RFM9X.NetNF on Netduino

After publishing my RFM9X.NetMF library working I noticed a Netduino 3 Wifi sitting at the back of my desk. I have got a few Netduinos and NanoFramework support (as a reference platform) for the Netduino 3 Wifi had caught my attention.

Netduino 3 Wifi LoRa test rig

The first step was to get the chip select, reset and Serial Peripheral interface(SPI) configurations sorted. I’m using a Dragino LoRa shield for Arduino and a Netduino 3 Wifi.

Dragino LoRa Shield Schematic

The first step was to figure out the configuration using the 00.Shield project. After some experimentation I figured out the SPI port connected to D10-D13 was SPI2 (SPI1 is connected to the MicroSD port)

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//#define ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL   //nanoff --target ESP32_WROOM_32 --serialport COM4 --update
#define NETDUINO3_WIFI   // nanoff --target NETDUINO3_WIFI --update
//NOTE May 2020 ST_NUCLEO64_F091RC device doesn't work something broken in SPI configuration
//#define ST_NUCLEO64_F091RC // nanoff --target ST_NUCLEO64_F091RC --update
//#define ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY       //nanoff --target ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY --update
//NOTE May 2020 ST_STM32F769I_DISCOVERY device doesn't work SPI2 mappings broken 
//#define ST_STM32F769I_DISCOVERY      // nanoff --target ST_STM32F769I_DISCOVERY --update 
namespace devMobile.IoT.Rfm9x.ShieldSPI
{
   using System;
   using System.Diagnostics;
   using System.Threading;

   using Windows.Devices.Gpio;
   using Windows.Devices.Spi;

#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL
   using nanoFramework.Hardware.Esp32;
#endif

   public class Program
   {
      private const byte RegVersion = 0x42;
#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL
      private const string SpiBusId = "SPI1";
#endif
#if NETDUINO3_WIFI
      private const string SpiBusId = "SPI2";
#endif
#if ST_NUCLEO64_F091RC
      private const string SpiBusId = "SPI1";
#endif
#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY
      private const string SpiBusId = "SPI5";
#endif
#if ST_STM32F769I_DISCOVERY
      private const string SpiBusId = "SPI5";
#endif

      public static void Main()
      {
#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL // No reset line for this device as it isn't connected on SX127X
         int ledPinNumber = Gpio.IO17;
         int chipSelectPinNumber = Gpio.IO16;
#endif
#if NETDUINO3_WIFI
         int ledPinNumber  = PinNumber('A', 10);
         // Arduino D10->PB10
         int chipSelectPinNumber = PinNumber('B', 10);
         // Arduino D9->PE5
         int resetPinNumber = PinNumber('E', 5);
#endif
#if ST_NUCLEO64_F091RC // No LED for this device as driven by D13 the SPI CLK line
         // Arduino D10->PB6
         int chipSelectPinNumber = PinNumber('B', 6);
         // Arduino D9->PC7
         int resetPinNumber = PinNumber('C', 7);
#endif
#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY // No reset line for this device as I didn't bother with jumper to SX127X pin
         int ledPinNumber  = PinNumber('G', 14);
         int chipSelectPinNumber = PinNumber('C', 2);
#endif
#if ST_STM32F769I_DISCOVERY
         int ledPinNumber  = PinNumber('J', 5);
         // Arduino D10->PA11
         int chipSelectPinNumber = PinNumber('A', 11);
         // Arduino D9->PH6
         int resetPinNumber = PinNumber('H', 6);
#endif
         Debug.WriteLine("devMobile.IoT.Rfm9x.ShieldSPI starting");

         try
         {
            GpioController gpioController = GpioController.GetDefault();

#if NETDUINO3_WIFI|| ST_NUCLEO64_F091RC || ST_STM32F769I_DISCOVERY
            // Setup the reset pin
            GpioPin resetGpioPin = gpioController.OpenPin(resetPinNumber);
            resetGpioPin.SetDriveMode(GpioPinDriveMode.Output);
            resetGpioPin.Write(GpioPinValue.High);
#endif

#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL || NETDUINO3_WIFI|| ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY || ST_STM32F769I_DISCOVERY
            // Setup the onboard LED
            GpioPin led = gpioController.OpenPin(ledPinNumber);
            led.SetDriveMode(GpioPinDriveMode.Output);
#endif

#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL
            Configuration.SetPinFunction(nanoFramework.Hardware.Esp32.Gpio.IO12, DeviceFunction.SPI1_MISO);
            Configuration.SetPinFunction(nanoFramework.Hardware.Esp32.Gpio.IO13, DeviceFunction.SPI1_MOSI);
            Configuration.SetPinFunction(nanoFramework.Hardware.Esp32.Gpio.IO14, DeviceFunction.SPI1_CLOCK);
#endif

            var settings = new SpiConnectionSettings(chipSelectPinNumber)
            {
               ClockFrequency = 500000,
               Mode = SpiMode.Mode0,// From SemTech docs pg 80 CPOL=0, CPHA=0
               SharingMode = SpiSharingMode.Shared,
            };

            using (SpiDevice device = SpiDevice.FromId(SpiBusId, settings))
            {
               Thread.Sleep(500);
            
               while (true)
               {
                  byte[] writeBuffer = new byte[] { RegVersion, 0x0 };
                  byte[] readBuffer = new byte[writeBuffer.Length];

                  device.TransferFullDuplex(writeBuffer, readBuffer);

                  Debug.WriteLine(String.Format("Register 0x{0:x2} - Value 0X{1:x2}", RegVersion, readBuffer[1]));

                  #if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL|| NETDUINO3_WIFI || ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY || ST_STM32F769I_DISCOVERY
                     led.Toggle();
                  #endif
                  Thread.Sleep(10000);
               }
            }
         }
         catch (Exception ex)
         {
            Debug.WriteLine(ex.Message);
         }
      }

#if  NETDUINO3_WIFI || ST_NUCLEO64_F091RC || ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY || ST_STM32F769I_DISCOVERY
      static int PinNumber(char port, byte pin)
      {
         if (port < 'A' || port > 'J')
            throw new ArgumentException();

         return ((port - 'A') * 16) + pin;
      }
#endif
   }
}

In the Visual Studio output windows I could see the correct version register value

The thread '<No Name>' (0x2) has exited with code 0 (0x0).
devMobile.IoT.Rfm9x.ShieldSPI starting
Register 0x42 - Value 0X12
Register 0x42 - Value 0X12
...

After checking the configuration of the reset (D9) and interrupt (D2) pins in other test harness programs my final configuration for Rfm9xLoRaDevice client was

//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
// Copyright (c) April/May 2020, devMobile Software
//
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
// you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at
//
//     http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
//
// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
// distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
// WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
// See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
// limitations under the License.
//
//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
//#define ADDRESSED_MESSAGES_PAYLOAD
//#define ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL   //nanoff --target ESP32_WROOM_32 --serialport COM4 --update
#define NETDUINO3_WIFI   // nanoff --target NETDUINO3_WIFI --update
//#define ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY       //nanoff --target ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY --update
namespace devMobile.IoT.Rfm9x.LoRaDeviceClient
{
	using System;
	using System.Diagnostics;
	using System.Text;
	using System.Threading;

#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL
	using nanoFramework.Hardware.Esp32;
#endif

	using devMobile.IoT.Rfm9x;

	class Program
	{
		private const double Frequency = 915000000.0;
#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY
		private const string DeviceName = "Disco429";
		private const string SpiBusId = "SPI5";
#endif
#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL
		private const string DeviceName = "ESP32";
		private const string SpiBusId = "SPI1";
#endif
#if NETDUINO3_WIFI
		private const string DeviceName = "N3W";
		private const string SpiBusId = "SPI2";
#endif
#if ADDRESSED_MESSAGES_PAYLOAD
		private const string DeviceName = "LoRaIoT1";
#endif

		static void Main()
		{
			byte MessageCount = System.Byte.MaxValue;
#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY
			int chipSelectPinNumber = PinNumber('C', 2);
			int resetPinNumber = PinNumber('C', 3);
			int interruptPinNumber = PinNumber('A', 4);
#endif
#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL
         int chipSelectPinNumber = Gpio.IO16;
         int interruptPinNumber = Gpio.IO26;

