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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?

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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/

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  • 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. – miguelmorin Jan 7 at 9:11

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