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VE.Direct LoRaWAN LED does not blink / Connection impossible

Hello,

I bought the LoRaWAN module to be connected with my BMV-700. I put 24VDC voltage (ofcourse the polarity is right) on and connected it with the BMV. The LED still does not blink. Is the module damaged or did I overlook something?

Thank you!

Seike asked

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Mppt 250-60 no longer works with lorawan

I’m running the latest firmware, I can see the ve direct device in my list but can’t see the mppt in the device list. I’ve waited 4 days, reconnected it a few times and also tried a different ve direct kit- each time nothing comes through from the mppt 250-60 but comes through when using others. 100-30 and the 100-20. Any ideas? Seems that the mppt isn’t sending any info through ?

Julianturner asked
mvader (Victron Energy) commented ·

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Lorawan not Showing a true representation on site!

One of my sites is comprised of a Ve direct Lorawan module & 100/50 SmartSolar mppt,to monitor the solar output and battery state of the remote location.ive installed my own gateway to communicate with the remote site which is all online,and RSSI of -79db according to the VRM.however when I compare the on-site data locally on the App of the mppt to the VRM, they paint two very different pictures of the solar production being recorded for the same 4 day period!..anyone else had this issue?......


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Mark asked
Mark commented ·

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VE.Direct LoRaWAN on a private network (without TTN)

Hi,

I need to use a private network to connect the VE.direct module. I'm afraid to see it's only possible to connect on TTN network...

So :

- Can you explain where can I find the OTAA information for the commissioning ?

- Where I have to push the data and wich protocol I need to use ?


In case of it's not possible for you to aswer the question, can send me the datasheet with the codec of the sensor to decode the data myself ?


Thank you for your reply

Kevin Haury asked
Lasse answered ·

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Lorawan / VRM / Data / Charts

Hi there..

I have bought a Lowaran module with the view of seeing my charge controller (CC) data remotely in particular: the Solar Yield (KWh) every hour and also Cumulative Yield for each day however, this is not capture and or presented in the VRM portal?? The Dashboard only shows the Wattage (W) Vs the Voltage (V) of the solar panels at the time of the reading is made. Whilst this is OK, the information is not particularly useful as the W Vs V can change from minute-to-minute depending on the weather. Likewise in the 'Advanced' section (in the VRM Portal), the Solar Charger Summary does not provide any yield information at all. I have selected the Solar Charger PV Yield and again, that only logs the solar panel watts at the time of the reading (not the yield in the last hour in KWh). There are also some other widgets but they provide secondary information to Yield (KWh) e.g.: MPPT State, Battery W, W Vs A and, alarm functions and others..

My views so far are that the VRM portal does not provide much more useful information remotely if that is what you want and for the price of £83 for the unit, it is rather a waste of money. Luckily, I already had a gateway and so I didn't have to purchase that otherwise, it would be another £75 meaning that having spent £150+, you're not getting anything useful!!! Please be aware of the limitations of the Lorawan module and the data that is available.

I rebooted the the module and got connected again to the VRM portal just to see if I am able to pull of any other information.

Please can someone let me know if you have the same limitations and or there is something that I have missed.

Many thanks

TrungT asked
Daniël Boekel (Victron Energy Staff) answered ·

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VE.Direct LoRaWAN module Blinks Red

I have just connected the VE. Direct LoRaWAN module to the Smart MPPT 75/15 following the directions in the manual.

When it's not connected to the MPPT, it blinks yellow (orange really) which, per the manual, means it is reading the Things Network Gateway I have installed.

BUT- when I connect it to the MPPT, it rapidly blinks blue and then Red, then Red...and on and on. Never green.

What is happening? What do I need to do to get to green?


Thanks in advance.

SOC asked
SOC answered ·

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VE Direct LoRaWAN module Questions

Hello!

Questions:

1) The VE Direct LoRaWAN module will NOT work without a Gateway?

2) It's meant to sit NEXT to the MPPT? Connected directly to the battery?

3) Is it water/weather proof? What is the IP?


Thanks in advance.

SOC asked
Matthias Lange - DE commented ·

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LoRaWan won't add to VRM Portal

Whenever I try to add a LoRaWAN device to the VRM Portal, I get this message:

Error.

The site with the specified VRM Portal ID of IMEI could not be found.

This is the first one of theses devices I've tried, and I'm not sure if the LoRaWAN network is even viable in the U.S. However, it seems like I should be able to add the device to the portal regardless.

techie4hire asked
Lasse commented ·

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Can I use the VE.Direct LoraWan dongle with a BMV connected to a CCGX?

So I have a BMW712 which has a ve.direct cable to my CGGX. The CGGX has a wifi dongle that updates my data to the VRM portal. . I just got a Lorawan module to update data when mobile. . Apparently you cant connect the Loranwan to the CGGX but only the BMV. Well thats fine, but then how do I connect the BMV to share the data to the CGGX ? it doesnt have any other ports, and doesnt have a USB port to allow use of a ve.direct to USB expansion. . is there another method for the lorawan to be connected in this victron ecosystem ? thanks

anthem asked
Guy Stewart (Victron Community Manager) commented ·

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LoRaWAN, New Zealand

Has anyone any experience of LoRaWAN in New Zealand?


I'm looking to connect one node, and I'm struggling to find any useful information that relates to New Zealand....

