Raspberry Pi enthusiasts searching for a way to add 4G LTE to their project may be interested in a new Raspberry Pi hat which is now available, supporting 150Mbps downloads and 50Mbps uploads on LTE bands used in Europe, South America, and parts of Asia.
Created by Japanese hardware manufacturer MechaTracks the 4GPi is built around a SIMCOM SIM7600JC-H LTE Cat4 module. Supporting LTE bands 1, 3, 8, 18, 19, and 26, which are commonly used in Europe, South America, and Japan, Korea, Thailand, India, Australia, and New Zealand. The 4G LTE I HAT is compatible with any Raspberry Pi model which has a 40-pin GPIO header, currently the Pi 1 A+ and B+, Pi 2 Model B, Pi 3 Model B and B+, as well as the Pi Zero and Zero W.
The company also provides an easy to install and setup Raspbian image for the Raspberry Pi 4G LTE HAT which is now available to preorder and will be available to purchase directly from November 1st, 2018 priced at ¥25000 or $222 or €195. The Tech Republic website explains, “despite being more expensive than the base Raspberry Pi board, the combination is still one of the most affordable and extensible LTE connectivity solutions available”.
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