The Radiocrafts Sigfox solution is based on two RF modules, the RC1682-SIG (Europe) and the RC1692HP-SIG (USA, LatAm, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan etc) that has very good RF performance that enables compact and innovative antenna solutions that can be taken advantage of for unique product designs and for global solutions. The RF modules comes with a Development Kit containing detailed instructions on how to register the product on the Sigfox network, and with a one year platinum level Sigfox subscription. The DK helps to get your design to the market in the shortest possible time. The modules are pre-certified and provide compliance with the Sigfox network requirements as well as local radio regulations.
LONG BATTERY LIFE AND POWER MANAGEMENT
GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY IN ONE FOOTPRINT
HIGH TX POWER AND SENSITIVITY
SIGFOX Module Selection
|Module||Frequency band[MHz]||Radio channels [#]||Data rate [kbps]||RX sensitivity [dBm]||RX current [mA]||Pout [dBm]||TX current [mA]||SLEEP current [uA]||Operating supply voltage [V]||Operating temperature [deg C]||Indicative LOS [m]||Region / compliance||
|RC1682-SIG||868||1||0,1 / 0,6||-126||33||14||58||1||2,8 – 3,6||-40 to +85||10km||EU / CE||✓||
|RC1692HP-SIG||902-928||1||0,6||-124||31||25||356||1||2,8 – 3,6||-40 to +85||10km||FCC / Au / NZ / LatAm||✓||
The Radiocrafts Sigfox module series is a series of pre-certified modules for the global Sigfox network. Using the two version that has the same footprint, will create a global solution, by just changing the module in the manufacturing flow. The module is pre-certified for operation under the European regulations (CE), USA (FCC) and Australian / New Zealand regulations. Custom variants can be offered with custom functionalities, such as sensor interfaces or GPS localization. The modules are widely used in a range of Internet Of Things applications because of its low network cost for low data rate applications. High-performance radio combined with ultra-low power modes extends battery lifetime and assures communication quality. The modules are compact surface-mounted modules that measures only 12.7 x 25.4 x 3.5 mm.
- SIGFOX Ready™ certified module with integrated protocol
- Pre-certified for FCC (RC1692HP-SIG)
- Global support by two footprint compatible modules
- -126 dBm sensitivity, 14/25 dBm output power
- Two-way communication support
- 144 transmissions (12 byte), 4 receptions (8 byte) per day
- UART interface, pin-to-pin compatible to other modules
- Standard form factor (12.7 x 25.4 x 3.5 mm)
- Ideal for Ultra Narrowband Internet of Things
- SIGFOX Ready™ certified development kit
- Complete module for Sigfox network connectivity
Configuring a Sigfox Network
It is very simple to get up and running with the Sigfox communication. The module will come preloaded with a unique device ID, PAC code and encryption key when the modules are delivered from Radiocrafts. The device manufacturer needs to read the the ID and PAC and supply with the final device, as these will be used when registering the device in the Sigfox network.
Configuring the module is done either by sending the value 0x00 to the module or asserting the CONFIG pin. This puts the module in configuration mode. You exit the configuration mode by sending the ‘X’ command.
To set up the Sigfox functionality, you need only to decide to use only uplink or both uplink and downlink. There are additionally five other options to optimize the Sigfox network, seven options to configure the radio and two to define the data rate used for the UART. All these are described in detail in the documentation.
All configurations can easily be adjusted via the Radiocrafts SIG-CCT tool.
Sending data, after the module is configured, is simple. Send up to 12 bytes through the UART interface preceded with a Lengh byte. The data will, as soon as the whole packet is received, automatically be encoded, encrypted and transmitted to the Sigfox network, including the unique ID of the device.
If the module is configured for both uplink and downlink communication, then the module can also receive data. Any data received from the base station will be sent to the TXD pin with information of the packet length so it can easily be received by the application.
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|RC1682-SIG Data Sheet 1.04||This document covers the relevant information about the RC1682-SIG module, such as product features, reference data, Sigfox protocol, circuit and pin description, MCU considerations, power supply, programming interface, antenna connection.|
|RC1692HP-SIG Shortform Data Sheet 1.02||This document is a short form version of the data sheet of the RC1692HP-SIG module. It includes the preliminary information of the product, such as features, specifications, application circuit and pin assignment.|
|RC16XXXX-SIG User Manual 1.9||User Manual for Sigfox modules is a step by step introduction how to use our module to the Sigfox network. The document explains the Sigfox protocol, the UART interface and timing, power management and supply voltage, temperature reading related questions. It also covers important topics about the module configuration and device registration into the SIGFOX backend system.|
|RC1692HP-SIG Data Sheet 1.03||This document covers the relevant information about the RC1692HP-SIG module, such as product features, reference data, Sigfox protocol, circuit and pin description, MCU considerations, power supply, programming interface, antenna connection and regulatory compliance information. The document is an extended version of the Shortform Datasheet, which is available in our product page.|
For all our SIGFOX modules, Development Kit suitcases are available for rapid prototyping and proof of concept. The kits contain:
- Two Development Boards with the module of choice, onboard USB level shifter and USB connector, SMA antenna connector, I/O break-out
- A one year Platinum level Sigfox subscription
- Quarterwave stub antennas with SMA connector
- USB cables
- the HP variants include additionally AC/DC Power Supplies with Country specific converters
One kit will make two wireless nodes “out of the box” provided SIGFOX network coverage, and feature easy access to all the modules I/O-pins. The kit can be used together with the PC software tools. For areas not covered by a Sigfox network yet, a mini base station (Sigfox Network Emulator Kit – SNEK) can be acquired from Sigfox.
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|RC16xxxx-SIG-DK Quick Start 1.6||The SIGFOX Ready™ Demonstration Kit from Radiocrafts is designed to make it easy for the user to evaluate the module, develop an application and build prototypes. Bundled with the Demonstration Kit is the RCTools-SIG PC software, to be used together with the Demo Boards.|
|RCxxxxDK-USB User Manual 1.12||This User Manual describes how to use the Demonstration Kit and provides detailed documentation for the Demonstration Board.|
Tools & Manuals
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|RCTools-SIG||The RCTools-SIG contains PC software tools supporting modules with the SIGFOX Ready™ certified protocol.|
|RCTools Installation Guide||RCTools is a powerful and easy to use PC suite that helps you during test, development and deployment of the Radiocrafts modules. The RCTools includes RC_CCT, RC_SA and RC_DT stand alone applications running under windows .Net Framework. The RCTools is free of charge and easily installed (including .NET and USB Driver) by running the setup file.|
|Configuration & Communication Tool User Manual for SIGFOX||The SIG-CCT (Configuration & Communication Tool) helps you to work with your Radiocrafts modules. The program enables you to easily configure the module and can additionally work as a terminal window, where data can be sent or received to / from any serial port. The RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indicator) informs you about the Link budget and helps you estimate range.|
Product Data Sheets
These documents cover general technical information about the Radiocrafts products.
What is SIGFOX?
Sigfox is a cellular based network with countrywide coverage (LPWAN) for IoT applications at a low cost per message. The Sigfox operator will carry the cost of the network and the gateway. The device owner will utilize the existing Sigfox infrastructure provided by the operator and pay per message that are sent from the device. This creates a connectivity with long range for a very low cost for IoT applications that do not requires high data rate or intensive messaging. This is typical for sensor networks where the data does not change frequently, or where only alarms needs to be transferred.