			Configuration.SetPinFunction(Gpio.IO12, DeviceFunction.SPI1_MISO);
			Configuration.SetPinFunction(Gpio.IO13, DeviceFunction.SPI1_MOSI);
			Configuration.SetPinFunction(Gpio.IO14, DeviceFunction.SPI1_CLOCK);

			Rfm9XDevice rfm9XDevice = new Rfm9XDevice(SpiBusId, chipSelectPinNumber, interruptPinNumber);
#endif
#if NETDUINO3_WIFI
			// Arduino D10->PB10
			int chipSelectPinNumber = PinNumber('B', 10);
			// Arduino D9->PE5
			int resetPinNumber = PinNumber('E', 5);
			// Arduino D2->PA3
			int interruptPinNumber = PinNumber('A', 3);
#endif

#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY || NETDUINO3_WIFI
			Rfm9XDevice rfm9XDevice = new Rfm9XDevice(SpiBusId, chipSelectPinNumber, resetPinNumber, interruptPinNumber);
#endif
			rfm9XDevice.Initialise(Frequency, paBoost: true);

#if DEBUG
			rfm9XDevice.RegisterDump();
#endif

			rfm9XDevice.OnReceive += Rfm9XDevice_OnReceive;
#if ADDRESSED_MESSAGES_PAYLOAD
			rfm9XDevice.Receive(UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(DeviceName));
#else
			rfm9XDevice.Receive();
#endif
			rfm9XDevice.OnTransmit += Rfm9XDevice_OnTransmit;

			Thread.Sleep(10000);

			while (true)
			{
				string messageText = string.Format("Hello from {0} ! {1}", DeviceName, MessageCount);
				MessageCount -= 1;

				byte[] messageBytes = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(messageText);
				Debug.WriteLine(string.Format("{0}-TX {1} byte message {2}", DateTime.UtcNow.ToString("HH:mm:ss"), messageBytes.Length, messageText));
#if ADDRESSED_MESSAGES_PAYLOAD
				rfm9XDevice.Send(UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(HostName), messageBytes);
#else
				rfm9XDevice.Send(messageBytes);
#endif
				Thread.Sleep(10000);
			}
		}

		private static void Rfm9XDevice_OnReceive(object sender, Rfm9XDevice.OnDataReceivedEventArgs e)
		{
			try
			{
				// Remove unprintable characters from messages
				for (int index = 0; index < e.Data.Length; index++)
				{
					if ((e.Data[index] < 0x20) || (e.Data[index] > 0x7E))
					{
						e.Data[index] = 0x20;
					}
				}

				string messageText = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetString(e.Data, 0, e.Data.Length);

#if ADDRESSED_MESSAGES_PAYLOAD
				string addressText = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetString(e.Address, 0, e.Address.Length);

				Debug.WriteLine(string.Format(@"{0}-RX From {1} PacketSnr {2} Packet RSSI {3}dBm RSSI {4}dBm ={5} ""{6}""", DateTime.UtcNow.ToString("HH:mm:ss"), addressText, e.PacketSnr, e.PacketRssi, e.Rssi, e.Data.Length, messageText));
#else
				Debug.WriteLine(string.Format(@"{0}-RX PacketSnr {1} Packet RSSI {2}dBm RSSI {3}dBm ={4} ""{5}""", DateTime.UtcNow.ToString("HH:mm:ss"), e.PacketSnr, e.PacketRssi, e.Rssi, e.Data.Length, messageText));
#endif
			}
			catch (Exception ex)
			{
				Debug.WriteLine(ex.Message);
			}
		}

		private static void Rfm9XDevice_OnTransmit(object sender, Rfm9XDevice.OnDataTransmitedEventArgs e)
		{
			Debug.WriteLine(string.Format("{0}-TX Done", DateTime.UtcNow.ToString("HH:mm:ss")));
		}

#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY || NETDUINO3_WIFI
		static int PinNumber(char port, byte pin)
      {
         if (port < 'A' || port > 'J')
            throw new ArgumentException();

         return ((port - 'A') * 16) + pin;
      }
#endif
	}
}


The sample client could reliable send and receive messages.

The thread '<No Name>' (0x2) has exited with code 0 (0x0).
Register dump
Register 0x00 - Value 0X7A
Register 0x01 - Value 0X80
Register 0x02 - Value 0X1A
Register 0x03 - Value 0X0B
Register 0x04 - Value 0X00
Register 0x05 - Value 0X52
Register 0x06 - Value 0XE4
Register 0x07 - Value 0XC0
Register 0x08 - Value 0X00
Register 0x09 - Value 0XCF
Register 0x0A - Value 0X09
Register 0x0B - Value 0X2B
Register 0x0C - Value 0X20
Register 0x0D - Value 0X01
Register 0x0E - Value 0X80
Register 0x0F - Value 0X00
Register 0x10 - Value 0X00
Register 0x11 - Value 0X00
Register 0x12 - Value 0X00
Register 0x13 - Value 0X00
Register 0x14 - Value 0X00
Register 0x15 - Value 0X00
Register 0x16 - Value 0X00
Register 0x17 - Value 0X00
Register 0x18 - Value 0X10
Register 0x19 - Value 0X00
Register 0x1A - Value 0X00
Register 0x1B - Value 0X00
Register 0x1C - Value 0X00
Register 0x1D - Value 0X72
Register 0x1E - Value 0X70
Register 0x1F - Value 0X64
Register 0x20 - Value 0X00
Register 0x21 - Value 0X08
Register 0x22 - Value 0X01
Register 0x23 - Value 0XFF
Register 0x24 - Value 0X00
Register 0x25 - Value 0X00
Register 0x26 - Value 0X04
Register 0x27 - Value 0X00
Register 0x28 - Value 0X00
Register 0x29 - Value 0X00
Register 0x2A - Value 0X00
Register 0x2B - Value 0X00
Register 0x2C - Value 0X00
Register 0x2D - Value 0X50
Register 0x2E - Value 0X14
Register 0x2F - Value 0X45
Register 0x30 - Value 0X55
Register 0x31 - Value 0XC3
Register 0x32 - Value 0X05
Register 0x33 - Value 0X27
Register 0x34 - Value 0X1C
Register 0x35 - Value 0X0A
Register 0x36 - Value 0X03
Register 0x37 - Value 0X0A
Register 0x38 - Value 0X42
Register 0x39 - Value 0X12
Register 0x3A - Value 0X49
Register 0x3B - Value 0X1D
Register 0x3C - Value 0X00
Register 0x3D - Value 0XAF
Register 0x3E - Value 0X00
Register 0x3F - Value 0X00
Register 0x40 - Value 0X00
Register 0x41 - Value 0X00
Register 0x42 - Value 0X12
00:00:25-TX 20 byte message Hello from N3W ! 255
00:00:25-TX Done
00:00:35-TX 20 byte message Hello from N3W ! 254
00:00:35-TX Done
00:00:45-TX 20 byte message Hello from N3W ! 253
00:00:45-TX Done
00:00:46-RX PacketSnr 9.50 Packet RSSI -70dBm RSSI -110dBm =59 " LoRaIoT1Maduino2at 43.9,ah 75,wsa 1,wsg 2,wd 36.00,r 0.00,"
00:00:55-TX 20 byte message Hello from N3W ! 252
00:00:55-TX Done
00:01:05-TX 20 byte message Hello from N3W ! 251
00:01:05-TX Done

Overall the process was fairly painless and helped identify a bug in the configuration of the Mode register in one of the test harness applications.

RFM9X.NetNF on Github

The source code of my nanoFramework RFM9X/SX127X library is now available on GitHub. One test harness uses an STM32F429 Discovery and a dragino technology LoRa shield for Arduino with some jumper wires.

