NetID is a 24-bit value used for identifying LoRaWAN networks. It is assigned by the LoRa Alliance. It is used by networks for assigning network-specific addresses to their end-devices (i.e., DevAddr) so that uplink frames sent by those devices even when they are roaming outside their home network can be forwarded to their home network.
You need to have a NetID if you are operating a LoRaWAN network and you are collaborating with the other networks (i.e., supporting roaming).
If you have a non-collaborating network, then you can use the 0x000000 or 0x000001 NetID values. These values are reserved and can be used by any LoRaWAN network that does not have an assigned NetID. Even when using roaming, if your devices are not roaming out (i.e., you only support your roaming partners’ devices to roam into your network) and if you and your roaming partners are using LoRaWAN® Backend Interfaces version 1.1, then you don’t need a dedicated NetID (i.e., you can use 0x000000 or 0x000001 on your network).
NetIDs are assigned by the LoRa Alliance. To qualify for a NetID, please be sure to satisfy all of the conditions described in the NetID Policy and Terms before applying for one.
- LoRa Alliance Member NetID Policy & Terms (LoRa Alliance Members)
- LoRaWAN Network Affiliate NetID Policy & Terms (Non-Members)
Member assignments are tied to your membership. Therefore, an assignee must keep its membership active in order to keep using the NetID(s). Expired membership, or a change in membership level would lead to a change in NetID status.
Non-members can also get assigned NetIDs. A specific type with different terms are applied to the NetIDs that are assigned to the non-members.
There are different types of NetIDs (Types 0 through 7), which differ based on the size of end-device address space they support (see LoRaWAN® Backend Interfaces Specification version 1.1 for details). Members are assigned one or two NetIDs as part of their membership benefits. Sponsor members are granted one Type 0 and one Type 3 NetID, contributor members are granted one Type 3 and one Type 6 NetID, and adopter and institutional members are granted one Type 6 NetID.
Non-members can be assigned up-to two blocks of 16 Type 7 NetIDs. Non-members are encouraged to join the LoRa Alliance if they need additional or higher-tier NetIDs. Members can also request assignment of one or multiple blocks of 16 Type 7 NetIDs. Please refer to the NetID Policy & Terms for the cost and terms of these Type 7 NetID assignments.
Unused NetID types (Types 1, 2, 4, 5) are reserved for future use. They may be used when the currently assigned types are fully consumed or NwkIDs generated from NetIDs start to collide.
Founding members and Contributor members who are holding Type 0 NetIDs were granted those NetIDs according to an earlier version of the NetID Allocation Policy (v1.0). Those companies may retain their Type 0 NetIDs as long as they continue to maintain their status as a Contributor or Sponsor member.
If the member company downgrades to Adopter level the Type 0 and Type 3 NetID will be revoked and the company must reapply with the current NetID policy available for the Type 6 NetID. Once the application is received, the Administration will process accordingly and will provide assignment of the new allocation. If the member company resigns from the LoRa Alliance, rights to all types of NetIDs will be rescinded (except up to two blocks of 16 Type 7 NetIDs if the company had such assignments and as long as the company covers the annual cost of such assignments).
NetIDs assigned to you as part of your membership benefit is/are taken away and returned to the available pool of NetIDs to be reassigned to another member (after a 90-day grace period).
If you were allocated Type 7 NetIDs, up to two blocks of 16 Type 7 NetIDs can remain assigned to you as long as you cover the annual cost of such assignments. Your NetID benefit is reduced to the level that is provided to the non-members.
You can retain your currently assigned NetIDs and request an additional NetID based on your new membership level. For example, an adopter member holding a Type 6 NetID would keep that NetID and would have the opportunity to apply for a Type 3 NetID when upgrading to contributor level. Or, a contributor member holding a Type 3 and a Type 6 NetID would keep those NetIDs and would have the opportunity to apply for a Type 0 NetID when upgrading to sponsor level.
The NetID from your past membership level (i.e., Type 0 if you were a Sponsor, and Type 3 if Contributor) is taken away. The company must reapply with the current NetID policy available for the NetID in relation to the new Member level status. Once the application is received, the Administration will process accordingly and will provide assignment of the new allocation.
For example, a Sponsor member downgrading to Contributor level would lose its Type 0 NetID, retain its Type 3 NetID, and have an opportunity to apply for a new Type 6 NetID using the current NetID policy available. A contributor member downgrading to adopter level would lose its Type 3 NetID and retain its Type 6 NetID.
Your devices create traffic pollution and cannot be served by any other collaborating network. Network collaboration (i.e., roaming) is based on the NetIDs assigned by the LoRa Alliance.