How Agile is the Adaptive Data Rate Mechanism of LoRaWAN?

Shengyang Li, Usman Raza, Aftab Khan

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The LoRaWAN based Low Power Wide Area networks aim to provide long-range connectivity to a large number of devices by exploiting limited radio resources. The Adaptive Data Rate (ADR) mechanism controls the assignment of these resources to individual end-devices by a runtime adaptation of their communication parameters when the quality of links inevitably changes over time. This paper provides a detailed performance analysis of the ADR technique presented in the recently released LoRaWanSpecifications (v1.1). We show that the ADR technique lacks the agility to adapt to the changing link conditions, requiring a number of hours to days to converge to a reliable and energy-efficient communication state. As a vital step towards improving this situation, we then change different control knobs or parameters in the ADR technique to observe their effects on the convergence time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2018)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 9-13 December 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538647271
ISBN (Print)9781538647288
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2019
Event2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2018 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 9 Dec 201813 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM)
ISSN (Print)1930-529X


Conference2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAbu Dhabi


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