Putting a Laird RG191 gateway on The Things Network version 3 #LoRaWAN

john.geek.nz posts about placing a Laird RG191 gateway on The Things Network:

Before the advent of cheap(ish) LoRaWAN gateways, the most cost effective option for me was to put a Laird RG191 in a waterproof enclosure, add PoE input and an external antenna connector.

These gateways worked fine on The Things Network (v2), but with the move over to the new The Things Network v3 stack, documentation has been unclear how to move them across. Some of the documentation advises moving to LNS, but this seems a bit of a rather complex process.

The change to use Australian frequencies can be problematic:

I started looking into manually setting up the gateway to use the legacy Semtech Forwarder and manually setup the radio, but ran into one major problem – The Gateway will not allow you to choose frequencies in the AU915 band plan, even though on TTNv2 it will happily work on AU915.

After a bit of messing about, I realized that these limitations are only in the Web GUI. You can download the current LoRa configuration as a JSON file, modify it and reupload it. The Web GUI still shows errors, but it definitely works.

See details in the post here.


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