Network

3 Cases When Not To Use LoRaWAN

LoRaWAN is an open specifications network based on the proprietary LoRa physical layer from Semtech. These networks are really good at what they are designed for- sending data payload from/to sensors and other end devices economically, over long distances,...
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“Messy” IoT networks

Too many people apply cellular network thinking to networks that are purpose-built for the Internet of Things (IoT). They ignore the massive diversity of uses and the scenarios.
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Welcome to NZ, Sigfox

The much anticipated entry of Sigfox to New Zealand has happened. Sydney-based Thinxtra will be the local national operator for Australia and New Zealand with a major capital investment from Auckland technology firm Rakon. Construction of its New Zealand...
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Radio frequencies, bands and inspections

There have been a few questions about the frequencies KotahiNet uses and why. This includes pointed questions and an inspection by the good people responsible for its management in New Zealand, the Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) office. Sub-GHz ISM bands...
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Open standards for the long term

In the low power, long range IoT segment, the two leaders are Sigfox and LoRaWAN with Ingenu following. One aspect that differentiates the two leaders is their proprietary (Sigfox) vs open (LoRaWAN) approach. Which is better?
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Second Gateway

My first impression of our second gateway, the MultiTech Conduit, is just how small it is. In the photograph, it’s about a third of a standard desktop keyboard. It’s even smaller than my home broadband modem.
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Test Network, Part 2

After the initial setup described in the first post, it was time to bring in a professional to install the gateway. That was followed by a spectral analysis and some preliminary range testing.
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Test Network, Part 1

Probably the most exciting bit about setting up a test network is playing with actual stuff– hardware, green LEDs, and wires. The more serious aspect is to get a hands-on understanding of running a LoRaWAN network and the big question- just how...
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