A couple of projects back we had a look at the LoRaWAN Gateway from Dragino. We connected different nodes to the Gateway and transmitted data from the nodes to the Gateway using TheThingsNetwork as the server. We went through the whole configuration process of the Gateway. In this project, We are going to take that game one step further by connecting a GPS tracker to the Gateway. In fact, we will connect two GPS trackers to the Gateway one by one.
First, we will connect an Arduino based GPS node to the Gateway after programming that in order to share GPS data, and after that we will connect a readymade GPS tracker node LGT92 from Dragino and collect GPS data from that as well.
Wait, Have I told you about the new Gateway from Dragino that we are going to use today. Yes, today we have a new gateway from dragino with us the 8 channel LPS8 gateway that we will use.
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About LPS8 Dragino Gateway
The LPS8 is an open-source Indoor LoRaWAN Gateway. Unlike the LG01-P single channel gateway. The LPS8 is an 8 channel gateway which means that we can connect more nodes to it and can easily handle comparatively larger LoRa traffic. The LPS8 Gateway is powered by one SX1308 LoRa concentrator and two 1257 LoRa Transceivers. It has a USB host port and a USB type C power input. Apart from that it also has an ethernet port which can be used for connection purposes. But we are not going to use that today as we are going to connect it using Wi-Fi. On the front part of the Gateway, we have 4 status LEDs for Power supply, Wifi Access Point, Ethernet port, and Internet connectivity.
This Gateway lets us bridge LoRa wireless network to an IP network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. The LPS8 uses a Semtech Packet forwarder and is fully compatible with the LoRaWAN protocol. The LoRa concentrator in this Gateway provides 10 programmable parallel demodulation paths. It comes with pre-configured standard LoRaWAN frequency bands to be used in different countries. Some features of the LPS8 LoRaWAN Gateway are:
It is an Open Source OpenWrt system.
Emulates 49x LoRa demodulators.
Has 10 programmable parallel demodulation paths.
To get a detailed read about the LPS8 gateway. You can refer to its datasheet from here and user manual from here.