Particle Mesh: The New Internet, for the Internet of Things
Particle Mesh creates local networks that collect data, share messages, and connect to the Internet.
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Introducing our third generation hardware portfolio
Particle’s next generation of hardware development kits, powered by Particle Mesh.
Wi-Fi connected and powered by the ESP32
Cellular connected with LTE CAT-M1
A low-power, low-cost mesh node
All of our third generation products are
Built around the Nordic nRF52840
Nordic’s cutting-edge 802.15.4 + Bluetooth 5 combo chip
Compatible with Adafruit Feather
Adafruit’s open-source ecosystem of dev kits and accessories
Bluetooth enabled out of the box
For vastly improved device setup and diagnostics
Powered by the all new Particle Mesh
Particle’s solution for creating and managing IoT mesh networks
Particle Mesh gives every IoT device a local network
Traditional IoT devices that use Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity depend on the cloud to relay messages between devices. This works great when you’re making a standalone product – but sometimes you need more than that.
Particle Mesh development kits aren’t just connected to the Internet, they’re gateways to the Internet and create a local wireless mesh that other devices can join. These devices work together to ensure that messages get where they’re going, and power products that aren’t possible or economically feasible with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
Take Vandelay Mining Company, who outfits their mines with wireless sensors and alarms to detect the presence of dangerous carbon monoxide gases. These alarms live deep underground beyond the range of either cellular towers or Wi-Fi routers.
With Particle Mesh, those sensors and alarms are connected directly over local wireless networks that ensure that the presence of poisonous gas is relayed quickly and reliably to each device on the network.
Particle Mesh gives every IoT device a local network to understand and connect with the world around it, ensuring products have the information they need to sound the alarm when it matters most.
IoT is ready for an upgrade. Particle Mesh is here to help.
Particle Mesh delivers more for less
Particle Mesh was designed specifically for IoT applications and built to solve some of the most common problems that affect widespread IoT deployments.
to enable battery-powered endpoints
Low cost hardware
to collect more sensor data for less
that protects your product from downtime
to ensure quick and reliable message delivery
Particle Mesh helps smart devices make intelligent decisions
Many IoT products today have the processing power of a smartphone but lack access to the environmental data and context they need to make the best decisions.
Particle Mesh hardware is inexpensive, battery-friendly, and resistant to failure, which makes it easy to add wireless sensors to your IoT product and ensure it has the information it needs to make intelligent choices.
What can you build with Particle Mesh?
that only water the plants that are thirsty
that coordinate their movements in real-time
Cold chain transport
that monitors each and every lab sample
that measure each step of the beer-making process
Hardware Tech Specs
Build a local network with Xenons and connect your network to the cloud with an Argon (Wi-Fi), Boron (cellular), or both.
Wi-Fi device and Particle Mesh Gateway
Espressif ESP32-S0WD 2.4G Wi-Fi co-processor
- 802.11 b/g/n support
- 2.4 GHz up to 150 Mbps
- Integrated onboard 2.4GHz antenna
LTE device and Particle Mesh Gateway
u-blox SARA R410 LTE modem
- LTE CAT M1/ NB1 module with global hardware support
- LTE M1 SIM support via Particle MVNO (US/Mexico only)
- Dual SIM support (Nano 4FF and MFF2)
Particle Mesh endpoint and network repeater
- On-board 2.4GHz mesh antenna
- U.FL connector for external antenna
All our next generation Mesh-Ready hardware includes:
- Nordic Semiconductor nRF52840 SoC
- ARM Cortex-M4F 32-bit processor @ 64MHz 1MB flash, 256kB RAM
- IEEE 802.15.4 (supports Thread®)
- Bluetooth 5
- ARM TrustZone CryptoCell-310 Cryptographic and security module
- On-board additional 2MB SPI flash
- 20 mixed signal GPIO (6 x Analog, 4 x PWM), UART, I2C, SPI
- Integrated Li-Po charging and battery connector
- JTAG (SWD) Connector for debugging
- Particle RGB status LED
New and improved software
Great hardware is made even more powerful with great software, and our new dev kits pack a punch.
