I am using a The Things Gateway and The Things Node to test some range and transmission reach in urban area, in Morocco.
Let me give you a quick visibility on my installation:
- My Gateway is plugged via ethernet to my wifi router and is next to it (same table, <1m away)
- My Gateway is on the balcony (so outdoor), at a 4m altitude from the ground (1st floor basically)
- All the testing has been done with The Things Gateway and The Things Node as they come straight out of the box.
Considering this, I have achieved a range of around 500m radius. I would like to increase that range. To do so, I am considering replacing the Things Gateway antenna by a stronger one, do you think it is a good idea ? if yes, what antenna should I highly consider ?
If this is not possible, is there any gateway on the market (e.g Kona Mega Ex IoT Gateway from Tektelic or others) that have way better range or antenna performance ?
To give you further understanding of the situation, I would consider 2.5km range as great in urban area (this is an urban area with mostly villas and not many buildings above 9m height)
Lastly, can the lack of range associated to the Things Node and its internal antenna performance instead of the Gateway situation ? What is the average range performance you get with the Things Node in an urban area ?
Thank you very much !!