Detecing LoRaWan traffic with SDR-RTL

RTL-SDR is a Software Defined Radio using a cheap DVB-T receiver with a chip from Realtek (RTL).

It can tune to 868 MHz and show activity, which is really handy when you are debugging a LoRa node and need to figure out if it is actually transmitting anything.

I bought the receiver from van Dijken Electronica at their stand at the VERON fleamarket for about 25 euro. It plugs into USB or a raspberry pi and the software is free (as in beer). I use SDR# from Airspy.

This is a couple of minutes traffic from a LoRa node building meetup.
The top graph is the current spectrum around 868 MHz, the lower graph is the history. The fuzzy red rectangles are spread spectrum LoRa transmissions.

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