LoStik by Third Venture is an affordable, easy to use, LoRaWAN™ compatible device. It lets IoT (Internet of Things) integrators, network testers, and hobbyists get connected to a LoRa® network faster, diagnose network issues more easily, and build new and exciting connected devices.
LoRa® technology is one of the leading wireless technologies powering the emerging Internet of Things. It is used in tons of cool technologies such as automatic meter reading, smart parking, and even livestock tracking. It has the unique ability to send packets over fairly long distances using minimal power (We’re talking kilometers!). LoRa® technology is perfect for devices that are located far away and need to send small amounts of data.
Unfortunately, configuring and deploying these devices can be more challenging than it needs to be. Setting up and testing new networks can also be tiresome and complex. That’s where our device comes in.
LoStik technology is ideal for anyone working with existing LoRa® networks or just getting started in IoT. It utilizes the RN2903/RN2483 SOM (System on a Module) chip by Microchip which comes with an intuitive text interface. Just plug your device in to a computer and connect via terminal to start coding or check out some of our example code.
Hobbyists can connect their Raspberry Pi or PC to any LoRa® gateway and start sending messages or sensor data with minimal fuss or configuration. There is no easier way to get connected to a LoRaWAN™ network. LoStik is ideal for connecting your Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, or any PC to the LoRaWAN™ network. It connects over USB leaving your precious Raspberry PI GPIO pins free. If you’re looking to build an automated backyard garden, DIY home automation, or a garage door opener, LoStik can help you out.
IoT integrators can use LoStik to test and configure networks without carrying around development boards and random programmers, serial adapters, and wires.
LoRa® wireless techonolgy is used in tons of industries and use-cases including:
No matter what your use-case is LoStik wireless networks is an essential tool for any IoT integrator.
Third Venture USB Dongle for LoRa® wireless networks uses a RN2903 (US) or RN2483 (EU) depending on what ITU region you are in; if you are unsure which version you need check out the frequency plan.
LoStik uses a simple ASCII interface. You can configure it and send commands over serial / COM port. Microchip provides a detailed command refference RN2903, RN2483
The radio can be used in packet mode sending packets between nodes. This provides simplex, single-channel communications. If you want to speak LoRaWAN you need a gateway or access to one. Some countries in Europe provide nation-wide coverage.
If you want to tinker with the MCU directly it is possible (but not necessary) to write your own firmware. There is an unpopulated ICSP header and the onboard MCU is a PIC18LF46K22 and Microchip supplies LoRaWAN libraries for use with MPLab.
We chose a great enclosure to protect the internals when it’s bouncing around your computer bag. It’s semi-transparent so you can see the LEDs, but more importantly it’s meant to be hack friendly and you can take it apart without destroying it. The LoRaWAN modules are capable of firmware updates over the USB / UART connection, but if you’re feeling adventurous we included pads for an ICSP header.
Third Venture USB Dongle for LoRa® networks really stands out among the competition. It is the most capable, well documented, and most reasonably priced option on the market today.
|Cost||Documentation||Code Samples||Interface||Open Source||LoRaWAN Support||Programmable LEDs|
|LoStik||$39||Extensive||Yup||Text||Yes||Class A (class C in dev)||Bling!|
|GlobalSat LD50H||$90||Requires NDA||Requires NDA||Text||No||Class A||Nope|
The first 100 units will be manufactured right here in the state of Oregon, USA. We’ve already ordered the first batch of RN2903s for America from Microchip Direct and will begin manufacturing as soon as the campaign closes. While those are under way, Seeed Studios will start additional PCB assembly for us in Shenzhen.
Earlybird units will start shipping on August 9th with the remainder shipping by September 6th.
LoStik has been through several iterations of development and has been used in the field for many months. We’ve produced dozens of them and have made numerous design improvements to aid manufacturability.
There is some risk in delivering thousands of the units in a timely manner based on availability and lead-times for the Microchip modules. We already have a conversation going with Microchip and will update our backers of any potential manufacturing delays caused by component availability.
LoRa® and LoRaWAN™ are trademarks of Semtech Corporation or its subsidiaries.
"Designed for use with any computer or microcontroller capable of acting as a USB Host and featuring an ASCII interface, the LoRa Stick can be used in both packet and LoRaWAN modes – making it compatible with The Things Network"
"It’s easier to carry compared to a prototype with jumper wires, can be programmed via a simple ASCII interface, supports packet mode LoRa or LoRaWAN, and works with the Things Networks."
"Designed to provide an easy way to connect and take advantage of the growing Internet of Things network"
"Having used LoStik in the field for many months, Third Venture decided to open source the design and share it with other developers."
Produced by Ronoth, LLC in Portland, Oregon.
Sold and shipped by Crowd Supply.
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Portland, Oregon · ronoth.com
We are a handful of crazy tech entrepreneurs who have a passion for open-source hardware and software. We've worked together for close to 10 years now and have probably had more than three ventures, but we're only counting the best ones. We're always fascinated with the uncountable ways the internet has changed and connected the world around us and continuously look toward new ways we can be a small part of this generations most exciting advancement.
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