

Typical Applications
LoRa has found use in a wide range of applications though it is most preferred in IoT Internet of Things devices that:
1. Have no access to electricity
2. Do not require instant feedback
3. Are too many to get a costly cellular subscription for
4. Are inconvenient or impossible to physical access

Given its long range and low power capacities endpoint devices can be deployed in all manner of outdoor and indoor facilities. Applications include devices in smart cities, smart logistics, supply chain, smart homes, smart metering, and smart agriculture.

LoRa achieves better coverage for its wireless devise and modules by using frequencies lower than those in the 5.8 or 2.4 GHz ISM bands. While it uses sub 1 GHz bands a lot of the time, LoRa tends to be frequency agnostic and will work fine on most frequencies without needing significant modification.

LoRa is made on the chirp spread spectrum modulation technology which makes it efficient for long-range communication.

LoRa: Long Range Wireless for Internet of Things (IOT):  Frequency Bands, Antennas