Configuring your LoRaWAN Gateway

NOTE: This document assumes you are setting up a device running a Chirpstack or LoRaServer-based system – which happens to be the vast majority of gateway devices out in the wild.

In this specific case, all screenshots come from the configuration of a RAK7258 gateway.

First, ensure you are signed-in to your device by accessing it through a web browser.

Take a look through the menus on your device – you’re looking for any mention of a LoRa Packet Forwarder.

This service takes the LoRaWAN radio packets and converts them to Internet Protocol packets that can be sent via the Internet.

In the configuration of the Packet Forwarder, you’ll need to set up two important things – the LoRaWAN Frequency you are using, and the Packet-Forwarding Endpoint, describing where you’d like to send your captured LoRa data.

To send your packets to your server, you’ll need to make sure you’ve set the following…

ProtocolSemTech UDP GWMP Protocol
Server AddressThe name of your LoRaWAN Server
Server Port Up/DownSet both to 1700
Gateway EUICopy this number – you’ll need it later

Next, we’ll set up the Frequency Plan. This is often located at the bottom of your page.

LoRa devices communicate on different radio frequencies – when you buy them, they usually come pre-configured to operate on one of your locally-approved radio frequency bands.

Every country has its own approved LoRa bands – plus in some cases the option of working in other areas of the radio spectrum. For instance, the US use US902-928, the EU largely use EU863-870 and EU433, Australia uses AU915 and AS923.

Choose your frequency in “Import Frequency Plan Template” and press ‘Import’ to load the details of your frequency plan into the web page, and hit Save.

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