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Confused regarding the working of LoRa gateway

Hello everyone,
I am kind of new to LoRa technology and need help in understanding the working of gateways.

I was reading through the datasheet of SX1301. It says that the gateway has 8 demodulators in it and hence can only decode 8 messages simultaneously.

A full gateway can receive transmissions on 8 channels. This means there can be a maximum of 8 (channels) times 6 (SFs) means 48 receptions simultaneously, but out of those 48 receptions, 40 receptions will be dropped by the packet arbitrator MCU based on priority rules as there are only 8 demodulators.

My question is if only 8 packets can be decoded simultaneously, what is the use of 8 channels in the gateway?

Kindly help me out here.

Keep in mind this is an Aloha network, and the gateway can't presume which SF / channel it's going to receive packets on.

So having 8 channels gives some diversity, and so does having 6 spreading factors supporting.

The gateway can detect any of these 48 combinations, but at any given time can only process 8.

Does that make sense?

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