Wireless Network Overview

BigClown radio, LoRa, Sigfox, NB-IoT

This article compares the wireless technologies you can use with BigClown. BigClown supports not just generic 868 MHz communication, bud can communicate also by other Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN):

  • BigClown 868/915 MHz FSK radio

  • LoRa

  • Sigfox

  • NB-IoT

More information could be found in this LPWAN comparison article.

BigClown 868/915 MHz FSK radio

BigClown 868/915 MHz radio article

Every Core Module has a SPIRIT1 radio module on it. This radio works up to 400 meters in open area or convers regular family house.

Parameters:

  • Range in open area: 400 m

  • Packet size: 50 bytes

References:

LoRa Network

BigClown LoRa Module article

This is a network build by companies, municipalities and public. You can try to google if some company in your country/area provides this network (CRA, Starnet). You can also buy your own gateway and create your own network for school or city, or use the community The Things Network (coverage map).

Gateways:

Parameters:

  • Range in open area: 10 km

  • Packet size: 50 - 200 bytes

References:

Sigfox Network

BigClown Sigfox Module article

Because Sigfox is global network, you don't have to deal with SIM cards or roaming. You do not have to buy or manage gateway. You just use already working infrastructure.

For SigFox you can buy Sigfox Module with 3 years subscription from our shop. You can also buy just the Sigfox Module and manage the subscription yourself. Check Sigfox coverage map to see if your area is covered.

Parameters:

  • Range in open area: 10 km

  • Packet size: 12 bytes

References:

NB-IoT network

For this network you can use our platform CHESTER.

NB-IoT Module for BigClown is in the development.