We may wonder what are the key factors that make some LoRaWAN® gateways so costly? Sometimes the price difference could be huge that ranges from below US$100 to US$1000 for a unit. To better figure it out, let’s get the most visible spots on the page.
First, What Is LoRa/LoRaWAN®?
LoRa and LoRaWAN® are totally different.
LoRa (Long Range) is a patented digital wireless data communication IoT technology developed by Cycleo of Grenoble, France. It was acquired by Semtech in 2012, which holds the IP for LoRa transmission methodology. LoRa is based on chirp spread spectrum modulation that maintains the same low-power feature as FSK modulation but significantly increases the communication range.
LoRaWAN® is a media access control (MAC) layer protocol maintained by the LoRa Alliance, a non-profit technology alliance. It is designed to allow low-powered devices to communicate with Internet-connected applications over long range wireless connections.
In a word, LoRa is a kind of wireless modulation that belongs to the physical layer and creates the long range communication link. And LoRaWAN® presents as the communication protocol and system architecture defined by LoRa Alliance and aims to build up a large-scale public network.
What Is the Difference between LoRa Gatway & LoRaWAN® Gateway?
One of the things that distinguish LoRa gateway from LoRaWAN® gateway is the communication protocols they use. LoRa gateway usually runs with private agreements that may have various types, while LoRaWAN® gateway is offered with standard communication agreements recognized by the universal.
What Makes Ursalink LoRa Gateway Excellent?
LoRa gateway uses private protocols that are mostly unique and vary in different brands. The users can be hardly free from the product brands when selecting relevant hardware for large-scale deployment of end nodes, gateways, and beyond. And it increases difficulty for the new product communicating with the existing system and may not reach users’ desired outcome.
On the contrary, the LoRaWAN® Gateway makes network more accessible for common uses. With leveraging LoRaWAN® protocol, data can seamlessly transit on to these different LoRaWAN® devices with only minor configuration adjustment. It creates a future-proof design with flexibility to interact between different end nodes. Keeping that in mind, Ursalink delivers robust, secure and wireless connectivity in the wide range of environments with a plenty of LoRaWAN® devices such as LoRaWAN® Gateway, LoRaWAN® Sensor Node and LoRaWAN Temp & Humidity Sensor, available for deployment in most global frequency band such as CN470/IN865/EU868/AU915/US915/KR920/AS923, etc.
To keep budget in line, usually LoRa Gateway applies SX127X LoRa Concentrator Module that is cheap but unstable. On the flip side, Ursalink LoRa gateway is bundled with SX1301, along with the capability to deliver continuous network connection optimized for reliable performance and easy development.
Easy to Build and Buy
A LoRaWAN® network is a complex architecture that contains end devices, LoRaWAN® gateways, network servers and application servers. The data transmits through the end-nodes to the servers and finally reaches the APP. Sometimes this data-driven technology requires spare costs on maintenance or compliance for network server. To spare down business overheads, Ursalink UG85/UG87 LoRaWAN® Gateway is designed with embedded network server aligning with multiple 3rd Party Network Servers such as The Things Network (TTN), LORIOT, etc. , in order to bring distributed nodes online faster and easy to verify your PoC at affordable price.