As I was looking information regarding Lo.Ra and Lo.RaWAN over these links:

I also have looked many tutorial sites on how to setup a Lo.Ra gateway:

But all these material made me quite nervous and generated me these questions:

I solely cannot understand their purpose of having a registered gateway, can't I have "something" that receives the data and sends them over ip-based networks eg. via ethernet cable without the need of registration in https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/ ?

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can't I have "something" that receives the data and sends them over ip-based networks?

Yes you can and that's called a gateway.



These services like Things Network and Loriot.io provide software for the gateways, cloud servers (a backend) and API's. You don't need to use them, they just make your life easier, and I believe most services that The things network provide are free.

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    They also mean that if your device is in range of somebody else's (registered) gateway then your messages should still make it back to you (why spend millions deploying a network of radios when others will share with you).
    – hardillb
    Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 20:59

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