Experimental Characterization of LoRaWAN Link Quality

Takwa Attia 1 Martin Heusse 1 Bernard Tourancheau 1 Andrzej Duda 1
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LIG - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble
Abstract : In this paper, we present the results of extensive experiments on a testbed in the The Things Network (TTN), a public LoRa network. We evaluate the transmission quality of LoRa links by measuring the Packet Reception Rate (PRR) as a function of the payload length. The results show that there is only a slight impact of the payload length on PRR, which means that the bit error rate does not strongly influence the probability of packet reception. Our measurements show that the LoRa channel behaves like a slow fading Rayleigh channel, which translates into probability Ps of being (or not) in a favorable condition for each frame reception: once the frame preamble is received, there is great chance that the whole frame is correctly received. Probability Ps depends on the Spreading Factor and the Signal to Noise Ratio, and often becomes a dominant factor of successful reception depending on the signal strength at a gateway.
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Takwa Attia, Martin Heusse, Bernard Tourancheau, Andrzej Duda. Experimental Characterization of LoRaWAN Link Quality. IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Dec 2019, Waikoloa, United States. ⟨hal-02316402⟩

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