I just contacted all the approved beta testers and sharing a part of the email in here to keep everyone posted about the project status:
“After the blog post about Ruuvi Gateway, I have received an enormous amount of messages and interest about the project. And that’s good! We have received some really valuable feedback too.
In the beginning of the project, we were planning to keep everything as simple as possible but without making any compromises with the quality of the antennas. However, soon after the initial pre-launch (the blog post), we decided to reconsider the decision of having only wireless internet connectivity on board. The main reason for this was that WiFi networks are not always reliable enough for business customers and may also cause headaches for some consumer users.
So, we decided to take the gateway to the next level by including an Ethernet connectivity (RJ45 port)
Unfortunately, this new feature forced me to start designing the PCB pretty much from scratch and this has caused some delay on the PCB prototyping. The design is progressing well and currently we’re aiming to finally start producing the prototype boards right after our Chinese friends are returning from their long New Year’s holidays.
However, even the PCB layout is delayed a bit, it won’t actually have too much impact on the schedule of the end product because firmware work has progressed well. In addition to the basic functionality, Ethernet firmware support is in the making and next week or the week after you will most probably start to see some progress in the repo.
Note that the WiFi gateway firmware (both ESP32 and nRF52 parts) are already functional and can be tested by flashing them on ESP32/nRF52 dev boards. The hotspot web-UI currently looks not pretty and may have some hidden bugs, but that’s why we’re here to test it and make it better.”