Dataset: Environmental Impact on the Long-Term Connectivity and Link Quality of an Outdoor LoRa Network

Pei Tian, Fengxu Yang, Xiaoyuan Ma, Carlo Alberto Boano, Xin Tian, Ye Liu, Jianming Wei

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Recently, several datasets shedding light on connectivity aspects in real-world LoRa networks have been provided to the community. However, they typically only involve a limited number of nodes, deal with unidirectional communication only, or focus on very specific physical layer settings. More importantly, existing datasets typically lack fine-grained environmental information such as the temperature in the surroundings of each node, which is known to have a strong impact on communication performance. In this work, we provide the community with a comprehensive dataset that fills all these gaps. We have collected detailed connectivity information in an outdoor LoRa network composed of 21 nodes for more than four months. Our dataset does not only focus on network-level performance (e.g., the average number of correctly-exchanged packets), but sheds light on link-level information such as the received signal strength, signal-to-noise ratio, and the number of available neighbours over time. We further collect environmental information from an online weather site, as well as the on-board temperature of each node in the network, which varies considerably across the deployed locations. We collect all this information while perpetually changing physical layer settings such as the spreading factor and the RF channel. A preliminary analysis of our dataset, which is available in Zenodo1, reveals that temperature has a significant correlation with the link quality and connectivity in the outdoor LoRa network, confirming the findings of earlier studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSenSys 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 19th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems
PublisherAssociation of Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450390972
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2021
Event19th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems: SenSys 2021 - Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 15 Nov 202117 Nov 2021


Conference19th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems
Abbreviated titleSenSys 2021
Internet address


  • ChirpBox
  • Connectivity
  • Internet of Things
  • Link quality
  • LoRa
  • Physical layer settings
  • SX1276
  • Temperature
  • Weather

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing


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