STM32F429 Discovery kit with Dragino Shield

The other uses Sparkfun LoRa Gateway 1 Channel ESP32 for a LoRaWAN.

A sample application which shows how to send/receive address/un-addressed payloads.

//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
// Copyright (c) April/May 2020, devMobile Software
//
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
// you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at
//
//     http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
//
// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
// distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
// WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
// See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
// limitations under the License.
//
//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
//#define ADDRESSED_MESSAGES_PAYLOAD
#define ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY       //nanoff --target ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY --update
//#define ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL   //nanoff --target ESP32_WROOM_32 --serialport COM4 --update
namespace devMobile.IoT.Rfm9x.LoRaDeviceClient
{
	using System;
	using System.Text;
	using System.Threading;

#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL
	using nanoFramework.Hardware.Esp32;
#endif

	using devMobile.IoT.Rfm9x;

	class Program
	{
		const double Frequency = 915000000.0;
#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY
		private const string SpiBusId = "SPI5";
#endif
#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL
		private const string SpiBusId = "SPI1";
#endif

		static void Main()
		{
			byte MessageCount = System.Byte.MaxValue;
#if ADDRESSED_MESSAGES_PAYLOAD
			const string HostName = "ESP32LoRa";
			const string DeviceName = "LoRaIoT1";
#else
			const string DeviceName = "ESP32LoRa";
#endif
#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY
			int chipSelectPinNumber = PinNumber('C', 2);
			int resetPinNumber = PinNumber('C', 3);
			int interruptPinNumber = PinNumber('A', 4);
#endif
#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL
         int chipSelectPinNumber = Gpio.IO16;
         int interruptPinNumber = Gpio.IO26;

			Configuration.SetPinFunction(Gpio.IO12, DeviceFunction.SPI1_MISO);
			Configuration.SetPinFunction(Gpio.IO13, DeviceFunction.SPI1_MOSI);
			Configuration.SetPinFunction(Gpio.IO14, DeviceFunction.SPI1_CLOCK);

			Rfm9XDevice rfm9XDevice = new Rfm9XDevice(SpiBusId, chipSelectPinNumber, interruptPinNumber);
#endif
#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY
			Rfm9XDevice rfm9XDevice = new Rfm9XDevice(SpiBusId, chipSelectPinNumber, resetPinNumber, interruptPinNumber);
#endif
			rfm9XDevice.Initialise(Frequency, paBoost: true, rxPayloadCrcOn: true);

#if DEBUG
			rfm9XDevice.RegisterDump();
#endif

			rfm9XDevice.OnReceive += Rfm9XDevice_OnReceive;
#if ADDRESSED_MESSAGES_PAYLOAD
			rfm9XDevice.Receive(UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(DeviceName));
#else
			rfm9XDevice.Receive();
#endif
			rfm9XDevice.OnTransmit += Rfm9XDevice_OnTransmit;

			Thread.Sleep(10000);

			while (true)
			{
				string messageText = string.Format("Hello from {0} ! {1}", DeviceName, MessageCount);
				MessageCount -= 1;

				byte[] messageBytes = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(messageText);
				Console.WriteLine(string.Format("{0}-TX {1} byte message {2}", DateTime.UtcNow.ToString("HH:mm:ss"), messageBytes.Length, messageText));
#if ADDRESSED_MESSAGES_PAYLOAD
				rfm9XDevice.Send(UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(HostName), messageBytes);
#else
				rfm9XDevice.Send(messageBytes);
#endif
				Thread.Sleep(10000);
			}
		}

		private static void Rfm9XDevice_OnReceive(object sender, Rfm9XDevice.OnDataReceivedEventArgs e)
		{
			try
			{
				// Remove unprintable characters from messages
				for (int index = 0; index < e.Data.Length; index++)
				{
					if ((e.Data[index] < 0x20) || (e.Data[index] > 0x7E))
					{
						e.Data[index] = 0x20;
					}
				}

				string messageText = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetString(e.Data, 0, e.Data.Length);

#if ADDRESSED_MESSAGES_PAYLOAD
				string addressText = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetString(e.Address, 0, e.Address.Length);

				Console.WriteLine(string.Format(@"{0}-RX From {1} PacketSnr {2} Packet RSSI {3}dBm RSSI {4}dBm ={5} ""{6}""", DateTime.UtcNow.ToString("HH:mm:ss"), addressText, e.PacketSnr, e.PacketRssi, e.Rssi, e.Data.Length, messageText));
#else
				Console.WriteLine(string.Format(@"{0}-RX PacketSnr {1} Packet RSSI {2}dBm RSSI {3}dBm ={4} ""{5}""", DateTime.UtcNow.ToString("HH:mm:ss"), e.PacketSnr, e.PacketRssi, e.Rssi, e.Data.Length, messageText));
#endif
			}
			catch (Exception ex)
			{
				Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
			}
		}

		private static void Rfm9XDevice_OnTransmit(object sender, Rfm9XDevice.OnDataTransmitedEventArgs e)
		{
			Console.WriteLine( string.Format("{0}-TX Done", DateTime.UtcNow.ToString("HH:mm:ss")));
		}

#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY
      static int PinNumber(char port, byte pin)
      {
         if (port < 'A' || port > 'J')
            throw new ArgumentException();

         return ((port - 'A') * 16) + pin;
      }
#endif
	}
}


The addressing support is pretty basic as my goal was a library that I could extend with optional functionality like tamper detection via signing and privacy via payload encryption, mesh network support etc.

The library works but should be treated as early beta.

nanoFramework LoRa library Part5

Receive Basic

This code implements the reception of messages builds on my transmit basic sample. I had to add a simple for loop to replace un-printable characters in the received message with spaces as nanoFramework UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetString was throwing exceptions.

23:06:19.172 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 94
23:06:29.556 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 96
23:06:40.274 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 98
23:06:51.064 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 100
23:07:02.012 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 102
23:07:12.534 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 104
23:07:17.657 -> Message: ⸮LoRaIoT1Maduino2at 50.2,ah 90,wsa 4,wsg 11,wd 184.13,r 0.00,
23:07:17.725 -> Length: 61
23:07:17.725 -> FirstChar: 136
23:07:17.793 -> RSSI: -81
23:07:17.793 -> Snr: 9.50
23:07:17.793 -> 
23:07:23.216 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 106
23:07:34.228 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 108
23:07:44.907 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 110
23:07:55.930 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 112

For testing this code I used the same version of the LoRaSetSyncWord example as Transmit Basic

   class Program
   {
#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY
      private const string SpiBusId = "SPI5";
#endif
#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL
      private const string SpiBusId = "SPI1";
#endif

      static void Main()
      {
#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY
         int chipSelectPinNumber = PinNumber('C', 2);
         int resetPinNumber = PinNumber('C', 3);
#endif
#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL
         int chipSelectPinNumber = Gpio.IO16;
#endif

         try
         {
#if ESP32_WROOM_32_LORA_1_CHANNEL
            Configuration.SetPinFunction(Gpio.IO12, DeviceFunction.SPI1_MISO);
            Configuration.SetPinFunction(Gpio.IO13, DeviceFunction.SPI1_MOSI);
            Configuration.SetPinFunction(Gpio.IO14, DeviceFunction.SPI1_CLOCK);
            Rfm9XDevice rfm9XDevice = new Rfm9XDevice(SpiBusId, chipSelectPinNumber);
#endif
#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY
            Rfm9XDevice rfm9XDevice = new Rfm9XDevice(SpiBusId, chipSelectPinNumber, resetPinNumber);
#endif
             Thread.Sleep(500);

            // Put device into LoRa + Sleep mode
            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x01, 0b10000000); // RegOpMode 

            // Set the frequency to 915MHz
            byte[] frequencyWriteBytes = { 0xE4, 0xC0, 0x00 }; // RegFrMsb, RegFrMid, RegFrLsb
            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWrite(0x06, frequencyWriteBytes);

            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x0F, 0x0); // RegFifoRxBaseAddress 

