Victron Energy and The Thing Network


(Solergy) #1

Hi,

I am trying yo connect a solar energy system with a Victron Energy VE.Direct LoRaWAN - module thru the Thing Network to Victron’s VRM platform.

I can’t seem to get connected. The blue led keeps blink “trying to connect”

Has anybody else used TTN with VE components for a similar application? similar issues?
I am supposed to be within reach of nearby gateways.

What exactly is the right procedure?

Thanks for your help,

Carlos


#2

I am trying… I can’t seem to get connected, that’s not enough information

links to the product(s)
what did you try exactly
what did you see on the TTN console
ect ect

first obvious question, do you own a LoRaWAN gateway


(Solergy) #3

Connecting a VE MPPT with a LoRaWAN. Blue led starts blinking and that’s it. (Led should be green when ok)
I read the whole victron energy website.

I don’t own a LoRaWAN gateway. I am within 2km of at least 2 gateways nearby. Do I need to have my own gateway? do I need some kind of permission from other gateways? register?

Thanks


#4
  • You need to register an application in your TTN console and add your (VE) device.
  • Then your device must transmit something that is received by one of those gateways
  • and finaly you can see that data on your console

(Wayne Peacock) #5

Hi Carlos,

The Victron Energy VE.Direct LoRaWAN device is very simple when it works. You no not need a The Things Network account.

As you are doing, just turn it on and it will connect to a local TTN gateway. If the LED does not flash green it is unable to talk to a gateway. No VE account (https://vrm.victronenergy.com/) required at this stage. There has been some firmware issues with devices in Australia that will not allow them to connect. Also we are having local issues, as in Australia we should be using gateways on AU915, however some people have decided to go with AS923 and this device will not work with these gateways.

  1. Where are you located? Country and town?
  2. What is the model number of the VE.Direct LoRaWAN node? It’s the ASS0305XXXXXX number.

You can also request support from Victron here: https://www.victronenergy.com/live/vedirect_lorawan

Regards
Wayne


#6

I assume ’ when there is a gateway within reach, if not it starts blinking ?


(Wayne Peacock) #7

There is a single multi-colour LED on the device and it always flashes each 5-10 seconds. The colour is the status. When first turned on it flashes blue to state it’s trying to connect. Then once it has connected it flashes green to stay all is OK.

It connects OTA to a Victron Energy application on the TTN. This is why the end user does not need to configure anything. The data is then pushed to the Victron Portal https://vrm.victronenergy.com/


#8

tnx for the explanation, but that didn’t answer my question , is it possible that ‘solergy’ need his own AU915 gateway ?

victron ‘node’


(Wayne Peacock) #9

Sorry, I have no idea where he is located in the world. Yes, I expect the problem will simply be the gateway is too far away or it’s a different frequency plan. He could buy and add a gateway nearby, but that is then something that has be managed.

Lets see what he comes back with.


#10

agree and thanks for your advise :sunglasses:

he probably need a US/CANADA gateway/node


(Solergy) #11

Wayne and Borroz, thank you both for your tips!
I am located in Montreal, Canada, I have a US902-928 module, which is correct one for the location.

From your comments I am guessing now that I might have a bad gateway connection. I am going to try to connect from a different spot in the city to see if it works.

Thanks again, I will keep you posted.