Just wondering why use the Argon (WiFi connected to the particle cloud) and connect to the things network over LoRA?. Your device is operating as an end node right? Was this a fun challenge to see if you can get it functional or are you building something functional? If functional, what’s driving you to use the things network. Is it easy of over the air initial setup? I’ve been using the Adafruit FeatherWing M0 RFM95x for stand alone devices. Seems to keep it simple as the MCU and LoRa radio is all in the same feather. Also might be a little cheaper.
What I was really hoping to find was an Argon or Boron acting as a private “gateway” for LoRaWAN packets. Even if it means sending the contents of the packet to the Particle cloud. This way if I had A few The things network compatible nodes but didn’t have a close enough TTN gateway nearby, I could deploy a Boron to act as a psedo gateway. Yes, I could spin up my own gateway but I sure do like the cellular connectivity, no need to manage a SIM card and deploy nearly anywhere aspect of the Boron. With this setup, once TTN (The Things Network) had coverage in that area, the devices could simply be activated on TTN and I could deactivate/repurpose the Boron based “private gateway”.
For now, I am doing a simple device to device LoRa communication (i.e not TTN compatibles). I have several LoRa end nodes that all talk to a Boron over LoRa using a similar RFM95x FeatherWing. If the Lora packet comes from a known device the Boron just forwards the packet to the Particle cloud for further processing. What I really want to do is have the end device send TTN packets and I deploy my Boron only when that area doesn’t have TTN coverage.
Anyone here do anything like that? If so, I’d be interested in learning more details.