            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x01, 0b10000101); // RegOpMode set LoRa & RxContinuous

            while (true)
            {
               // Wait until a packet is received, no timeouts in PoC
               Console.WriteLine("Receive-Wait");
               byte irqFlags = rfm9XDevice.RegisterReadByte(0x12); // RegIrqFlags
               while ((irqFlags & 0b01000000) == 0)  // wait until RxDone cleared
               {
                  Thread.Sleep(100);
                  irqFlags = rfm9XDevice.RegisterReadByte(0x12); // RegIrqFlags
                  Console.Write(".");
               }
               Console.WriteLine("");
               Console.WriteLine($"RegIrqFlags 0X{irqFlags:X2}");
               Console.WriteLine("Receive-Message");
               byte currentFifoAddress = rfm9XDevice.RegisterReadByte(0x10); // RegFifiRxCurrent
               rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x0d, currentFifoAddress); // RegFifoAddrPtr

               byte numberOfBytes = rfm9XDevice.RegisterReadByte(0x13); // RegRxNbBytes

               byte[] messageBytes = rfm9XDevice.RegisterRead(0x00, numberOfBytes); // RegFifo

               rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x0d, 0);
               rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x12, 0b11111111); // RegIrqFlags clear all the bits

               // Remove unprintable characters from messages
               for( int index = 0; index < messageBytes.Length; index++)
               {
                  if ((messageBytes[index] < 0x20) || (messageBytes[index] > 0x7E))
                  {
                     messageBytes[index] = 0x20;
                  }
               }

               string messageText = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetString(messageBytes, 0, messageBytes.Length);
               Console.WriteLine($"Received {messageBytes.Length} byte message {messageText}");

               Console.WriteLine("Receive-Done");
            }
         }
         catch (Exception ex)
         {
            Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
         }
      }

#if ST_STM32F429I_DISCOVERY
      static int PinNumber(char port, byte pin)
      {
         if (port < 'A' || port > 'J')
            throw new ArgumentException();

         return ((port - 'A') * 16) + pin;
      }
#endif
   }

The receive code works reliably but has no error detection or correction capability.

The thread '<No Name>' (0x2) has exited with code 0 (0x0).
Receive-Wait
................................................................
RegIrqFlags 0X50
Receive-Message
Received 17 byte message HeLoRa World! 114
Receive-Done
Receive-Wait
.......................................................................................................
RegIrqFlags 0X50
Receive-Message
Received 17 byte message HeLoRa World! 116
Receive-Done
Receive-Wait
.....................
RegIrqFlags 0X50
Receive-Message
Received 60 byte message  LoRaIoT1Maduino2at 50.2,ah 90,wsa 3,wsg 5,wd 178.50,r 0.00,
Receive-Done
Receive-Wait
.......................................................................................
RegIrqFlags 0X50
Receive-Message
Received 17 byte message HeLoRa World! 118
Receive-Done
Receive-Wait

I will look at implementing some sort of carrier-sense multiple access with collision avoidance solution to reduce the number of corrupted messages when two (or possibly more devices) transmit at the same time.

TinyCLR OS V2 LoRa library Part1

Shortly after finishing my TinyCLR OS V1 LoRa Library port GHI Electronics started talking publicly about their new SITCore hardware and updated TinyCLR.

To get started I used a Dragino LoRa shield for Arduino and some jumper leads to connect it to the SC20100 device I had been sent

Dragino Arduino LoRa Shield Schematic

The shield uses D10 for chip select, D2 for RFM9X DI0 interrupt and D9 for Reset. The shield ships with the SPI lines configured for ICSP so the three jumpers diagonally across the shield from the antenna connector need to be swapped to the side closest to the edge of the shield.

SC20100 Device with Dragino Shield

First step was to confirm I could (using the TinyCLR SPI NuGet library) read a couple of the Semtech SX1276 registers.

namespace devMobile.IoT.Rfm9x.ShieldSpi
{
   using System;
   using System.Diagnostics;

   using System.Threading;
   using GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.Devices.Spi;
   using GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.Pins;

   class Program
   {
      static void Main()
      {
         var settings = new SpiConnectionSettings()
         {
            ChipSelectType = SpiChipSelectType.Gpio,
            //ChipSelectLine = FEZ.GpioPin.D10,
            ChipSelectLine = GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.Devices.Gpio.GpioController.GetDefault().OpenPin(SC20100.GpioPin.PA13), 
            Mode = SpiMode.Mode0,
            //Mode = SpiMode.Mode1,
            //Mode = SpiMode.Mode2,
            //Mode = SpiMode.Mode3,
            ClockFrequency = 500000,
            //DataBitLength = 8, Removed as part of TiyCLR V2 Upgrade
            //ChipSelectActiveState = true
            ChipSelectActiveState = false,
            //ChipSelectHoldTime = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 0, 0, 500),
            //ChipSelectSetupTime = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 0, 0, 500),
         };

         //var controller = SpiController.FromName(FEZ.SpiBus.Spi1);
         var controller = SpiController.FromName(SC20100.SpiBus.Spi3);
         var device = controller.GetDevice(settings);

         Thread.Sleep(500);

         while (true)
         {
            byte register;
            byte[] writeBuffer;
            byte[] readBuffer;

            // Silicon Version info
            register = 0x42; // RegVersion expecting 0x12

            // Frequency
            //register = 0x06; // RegFrfMsb expecting 0x6C
            //register = 0x07; // RegFrfMid expecting 0x80
            //register = 0x08; // RegFrfLsb expecting 0x00

            //register = 0x17; //RegPayoadLength expecting 0x47

            // Preamble length 
            //register = 0x18; // RegPreambleMsb expecting 0x32
            //register = 0x19; // RegPreambleLsb expecting 0x3E

            //register <<= 1;
            //register |= 0x80;

            //writeBuffer = new byte[] { register };
            writeBuffer = new byte[] { register, 0x0 };
            //writeBuffer = new byte[] {register, 0x0, 0x0};
            //writeBuffer = new byte[] {register, 0x0, 0x0, 0x0};

            readBuffer = new byte[writeBuffer.Length];

            //device.TransferSequential(writeBuffer, readBuffer);
            device.TransferFullDuplex(writeBuffer, readBuffer);

            Debug.WriteLine("Value = 0x" + BytesToHexString(readBuffer));

            Thread.Sleep(1000);
         }
      }

      private static string BytesToHexString(byte[] bytes)
      {
         string hexString = string.Empty;

         // Loop through the bytes.
         for (byte b = 0; b < bytes.Length; b++)
         {
            if (b > 0)
               hexString += "-";

            hexString += bytes[b].ToString("x2");
         }

         return hexString;
      }
   }
}

After updating the way the chip select line was configured I could successfully read the RegVersion and default frequency values

'GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.VisualStudio.ProjectSystem.dll' (Managed): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.TinyCLR\ShieldSPI\bin\Debug\pe\..\GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.Native.dll'
'GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.VisualStudio.ProjectSystem.dll' (Managed): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.TinyCLR\ShieldSPI\bin\Debug\pe\..\GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.Devices.Gpio.dll'
'GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.VisualStudio.ProjectSystem.dll' (Managed): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.TinyCLR\ShieldSPI\bin\Debug\pe\..\GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.Devices.Spi.dll'
'GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.VisualStudio.ProjectSystem.dll' (Managed): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.TinyCLR\ShieldSPI\bin\Debug\pe\..\ShieldSPI.exe', Symbols loaded.
The thread '<No Name>' (0x2) has exited with code 0 (0x0).
Value = 0x00-12
Value = 0x00-12
Value = 0x00-12
Value = 0x00-12
Value = 0x00-12

I also updated the BytesToHexString method to use the byte.ToString( string format) overload which is implemented by the TinyCLR runtime.

nanoFramework LoRa library Part1

After writing my Windows 10 IoT Core RFM9X library and porting it to .NetMF, Wilderness Labs Meadow and GHI Electronics TinyCLR-OS I figured yet another platform port shouldn’t take too long.

To get started I used a Dragino LoRa shield for Arduino and jumper wires to connect it to my STM32F4 Discovery Kit running the nanoFramework.

