SparkFun expLoRaBLE Hookup Guide
The SparkFun LoRa Thing Plus – expLoRaBLE is a feather form-factor development board with the NM180100 system in package (SiP), from Northern Mechatronics. The NM180100 SiP includes a Semtex SX1262 LoRa module paired with the Apollo3 MCU, which is used in the SparkFun Artemis module. This provides the board with compatibility in the Arduino IDE, through our Apollo3 Arduino core. The Semtex SX1262 is a long range, low power RF tranceiver introduces LoRaWAN capabilities to the board. Additionally, both the BLE and LoRa capabilities of the expLoRaBLE allow it to operate as a Bluetooth enabled LoRa node.
To get started, users will need a few items. Now some users may have a few of these items, feel free to modify your cart accordingly.
- SparkFun LoRa Thing Plus – expLoRaBLE
- USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot - The USB interface serves two purposes: it powers the board and allows you to upload programs to it. (*If your computer doesn't provide a USB-A slot, then you will need to choose an appropriate cable or purchase an adapter as well.)
- Wide Band 4G LTE Internal FPC Antenna
- Access to a LoRa gateway (connected to The Things Network)
- An account with The Things Network
- Computer with the an operating system (OS) that is compatible with all the software installation requirements.
wish to use. Feel free to modify the items in your cart to fit your needs.
For mobile applications, users will want to pick up a single-cell LiPo battery from our catalog. Below, are a few available options:
If you would like to follow along with the examples below to interact with the physical world, you will also need the following items:
Headers & Accessories
Headers are great for development purposes, letting users swap parts with just a set of jumper wires. If you would like to add headers to your board, check out some of the options for the Thing Plus or Feather form factor boards:
JTAG FunctionalityUsers interested in modifying or updating the firmware on the Apollo3 will need an Arm® Programmer and need to solder on a JTAG header. We recommend these programmers from our catalog:
Below, is a selection of a few LoRA antenna options from the antenna product category.
Below, is a selection of a few LoRA gateway options from the LoRa product category.
As a more professionally oriented product, we will skip over the more fundamental tutorials (i.e. Ohm's Law and What is Electricity?). However, below are a few tutorials that may help users familiarize themselves with various aspects of the board.
Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)
Installing an Arduino Library
Three Quick Tips About Using U.FL
LoRaWAN with ProRF and The Things Network
Artemis Development with Arduino
Pulse Width Modulation
Analog vs. Digital
Installing Board Definitions in the Arduino IDE
Artemis Development with the Arduino IDE
One of the new, advanced features of the board is that it takes advantage of the Qwiic connect system. We recommend familiarizing yourself with the Logic Levels and I2C tutorials. Click on the banner above to learn more about Qwiic products.