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How do I Implement LoRa?


1. Identify and understand your use case.

What you want to achieve with your solution will influence how you build and deploy it.

2. Understand the technology.

Simply put, LoRa is the DNA of the Internet of Things. A very-long-range communications technology, LoRa can connect thousands of devices (such as sensor, actuators, and tags), both deep indoors and over very long distances, all while supporting an incredibly long battery life in those devices – up to ten years or more.

For a quick introduction to the protocol, watch The LoRaWAN Network Protocol Overview video (Duration: 0:56)

For more information about the technology and how it works, enroll in the free LoRaWAN Academy™

3. Select the right hardware for your region and use case.

When it comes to radio gateways, you will likely want to deploy pico cells for indoor applications, and macro cells for outdoor applications.

When it comes to integrated circuits, Semtech’s SX127x family of chips is established and has proved its worth. Installed in more than 80 million devices, the SX127x chips are LoRa-based and region-specific; however, they are also flexible enough to also support other, proprietary protocols. In contrast, Semtech’s SX126x chips are fully optimized for LoRa-based applications, are half the size of the SX127x chips, and can be used worldwide.

For more information about selecting a chip, watch Semtech’s video Selecting the Right LoRa® IC for Your Application (Duration: 12:29)

4. Prototype and build your devices.

You can start from scratch, adding a chip and an MCU to a circuit board and building from there, or you can start with one of the many reference boards from a variety of manufacturers, all available through the Semtech Catalog.

For more information about building a sensor, watch LoRaWAN Sensors (Part 1) (Duration: 2:47), and for information about joining a device and communicating with your network, watch LoRaWAN Sensors (Part 2) (Duration: 4:52))

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