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.
Here’s three ways I found it to be different than our first gateway on first look:
- It’s an indoor unit as opposed to Kerlink’s outdoor installation. I understand MultiTech’s outdoor units are coming really soon.
- The MultiTech has a LoRaWAN network server built in. That offers interesting edge computing possibilities in the future but right now needs a bit of workaround to operate only as a packet forwarder.
- It has no GPS. That’s a clear drawback as it can’t operate Class B and C LoRaWAN devices out of the box. I know that is being addressed but not when.
We’re going to test the Kerlink and MultiTech gateways for performance head to head. That should make for an interesting outcome.