This reference describes support for various Packet Forwarders in The Things Stack.
The Things Stack supports LoRa Basics™ Station. There is also legacy support for the Semtech UDP Packet Forwarder, but it will be removed in the future.
LoRa Basics™ Station is the preferred way of connecting gateways to The Things Stack. The advantages of LoRa Basics™ Station over the legacy UDP Packet Forwarder are centralized update and configuration management for gateway fleets, TLS and token-based authentication, centralized channel plan management, and no dependency on local timekeeping.
The following packet forwarders are not supported: