Sensebender Gateway

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The MySensors Sensebender Gateway is a compact Arduino Zero compatible board that is purpose-built by the MySensors team to serve as a fully-functional, high-performance MySensors gateway.

The MySensors gateway is the first device you will need for your MySensors network and this one is designed from the ground up for both novices and experts. The gateway supports the nRF24L01+ or RFM69 radios and can interface with a wide array of HA controllers via USB or Ethernet.

If you want to get up and running quickly with a no-compromise and flexible gateway designed and supported by the MySensors Team, then this is the gateway for you.


High Performance MCU

At it’s core, the Gateway is equipped with a high-performance Atmel SAMD21 MCU running at 48MHz offering plenty of headroom for advanced gateway-specific features as the MySensors ecosystem expands. The SAMD21 MCU product line is Atmel’s ARM Cortex offering equipped with 32Kb of RAM and 256Kb for flash providing ample working and persistent storage for current and future gateway tasks.

Broad Home Automation Controller Support

The Gateway is compatible with more than 20 of the most common home automation controllers on the market using either USB or Ethernet. Literally all requested automation controllers are currently supported and the list continues to expand… Don’t see yours, it is easy to write an adapter and we are here to help you.

Secure IoT Radio Network

The Gateway includes footprints/pads for two very common radios supported by MySensors; the Nordic nRF24L01+ radio or the Hope RF RFM69HCW radio offering users different options for their locale/home construction and IoT projects. Each Gateway includes an ATSHA204 CryptoAuthentication chip that can be used for hardware-based message signing for secure radio communications, after personalisation.

Expandability The Gateway also includes an MYSX 2.6 connector that breaks out plenty of IO pins for DIY shields that can be used to add sensors and actuators to the gateway or to use the gateway board as a compact, high-performance node for more demanding IoT projects and applications. In addition, the Gateway includes a micro-sd card reader for IoT applications where additional local non-volatile storage is required (e.g. configuration files, storing time-series sensor readings for offline analysis, etc.).

Technical Specifications

  • Board size 5x5cm
  • Atmel ATSAMD21 (Arm cortex m0+ cpu core) with
    • 256Kb flash
    • 32Kb RAM
    • 48Mhz clock
    • RTC module
  • Micro sd card reader
  • Socket for nRF24L01+ module (module not included)
  • Pads for RFM69 module (module not included)
  • Socket for W5100 ethernet module (module not included)
  • Native USB port
  • ATSHA204A for signing
  • Onboard i2c eeprom
  • 5 LED's (Red, Green, Yellow, Blue and Orange)
  • MYSx 2.6 with
    • Dedicated UART
    • Dedicated SPI
    • Dedicated Interrupts
    • I2C bus (shared with onboard eeprom)


Design Files

Bill of Material

RefQntyValueDescriptionVendorVendor partSupplier1Supplier1 part
BT1, 0BatteryNM
C11, C2, C3, C4, C6, C13, C15, C1, C5, C21, C17, C10, C7, C24, 14100nFUnpolarized capacitor
C12, C16, C8, C9, C20, 510uFPolarised capacitormouser581-F381A106MMA
C18, C19, 24.7pFUnpolarized capacitorAVX06035U3R0BAT2AMouser581-06035U3R0B
C22, C14, 21nFUnpolarized capacitorVishayVJ0603Y102JXJPW1BCccccc½mouser77-VJ0603Y102JXJPBC
C23, 110nFUnpolarized capacitor
CON1, 1micro_SD_Card_SPISD Card ReaderLitkconn Technology Co. LTDMM027S020R
D1, 1LED_BLUEMouser
D2, 1LED_REDMouser
D3, 1LED_GREENMouser
D6, 1BAT54Dual schottky diode, common cathodeST MicroBAT54CWFILMYMouser511-BAT54CWFILMY
FB1, FB2, FB3, 3470R EMIMurataBLM18PG471SN1Dmouser81-BLM18PG471SN1D
P1, 0ANTConnector, single row, 01x02NM
P2, 0MYSX 2.6Mysensors expansion connector 2.6NM
P4, 0DebugCortex M debug connectorNMM50-3600542mouser855-M50-3600542
P5, 0USB_PWR_DISConnector, double row, 02x01NM
R1, R9, R10, 34k7Resistor
R3, 1100kResistor
R4, 191ResistorMouser
R5, R2, R6, R7, 4270Resistor
R8, 139RResistor
R11, 11MResistor
R12, 11KResistor
SW1, 1Resetxingda0577TS-021
U1, 1ATSHA204AATSHA204A, Secure Authentication and Validation Device, SOT-23, Vcc=3.3VAtmelATSHA204A-STUCZ-Tmouser566-ATSHA204ASTUCZ-T
U2, 1ATSAMD21JAtmel ATSAM D21JAtmelATSAMD21J18A-AUmouser556-ATSAMD21J18A-AU
U3, 1AT24CS32-STUM32Kb (4096x8) Serial EEPROM with Unique Serial Number, SOT-23-5AtmelAT24CS32-STUM-TMouser556-AT24CS32-STUM-T
U4, 0W5100Wiznet W5100NM
U7, 0RFM69HWRFM69HW, 868Mhz +20dBm HopeRF Wireless Transceiver, Vcc=3.3VNM
U8, 0NRF24L01NRF24L01+NM
U10, 1AMS1117-3.31A LDO Voltage RegulatorDiodes incorporatedZLDO1117G33TAmouser522-ZLDO1117G33TA
U11, 1MICRO-B_USBShenzhen Guanduan Electonics Technology co ltd.MICRO USB SP/F B
W1, 0SWDIOpointNM
W2, 0SWCLKpointNM
W3, 0RESETpointNM
W4, 0GNDpointNM
W5, 03v3 cpupointNM
X1, 132768hzAbraconABS07-120-32.768kHz-Tmouser815-ABS0712032.768KT

Shopping Guide

Sensebender Gateway
The MySensors Sensebender Gateway is a compact Arduino Zero compatible board that is purpose-built by the MySensors team to serve as a fully-functional, high-performance MySensors gateway.
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