Dragino Arduino LoRa Shield Schematic

My initial pin mapping was

  • SCK->PF7->D10
  • MISO->PF8->D12
  • MOSI->PF9->D11
  • CS->PC2->D10

The shield uses D10 for chip select, D2 for RFM9X DI0 interrupt and D9 for Reset. The shield ships with the SPI lines configured for ICSP so the three jumpers diagonally across the shield from the antenna connector need to be swapped to the side closest to the edge of the shield.

STM32F429 Discovery kit with Dragino Shield

First step was to confirm I could (using the nanoFramework GPIO and SPI Nuget packages) read a couple of the Semtech SX1276 registers.

//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
// Copyright (c) April 2020, devMobile Software
//
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
// you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at
//
//     http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
//
// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
// distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
// WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
// See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
// limitations under the License.
//
//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
namespace devMobile.IoT.Rfm9x.ShieldSPI
{
   using System;
   using System.Threading;

   using Windows.Devices.Gpio;
   using Windows.Devices.Spi;

   public class Program
   {
      public static void Main()
      {
         try
         {
            GpioController gpioController = GpioController.GetDefault();

            GpioPin chipSelectGpioPin = gpioController.OpenPin(PinNumber('C', 2));
            chipSelectGpioPin.SetDriveMode(GpioPinDriveMode.Output);

            var settings = new SpiConnectionSettings(chipSelectGpioPin.PinNumber)
            {
               ClockFrequency = 500000,
               Mode = SpiMode.Mode0,// From SemTech docs pg 80 CPOL=0, CPHA=0
               //Mode = SpiMode.Mode1,
               //Mode = SpiMode.Mode2,
               //Mode = SpiMode.Mode3,
               SharingMode = SpiSharingMode.Shared,
               //SharingMode = SpiSharingMode.Exclusive,
            };
            

            SpiDevice Device = SpiDevice.FromId("SPI5", settings);

            Thread.Sleep(500);

            while (true)
            {
               byte[] writeBuffer = new byte[] { 0x42 };
               byte[] readBuffer = new byte[1];
            
               //Device.Write(writeBuffer);
               //Device.Read(readBuffer);
               Device.TransferSequential(writeBuffer, readBuffer);

               byte registerValue = readBuffer[0];
               Console.WriteLine(String.Format("Register 0x{0:x2} - Value 0X{1:x2}", 0x42, registerValue));

               Thread.Sleep(10000);
            }
         }
         catch (Exception ex)
         {
            Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
         }
      }

      static int PinNumber(char port, byte pin)
      {
         if (port < 'A' || port > 'J')
            throw new ArgumentException();

         return ((port - 'A') * 16) + pin;
      }
   }
}

After trying many permutations of settings I could successfully read the RegVersion and default frequency values

Attaching to nanoDevice...
Waiting for nanoDevice to initialize...
Updating nanoDevice debugger engine.
The nanoDevice runtime is loading the application assemblies and starting execution.
'nanoFramework.Tools.VS2019.Extension.dll' (Managed): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.NetNF\ShieldSPI\bin\Debug\ShieldSPI.exe', Symbols loaded.
'nanoFramework.Tools.VS2019.Extension.dll' (Managed): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.NetNF\packages\nanoFramework.Windows.Devices.Spi.1.3.0-preview.12\lib\Windows.Devices.Spi.dll', Symbols loaded.
'nanoFramework.Tools.VS2019.Extension.dll' (Managed): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.NetNF\packages\nanoFramework.Runtime.Events.1.4.2-preview.1\lib\nanoFramework.Runtime.Events.dll', Symbols loaded.
'nanoFramework.Tools.VS2019.Extension.dll' (Managed): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.NetNF\packages\nanoFramework.Windows.Devices.Gpio.1.4.1-preview.13\lib\Windows.Devices.Gpio.dll', Symbols loaded.
The thread '<No Name>' (0x2) has exited with code 0 (0x0).
Register 0x42 - Value 0X12
Register 0x42 - Value 0X12

Mapping the Discovery board pins to corresponding SPI and GPIO pins was a bit painful

TinyCLR OS LoRa library Part7

Transmit Interrupt

Starting with the TransmitBasic sample application I modified the code so that a hardware interrupt (specified in RegDioMapping1) was generated on TxDone (FIFO Payload Transmission completed).

The application inserts a message into the RFM95 transmit FIFO every 10 seconds with confirmation of transmission displayed shortly afterwards

      public Rfm9XDevice(int chipSelectPin, int resetPin, int interruptPin)
      {
         var settings = new SpiConnectionSettings()
         {
            ChipSelectType = SpiChipSelectType.Gpio,
            ChipSelectLine = chipSelectPin,
            Mode = SpiMode.Mode0,
            ClockFrequency = 500000,
            DataBitLength = 8,
            ChipSelectActiveState = false,
         };

         SpiController spiCntroller = SpiController.FromName(FEZ.SpiBus.Spi1);

         rfm9XLoraModem = spiCntroller.GetDevice(settings);

         // Factory reset pin configuration
         GpioController gpioController = GpioController.GetDefault();
         GpioPin resetGpioPin = gpioController.OpenPin(resetPin);
         resetGpioPin.SetDriveMode(GpioPinDriveMode.Output);
         resetGpioPin.Write(GpioPinValue.Low);
         Thread.Sleep(10);
         resetGpioPin.Write(GpioPinValue.High);
         Thread.Sleep(10);

         // Interrupt pin for RX message & TX done notification 
         InterruptGpioPin = gpioController.OpenPin(interruptPin);
         resetGpioPin.SetDriveMode(GpioPinDriveMode.Input);

         InterruptGpioPin.ValueChanged += InterruptGpioPin_ValueChanged;
      }

      private void InterruptGpioPin_ValueChanged(GpioPin sender, GpioPinValueChangedEventArgs e)
      {
         if (e.Edge != GpioPinEdge.RisingEdge)
         {
            return;
         }

         byte irqFlags = this.RegisterReadByte(0x12); // RegIrqFlags
         Debug.WriteLine($"RegIrqFlags 0X{irqFlags:x2}");

         if ((irqFlags & 0b00001000) == 0b00001000)  // TxDone
         {
            Debug.WriteLine("Transmit-Done");
         }

         this.RegisterWriteByte(0x12, 0xff);// RegIrqFlags
      }
…
   class Program
   {
      static void Main()
      {
         Rfm9XDevice rfm9XDevice = new Rfm9XDevice(FEZ.GpioPin.D10, FEZ.GpioPin.D9, FEZ.GpioPin.D2);
         int SendCount = 0;

         // Put device into LoRa + Sleep mode
         rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x01, 0b10000000); // RegOpMode 

         // Set the frequency to 915MHz
         byte[] frequencyWriteBytes = { 0xE4, 0xC0, 0x00 }; // RegFrMsb, RegFrMid, RegFrLsb
         rfm9XDevice.RegisterWrite(0x06, frequencyWriteBytes);

         // More power PA Boost
         rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x09, 0b10000000); // RegPaConfig

         // Interrupt on TxDone
         rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x40, 0b01000000); // RegDioMapping1 0b00000000 DI0 TxDone

         while (true)
         {
            // Set the Register Fifo address pointer
            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x0E, 0x00); // RegFifoTxBaseAddress 

            // Set the Register Fifo address pointer
            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x0D, 0x0); // RegFifoAddrPtr 

            string messageText = $"Hello LoRa {SendCount += 1}!";

            // load the message into the fifo
            byte[] messageBytes = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(messageText);
            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWrite(0x0, messageBytes); // RegFifo 

            // Set the length of the message in the fifo
            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x22, (byte)messageBytes.Length); // RegPayloadLength
            Debug.WriteLine($"Sending {messageBytes.Length} bytes message {messageText}");
            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x01, 0b10000011); // RegOpMode 

