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Episode 14: WiFi vs LoRa for IoT device applications: which to choose and why?

Each week, we chat about some of the things we did this week at tincubate, our electronics tinkering and design company that we affectionately call the tincbuator. We do all things tech with physical products, and each we'll show a glimpse based on discussions on our social media posts. Comment to tell us what you like, what questions you have and what you want to see more of so we can help you all see the process behind real-world wireless tech product development!


Topic

This week we're exploring the (new) age old question of how to select the right wireless radio access technology (RAT) for your IoT application. This video doesn't list technical specs because honestly, you can look those up all day. Instead, we're focusing in on how we go about selecting between two specific RATs: WiFi and LoRa. The conversation started on TikTok around the differences between an ESP32 and LoRa like in the NM180100 module we use in a lot of our applications.


We cover the main decision factors and also dive into why we like to pair LoRa with another short-range solution like Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Watch me also struggle to do math and unit conversions in my head... and yes, it happens every single time I try to talk specs off the cuff (that's why you don't often see me do it on social).


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Links


TikToks:

NM180310 vs ESP32: https://www.tiktok.com/@tincubate/video/7051657375505370373

Modem Issues Part 1: https://www.tiktok.com/@tincubate/video/7052703928860855558

Modem Issues Part 2: https://www.tiktok.com/@tincubate/video/7053030803386731782


Other Links:

LoRa/BLE products we use: https://www.tincubate.com/nmi

LoRaWAN network provider mentioned: https://eleven-x.com/

LoRa Range World Record: https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/article/lorawan-distance-world-record

Good starting configurable LoRa gateway for home: https://www.dragino.com/products/lora-lorawan-gateway.html


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