Welcome to The Things Stack! In this section, we help you to understand how to use The Things Stack, who makes it, and common acronyms like TTS, TTI, and TTN.
What is The Things Stack?
The Things Stack is an enterprise grade LoRaWAN network server, built on an open source core. The Things Stack allows you to build and manage LoRaWAN networks on your own hardware or in the cloud.
The Things Stack Deployments
The Things Stack comes in many different flavors to meet different requirements. For information about all available deployments, see Deployments. These are:
Cloud: SLA backed network server hosted by The Things Industries. See Cloud.
Community Edition: Run by The Things Network, this is our free to use network server which provides the world’s largest community based LoRaWAN network. To learn more and sign up, see The Things Network.
Open Source: For DIY’ers, the core of The Things Stack is open source. If you want to get your hands dirty and understand how The Things Stack works, clone away and get hacking.
Who makes The Things Stack?
The Things Stack is developed and maintained by The Things Industries.
The Things Industries offers several types of deployments of The Things Stack, for example as a managed cloud service, or with additional proprietary features.
What are TTI, TTN, and TTS?
You might see abbreviations like TTN, TTS, and TTI tossed around in the forums and in other places. Here’s what they mean:
TTS: The Things Stack
TTS is The Things Stack, the LoRaWAN Network Server stack. The Things Stack is currently at version 3 of a Network Server implementation, and is therefore also informally known as V3.
TTN: The Things Network
TTN is The Things Network, which is a global collaborative Internet of Things ecosystem that creates networks, devices and solutions using LoRaWAN. The Things Network runs The Things Stack Community Edition, which is a crowdsourced, open and decentralized LoRaWAN network. This network is a great way to get started testing devices, applications, and integrations, and get familiar with LoRaWAN.
The Things Network transitioned to The Things Stack Community Edition in 2021. For a guide on migrating from V2 to The Things Stack, see the Migrating Guide.
TTI: The Things Industries
TTI is The Things Industries: the company primarily responsible for development of The Things Stack and writing documentation. The Things Industries also offers cloud hosted and on-premises private LoRaWAN networks with additional enterprise features, and premium support plans for enterprise clients. If you’re interested in building your own guaranteed uptime enterprise grade LoRaWAN network, send us an email.