            Thread.Sleep(10000);
         }
      }
   }

The output in the debug window

'GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.VisualStudio.ProjectSystem.dll' (Managed): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.TinyCLR\TransmitInterrupt\bin\Debug\pe\..\TransmitInterrupt.exe', Symbols loaded.
The thread '<No Name>' (0x2) has exited with code 0 (0x0).
Sending 13 bytes message Hello LoRa 1!
RegIrqFlags 0X08
Transmit-Done
Sending 13 bytes message Hello LoRa 2!
RegIrqFlags 0X08
Transmit-Done
Sending 13 bytes message Hello LoRa 3!
RegIrqFlags 0X08
Transmit-Done
Sending 13 bytes message Hello LoRa 4!
RegIrqFlags 0X08
Transmit-Done
Sending 13 bytes message Hello LoRa 5!
RegIrqFlags 0X08
Transmit-Done

On the Arduino test client the serial monitor displayed

19:39:55.595 -> LoRa init succeeded.
19:39:56.157 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 0
19:39:58.742 -> Message: Hello LoRa 5!
19:39:58.742 -> RSSI: -36
19:39:58.789 -> Snr: 9.50
19:39:58.789 -> 
19:40:07.151 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 2
19:40:11.920 -> Message: Hello LoRa 1!
19:40:11.920 -> RSSI: -41
19:40:11.967 -> Snr: 9.75
19:40:11.967 -> 
19:40:17.924 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 4
19:40:21.905 -> Message: Hello LoRa 2!
19:40:21.905 -> RSSI: -41
19:40:21.952 -> Snr: 9.50
19:40:21.952 -> 
19:40:28.248 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 6
19:40:31.928 -> Message: Hello LoRa 3!
19:40:31.928 -> RSSI: -36
19:40:31.975 -> Snr: 9.50
19:40:31.975 -> 
19:40:38.803 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 8
19:40:41.928 -> Message: Hello LoRa 4!
19:40:41.928 -> RSSI: -34
19:40:41.975 -> Snr: 9.25
19:40:41.975 -> 

Now that I’m confident my hardware is all working as expected the next step will be building a client which has a receive and transmit interrupt handler.

TinyCLR OS LoRa library Part1

After writing my Windows 10 IoT Core RFM9X library and porting it to .NetMF and Wilderness Labs Meadow I figured another port to GHI Electronics TinyCLR-OS on a FEZ device shouldn’t take too long.

To get started I used a Dragino LoRa shield for Arduino which looked compatible with my FEZT18-N and FEZT18-W devices.

Dragino Arduino LoRa Shield Schematic

The shield uses D10 for chip select, D2 for RFM9X DI0 interrupt and D9 for Reset. The shield ships with the SPI lines configured for ICSP so the three jumpers diagonally across the shield from the antenna connector need to be swapped to the side closest to the edge of the shield.

First step was to confirm I could (using the TinyCLR SPI NuGet library) read a couple of the Semtech SX1276 registers.

//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
// Copyright (c) March 2020, devMobile Software
//
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
// you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at
//
//     http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
//
// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
// distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
// WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
// See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
// limitations under the License.
//
//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
namespace devMobile.IoT.Rfm9x.ShieldSpi
{
   using System;
   using System.Diagnostics;

   using System.Threading;
   using GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.Devices.Spi;
   using GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.Pins;

   class Program
   {
      static void Main()
      {
         var settings = new SpiConnectionSettings()
         {
            ChipSelectType = SpiChipSelectType.Gpio,
            ChipSelectLine = FEZ.GpioPin.D10,
            Mode = SpiMode.Mode0,
            ClockFrequency = 500000,
            DataBitLength = 8,
            ChipSelectActiveState = false,
         };

         var controller = SpiController.FromName(FEZ.SpiBus.Spi1);
         var device = controller.GetDevice(settings);

         Thread.Sleep(500);

         while (true)
         {
            byte register;
            byte[] writeBuffer;
            byte[] readBuffer;

            // Silicon Version info
            register = 0x42; // RegVersion expecting 0x12

            // Frequency
            //register = 0x06; // RegFrfMsb expecting 0x6C
            //register = 0x07; // RegFrfMid expecting 0x80
            //register = 0x08; // RegFrfLsb expecting 0x00

            //register = 0x17; //RegPayoadLength expecting 0x47

            // Preamble length 
            //register = 0x18; // RegPreambleMsb expecting 0x32
            //register = 0x19; // RegPreambleLsb expecting 0x3E

            writeBuffer = new byte[] { register,  0x0 };
            readBuffer = new byte[writeBuffer.Length];

            device.TransferFullDuplex(writeBuffer, readBuffer);

            Debug.WriteLine("Value = 0x" + BytesToHexString(readBuffer));

            Thread.Sleep(1000);
         }
      }

      private static string BytesToHexString(byte[] bytes)
      {
         string hexString = string.Empty;

         // Create a character array for hexidecimal conversion.
         const string hexChars = "0123456789ABCDEF";

         // Loop through the bytes.
         for (byte b = 0; b < bytes.Length; b++)
         {
            if (b > 0)
               hexString += "-";

            // Grab the top 4 bits and append the hex equivalent to the return string.        
            hexString += hexChars[bytes[b] >> 4];

            // Mask off the upper 4 bits to get the rest of it.
            hexString += hexChars[bytes[b] & 0x0F];
         }

         return hexString;
      }
   }
}

After trying many permutations of settings I could successfully read the RegVersion and default frequency values

The debugging target runtime is loading the application assemblies and starting execution.
Ready.

'GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.VisualStudio.ProjectSystem.dll' (Managed): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.TinyCLR\ShieldSPI\bin\Debug\pe\..\GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.Native.dll'
'GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.VisualStudio.ProjectSystem.dll' (Managed): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.TinyCLR\ShieldSPI\bin\Debug\pe\..\GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.Devices.Gpio.dll'
'GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.VisualStudio.ProjectSystem.dll' (Managed): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.TinyCLR\ShieldSPI\bin\Debug\pe\..\GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.Devices.Spi.dll'
'GHIElectronics.TinyCLR.VisualStudio.ProjectSystem.dll' (Managed): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.TinyCLR\ShieldSPI\bin\Debug\pe\..\ShieldSPI.exe', Symbols loaded.
The thread '<No Name>' (0x2) has exited with code 0 (0x0).
Value = 0x00-12
Value = 0x00-12
Value = 0x00-12
Value = 0x00-12

Overall the SPI implementation felt closer to Windows 10 IoT Core model than expected.

.Net Meadow RFM95/96/97/98 LoRa library Part7

Transmit Interrupt

Starting with the TransmitBasic sample application I modified the code so that a hardware interrupt (specified in RegDioMapping1) was generated on TxDone (FIFO Payload Transmission completed).

The application inserts a message into the RFM95 transmit FIFO every 10 seconds with confirmation of transmission displayed shortly afterwards

      public Rfm9XDevice(IIODevice device, ISpiBus spiBus, IPin chipSelectPin, IPin resetPin, IPin interruptPin)
      {
         // Chip select pin configuration
         ChipSelectGpioPin = device.CreateDigitalOutputPort(chipSelectPin, initialState: true);
         if (ChipSelectGpioPin == null)
         {
            Console.WriteLine("ChipSelectGpioPin == null");
         }

         // Factory reset pin configuration
         IDigitalOutputPort resetGpioPin = device.CreateDigitalOutputPort(resetPin);
         if (resetGpioPin == null)
         {
            Console.WriteLine("resetGpioPin == null");
         }
         resetGpioPin.State = false;
         Task.Delay(10);
         resetGpioPin.State = true;
         Task.Delay(10);

         // Interrupt pin for RX message & TX done notification 
         InterruptGpioPin = device.CreateDigitalInputPort(interruptPin, InterruptMode.EdgeRising);
         InterruptGpioPin.Changed += InterruptGpioPin_ValueChanged;

         Rfm9XLoraModem = new SpiPeripheral(spiBus, ChipSelectGpioPin);
         if (Rfm9XLoraModem == null)
         {
            Console.WriteLine("Rfm9XLoraModem == null");
         }
      }

      private void InterruptGpioPin_ValueChanged(object sender, DigitalInputPortEventArgs args)
      {
        byte irqFlags = this.RegisterReadByte(0x12); // RegIrqFlags
        this.RegisterWriteByte(0x12, 0xff);// Clear RegIrqFlags

