The previous post about the LoRa board I bought via Aliexpress, I did in Dutch. I should have know that, like often happens with the more technical posts on my blog, the majority of people interested in it are not from the Netherlands.
So, this follow-up post about connecting a sensor to it, I’ll do in English again.
I will do the quick summary of the previous post first, so you’ll have an all-in-one topic:
This board was the first one I bought of Aliexpress. It was cheap, €13,9 incl. shipping for ESP32 + SX1276 + 0.96 inch OLED. ESP32 means WiFi (like you have with the ESP8266) *and* Bluetooth build in. If you compare that to a LoPy (about 50 euros) or a Marvin (about 85 euros), that is cheap. Problem though with Aliexpress is that you don’t always get a nice manual with the device.
Luckely there is a very active forum at The Things Network, and they have a topic specific for this combination of ESP32 and SX1276 chip. A number of people, much smarter than me, took the time there to figure out how to setup the board. All I had to do is go through their posts.