LoRaWAN devices exchange data with cloud-hosted applications. LoRaWAN devices use a LoRaWAN protocol on a data link communication layer and LoRa protocol on a physical communication layer. AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN supports all devices that comply to 1.0.x or 1.1 LoRaWAN specifications standardized by LoRa Alliance.

A LoRaWAN device typically contains one or more sensors and or actors. Telemetry data from the sensors are sent by devices through LoRaWAN gateways to the cloud-hosted applications. To control the actors, cloud-hosted applications can send commands to LoRaWAN devices through LoRaWAN gateways.

Criteria to consider
When selecting a device for your use-case, consider the following criteria:

  • Available sensors
  • Battery capacity
  • Energy consumption
  • Cost
  • Antenna type and related transmission range