        //Console.WriteLine(string.Format("RegIrqFlags:{0}", Convert.ToString(irqFlags, 2).PadLeft(8, '0')));
         if ((irqFlags & 0b00001000) == 0b00001000)  // TxDone
         {
            Console.WriteLine("Transmit-Done");
         }
      }
…
   public class MeadowApp : App<F7Micro, MeadowApp>
   {
      private Rfm9XDevice rfm9XDevice;

      public MeadowApp()
      {
         ISpiBus spiBus = Device.CreateSpiBus(500);
         if (spiBus == null)
         {
            Console.WriteLine("spiBus == null");
         }

         rfm9XDevice = new Rfm9XDevice(Device, spiBus, Device.Pins.D09, Device.Pins.D11, Device.Pins.D10);

         // Put device into LoRa + Sleep mode
         rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x01, 0b10000000); // RegOpMode 

         // Set the frequency to 915MHz
         byte[] frequencyWriteBytes = { 0xE4, 0xC0, 0x00 }; // RegFrMsb, RegFrMid, RegFrLsb
         rfm9XDevice.RegisterWrite(0x06, frequencyWriteBytes);

         // More power PA Boost
         rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x09, 0b10000000); // RegPaConfig

         // Interrupt on TxDone
         rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x40, 0b01000000); // RegDioMapping1 0b00000000 DI0 TxDone

         while (true)
         {
            // Set the Register Fifo address pointer
            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x0E, 0x00); // RegFifoTxBaseAddress 

            // Set the Register Fifo address pointer
            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x0D, 0x0); // RegFifoAddrPtr 

            string messageText = "Hello LoRa!";

            // load the message into the fifo
            byte[] messageBytes = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(messageText);
            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWrite(0x0, messageBytes); // RegFifo 

            // Set the length of the message in the fifo
            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x22, (byte)messageBytes.Length); // RegPayloadLength
            Console.WriteLine("Sending {0} bytes message {1}", messageBytes.Length, messageText);
            rfm9XDevice.RegisterWriteByte(0x01, 0b10000011); // RegOpMode 

            Task.Delay(10000).Wait();
         }
      }
   }

The output in the debug window

'App.exe' (CLR v4.0.30319: DefaultDomain): Loaded 'C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.Net\assembly\GAC_64\mscorlib\v4.0_4.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089\mscorlib.dll'. 
'App.exe' (CLR v4.0.30319: DefaultDomain): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.Meadow\TransmitInterrupt\bin\Debug\net472\App.exe'. Symbols loaded.
'App.exe' (CLR v4.0.30319: App.exe): Loaded 'C:\Users\BrynLewis\source\repos\RFM9X.Meadow\TransmitInterrupt\bin\Debug\net472\Meadow.dll'. 
The program '[11164] App.exe: Program Trace' has exited with code 0 (0x0).
The program '[11164] App.exe' has exited with code 0 (0x0).
.
.
DirectRegisterAccess = True
.
.
Sending 11 bytes message Hello LoRa!
Transmit-Done
Sending 11 bytes message Hello LoRa!
Transmit-Done
Sending 11 bytes message Hello LoRa!
Transmit-Done

On the Arduino test client the serial monitor displayed

13:02:09.098 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 4
13:02:19.130 -> Message: ⸮LoRaIoT1Maduino2at 79.7,ah 39,wsa 6,wsg 13,wd 28.13,r 0.00,
13:02:19.177 -> RSSI: -72
13:02:19.177 -> Snr: 9.25
13:02:19.177 -> 
13:02:19.431 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 6
13:02:29.994 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 8
13:02:32.000 -> Message: Hello LoRa!
13:02:32.000 -> RSSI: -46
13:02:32.047 -> Snr: 9.50
13:02:32.047 -> 
13:02:40.750 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 10
13:02:42.260 -> Message: Hello LoRa!
13:02:42.260 -> RSSI: -45
13:02:42.314 -> Snr: 9.50
13:02:42.314 -> 
13:02:51.286 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 12
13:02:52.541 -> Message: Hello LoRa!
13:02:52.541 -> RSSI: -45
13:02:52.541 -> Snr: 9.75
13:02:52.541 -> 
13:03:02.112 -> Sending HeLoRa World! 14
13:03:02.745 -> Message: Hello LoRa!
13:03:02.745 -> RSSI: -45
13:03:02.792 -> Snr: 9.50
13:03:02.792 -> 

Now that I’m confident my hardware is all working the next step will be building a full featured client based on my Windows 10 IoT Core library.

Netduino LoRa Radio 433/868/915 MHz Payload Addressing client

This is a demo Netduino client (based on one of the examples in my RFM9XLoRaNetMF library) that uploads telemetry data to my Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry PI field gateway proof of concept(PoC).

Bill of materials (Prices Sep 2018)

//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
// Copyright (c) 2017, devMobile Software
//
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
// you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at
//
//     http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
//
// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
// distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
// WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
// See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
// limitations under the License.
//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
namespace devMobile.IoT.Netduino.FieldGateway
{
   using System;
   using System.Text;
   using System.Threading;
   using Microsoft.SPOT;
   using Microsoft.SPOT.Hardware;
   using SecretLabs.NETMF.Hardware.Netduino;
   using devMobile.IoT.NetMF.ISM;
   using devMobile.NetMF.Sensor;

   class NetduinoClient
   {
      Rfm9XDevice rfm9XDevice;
      private readonly TimeSpan dueTime = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 15);
      private readonly TimeSpan periodTime = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 300);
      private readonly SiliconLabsSI7005 sensor = new SiliconLabsSI7005();
      private readonly OutputPort _led = new OutputPort(Pins.ONBOARD_LED, false);
      private readonly byte[] fieldGatewayAddress = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes("LoRaIoT1");
      private readonly byte[] deviceAddress = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes("Netduino1");

      public NetduinoClient()
      {
         rfm9XDevice = new Rfm9XDevice(Pins.GPIO_PIN_D10, Pins.GPIO_PIN_D9, Pins.GPIO_PIN_D2);
      }

      public void Run()
      {
         //rfm9XDevice.Initialise(frequency: 915000000, paBoost: true, rxPayloadCrcOn: true);
         rfm9XDevice.Initialise(frequency: 433000000, paBoost: true, rxPayloadCrcOn: true);
         rfm9XDevice.Receive(deviceAddress);

         rfm9XDevice.OnDataReceived += rfm9XDevice_OnDataReceived;
         rfm9XDevice.OnTransmit += rfm9XDevice_OnTransmit;

         Timer humidityAndtemperatureUpdates = new Timer(HumidityAndTemperatureTimerProc, null, dueTime, periodTime);

         Thread.Sleep(Timeout.Infinite);
      }

      private void HumidityAndTemperatureTimerProc(object state)
      {
         _led.Write(true);

         double humidity = sensor.Humidity();
         double temperature = sensor.Temperature();

         Debug.Print(DateTime.UtcNow.ToString("hh:mm:ss") + " H:" + humidity.ToString("F1") + " T:" + temperature.ToString("F1"));

         rfm9XDevice.Send(fieldGatewayAddress, Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes( "t " + temperature.ToString("F1") + ",H " + humidity.ToString("F0")));

         _led.Write(true);
      }

      void rfm9XDevice_OnTransmit()
      {
         Debug.Print("Transmit-Done");
         _led.Write(false);
      }

      void rfm9XDevice_OnDataReceived(byte[] address, float packetSnr, int packetRssi, int rssi, byte[] data)
      {
         try
         {
            string messageText = new string(UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetChars(data));
            string addressText = new string(UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetChars(address));

            Debug.Print(DateTime.UtcNow.ToString("HH:MM:ss") + "-Rfm9X PacketSnr " + packetSnr.ToString("F1") + " Packet RSSI " + packetRssi + "dBm RSSI " + rssi + "dBm = " + data.Length + " byte message " + @"""" + messageText + @"""");
         }
         catch (Exception ex)
         {
            Debug.Print(ex.Message);
         }
      }
   }
}

