mPCIe LoRaWAN Gateway Card

(24alpha) #31

Not much luck with Liyatech I’m afraid. They seem to be unwilling to
a) sell me a card without charging a $500 once-off fee for software and drivers
b) answer my question regarding the USB signals
I figure I’ll have to look elsewhere for my project.

(Nestor Ayuso) #34

another board with mPCIe socket: Espressobin

(Nestor Ayuso) #35

(Barillaro) #36

Here is its data sheet:

As far I know:

The GL5x11 series will have software support in Linux, soon we will release the LoRaWAN packet forwarder in March!!

Also, we will release our LoRaWAN gateway (MiPS platform, OpenWRT) in March too.

(Nestor Ayuso) #37

Pine H64 with PCIe for $26

(Nestor Ayuso) #38

RAK Wireless LoRa Gateway Mini PCIe Card

(Nestor Ayuso) #39

and the Nth one is here:

(Barillaro) #40

I was coming here to tell about OccamSmart mPCIe adapter and I found your post.
You are an hour ahead :joy:

(OccamSmart) #41

Hi there! Thank you for giving OccamSmart a shoutout on here.

While the OccamSmart brand is relatively new to the market, the company behind OccamSmart, Occam Technology Group (previously known as OccamMD) has been making LoRa gateway cards and modules for more than three years.

Actually, the Microchip LG8271/LG9271 gateway modules inside of the TTN gateways are a OEM design by Occam, as the pictures below show.

One of the biggest differences between the Microchip LG8271/LG9271 (TTN’s card) and our mPCIe Smart Gateway card is that our card is a true mPCIe form factor, identifies via either Serial or USB, and can be installed in existing gateway infrastructure (such as HPE’s EL10) to convert existing infrastructure to be LoRa capable.

Of course, the mPCIe Smart Gateway card can be installed in any computer that supports mPCIe and is not simply limited to high-end industrial-grade gateways. Later this month, we are planning on making our packet forwarder for the mPCIe Smart Gateway card available on Github ( I will gladly let this board know when this happens). The initial forwarder will be for x86-64 based gateways with Arm-based gateways to follow.

The card is available for both the North American and European market (915 MHz and 868 MHz) and can be purchased from our OccamSmart store.

If you would like more information, here is the Sales Sheet for the mPCIe Smart Gateway card and here is the Data Sheet for it.

(Nestor Ayuso) #43

one more from Embit, this time based on semtech reference design 2

RAK833 PCIe LoRa Gateway Concentrator Module
(Bryansmith) #44

Any word on when this Embit module will be available for sale @nestorayuso ? A v2 card is definitely more desirable.

(Tim Everitt) #45

Is there a good solution for connecting a miniPCIe gateway card like the n-fuse to a Raspberry Pi?

As the RPi has no PCI bus there do not appear to be regular mPCIe shields/etc. Some miniPCIe cards appear to be USB using the standard miniPCIe USB wiring but some also have UART wiring. I found the shield online that uses an external USB cable as the RPi USB is not presented on the 40-pin expansion header. Does anyone know if this shield will work between an RPi and a miniPCIe gateway card?

Thanks for any information.

(Vanthome) #46

You are right, the SixFab Shield should work with our LRWCCx-MPCIe LoRaWAN Mini PCIe Card. We tested it already with an external Mini PCIe to USB adaptor with enclosure like this. We also consider creating carrier boards for popular platforms like the RPi but this is not decided yet.

(Tim Everitt) #47

Hi @Vanthome, thanks for the information. That external mPCIe enclosure is a better solution and I can buy it on Amazon for a lower price than via Aliexpress! It also means that I should be able to use an RPi zero and connect/power everything via a small industrial USB hub with 7-24V which also solves the “up the tower” power challenge.

I note that the n-fuse website is listing it as available in Q3 2018. If there’s any early availability then I’m happy to test and write up a full howto to go on github or the TTN forum/website.

(Vanthome) #48

This thread will be the first where I will inform about availability. Would be great if you would write a TTN story about it.
Connection to a USB Hub we have not tried yet but an industrial grade one should be able to provide the 500mA steadily.

(Nestor Ayuso) #49

MiniPCIe card inside Gemtek WLRGFM-100 Indoor Femto Gateway

(JTAG) #50

Coowl, this looks like a second ref design based transceiver, what did the complete WLRGFM-100 cost you? I couldn’t really find a price on the web.

(Cliff Albert) #51

Unfortunately this card is not mPCIe compatible. It uses a supply voltage of 5V, which is not in mPCIe spec. It just uses mPCIe/mSATA/M.2 formfactor. But is not useable in a standard mPCIe slot.

(Nestor Ayuso) #52

The last one is Miromico FMLR PCIE-GW-868 LBT

with listen before talk, so reference design 2

(Cliff Albert) #53

I am compiling a list of “mPCIe” cards with availability and compatibility:

I’ll try to keep it updated whenever a new card surfaces and will add experiences with them as soon as they are available.