Pycom’s Pygate – Low Cost 8 Channel Gateway to Power Up LoPy and Wipy

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Pycom is well known company in IoT hardware which is constantly disrupting the IoT hardware market with wide range of end-to-end hardware and software products. Check out our previous coverage on Pycom here.

Pycom’s latest hardware product is Pygate, a highly demanded board from the makers community. Pygate is a low-cost 8-channel gateway that comes in the shape of a shield. It has the same form factor like other Pycom shields and can be connected to well-known WiPy3, LoPy4 or a GPy easily and out of the box. You can hook in all your other Pycom devices up and you have yourself a nifty little decentralized IoT network in one go.

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Major Features of Pygate

Pygate’s got a ton of really nice features:

  • Dual SX1257 transceivers for a total of 8 channels support
  • Frequencies: 863-870 MHz and 902-928 MHz
  • Baseband processor: SX1308
  • Compatible with WiPy3, GPy and LoP4
  • Ultra-low power standby mode
  • Ethernet with PoE via the optional daughter board
  • Powered via USB, LiPo Battery and Ethernet via the optional daughter board
  • LiPo battery charging via the USB port
  • USB to serial connection for the Pycom module with auto-programming features
  • Same form factor as the Expansion Board v3

The reason for Pygate development as per Pycom is to enable developers to use existing Pycom boards and extend their entire IoT system. It’s a further evolution of Pycom’s strategy to ‘decentralise the Internet of Things’ giving everyone the opportunity to connect their own LoRa network and run it independently while reusing technology they may already have in use. Developer can also use Pymesh to make it super powerful.

Pygate is expected to be released in July 2019 with samples and beta units available before then. If you want to be one of the first to play with it, you’ll be pleased to know they will make it available for pre-order during the month of March 2019. The expected cost would be below 50$ as they have mentioned.

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