“Easy LoRa Basics Station setup for Actility TPCP” configures a LoRaWAN® gateway with the Semtech LoRa Basics™ Station packet forwarder to use the ThingPark Community Platform (TPCP) as it’s Network Server. We then connect LoRaWAN® sensors and monitor the traffic using TPCP packet logger.
Overview of this Activity
An introduction to LoRa Basics™ Station packet forwarder
The LoRa Alliance® is still working on a standard Gateway to Network Server (GW/NS) protocol. Meanwhile, several implementations coexist:
- Some gateways still run a packet forwarder named “Legacy UDP Packet Forwarder” or “GWMP Protocol” which was created by Semtech as proof-of-concept code, without security or resilience in mind. It can be used for educational purposes but never in production.
- In 2019, Semtech presented Basics™ Station as their new Packet Forwarder implementation for LoRaWAN® gateways, a replacement for GWMP with enhanced security.
- Some LoRaWAN® infrastructure providers, like Actility, also provide their own Packet Forwarder implementation (LRR™ for Long Range Relay), with additional features oriented towards production environments like geo-redundancy, local packet buffering or improved monitoring.
In this activity, we are going to setup a LoRa Basics™ Station* Gateway and deliver the messages sent by a LoRaWAN® device to the ThingPark Community Platform.