I know that others have asked about the possibility of using Electron+Photon to make a cellular gateway before. Generally the response from the community has been either “it’s coming” or “why not just buy a hotspot”.
I want to create a hotspot that will have a low duty cycle to keep power consumption to a minimum. Ideally the hotspot would sync Time to the particle Cloud each time it wakes up. It would stay alive to a minute or two and then go back to sleep. The Cluster of Photon sensors would do the same (I actually already have them doing this). For example, every 15 minutes the entire cluster and the hotspot would wake up (everything is solar powered in this scenario), get connected, read data, and then go back to sleep.
I’ve thought about doing this with off-the-shelf hotspots from the carriers, but none that I have yet found can turn themselves on when power is applied (they require a physical switch to be depressed, and the thought of putting a servo into the mix feels way too Rube Goldburgish).
It seems that the ‘perfect’ solution would be an Electron+Photon, but I am open to alternatives!