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LTE Cat 1 vs. Cat M1: Choose the Right IoT Modem for the Job

Applications on the Internet of Things (IoT) tend to be very different from those that the LTE network was originally built for. Your smartphone’s voice and data used large amounts of bandwidth; IoT applications use far less. Cat 1 and Cat M1 modems allow a lot more IoT traffic to fit in the same LTE network bandwidth. LTE Cat 1 […]

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NimbeLink is Designing a Modem for Cellular Drone Connectivity

NimbeLink, in partnership with Verizon’s ALO team and Sierra Wireless, is bringing to market another industry first: the UAV Skywire® modem, a fully end-device approved LTE modem specifically designed for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  Based on NimbeLink’s Cat 4 Skywire modem and using a customized version of the Sierra Wireless HL7588 module, this modem is custom built to be fully […]

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LTE Cat M1 Cellular vs. NB1 (NB-IoT) for IoT Applications

As a seller of LTE modems, most recently the LTE Cat M1 Skywire modem, we get a lot of questions about the eventually-to-be-released NB1. Our answer is that NB1 is probably going to be something, but it’s hard to say exactly what or exactly when. It’s gotten a lot of press as a low-cost option for cellular access, but its […]

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M1, Sigfox, and LoRa

NimbeLink Cat M1 embedded cellular modem

The Internet of Things (IoT) will never be a planned system. It is growing organically and being shaped by millions of participants, applications, and technologies. While no one can predict just what it will look like as it grows, everyone agrees that it will be really big and that connectivity will be its lifeblood. That connectivity will take place at […]

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LTE Cat1 Speed Comparison – From the Workshop

When designers are evaluating cellular connectivity, bandwidth is always a discussion point because it is more constrained than traditional Ethernet and Wifi speeds. Typically the cellular technology dictates the bandwidth, but the realized bit rates are oftentimes much lower than the theoretical maximums due to uncontrollable factors like network congestion, poor RF environments, etc. However, there are factors that designers […]

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Video interview – Scott Schwalbe, CEO talks Cat M1 Development to Deployment

Scott discusses “Rapid IoT Development to Deployment” with Martha DeGrasse at the Enterprise IoT Summit.

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LTE Cat1 Power Comparison – From the Workshop

When it comes to embedded cellular modems, designers have options. We set out to compare performance between two 4G LTE CAT1 Verizon embedded cellular modems, specifically NimbeLink’s Skywire vs. Digi International’s XBee®* Cellular. The intent was to capture empirical data to help customers choose which product is the right fit for their application. Not all applications care about power, but […]

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How LTE Cat M1 Saves Power and Money for the Internet of Things

Internet of Things (IoT) applications can involve large numbers of devices, often in off-the-grid deployments. For that reason, any reduction in cost and power demand can be extremely significant, and LTE Category M1 can save plenty of both. In order for the cellular modem’s power saving capabilities to be realized, they must be supported by both the module supplier and […]

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What is Cat M1 Cellular Service and Why Should I Care?

Saving energy is good business. In homes, cars, and personal devices it cuts costs and enables growth. It drives the development of new products and even new industries. Cat M1 modems are the energy savers of the cellular IoT (Internet of Things). Until now, devices connecting to the IoT via the cellular network have had to use modems originally made […]

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The Next Big Thing in IoT

Innovation drives markets and then drives further innovation. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a perfect example. By allowing autonomous devices to speak to one another, the IoT is generating an incredible explosion of new ideas, new products and systems, and enormous potential profits. The missing piece has been an efficient and cost-effective way of connecting millions of new devices […]

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