Kiwi asked
ejrossouw answered ·

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LoRaWAN connection

I recently purchased the LoRaWAN dongle for my SmartSolar 100/15. On the TTN map, there was a gateway about 600m away, so I thought I had a decent chance of getting a connection. I wasn't able to get a green light from my house, I had to walk down the block to get a connection, so I decided to run my own gateway. I saw that TTN recently released a low cost, fully compliant gateway for only $69, so I ordered it, but it is currently back-ordered.

For fun, and wanting to get the Victron LoRaWAN node working, I purchased the SparkFun LoRa 1ch Gateway (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/15006) with a 3.5dB antenna. I followed the tutorial and got the gateway running. It initially didn't talk to the Victron module, so I tried manually switching through the different channels (leaving the Channel Activity Detection enabled to scan through the different spreading factors). I saw data coming in when I switched to channel 3, so I left it there.

I added my gateway to The Things Network and checked the TTN Console and can see the Victron node send out a Join Request, and 4 seconds later, a Join Accept (this seems to happens approximately twice every hour). I can see the dev eui hex matches my Victron Portal ID on the side of my dongle, so I'm fairly certain I'm getting close.

However, at this point (it's been about 5 hours since I started seeing the Join Request/Join Accept pairings), I haven't received any other data packets according to the Gateway Traffic screen. In addition, the Portal ID still can't be found through the VRM Portal.


I was hoping to confirm that I am going down the right path. I completely understand if this isn't really a Victron issue, possibly just something wrong with my gateway settings.


Thanks!

Edward


EdwardC asked
EdwardC commented ·

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Lorawan Gateways for VE.Direct Module?

Trying to monitor my SmartSolar installation using a VE.Direct module.

I tried to get things to work with the The Things Network Gateway, and while I see the JOIN REQUEST messages from the VE.Direct, and the gateway responds with multiple JOIN ACCEPT messages, the unit doesn't seem to send anything else. The VE.Direct doesn't show up in the VRM, for example, even after a few days. (Note this is the old gateway, not the newer Indoor/Outdoor variants)

SHOULD the VE.Direct module work with the Things Network Gateway? If not, is there a list of known good compatible gateways for the US that work with the Victron Energy VE.Direct LoRaWAN module? I saw the LorixOne listed in the VE.Direct documentation, but it seems tough to get in the US.


Thanks!


P.S. For reference, I'm hooked up to a SmartSolar MPPT 75/10 Solar Charge Controller and I've kept the firmware up-to-date.



jkeller1ca asked
sparka answered ·

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LoRaWan - TTN - data not received in VRM

Hi my installation has a LoRaWAN module connected to the TTN.

(BMV712 and SmartSolar MPPT)

I reinstalled it. lorawan module is connected (green led), I can see the payload date on TTN-Gateway console, but it not being shown on VRM.

(last update 2 months ago)

How can I fix this?

My installation : https://vrm.victronenergy.com/installation/37358/share/c29673ac

Thank you,

Carlos

Carloa asked
Lasse commented ·

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frequency of lorawan data

I read that the LoRaWAN module will try and upload data to the VRM portal once an hour. Is that an average for the last hour or an instantaneous measurement? Can it upload data taken at a higher frequency and just be limited to uploading the data set once an hour?

tamirlance asked
Lasse answered ·

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BMV-712 connected via LORAWAN to VRM portal does not show starter voltage.

Will the VE.direct LORAWAN portal report and display separate voltage readings for both (each) battery banks when a BMV-712 is configured in a dual bank? Though I may be mistaken, the portal demo does not appear to have a sample of BMV-712 dual bank data readings. Thank you.

NauticaResearch asked
NauticaResearch commented ·

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VE.Direct LoRaWan declaration of conformity

Dear all,

I would like to implement a BMV-712 with the VE.Direct LoRaWan module, so that it can be connected with our LoRaWan network.

Our firm is situated in French Polynesia and we need the equipment to be in accordance with the declaration of conformity RED 2014-53-EU so that we can use it here. This specification is relative to the frequencies used.

Can you confirm me that the products are in accordance with this norm?

Best regards,

GUNEAU François

Francois64200 asked
Guy Stewart (Victron Community Manager) edited ·

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Missing LoRaWAN data

Hello,


We're running a number of installations with the VE.Direct LoRaWAN modules, but have found that we stop receiving data in the vrm portal for several days/weeks at a time.

The LoRaWAN modules are located quite close to the LoRa gateways (In the gateway installation), and we do have other LoRa devices nearby which are able to successfully send data to TTN. We have found that resetting the modules does not seem to help, but that if we wait long enough the data begins being recorded again.

When reset, the LED on the modules starts blue then goes green. Unfortunately the installations are reasonably remote, so we cannot easily test this.

We're at a bit of a loss as to what could be the problem, and oddly the data from the LoRaWAN modules tends to stop within an hour or two of each-other. Is this likely to be an issue with the gateways? Or is this something on the TTN-Victron side?


Thanks,

Matt.


Matthew Singline asked
mvader (Victron Energy) edited ·

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Smart Battery sense and LoRaWAN

Hi,I have multiple Smart sense bluetooth devices on my boat, can I connect them via bluetooth to the LoRAWan device so I can monitor via the VRM website?

Thanks.Erik

EWaegeman asked
WKirby edited ·

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