For one project I have used the Particle Photon, an IoT device similar to Arduino, and am considering changing to a different device for another project (a motion detector that has its own question). I can't find the difference between Particle products such as Photon, Argon, Xenon, and Boron; only that the Boron serves for mesh networks.

Are they just newer versions, like Raspberry Pi 2, 3, and 4? Or do they have different purposes?


The difference is the types of radio hardware each has.

  • Argon - Has a WiFi (802.11) + Bluetooth 5 radio
  • Boron - Has an LTE cellular + Bluetooth 5 + Zigee radio
  • Xenon - Has Bluetooth 5 + Zigbee radio
  • Photon - Has a WiFi (802.11b/g/n) radio

You can find the datasheets for all the devices here https://docs.particle.io/datasheets/wi-fi/photon-datasheet/

  • I wish one board did WiFi + LTE Cellular. This thread suggests using a combination of Boron + Argon for that effect and that Particle is aware of the interest. Jan 7 '20 at 9:11

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