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What we do

We are a global community of more than 4000 people over 60 countries building a global Internet of Things data network.

We use a long range and low power radio frequency protocol called LoRaWAN and for short range Bluetooth 4.2.

The technology allows for things to talk to the internet without 3G or WiFi. So no WiFi codes and no mobile subscriptions.

What's happening right now

The Things Network has a strong (and awesome) community which is very active. We are thrilled to see so many people using our platforms, discussing use cases & helping each other out in the world of loT. Take a look for yourself!

Anthony Goonan connected a new gateway
an hour ago
Mark Stanley posted an update in The Things Network Reading: "Hotspot project - what we did this summer"
19 hours ago
The Things Network Florence became official!
1 day, 4 hours ago
The Things Network Karlstad was initiated by Roger Forsen
1 day, 4 hours ago
The Things Network Jena organizes a Meetup the 9 December
1 day, 14 hours ago
Dennis Geurts posted a new story on Labs: "Aelora - the start"
2 days, 12 hours ago

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Learn more about the world of the Internet of Things or discuss with fellow enthusiasts on the forum, contribute by writing about your experience on Labs or start a community to expand our network.

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Our vision

The Internet was created by people that connected their networks to allow traffic from, to and over their servers and cables to pass for free. As a result, there was abundant data communication and exponential innovation.

The Things Network is doing the same for the Internet of Things by creating abundant data connectivity. So applications and businesses can flourish.

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New data connectivity technologies

New data network technologies allow for things to connect to the internet without using 3G or WiFi.
This technology is called LoRaWAN and it is perfect for the Internet of Things as it is low battery, long range, and low bandwidth. Imagine a network that can be used without cumbersome WiFi passwords. mobile subscriptions. and zero setup costs.

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Low costs

Because the reach is very high and the cost of the equipment is low, covering an entire city can be done with a small investment. The city of Amsterdam was covered with only 10 gateways at the cost of 1200 dollars each.

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Crowd sourced

Because the costs are very low, we do not have to rely on large telco corporations to build such a network. Instead, we can crowdsource the network and make it public without any form of subscription. Our mission is to enable a network by the users for the users.


Take a look at the most booming communities! We are highlighting the communities that are putting in work everyday. Want to find out why these communities are moving so fast? Take a look at their community pages.

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Help building our network though a community.

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Work on use cases & connect with like-minded people on Labs.


You are the network

Our network is built by you - the people. You can contribute by placing a gateway and expand our network. The more gateways are placed, the larger the coverage.

At this moment, there are 761 gateways up and running along with 1489 Kickstarter gateway

Building the Network

We are striving to support all available LoRaWAN-enabled network equipment. We currently support three gateways. The Kerlink and MultiTech, which costs range between 1000 and 1500 dollar in costs & our own TTN Gateway which we funded trough our Kickstarter campaign.

Our goal is to make the network architecture as decentralized as possible and avoid any points of failure or control. We already have a community of 10 developers writing network software and equipment firmware.

While we continue working to achieve our goals you can help build the network in many ways, for example by placing a gateway.


The Things Network has a strong (and awesome) community which is very active. We are thrilled to see so many people using our platforms, discussing use cases and helping each other out in the world of loT. Take a look for yourself!

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