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The Things Academy: Understand LoRaWAN ® Fundamentals

The Things Academy: Understand LoRaWAN ® Fundamentals

Everything you need to know to get started with LoRaWAN

What you’ll learn

The Things Academy: Understand LoRaWAN ® Fundamentals

  • LoRaWAN Basics
  • LoRaWAN Frequency Plans
  • LoRaWAN Device Classes
  • LoRaWAN Message Types
  • LoRaWAN Spreading Factors
  • LoRaWAN Adaptive Data Rate
  • LoRaWAN Activation Methods
  • LoRaWAN Security Configuration
  • LoRaWAN Limitations


  • General understanding of the Internet of Things

  • General understanding of Information Technology


In this course, you’ll learn all about LoRa and LoRaWAN, and get ready to start building your own Low Power Wide Area Network applications. LoRaWAN is an awesome IoT solution because it is/has:

  • Ultra-low power: LoRaWAN end devices can last up to 10 years on a single coin cell battery
  • Long range: LoRaWAN gateways can transmit and receive signals over 10 kilometers in rural areas and up to 3 kilometers in dense urban areas
  • Deep indoor penetration: LoRaWAN networks can provide deep indoor coverage, and easily cover multi-floor buildings.
  • License-free spectrum: You don’t have to pay expensive frequency spectrum license fees to deploy a LoRaWAN network.
  • Geolocation: A LoRaWAN network can determine the location of end devices using triangulation without the need for GPS
  • High capacity: LoRaWAN Network Servers handle millions of messages from thousands of gateways.
  • Public and private deployments: It is easy to deploy public and private LoRaWAN networks using the same hardware (gateways, end devices, antennas) and software (UDP packet forwarders, Basic Station software, LoRaWAN stacks for end devices).
  • End-to-end security: LoRaWAN uses AES-128 encryption.
  • Firmware updates over the air: You can remotely update firmware (applications and the LoRaWAN stack) for a single end device or group of end devices.
  • Roaming: LoRaWAN end devices can perform seamless handovers from one network to another.
  • Low cost: Minimal infrastructure, low-cost end nodes, and open source software.
  • Certification program: The LoRa Alliance certification program certifies end devices and provides end-users with confidence that the devices are reliable and compliant with the LoRaWAN specification.
  • Ecosystem: LoRaWAN has a very large ecosystem of device makers, gateway makers, antenna makers, network service providers, and application developers.

After completing this course on LoRaWAN Fundamentals, you’ll have mastered:

  • Lora vs LoRaWAN
  • Regional Parameters
  • Adaptive Data Rate
  • Spreading Factors
  • Security
  • Device Classes
  • Link Budget
  • LoRaWAN Architecture

Lastly, we’ll allow you to get started with LoRaWAN for free using The Things Network, and to scale commercially using The Things Industries SLA-backed network server.

Who this course is for:

  • Developers curious about low-power IoT solutions
  • Entrepreneurs curious about low-power IoT technology

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