Even simpler setup over BLE
The days of frustrating IoT device setup are over. Particle’s new bluetooth-based setup works with all our 3rd generation dev kits and makes life easier for developers, end customers, and everyone in between.
Local diagnostics over BLE
Connect directly to your Particle Mesh devices over bluetooth to understand and appreciate the state of your devices in the field. Useful for quick debugging and viewing recent activity of your device.
Creating a mesh network is one thing – effectively managing it is another. Particle’s web-based mesh network management tools make visualizing and administering mesh networks simple and secure.
Built on open standards and specifications
Particle Mesh is open source, reliable, and secure. If you’ve ever written
digitalWrite() or heard of a REST API, you’ll feel right at home.
Feather form factor
Particle Mesh is compatible with Adafruit’s Feather form factor, providing access to 50+ FeatherWing hardware accessories.
Built on Thread
Particle Mesh is built on Thread®, an open mesh networking standard released by the Thread Group.
Open source hardware
Particle Mesh development kits (schematic and board layout) are fully open source.
Open source developer tools
Particle’s Desktop IDE and CLI are open source, hackable, and extensible.
More than just hardware
Particle is the World’s most popular IoT development platform used by more than 140,000 engineers and 8,500 companies to build and deploy IoT products.
Particle Device OS
Helpful accessories to accelerate development
Sometimes your prototype needs a helping hand. More accessories to come!
Particle Ethernet FeatherWing – $20
Turns any Particle Mesh development kit into an Ethernet Gateway.Learn more
Particle Classic Accessory Adapter – $5
Use your new Particle Mesh development kits with existing Particle shields and accessories.Learn more
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Thread®?
How many devices can each network support?
Mesh networks are generally limited in size by RAM availability. The Nordic nRF52840 has a generous 256kb RAM and promises to support larger Thread® networks than were previously possible with other chipsets. However, until we’ve completed software development for the Argon, Boron, and Xenon, we won’t know for sure how many children each device can support. You can safely assume that each repeater and gateway will support at least 10-20 devices, making networks of 50+ devices possible.
Do I have to pay anything to use Particle Mesh hardware?
Particle Mesh pricing builds on existing Wi-Fi and cellular Device Cloud pricing. All Particle customers get 10 free gateway upgrades to support prototyping and evaluation of Particle Mesh. After the first 10 upgrades, Particle will charge an additional monthly fee beyond baseline Device Cloud pricing for Argon and Boron devices acting as gateways within a Particle Mesh network. Adding mesh-only devices (Xenons) to your network and all local communications between mesh devices are free.
With 10 free gateway upgrades you could build
- One giant network of 100+ devices
- Ten different networks of 10+ devices
- Five different networks with redundant gateways (Ethernet + Cellular backup, for example)
Is Particle Mesh hardware compatible with my existing Particle accessories?
Particle’s third generation hardware features a new hardware footprint that is compatible with Adafruit’s Feather specification, so our new dev kits are not compatible with Particle Classic accessories. We’ve created the Particle Classic Accessory Adapter, which we’re making available for a low cost ($5) to enable compatibility between new Particle Mesh hardware and existing Particle hardware accessories (like the Relay Shield and Asset Tracker).
Why do the photos of the Argon feature an Espressif's ESP8285 SIP, but the tech specs say ESP32-S0WD?
Ah, very observant of you. We made a last minute call (between product photos and launch) to upgrade the Espressif Wi-Fi coprocessor to the newest variant of their ESP32 product family, the ESP32-S0WD. The ESP32-S0WD is a single core variant of the very popular ESP32, and is better supported than the ESP8285 with a fully open source developer SDK. Even better, we managed to incorporate that upgrade without any impact to the retail price point. How great is that?