The Things Network is a global, crowdsourced, open, free and decentralized internet of things network. The network allows for things to connect to the internet using little power and little data. Opening use cases never possible before. It makes use of the LoRaWAN technology. LoRa is a low energy, low bandwidth, long range (over 10km / 6 miles) wireless technology and uses an open data frequency.
To help you make the most of this open network, we are offering the following hardware:
The Things Gateway:
The main building block of the network. Small, easy to install, it essentially is a router between the things and the internet. With it you are creating the most substantial aspect of your connected city’s network.
The Things Uno:
Imagine an Arduino Uno with LoRaWAN connectivity. We thought we are using one of the most popular microcontrollers and make it LoRaWAN ready for you to prototype with.
The Things Node:
A matchbox full of sensors, a light and a button. Show off, or just connect this bunch of sensors to your IFTTT account - it is up to you. It is perfect for the prototyping of use cases without the need for programming skills.
The Things Network: long range, low power, IoT connecitivity
Learn more about The Things Network (video)
Our network is built by its users. You can contribute by placing a gateway and expand our network. The more gateways are placed, the larger the coverage.
At this moment, there are 833 gateways up and running along with 1489 Kickstarter gateways.