LoRa stands for Long Range. LoRaWAN, also known as LPWAN, stands for Long Range Wide Area Network. LoRaWAN is a protocol designed to connect devices to the Internet for IoT applications. The LoRa physical layer in the network enables the long-range communication link and LoRaWAN defines the communication protocol and system architecture for the network.

Typical LoraWAN module (Credit: www.cooking-hacks.com)

LoRaWAN is recommended for long-range device communications. Some popular LoRa modules easily available in the market include CMWX1ZZABZ, SX1276RF1JAS, SX1276, RHF0M301, iM980A, and RHF76-05.

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