Farnell element14 announces the Arduino Pro Gateway Kit

New kit opens the door to LoRa® long-range low-interference connectivity at 868 MHz


Farnell element14, the Development Distributor, announces availability of the new Arduino Pro Gateway kit; providing an entrance to the world of LoRa® connectivity using ultra-long range and high interference immunity wireless technology.

The Arduino Pro Gateway connects seamlessly with Arduino’s MKR WAN 1300 development board, allowing existing Arduino users to design and prototype long-range, low-power IoT devices in a familiar Arduino environment without changing platforms. Installation, provisioning and remote management of the Gateway are greatly simplified through the Arduino Create platform, enabling users to leverage LoRa connectivity in many potential applications including:

  • Automated meter reading
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Smart cities
  • Home and building automation
  • Alarm and security systems
  • Industrial control
  • Irrigation systems
  • Agricultural monitoring

The new Gateway is designed around the Semtech SX1301 digital baseband chip: a powerful digital signal processing engine which enables robust connection between the Gateway and a large number of wireless end-points spread over a wide range of distances. The Arduino Pro Gateway offers up to eight LoRa channels in the 868 MHz frequency band, allowing it to receive up to eight LoRa packets simultaneously - making it the ideal device to use in LoRaWAN gateway applications.

The Gateway features a Listen Before Talk (LBT) capability, which allows users to transmit at higher power on the first free channel, achieving longer ranges than conventional gateways for LoRa. The gateway also comes pre-installed with an optimized packet forwarder and a carrier grade network server for LoRaWAN that is running on the Arduino Cloud, powered by A2A.

In addition to the Gateway with LoRa connectivity and the SX1301 baseband chipset, the kit contains:

  • An adapter for the Raspberry Pi
  • An aluminum enclosure
  • The Raspberry Pi 3 model B+
  • 5 V power supply
  • Ethernet cable
  • External antenna

Hari Kalyanaraman, Global Head of Emerging Businesses and Single Board Computers for  Premier Farnell and Farnell element14, says “The Arduino Pro Gateway kit combined with the Arduino Create platform provides an easy to deploy gateway solution that leverages LoRa connectivity across a wide range of applications including Environment Monitoring, Industrial Control / Automation, Smart Cities and more. This enables engineers developing LoRa applications to get to market faster”

Farnell element14 will be exhibiting at Embedded World, Nuremberg Germany from 26-28 February. Visitors can view the new Arduino Pro Gateway Kit at stand 1-370, where Farnell element14 is collocated with sister company, Avnet Silica.

The Arduino Pro Gateway kit is now exclusively available from Farnell element14 in Europe.


About us

Premier Farnell is a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Premier Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers as ‘The Development Distributor’, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.

Premier Farnell is a business unit of Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT). Premier Farnell trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America, and element14 throughout Asia Pacific. The Premier Farnell Group is supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,500 suppliers and has an extensive inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet the needs of innovative customers everywhere. Premier Farnell sells direct to consumers through a network of resellers, and its CPC business in the UK.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.premierfarnell.com