IMG_8203IMG_8208IMG_8212The adapter board with the iC880A concentrator board mounted.Complete setup being mounted into an enclosure.

iC880A LoRaWAN Gateway Backplane

4 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)

19.00 CHF49.00 CHF

SKU: E-006 Category: Tags: , , , ,

Note: Between 22.2. (afternoon) and 27.2. we will not process any orders due to holidays!

This is an adapter board to connect an IMST iC880A-SPI LoRaWAN concentrator board to a Raspberry Pi (B+ / 2B / 3B / Zero). It also gives you some ways to enhance and monitor your gateway. Current version: v1.4.

Note: This board is sold as a development kit and not a finished product. It is hand-soldered with leaded solder and is not ROHS compliant. No certifications have been done, but every assembled board is tested by us before shipping, to ensure it works!

All backorders are processed and a few boards are back in stock. If you backorder a configuration that isn’t currently in stock, then your order should be ready by the end of February.

A note on shipping: Due to the thickness of an assembled board (>2cm), the shipping costs for fully assembled boards are higher than for the non fully assembled versions. You can calculate the shipping cost in the shopping cart.


Besides connecting the two boards, the PCB gives you the following additional features:

  • Screw terminal for direct power input/output (5V)
  • Screw terminal with on-board MP1584 step-down regulator (6.7-28V input, screw-adjustable output). Great to connect a 12V PoE-Adapter.
  • Polyfuse and TVS diode to protect against voltage spikes
  • Protection against accidentally reversed polarity
  • Full access to Raspberry Pi GPIO header
  • Pin header for serial communication (RX/TX)
  • 2 pin headers with pull-ups for I²C based sensors (SDA/SCL/GND/3.3V/5V)
  • Mounting holes for Raspberry Pi B+ / 2B / 3B / Zero
  • Programmable button connected to GPIO (e.g. to shut down the Pi)
  • Three programmable LEDs (Red/Yellow/Blue) connected to GPIO header
  • MOSFET with flyback diode for connecting and regulating a 5V DC fan
  • Open source hardware, full schematics provided!

Two nylon spacers are included. For the basic version all SMD parts are soldered, through hole parts (pin headers, screw terminals, regulator board) are not soldered.

Optional: With Sensors

Optional: Fully Assembled

  • All boards come with the SMD parts already soldered, but with this option we’ll also solder all the pin headers.

More details can be found here:

Note: In most cases, PCBs with sensors have red soldermask, and PCBs without sensors have blue soldermask. In case we run out of PCBs of the “right” color, we may als use the other color though.

Usage Notes

  • You can find the schematics here.
  • The step-down regulator can be adjusted with a small screwdriver. If you buy the board pre-assembled, the regulator should be preconfigured to about 5.1-5.2V, but checking with a multimeter won’t hurt. Otherwise, adjust it to ~5.1V BEFORE SOLDERING IT TO THE BOARD and use a multimeter to verify the output voltage.
  • If you bought the non-assembled version, you need to cut one of the 2×20 pin headers along markings to make the pins shorter, so that the two headers can be stacked.
  • Here is a quick guide to using the SHT21 temperature/humidity sensor from the Raspberry Pi. And you can find a Collectd plugin specifically for the SHT21 on Github.
    • Note: The Raspberry Pi has a hardware bug that prevents the sht21 kernel module from working with the latest kernel versions. If you experience these problems, try this userland driver that does not use I²C clock stretching. I submitted a patch that should fix this, you could also wait for it to hopefully be included in the kernel, or apply it yourself and rebuild the kernel module.
  • The LEDs are connected to GPIO pins 36, 38 and 40 (BOARD numbering system). The button is connected to GPIO pin 32 (BOARD numbering system). You can find an example script here.
  • In case you want to use the ADC to monitor the supply voltage: Here is an example script. You can find a Collectd plugin on Github.
  • The LEDs and the button can only be used with 40-pin Raspberry Pis (model 2 and newer).
  •  Datasheets:

Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or any general feedback. We’re also happy about reviews, just click on the “Reviews” tab above!

Thanks for your order! With it, you are supporting the efforts of our hackerspace to provide the infrastructure for noncommercial technical projects and to teach electronics and programming to kids and other people that want to learn 🙂

Additional Information

Weight 70 g
Dimensions 100 x 100 x 20 mm
Include Sensors

No, Yes (+10 CHF)

Fully Assembled

No, Yes (+20 CHF)

1 review for iC880A LoRaWAN Gateway Backplane

  1. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I purchased the fully assembled version of the board and the quality is excellent. I had no problems connecting the ic880a to my Rpi3B. One change I would like to see is that pin 19 of the ic880a be brought out onto the backplane, maybe near the TX and RX pins so that a PPS signal from an external GPS module can easily be connected.

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