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Muntasir Joarder Working as an IoT Architect. Expertise in IoT, Smart City, Blockchain, Chatbots, React.JS, GatsbyJS, and modern web technologies.

How to setup LoraWAN application in ThingsNetwork

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In this article, I will configure MTDOT device in ThingsNetwork cloud to receive data over LoraWAN network. MultiConnect MTDOT box is a is a portable handheld LoraWAN end-point. This device can be used to mimic LoraWAN enabled IoT devices for prototyping proof-of-concept IoT applications. Also, this device is very useful for conducting LoraWAN site survey and gathering link related data (ie signal strength and so on).

Multitech IoT Test Kit
MTDOT Test Device

The Things Network

The Things Network is enabling LoraWAN devices to connect to an open source and decentralized network through their local LoraWAN gateways. IoT devices (ie. Temperature, air quality, water level sensors and so on) connected to LoraWAN gateways can exchange data through application created in The Things Network.

LORA Network
LoRA Network Architecture

Steps to connect mDot Box with The Things Network

1. Configuration at The Things Network Portal

1.1 Create a new application in The Things Network(TTN) Portal. Application ID needs to be unique.

TTN: Create New Application
TTN: Create New Application

1.2 Open your application and ‘Register Device’. For mDot Box you will find the Device EUI at the back of your device titled as “NODE:”.

TTN: Register your mDot Box
TTN: Register your mDot Box

1.3 Write down or copy your “Application ID” and “Access Key”. Open your application from TTN console and you will find these two information. Copy them somewhere.

TTN: Copy EUI and Access Key
TTN: Copy EUI and Access Key

1.4 Write down or copy “Application EUI” and “App Key”. Inside your application if you open details screen of your mDot Box device you will these two information.

TTN: Copy App EUI and App Key
TTN: Copy App EUI and App Key

2. Configure mDot Box

Now the mDot box needs to be configured with The Things Network application that we just created. To configure the mDot device we need the following:

After installing the device driver follow the following steps:

  • Connect mDot box to the MDK using the ribbon cable provided.
  • Connect MDK to the computer via USB connector.
Multitech Serial Port Connection
Multitech Serial Port Connection
  • In Windows 10 go to This PC --> Properties --> Device Manager and find out the COM port where your mDot is connected.
  • Open putty (download putty beforehand) and connect to the tty/COM port at 115200bps.
  • Select SW1 to select Configuration from the mDot main menu.
  • Enter AT command you wish to execute.
  • Type help to see all possible AT commands with descriptions.
Multitech command list
Multitech command list
  • Type AT&V to see the current device configuration.
mDot Current Config
mDot Current Config
  • Or type type any command and ? to see the stored value. For example: to check the value of Application EUI assigned in your device execute AT+NI?
  • To assign a new Application EUI use the command AT+NI=value
  • I am assuming that the mDot box is properly configured with your LoRaWAN gateway parameters.
  • We will need only to execute two commands to execute to setup our mDot Box to work with our TTN Application.
  • And in the previous step we copied “Application EUI” and “App Key” which we will need to set our mDot Box.
  • Execute AT+NI=Application EUI (colon separated each two characters)
  • Then execute AT+NK=App Key (colon separated each two characters)
  • Now execute AT&W to save the changes.
  • And AT+EXIT to exit the AT console.
  • We are done setting up mDot Box.
  • Now disconnect your mDot from the MDK (ie the Kit). Switch it on.
  • In TTN portal open the application and go to Data screen. in mtDot Box press SW2 while selecting “LoRa Demo”. You will see data showing up in this interface.
Application Data
See Application Data
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Muntasir Joarder Working as an IoT Architect. Expertise in IoT, Smart City, Blockchain, Chatbots, React.JS, GatsbyJS, and modern web technologies.

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