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What is the difference between LoRa and LoRaWAN?

LoRaWAN is an open protocol that allows IoT devices to communicate using LoRa. LoRa is a modulation method for specialised wireless spectrum.

What is the difference between LoRa and LoRaWAN?

 The physical layer, or (wireless) modulation, that provides the long-range communication link is known as LoRa. According to the LoRa Alliance, LoRaWAN is about the network's communication protocol and system architecture. Or, to put it another way, the network (WAN = Wide Area Network) is LoRaWAN. 

Smart agriculture, buildings, cities, the environment, healthcare, residences, industrial control, supply chain and logistics, utilities, and more may all benefit from LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard.

What Is LoRa® and How Does It Work?

LoRa is the Internet of Things' de facto wireless platform (IoT). Semtech's LoRa chipsets connect sensors to the cloud, allowing for real-time data and analytics to be shared and used to improve efficiency and productivity. LoRa devices allow intelligent Internet of Things applications that address some of the world's most pressing issues, including energy management, natural resource conservation, pollution control, and infrastructure efficiency.

LoRa HAT for Raspberry pi

What Is LoRaWAN® and How Does It Work?

The LoRaWAN open specification is a low-power, wide-area networking (LPWAN) standard based on Semtech's LoRa devices that takes advantage of the unlicensed radio airwaves in the ISM band. The LoRa Partnership®, a non-profit organisation and rapidly expanding technological alliance, is responsible for the standardisation and global harmonisation of the LoRaWAN protocol

Related Link: LoRa HAT (868MHz/433MHz) for Raspberry Pi - Announced

LoRa Technology, It’s Features and Application

LoRa interference
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LoRa Features:

  • FSK and LoRa Modem
  • Maximum link budget of 170 dB (SX1262 / 68)
  • PA with a high efficiency of +22 dBm or +15 dBm
  • RX current is just 4.6 mA.
  • LDO with DC-DC converter integrated
  • Up to 62.5 kbps LoRa and 300 kbps FSK programmable bit rate
  • Sensitivity is excellent, down to -148 dBm.
  • At 1 MHz offset, blocking immunity is 88 dB.
  • In LoRa mode, co-channel rejection is 19 dB.
  • Modulation of FSK, GFSK, MSK, GMSK, and LoRa
  • For clock recovery, there's a built-in bit synchronizer.
  • CAD (Automatic Channel Activity Detection) with a super-fast AFC

LoRa Applications:

SX1261/2 enables a new generation of Internet of Things applications because to its high degree of integration and low power consumption.

  • Smart metres are metres that are connected to the internet.
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Automation in the construction industry
  • Sensors for agriculture
  • Cities that are "smart"
  • Sensors in retail stores
  • Asset management
  • Lights on the street
  • Sensors for parking
  • Sensors for the environment
  • Healthcare
  • Sensors for safety and security
  • Applications for remote control

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