In my head, if I can find a “Start here” for Sensor > LoRa > Home Node > ??? (cloud?) I would be multiple leaps forward.
I have developed several OpenSource projects with controllers so the basic premise of a project like this is comfortable, but I just can’t seem to get a toe-hold on how to get started here.
I would have sent you a PM, but this interface is strange to me (after being on the Internet since the beginning) and I don’t see the message icon on your avatar :) If you can message me and would prefer that for this question, please do so.
And believe me, I am cringing as I go to hit “Post” but I’m so completely lost …
thank you for writing in. Please do not worry about dropping in and asking questions, the sound makes the music. Having newcomers ask innocent questions is always a good chance for us to reflect and eventually improve on what we are doing, reporting and publishing.
Let us know if the resoures shared below will help you along already to get a better insight into the topic what it would take to replicate a DIY kit of this type. Otherwise, we will be happy to answer further questions and provide better guidelines.
Apologies that the forum and our resources do not provide a concise path to folllow when aiming to build/replicate a complete system, following the approach of
Indeed. It would be so sweet!
I took the chance to create a meta-level outline at Awesome Hiveeyes -- A list of curated resources, where I tried to compile the most concise resources collected throughout the forum, and maybe a bit beyond. Let’s consider this to be a living document, hopefully updated regularly as we go.
Please don’t be afraid of the German content you will find here. There is a translation button below each post and it does a pretty decent job. Feel free to ask or respond in English, even on German threads.
That was one of the things that slowed me down actually. While reading through threads in German I hit some sort of rate-limiter related to translating posts. For a few, I even hit a “content too long to translate” error. It would be nice to be able to translate a thread at once.
What I can say about this appliance is that the board will also include a GSM modem, most probably the SIM800 again. So, depending on which type of telemetry you are looking at, it might not be the right choice anyway .
I felt like the articles are close to completion, so I decided to include them already in order to humbly build up a very slight pressure towards publishing them, mainly to remind us that those resources will not be forgotten about. On the other hand, they might in fact not be ready for public consumption yet. If this is the case, we will have to respect that and I would like to recommend to check back at a later point in time. Ping @clemens and @wtf. ↩︎
All right. I think the designated board within our community on this matter is the HTCC-AB01: Heltec CubeCell Dev-Board, being a development board which can be used reasonably well in production. On the projects I am aware of,
Feel free to use the search function to find out more about certain details after getting accustomed to acronyms and jargon. I think the search functionality of Discourse is pretty decent and I personally use it more often than not.
Is the “The Things Indoor LoRaWAN WiFi Gateway - 8 Channel LoRa 900 MHz” (Product ID: 4345 on Adafruit’s website) a reasonable starter gateway for some initial work? A lot of the shields and hats with multi-channels seem to have supply chain issues right now, and for ~$100 that seems like it might be a good choice until things are not so weird.
I have 3 of them here in the US and like them. I emailed TTI and asked if they were still being produced and they said yes, they are still popular. They do not come with instructions, so you’ll need to google that. Setup process is a little funky but it works. Great for the price!
One of those TTIGs  was donated to me for developing Terkin and Kotori, but, as far as I know, I forwarded it to @einsiedlerkrebs the other day. I think he even managed to attach an external antenna to the device after tearing it slightly apart, in order to increase coverage.
You will find diverse reports on the TTN forum about this device, also some troublesomes, with eventual lockups. Maybe this is just what users observed that @NewHopApiary refers to as »funky setup process« ;] .
Personally, while never having worked with it, I also think it is a very reasonable starter gateway, suitable for development and home automation. For production usage in a rural area (outdoor conditions!?) you will probably also have a look at the Mikrotik or a similar device again in the future.
Also, I think the migration to TTNv3 caused some troubles for many users. This should now be a thing of the past, and current shipments will probably include modern firmware releases to resolve this matter. ↩︎
@Andreas I haven’t experienced any lockups yet. My comment about the setup being odd is that you have to hold a reset button for 5 secs and then a setup button for 10 secs. Just seemed convoluted to me.