What are the limitations of LoRaWAN


LoRaWAN is not suitable for every use-case, so it is important that you understand the limitations. Here’s a quick overview:

Suitable use-cases for LoRaWAN:

  • Long range - multiple kilometers
  • Low power - can last years on a battery
  • Low cost - less than 20€ CAPEX per node, almost no OPEX
  • Low bandwidth - between 250bit/s and 11kbit/s in Europe using LoRa modulation (depending on the spreading factor)
  • Coverage everywhere - you are the network! Just install your own gateways
  • Secure - 128bit end-to-end encrypted

Not Suitable for LoRaWAN:

  • Realtime data - you can only send small packets every couple of minutes
  • Phone calls - you can do that with GPRS/3G/LTE
  • Controlling lights in your house - check out ZigBee or BlueTooth
  • Sending photos, watching Netflix - check out WiFi