Virtual Antenna™ enabling robust and reliable connectivity in Generic Node Sensor Edition, a LoRaWAN® platform with open development tools

TheThings Network

The Things Network Global Team

Posted on 13-12-2021

Generic Node Sensor Edition is a versatile IoT platform for LoRaWAN-centric solutions. With its onboard sensors and innovative features, Generic Node Sensor Edition enables over 30 real world use cases.

Let’s break down the advantages of one of the most critical elements of Generic Node Sensor Edition: the Virtual Antenna™ component, developed by Ignion.

The Virtual Antenna™ technology ensures an optimal antenna performance at a fraction of the cost compared to custom antenna designs. The ONE mXTEND™ Virtual Antenna™ component unlocks the full wireless connectivity of Generic Node SE. ONE mXTEND™ is small but powerful providing multiband performance that enables worldwide coverage. The ultra slim antenna booster can deliver both 5G, cellular IoT and Wi-Fi 6E operation at multiple cellular bands within 800-10600 MHz - all packed into the smallest cellular antenna package ever. Additionally, it provides best-in-class performance in LoRaWAN sub-GHz bands such as 868 MHz (Europe) and 915 MHz (US).

These antennas deliver robust and reliable connectivity, ensuring every LoRa packet reaches the LoRaWAN network.

Ignion’s Virtual Antenna™ features:

  • Predictable and reliable efficiency
  • Multiband coverage in one single SKU (worldwide standards)
  • Small size
  • Cost-effective
  • Easy-to-develop (adjustable to any frequency)
  • Easy-to-use (pick and place)

Generic Node Sensor Edition comes with all the IoT capabilities you would expect from a LoRaWAN sensor node. With the Virtual Antenna™ component, robust connectivity regardless of the size, form factor, environment, frequency or wireless setup is ensured.

Watch The Things Conference keynote announcing Generic Node Sensor Edition platform, and learn more about the development process and Virtual Antenna™ technology:

Generic Node Sensor Edition is hitting production. Get started now

Learn from the creators of Virtual Antenna™, Ignion, and dive into other Generic Node Sensor Edition features at The Things Conference Embedded on 28 January 2022. Get tickets

Pre-order Generic Node Sensor Edition and join the early access program, including access to The Things Conference Embedded. Get Generic Node


LoRaWAN® and Virtual Antenna™ are registered trademarks used under license from the LoRa Alliance and Ignion respectively.