RAK831 Pi gateway with Heltec wireless stick - 100% CRC_FAIL

Hoping someone could suggest some possible causes for the problems I’m seeing
I have a RAK831 Pi gateway running (this kit this looks like its all running correctly I can see its “connected” status in ttn
I used the instructions here to set it up via resin.io (balena)

I also have a Heltec wirless stick running the example code from here - having changed the band to 868E6

I can see packets being received by the gateway but they all fail CRC check - example output from the log

26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100)  main  ##### 2019-04-26 16:28:41 GMT #####

26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main ### [UPSTREAM] ###
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main # RF packets received by concentrator: 2
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main # CRC_OK: 0.00%, CRC_FAIL: 100.00%, NO_CRC: 0.00%
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main # RF packets forwarded: 0 (0 bytes)
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main # PUSH_DATA datagrams sent: 0 (0 bytes)
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main # PUSH_DATA acknowledged: 0.00%
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main ### [DOWNSTREAM] ###
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main # PULL_DATA sent: 0 (0.00% acknowledged)
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main # PULL_RESP(onse) datagrams received: 0 (0 bytes)
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main # RF packets sent to concentrator: 0 (0 bytes)
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main # TX errors: 0
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main ### BEACON IS DISABLED!
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main ### [JIT] ###
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main # INFO: JIT queue contains 0 packets.
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main # INFO: JIT queue contains 0 beacons.
26.04.19 17:28:41 (+0100) main ### [GPS] ###

I’ve moved both gateway and node so they are 6+ m away (its all inside) and I’ve even made sure the heltec has the correct chip on for 868 (in case I bought the wrong one)

I’m looking for other ideas as I’m new to LoRaWan - is the node code the correct choice - should I expect to see CRC pass with that code?

Is there a better example code I could use on the node to test?

I’m thinking of buying an alternative node hardware to test with - whats a good choice for cheap arduino setup?


start with looking at your TTN connected gateway console.

so this is the console in ttn


and this is the traffic view - empty - because the CRC check fails on the actual gateway?


crc error could be from a non lorawan packet.

start with leaving your browser window open and then join your node on the network.
you should see at least your node trying to join (ABP / OTAA)

Is your gateway working… do you see data from other sources being forwarded ?

ok I’ll give that a try - I don’t see any other nodes (or even packets) when my node is not powered but I’m in very rural part of Somerset UK so thats expected :slight_smile:

to be sure, you understand that you have to create an application first in the console and then add you’re registered node


no I thought I would at least get packets forwarded by the gateway without that - is creating app, registering node device required for CRC check to pass ?? - I had assumed that was just low level validation of the packets?

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