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Silvanet Border Gateway

The Silvanet Border Gateway provides connectivity between the Silvanet Mesh Network and the Silvanet Cloud via the Internet.

Deployed Silvanet Border Gateway

Deployed Silvanet Border Gateway

Connectivity between sensors and Silvanet Cloud

The Silvanet Border Gateway relays messages to and from sensors via the Silvanet Mesh Network. It provides connectivity between the Silvanet Mesh Network and the Silvanet Cloud via the Internet.

It is typically placed at the edge of a forest and, ideally, near a power supply. However, these gateways are LoRaWAN compliant which means they can also communicate directly with Silvanet sensors if any sensors are within range of the Border Gateway.

See also

The Border Gateway can be set up in various deployment scenarios depending on the availability of power supplies, internet connectivity and deployment locations. See Border Gateway deployment scenarios.

Delivered components

A single Border Gateway is delivered with the following components:

  • 1 Border Gateway

  • 1 Solar Panel

  • 4 tree nails

  • 2 U-Clamps including 4 M10 nuts and washers

  • 1 LoRa antenna (915 - USA, 868 - EU)) (pre-connected to Border Gateway)

  • 1 LTE-M antenna (pre-connected to Border Gateway)

  • 1 satellite antenna

  • Crop wire (5 meters)

  • PoE Adapter and power cable

  • Ethernet cable

Key features

  • Connects to Mesh Gateways and sensors via a LoRaWAN mesh network.

  • Connects to the Internet using Mobile networks, Ethernet or satellite. Wireless connectivity is provided by its built-in LTE-M radio (using 4G/LTE-M with 2G/GPRS fallback). Wired connectivity is provided by its built-in Ethernet adapter. For remote deployments without mobile network coverage and no access to mains power, it has built-in support for connecting to a satellite network.

  • Dryad recommends using a power supply through a PoE Injector (Power over Ethernet) connected to a mains power supply, If PoE is unavailable, the solar panel provided with the device can also provide for its daily energy requirements.

  • Supports FUOTA (Firmware Update Over-the-Air) to allow its firmware to be updated remotely as required.

  • Each Border Gateway can support the deployment of up to 20 Mesh Gateways.

  • Using LoRaWAN, the Border Gateway communicates with Mesh Gateways and directly with Silvanet sensors, if they are within range. The Border Gateway receives messages from sensors via one or more Mesh Gateways and forwards them to the Silvanet Cloud via the Internet.


The dimensions of the Silvanet Border Gateway are (LxWxH) 27.5 cm (63 cm with antennas) x 46 cm (with the satellite antenna) x 4.5 cm and weighs 1.3 kg.

Silvanet Border Gateway dimensions

Border Gateway dimensions

Internet via Ethernet, LTE-M or Satellite

We recommend using the Border Gateway’s built in Ethernet connectivity which requires access to a router. The Gateway supports Power over Ethernet (PoE). The Border Gateway also provides built-in support for LTE-M which requires access to a 4G network with 2G fallback (GPRS). LTE-M (Cat-M1) is suitable for IoT. An LTE-M antenna is provided to connect to a 4G network.

Satellite (backup) connectivity is provided should Ethernet and LTE become unavailable or if the Border Gateway is deployed in a remote location. An antenna is provided for Satellite uplink using a satellite network. With satellite connectivity, the Border Gateway sends only Fire Alerts.


A Satellite uplink only should be used for remote deployments where there is no mobile network coverage AND no access to mains power.

Firmware updates (FUOTA)

The Border Gateway supports FUOTA (Firmware Update Over The Air) with high flexibility. Large file transfers are successfully made securely and reliably even with eventual interruptions of the power supply and, consequently, sensor operation.

Firmware is updated using a chunked image transfer (no compression). All Silvanet sensors in a Site are updated at the same time using Multicast. To do this the LoRaWAN Network Protocol is temporarily switched to Class B which allows two-way communication.

To cope with low power and the various regional regulatory requirements, both the downlink fragment size as well as the periodicity are highly configurable allowing for stretching a FUOTA process even to a week.

