Can LoRa end points communicate directly?

Or is a gateway/network server always required?

  • 2
    I think the distinction you are looking for is LoRa vs LoRaWAN
    – hardillb
    Jul 12, 2019 at 10:18
  • Care to post an answer, with explanation? Or even just a URL to the explanation? Thanks :-)
    – Mawg
    Jul 12, 2019 at 11:29
  • Hmmm, I think that you are saying that LoRaWAN can communicate directly, but plain LoRa needs the gateway, etc. Would that be correct?
    – Mawg
    Jul 12, 2019 at 11:30
  • No, wrong way round
    – hardillb
    Jul 12, 2019 at 11:35
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LoRa
    – MatsK
    Jul 15, 2019 at 17:50

1 Answer 1


Yes, LoRa can do point to point communication. There are many examples of people using LoRa between 2 devices for low power, low bandwidth notifications between devices e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV_VumvI-0A

The hub/spoke topology is normally associated with the LoRaWAN implementations (e.g. The Things Network) used for building wide area support for devices to communicate with a cloud backend.

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