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Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are essential!
They are the most frequently used wireless technologies; we use them to access the internet, connect cordless keyboards and many more. However, Pi Zero and previous Raspberry Pi models do not have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in.
What is IoT HAT?
- IoT (Internet-of-Things)
- HAT (Hardware Attached on Top)
It is an add-on board that provides Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for the Raspberry Pi.
You can use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth USB dongles, however the IoT HAT is more affordable.
You get both functions for the price of one dongle. And if you are using Pi Zero, you may also need to purchase:
- USB OTG cable ($3-$5) - connect a normal USB device to the Pi Zero's micro USB port.
- USB hub with power adapter ($15-$30) - if you need to connect more than one USB device, it is advisable to use a powered hub for your Wi-Fi and/or USB Bluetooth dongle(s).
The setup is more orderly
Because you do not need the USB OTG Cable and the USB Hub etc, the setup is faster and looks less cluttered.
If you are running an IoT project, you could also remove the keyboard and mouse
IoT HAT has the same wireless radio as the Pi 3
We are using the same BCM43438 chip that is on the Pi 3 which supports both Wi-Fi 802.11n (2.4GHz) + Bluetooth 4.1 (Dual Mode – Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy) running at the same time.
The wireless radio of IoT HAT is as good as that of the Pi 3 and all WiFi/Bluetooth software for Pi 3 are compatible.
You can extend the RF range easilyThe IoT HAT has an on-board antenna. However if you want to increase the RF range, you can simply attach a compatible antenna to the external antenna socket and flip a switch. No hacking or soldering is required.
Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth operate on the same 2.4GHz frequency, they share the on-board antenna or an external antenna when running.
Pi Zero + IoT HAT is the best IoT combo
Not only is the combination the cheapest of all the options, it has also has the lowest power consumption!
You can connect to your Pi over the Internet easily with Weaved's IoT Kit for the Raspberry Pi. We are working closely with their engineers to ensure our HAT supports all their services.
Our friends at 8Bitdo have made a special edition of their popular ZERO GamePad for this campaign.
The recalbox allows you to replay a variety of video game consoles and platforms, in your living room, with ease! The recalboxOS is free and open source.
IoT HAT is designed to fit perfectly on the Pi Zero, measuring 65 x 30 mm.
And it is also compatible with all previous Pi models with the 40-pins connector including Pi 2, model A+ and B+.
After connecting the IoT HAT, there are 11 GPIO pins left for you to use.
Running Wi-Fi sockets and controlling 8 BLE devices at the same time.
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- BLE Nano running BLE Peripheral firmware developed on mbed platform
Running Raspbian desktop with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Media Center - Kodi on recalbox.
Battle with your friends in your favorite retro games.
IoT pHAT - Wifi + Bluetooth for Raspberry Pi
- Brand: Red Bear Lab
- Product Code: REDBEAR-IOTPHAT
- Reward Points: 20
- Availability: Out Of Stock
- Ex Tax: £20.34
- Price in reward points: 300