The code is available on GitHub
FieldGatewayNetduinoLoRaElecrow915
Elecrow shield
FieldGatewayNetduinoLoRaDragino915
Dragino shield
FieldGatewayNetduinLoRaMakerFabs433
MakerFabs shield
Net Micro Framework debug output from device

The thread '' (0x2) has exited with code 0 (0x0).
12:00:18 H:96.9 T:19.6
Transmit-Done
12:05:17 H:95.1 T:20.1
Transmit-Done

.Net Framework debug output Field Gateway

The thread 0x1550 has exited with code 0 (0x0).
21:21:49-RX From Netduino1 PacketSnr 9.5 Packet RSSI -40dBm RSSI -107dBm = 11 byte message "t 19.6,H 97"
 Sensor Netduino1t Value 19.6
 Sensor Netduino1H Value 97
 AzureIoTHubClient SendEventAsync start
 AzureIoTHubClient SendEventAsync finish
...
21:26:49-RX From Netduino1 PacketSnr 9.5 Packet RSSI -33dBm RSSI -103dBm = 11 byte message "t 20.1,H 95"
 Sensor Netduino1t Value 20.1
 Sensor Netduino1H Value 95
 AzureIoTHubClient SendEventAsync start
 AzureIoTHubClient SendEventAsync finish
The thread 0xfbc has exited with code 0 (0x0).

Then in my Azure IoT Hub

AzureIOTHubExplorerScreenGrab20180917

Dragino LoRaMiniDev Payload Addressing Client

This is a demo Dragino LoRa Mini Dev featuring LoRa® technology client (based on one of the examples from Arduino-LoRa) that uploads telemetry data to my AdaFruit.IO and Azure IoT Hubs Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry PI proof of concept (PoC) field gateways.

LoRaMiniDevTH02

Bill of materials (Prices Sep 2018)

  • Draguino LoRa MiniDev USD23
  • Seeedstudio Temperature&Humidity Sensor USD11.50 NZD20
  • 4 pin Male Jumper to Grove 4 pin Conversion Cable USD2.90

The code is pretty basic, it shows how to pack the payload and set the necessary RFM9X/SX127X LoRa module configuration, has no power conservation, advanced wireless configuration etc.

The Grove 4 pin Male Jumper to Grove 4 pin Conversion Cable was a quick & convenient way to get the I2C Grove temperature and humidity sensor connected up.

/*
  Adapted from LoRa Duplex communication with Sync Word

  Sends temperature & humidity data from Seeedstudio 

  https://www.seeedstudio.com/Grove-Temperature-Humidity-Sensor-High-Accuracy-Min-p-1921.html

  To my Windows 10 IoT Core RFM 9X library

  https://blog.devmobile.co.nz/2018/09/03/rfm9x-iotcore-payload-addressing/

*/
#include
#include
#include
const int csPin = 10;          // LoRa radio chip select
const int resetPin = 9;       // LoRa radio reset
const int irqPin = 2;         // change for your board; must be a hardware interrupt pin

// Field gateway configuration
const byte FieldGatewayAddress[] = "LoRaIoT1";
const float FieldGatewayFrequency =  915000000.0;
//const float FieldGatewayFrequency =  433000000.0;
const byte FieldGatewaySyncWord = 0x12 ;

// Payload configuration
const int PayloadSizeMaximum = 64 ;
char payload[PayloadSizeMaximum] = "";
const byte SensorReadingSeperator = ',' ;

// Manual serial number configuration
char DeviceId[] = {"LoRaMiniDev5"};

const int LoopSleepDelaySeconds = 10 ;

void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600);
  while (!Serial);

  Serial.print("LoRa Setup-");
  Serial.println( DeviceId ) ;

  // override the default CS, reset, and IRQ pins (optional)
  LoRa.setPins(csPin, resetPin, irqPin);// set CS, reset, IRQ pin

  if (!LoRa.begin(FieldGatewayFrequency))
  {
    Serial.println("LoRa init failed. Check your connections.");
    while (true);
  }

  // Need to do this so field gateways pays attention to messsages from this device
  LoRa.enableCrc();
  LoRa.setSyncWord(FieldGatewaySyncWord);  

  //LoRa.dumpRegisters(Serial);
  Serial.println("LoRa Setup done.");

  // Configure the Seeedstudio TH02 temperature & humidity sensor
  Serial.println("TH02 setup");
  TH02.begin();
  delay(100);
  Serial.println("TH02 Setup done");  

  Serial.println("Setup done");
}

void loop()
{
  int payloadLength = 0 ;
  float temperature ;
  float humidity ;

  Serial.println("Loop called");
  memset(payload, 0, sizeof(payload));

  // prepare the payload header with "To" Address length (top nibble) and "From" address length (bottom nibble)
  payload[0] = (strlen(FieldGatewayAddress)<<4) | strlen( DeviceId ) ;
  payloadLength += 1;

  // Copy the "To" address into payload
  memcpy(&payload[payloadLength], FieldGatewayAddress, strlen(FieldGatewayAddress));
  payloadLength += strlen(FieldGatewayAddress) ;

  // Copy the "From" into payload
  memcpy(&payload[payloadLength], DeviceId, strlen(DeviceId));
  payloadLength += strlen(DeviceId) ;

  // Read the temperature and humidity values then display nicely
  temperature = TH02.ReadTemperature();
  humidity = TH02.ReadHumidity();

  Serial.print("T:");
  Serial.print( temperature, 1 ) ;
  Serial.print( "C" ) ;

  Serial.print(" H:");
  Serial.print( humidity, 0 ) ;
  Serial.println( "%" ) ;

  // Copy the temperature into the payload
  payload[ payloadLength] = 't';
  payloadLength += 1 ;
  payload[ payloadLength] = ' ';
  payloadLength += 1 ;
  payloadLength += strlen( dtostrf(temperature, -1, 1, &payload[payloadLength]));
  payload[ payloadLength] = SensorReadingSeperator;
  payloadLength += sizeof(SensorReadingSeperator) ;

  // Copy the humidity into the payload
  payload[ payloadLength] = 'h';
  payloadLength += 1 ;
  payload[ payloadLength] = ' ';
  payloadLength += 1 ;
  payloadLength += strlen( dtostrf(humidity, -1, 0, &payload[payloadLength]));  

  // display info about payload then send it (No ACK) with LoRa unlike nRF24L01
  Serial.print( "RFM9X/SX127X Payload length:");
  Serial.print( payloadLength );
  Serial.println( " bytes" );

  LoRa.beginPacket();
  LoRa.write( payload, payloadLength );
  LoRa.endPacket();      

  Serial.println("Loop done");

  delay(LoopSleepDelaySeconds * 1000l);
}

In the debug output window the messages from the device looked like this

09:53:05-RX From LoRaMiniDev5 PacketSnr 9.3 Packet RSSI -65dBm RSSI -109dBm = 11 byte message "t 16.8,h 98"
 Sensor LoRaMiniDev5t Value 16.8
 Sensor LoRaMiniDev5h Value 98
 AzureIoTHubClient SendEventAsync start
 AzureIoTHubClient SendEventAsync finish
The thread 0xba0 has exited with code 0 (0x0).
The thread 0xb24 has exited with code 0 (0x0).
09:53:15-RX From LoRaMiniDev5 PacketSnr 9.3 Packet RSSI -65dBm RSSI -108dBm = 11 byte message "t 16.7,h 98"
 Sensor LoRaMiniDev5t Value 16.7
 Sensor LoRaMiniDev5h Value 98
 AzureIoTHubClient SendEventAsync start
 AzureIoTHubClient SendEventAsync finish
The thread 0x76c has exited with code 0 (0x0).
The thread 0x91c has exited with code 0 (0x0).

Then in my Azure IoT Hub monitoring software
DraginoLoraMinDevEventHub
The dragino LoRa Mini Dev with an external antenna connector would be a good indoor data acquisition node for student project when powered by a 2nd hand cellphone charger.