Gumstix is unveiling the Gumstix Pi Conduit LoRa® Gateway.
The new board is powered by PoE with Ethernet over USB and a connector for the RAK wireless RAK2247 gateway and concentrator module. When used with the Raspberry Pi Compute Module and the RAwireless RAK2247 gateway module, it can deliver long-range communications over LoRaWAN between the internet and LoRa devices.
NOTE: Raspberry Pi Compute Module and RAKwireless RAK2247 sold separately.
POE has many applications, but the three key areas are:
- Wireless – Wifi and Bluetooth APs and RFID readers are commonly PoE-compatible, to allow remote location away from AC outlets, and relocation following site surveys. The new Gumstix Pi PoE LoRa Gateway serves this market.
- VoIP phones – the original POE application. Using POE means phones have a single connection to a wall socket, and can be remotely powered down, just like with the older analog systems.
- IP cameras – POE is now ubiquitous on networked surveillance cameras, where it enables fast deployment and easy repositioning.
Why use POE?
Specifying Power over Ethernet brings many advantages to an installation:
- Scalability – having power available on the network means that installation and distribution of network connections is simple and effective.
- Flexibility – without being tethered to an electrical outlet, devices such as IP cameras and wireless access points can be located wherever they are needed most, and repositioned easily if required.
- Time and cost savings – by reducing the time and expense of having electrical power cabling installed. Network cables do not require a qualified electrician to fit them, and can be located anywhere.
- Safety – POE delivery is intelligent, and designed to protect network equipment from overload, underpowering, or incorrect installation.
- Reliability – POE power comes from a central and universally compatible source, rather than a collection of distributed wall adapters. It can be backed-up by an uninterruptible power supply, or controlled to easily disable or reset devices.
Get started with the Raspberry Pi PoE LoRa Gateway here.