Once the gateway passed solar powered test period, it was erected to it's final position at the highest point at roof-top of Espotel HQ, some 6 meters higher than previously in a more difficult to reach location some 15-20 meters above the ground.
Now more comprehensive network coverage test was performed. The testing focused on uplink performance. Results with distances from the gateway:
- 10 km - Stationary nodes in good position with proper antenna
- 7.5 km - Vehicle mount with external antenna
- 5 km - Indoor coverage with dipole antenna
- 2.5 km - Indoor coverage with integrated antenna
|Espotel LoRa network coverage.|
|868 MHz half-wave dipole antenna with magnetic mount at car roof-top.|
Within distance from 7,5 to 10 km it was possible to communicate from car to the gateway every now and then, but in practice the reasonable maximum distance is about 7,5 km due to increased packet-loss ratio while distance increases.
|Espotel engineer installing the gateway in it's new location.|