LoRa module has active steering antenna, range beyond 15km

February 28, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Ethertronics announced what the company claims to be the first complete plug and play LoRa module for Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity, offering a range over 15km thanks to its on-board Active Steering antenna.

The improved range in low data rate applications is expected to result in longer range tracking performance and pinpoint indoor location accuracy, while making the process of installing and positioning an IoT or M2M Lora module much simpler and cheaper.

Ethertronics Active Steering technology and Active impedance matching technology solves many of the problems associated with using a passive antenna in small IoT devices. The active impedance matching capability of the Ethertronics LoRa module helps to handle the detuning of the antenna by its surrounding environment, while the multiple radiation patterns available from the Ethertronics Active Steering antenna along with the strong dual polarization properties, provides a more reliable signal that can be received across a large number of channels within a communication link.

Active Steering optimizes the antenna characteristics to the environment, resulting in better signal reception. The Active Steering algorithm continually samples and switches between radiation patterns in the millisecond time-frame to optimize a reliable communication link and provide ultra-long range performance for a host of IoT devices. The surface-mount module operates a real time, multitask Operating System (RTX OS) and offers an easy to use AT command interface, over SPI, UART or I2C interface to provide maximum flexibility and fast integration. It is built around a SEMTECH SX1272 chipset for the radio modem and the Ethertronics EC686 chipset as impedance tuner for the antenna.

Visit Ethertronics at  www.ethertronics.com