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    Sub-1 GHz Sensor to Cloud IoT Gateway - Review

    What is the product about?

     

    The Element14 SimpleLink Sub-1GHz Sensor-to-Cloud Industrial Gateway provides end-to-end solution-enabling and easy cloud connection.

    The kit contains all the components needed to create a full sensor network, including the BeagleBone Black, BeagleBone wireless cape,

    and the SimpleLink Dual-Band CC1350 LaunchPad acting as the MAC co-processor. The kit also includes an additional CC1350 LaunchPad acting as a long-range sensor node.

    The TI 15.4-Stack software development kit (SDK) for Sub-1GHz star network connectivity and the Linux TI Processor SDK, provides a seamless, out-of-box user experience.

    • Large network with up to 50 secure nodes
    • Complete sub-1GHz networking solution with built-in frequency hopping
    • Designed to be FCC compliant
    • Faster time to market with a complete end to end solution
    • Flexible gateway architecture
    • Connect to multiple cloud providers

    applications of the product:

    IoT (Internet of Things)

    wireless and

    sensor technology

    What I received with the bundle?

     

    With this bundle i received two https://www.element14.com/community/view-product.jspa?fsku=2664489&nsku=NULL&COM=noscriptTI SimpleLink CC1350 LaunchPads, Beaglebone Black along with it's wireless cape.

    5Volts Power Supply with universal supportive plug extensions, USB cables, and uSD card with loaded image to boot up the kit and user manual.

    Like to mention Kit includes FTDI Serial debugging cable which is really required when you need to port Linux based Operating systems to beaglebone family.

    Every component is packed with ESD cover to protect from external immunity and emission.

     

    Power packed bundle after opening including ESD protection covers.

     

    5Volts Power Supply with universal supportive plug extensions

    Beaglebone Black:

     

    BeagleBone Black is a low-cost, community-supported development platform for developers and hobbyists. Boot Linux in under 10 seconds and get started on development in less than 5 minutes with just a single USB cable.

     

    Processor: AM335x 1GHz ARM® Cortex-A8

    • 512MB DDR3 RAM
    • 4GB 8-bit eMMC on-board flash storage
    • 3D graphics accelerator
    • NEON floating-point accelerator
    • 2x PRU 32-bit microcontrollers

    Connectivity

    • USB client for power & communications
    • USB host
    • Ethernet
    • HDMI
    • 2x 46 pin headers

    Other BeagleBone derivatives »

    Software Compatibility

    • Debian
    • Android
    • Ubuntu
    • Cloud9 IDE on Node.js w/ BoneScript library
    • plus much more

     

    beaglebone wireless :

     

    What is BeagleBone Black Wireless?

    Replacing the 10/100 Ethernet port with onboard 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi and Bluetooth, the popular open source BeagleBone™ Black computer now comes with built-in wireless networking capability. Leveraging a partnership with Octavo Systemsand designed in CadSoft Eagle, BeagleBone™ Black Wireless is the easiest to use and modify credit-card sized IoT Linux computer available.

    Processor: Octavo Systems OSD3358 1GHz ARM® Cortex-A8

    • 512MB DDR3 RAM
    • 4GB 8-bit eMMC on-board flash storage
    • 3D graphics accelerator
    • NEON floating-point accelerator
    • 2x PRU 32-bit microcontrollers

    Connectivity

    • USB client for power & communications
    • USB host
    • 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1 plus BLE
    • HDMI
    • 2x 46 pin headers

    Software Compatibility

    • Debian with Cloud9 IDE on Node.js w/ BoneScript library
    • Third party support for Android and Ubuntu
    • plus much more

     

    Wireless cape for Beaglebone black:

     

    The BBONE-GATEWAY-CAPE is an add-on board that provides a connectivity and gateway solution for the popular BeagleBone Black platform.

    This cape comes with Texas Instrument's WL837MOD pre-certified module - the next generation Dual-Band Industrial Module - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and BLE.

    It also supports ZigBee and NFC; lending itself to support IoT nodes and gateway applications.

     

    Features:

     

    • TI WL1837MOD
    • 2.4- and 5-GHz Dual-Band WiFi
    • Bluetooth and BLE
    • TI CC2530 for IEEE 802.15.4, Zigbee and RF4CE applications
    • TI RF430CL331, a NFC transponder to facilitate Bluetooth/WiFi pairing
    • Includes dual on-board chip antennas & U.FL connectors

     

    It is recommended for users who own a beaglebone black already to purchase a wireless cape, if not beaglebone wireless is a good choice.

     

    As IOT gateway:

     

    As shown in the below picture, connect the BBB to the CC1350 LaunchPad labeled MAC co-processor.

    Connect the 5-V power supply to the BBB and an electrical outlet.

    The CC1350 LaunchPad labeled Sensor can be connected to any USB power source using provided USB cable.

     

     

     

     

    connect ftdi serial debug cable, using putty

     

    Use the following login credentials within the debug shell or via ssh:

    username: root 

    password: <empty> (enter)

     

    Once booting finished, You can see SitaraAP wireless network enabled with a good range.

     

    Of course, a secured connection.

    More details on how to use the product can be found here:

     

    http://www.ti.com/lit/ug/swru533/swru533.pdf

     

    Software Development Kit

    SIMPLELINK-CC13X0-SDK SimpleLink™ Sub-1 GHz CC13x0 Software Development Kit | TI.com

    TI 15.4-Stack Gateway Linux Software Development Kit

    TI-15.4-STACK-GATEWAY-LINUX-SDK TI 15.4-Stack Gateway Linux Software Development Kit | TI.com

     

    Amazon web services

     

    https://aws.amazon.com/

     

    Application using this bundle is under progress, will update this thread in coming weeks.


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