.NET Core SX127X library Part3

Transmit Basic

Next step was proving I could send a message to an Arduino device running the LoRaSimpleNode example from the SandeepMistry Arduino LoRa library.

Seeeduino V4.2 with Dragino Tech

My first attempt didn’t have much range so I tried turning on the PA_BOOST pin (in RegPaConfig) which improved the range and Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI).

Arduino Monitor displaying received messages

There was quite a bit of code to configure the SX127X to Transmit messages. I had to put the device into sleep mode (RegOpMode), set the frequency to 915MHz(RegFrMsb, RegFrMid, RegFrLsb), and set the output power(RegPaConfig). Then for each message reset the pointer to the start of the message buffer(RegFifoTxBaseAddress, RegFifoAddrPtr), load the message into the buffer (RegPayloadLength), then turn on the transmitter(RegOpMode), and then finally poll (RegIrqFlags) until the message was sent(TxDone).

class Program
{
	static void Main(string[] args)
	{
		Byte regOpMode;
		ushort preamble;
		byte[] frequencyBytes;

		// M2M device has reset pin uses non standard chip select 
		SX127XDevice sX127XDevice = new SX127XDevice(chipSelectLine: 1, chipSelectLogicalPinNumber: 25, resetPin: 17);

		// Put device into LoRa + Sleep mode
		sX127XDevice.WriteByte(0x01, 0b10000000); // RegOpMode 

		// Set the frequency to 915MHz
		byte[] frequencyWriteBytes = { 0xE4, 0xC0, 0x00 }; // RegFrMsb, RegFrMid, RegFrLsb
		sX127XDevice.WriteBytes(0x06, frequencyWriteBytes);

		// More power PA Boost
		sX127XDevice.WriteByte(0x09, 0b10000000); // RegPaConfig

		while (true)
		{
			sX127XDevice.WriteByte(0x0E, 0x0); // RegFifoTxBaseAddress 

			// Set the Register Fifo address pointer
			sX127XDevice.WriteByte(0x0D, 0x0); // RegFifoAddrPtr 

			string messageText = "Hello LoRa from .NET Core!";

			// load the message into the fifo
			byte[] messageBytes = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(messageText);
			foreach (byte b in messageBytes)
			{
				sX127XDevice.WriteByte(0x0, b); // RegFifo
			}

			// Set the length of the message in the fifo
			sX127XDevice.WriteByte(0x22, (byte)messageBytes.Length); // RegPayloadLength

			Debug.WriteLine($"Sending {messageBytes.Length} bytes message \"{messageText}\"");
			/// Set the mode to LoRa + Transmit
			sX127XDevice.WriteByte(0x01, 0b10000011); // RegOpMode 

			// Wait until send done, no timeouts in PoC
			Debug.WriteLine("Send-wait");
			byte IrqFlags = sX127XDevice.ReadByte(0x12); // RegIrqFlags
			while ((IrqFlags & 0b00001000) == 0)  // wait until TxDone cleared
			{
				Thread.Sleep(10);
				IrqFlags = sX127XDevice.ReadByte(0x12); // RegIrqFlags
				Debug.Write(".");
			}
			Debug.WriteLine("");
			sX127XDevice.WriteByte(0x12, 0b00001000); // clear TxDone bit
			Debug.WriteLine("Send-Done");

			Thread.Sleep(30000);
		}
	}
}

Loaded '/usr/lib/dotnet/shared/Microsoft.NETCore.App/5.0.4/System.Memory.dll'. Skipped loading symbols. Module is optimized and the debugger option 'Just My Code' is enabled.
Sending 26 bytes message "Hello LoRa from .NET Core!"
Send-wait
....
Send-Done
Sending 26 bytes message "Hello LoRa from .NET Core!"
Send-wait
...
Send-Done
Sending 26 bytes message "Hello LoRa from .NET Core!"
Send-wait
...
Send-Done
Sending 26 bytes message "Hello LoRa from .NET Core!"
Send-wait
...
Send-Done
Sending 26 bytes message "Hello LoRa from .NET Core!"
Send-wait
...
Send-Done
Sending 26 bytes message "Hello LoRa from .NET Core!"
Send-wait
...
Send-Done
Sending 26 bytes message "Hello LoRa from .NET Core!"
Send-wait
...
Send-Done

Summary

In this iteration I sent a message from my  .Net Core 5 dotnet/iot powered Raspberry PI to a Dragino LoRa Shield 915MHz on a Seeeduino V4.2 device. Every so often the payload was corrupted becuase I had not enabled the payload Cyclic Redundancy Check(CRC) functionality.

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