Constant power supply - PoE and solar panel

All components of the Silvanet Border Gateway are assumed to be always on as it needs to listen to any messages sent by Mesh Gateways and/or sensors. Consequently, the Border Gateway requires an increased power supply compared to the Silvanet Mesh Gateway. Continuous (24 hour) operation of the Border Gateway requires a power supply of 5415Ws. It uses supercapacitors to provide the 5415Ws power supply (5415Ws). This type of capacitor provides a large amount of power for a short duration and is continuously recharged using an external power supply.

An external power supply can be either a mains power supply or the Gateway's external solar panel. Dryad recommend providing a mains power supply using PoE (Power over Ethernet). If PoE is unavailable, the solar panel included with the device can also provide for its daily energy requirements and ensures charging capabilities to the device's supercapacitors.

See also

For more information about setting up a power supply for the Border Gateway, see Border Gateway Scenarios.

If the solar panel is the main source of power, the supercapacitors allow the device to continue receiving power for several hours when the solar panel loses generating capacity (no sunlight) or when a power outage occurs in the case of mains power supply. The external solar panel is 45cm by 45cm and is permanently connected to the Border Gateway. This ensures a continuous power supply to charge the supercapacitors. It also guarantees a power supply to the Border Gateway should a power outage occur for an extended period, such as ten hours or even two days.


Power supply is stored in supercapacitors rather than rechargeable batteries as rechargeable batteries can ignite. This would defeat the purpose of a wildfire detection system.

Planning guidelines

When planning Border Gateway deployments, consider how you plan to provide the device with a reliable power supply and continuous access to the Internet. This section provides recommendations and types of deployment scenarios to assist you.

The LTE-M radio in the Border Gateway uses a reasonable amount of power so the power supply needs to be addressed when locating a site to mount the device. Ideally, it should be installed in a location with mains power.

Use the following guidelines when planning the deployment of Border Gateways in your Site.

Item Guidelines Description
Component ratio One Border Gateway to 20 Mesh Gateways See Device Ratios and Ranges.
Location Near a reliable power supply Due to its power supply and Internet connectivity requirements, the location should be chosen carefully. Ideally, it should be placed in a location with access to a reliable power supply (mains power) but it can also be powered by its pre-connected solar panel in off-grid locations.
Range 2-3 km from other Mesh Gateways or Border Gateways Place the Border Gateway in a location no more than 2-3 km from Mesh Gateways.
POE Requirements Voltage range between 36 V and 57 V The Border Gateway requires a PoE Injector (Adapter) that provides a voltage range of between 36 V and 57 V. The PoE must be IEEE 802.3af compliant.
Solar panel deployment Towards sun at 12:00 (northern or southern hemisphere) The pre-connected solar panel acts as a backup to charge the device's internal energy storage (supercapacitors). If a loss of power occurs, the solar cell will keep the system running, thus keeping the Silvanet Network functioning. Select a location with direct sunlight (such as a hillside) and keep it free from branches that obscure direct sunlight. Ideally, it should be placed on a tree or pole away from other trees in the forest.
Internet connectivity Use Ethernet for Internet connectivity (recommended) The Border Gateway should be connected to the Internet using a fixed-Internet connection (Ethernet) but it can also be connected to the Internet using its built-in wireless connectivity (4G/LTE-M with 2G/GPRS fallback).
Maximize range Place on a hillside to maximize range and sunlight (recommended) The Border Gateway should be installed on a hill to maximize the range. If the Border Gateway is to be powered by solar, select a sunny location with direct sunlight. If it is installed on a tree, the solar panel should not be covered by branches.
Satellite connectivity Provide a clear line of site for Satellite backup For satellite connectivity, the Border Gateway provides a satellite antenna to connect the Silvanet Network to the Internet. It therefore needs a clear line of sight to connect to a satellite.
Backup Provide a backup Border Gateway (recommended) For larger deployments (greater than 1000 sensors) provide a backup Border Gateway.

See also

To learn how to deploy Silvanet Border Gateways on trees or poles, see Deploying Border Gateways. See also Border Gateway deployment scenarios, in Border Gateway deployments.