This tutorial explains how to set-up private LoRaWAN network with Mikrotik wAP LR8 kit and ChirpStack running on any Linux computer.
Connect to your Mikrotik with instructions on official wAP LR8 kit page. First connection is over the WiFi only. We change that later.
Optional. By default the firewall is set that you cannot connect to RouterOS configuration over ethernet. You enable that by disabling all rules in Firewall. Go to IP > Firewall and disable all the rules by clicking on the "D" button next to them.
Ethernet should now work and lease a DHCP address. Now you could connect to the RouterOS over ethernet.
You can also optionally completely disable WLAN. You do that in Interfaces where you disable "wlan1".
LoRa is disabled by default. Enable it in LoRa menu and press "E" to enable it. In the traffic tab you should see incoming packets. They are encrypted so you can see correctly just Dev Addr, but it is quite useful to see the hardware is working correctly.
In this part you install ChirpStack Gateway Bridge, ChirpStack Network Server, ChirpStack Application Server to your Linux server. Your Mikrotik wAP LR9 will then later connect to this server and will forward LoRa packets there.
Follow instructions how to connect to ChirpStack Application Server.
Open the LoRa menu on the Mikrotik configuration. In previous step we've enabled LoRa hardware. Now it's time to set up the ChirpStack Gateway Server IP. Go to LoRa > Servers and set the IP of your server and both ports to 1700.
The second step is to go to Devices, open gateway detail and in Network Servers you have to choose the added network server. It may be needed to disable LoRa temporarily to change this settings.
You also should set Network type to Private. Then also you need to set private configuration to all your LoRaWAN nodes.
In the left menu in Log you should see "Forwarder started" text
Then follow these steps in ChirpStack tutorial to add your network-server, gateway, organization and profiles as explained
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