LoRa Device Classes

  • 10 augustus 2016
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This post has become obsolete as it was incorporated in the LoRaWAN Device Classes: A, B and C topic.
LoRa devices operate in three different classes: A,B or C. Both network and device must now what device class is used in order to set up proper communication.

Class A (Default): Bi-directional devices
Completely uplink oriented. Uplink transmission is followed by two receive slots. Downlink transmissions are queued in network until next uplink creates two receive slots. Radio sleeps the rest of the time and battery is preserved. Note that the network cannot send a downlink until the device wakes up (triggered by an event on the device like a timer or a sensor threshold)



Class C (Continuous): Bi-directional devices with maximal receive slots
Device never sleeps, but always listens between uplinks. The device is always available for downlink, but batteries are drained. Not feasible on battery only.

Class B (Beacon): Bi-directional devices with scheduled receive slots
Extension on class A, device opens extra receive windows at scheduled times indicated by beacons transmitted by the network. [color=red]Currently not supported. Class B is not yet specified fully by the LoRa Alliance, KPN will include class B after full specs are available[/color]

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Are there any updates regarding the class B network when this will be supported / specified fully by the LoRa Alliance?
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Good question @patrick_kooijman, I'll try to find out more and report back to you!
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Are there any updates regarding the class B network when this will be supported / specified fully by the LoRa Alliance?

Hello @patrick_kooijman, it seems I've got some great news. The new LoRaWAN release version 1.1 is expected somewere before end of this year and will support class B! 😃
LoRaWAN version 1.1 is released. Does the KPN network support class B devices now?
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Goodmorning @esatkaraer,

First of foremost, I want to apologize for my very late answer!
LoRaWAN version 1.1 is indeed released and we've updated our network.
The software is prepared, but there still need to be made some changes on the network to give full support class B devices. At this moment, we can't tell when exactly we can start with the class B devices.

When the time comes we will post an announcement on this forum!

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