Connecting to AWS IoT Core - AWS IoT Core

Connecting to AWS IoT Core

AWS IoT Core supports connections with IoT devices, wireless gateways, services, and apps. Devices connect to the AWS IoT Core so they can send data to and receive data from AWS IoT services and other devices. Apps and other services also connect to AWS IoT Core to control and manage the IoT devices and process the data from your IoT solution. This section describes how to choose the best way to connect and communicate with AWS IoT Core for each aspect of your IoT solution.


            Image showing how AWS IoT Core provides device endpoints to connect IoT devices
                to AWS IoT and service endpoints to connect apps and other services to AWS IoT Core.

There are several ways to interact with AWS IoT. Apps and services can use the AWS IoT Core - control plane endpoints and devices can connect to AWS IoT Core by using the AWS IoT device endpoints or AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN gateways and devices.

AWS IoT Core - control plane endpoints

The AWS IoT Core - control plane endpoints provide access to functions that control and manage your AWS IoT solution.

  • Endpoints

    The AWS IoT Core - control plane endpoints are Region specific and are listed in AWS IoT Core Endpoints and Quotas. The formats of the AWS IoT Core - control plane endpoints are as follows.

    Endpoint purpose

    Endpoint format

    Serves

    AWS IoT Core - control plane

    iot.aws-region.amazonaws.com

    AWS IoT Control Plane API
  • SDKs and tools

    The AWS SDKs provide language-specific support for the AWS IoT Core APIs, and the APIs of other AWS services. The AWS Mobile SDKs provide app developers with platform-specific support for the AWS IoT Core API, and other AWS services on mobile devices.

    The AWS CLI provides command-line access to the functions provided by the AWS IoT service endpoints. AWS Tools for PowerShell provides tools to manage AWS services and resources in the PowerShell scripting environment.

  • Authentication

    The service endpoints use IAM users and AWS credentials to authenticate users.

  • Learn more

    For more information and links to SDK references, see Connecting to AWS IoT Core service endpoints.

AWS IoT device endpoints

The AWS IoT device endpoints support communication between your IoT devices and AWS IoT.

AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN gateways and devices

AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN connects wireless gateways and devices to AWS IoT Core.

  • Endpoints

    AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN manages the gateway connections to account and Region-specific AWS IoT Core endpoints. Gateways can connect to your account's Configuration and Update Server (CUPS) endpoint that AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN provides.

    Endpoint purpose

    Endpoint format

    Serves

    Configuration and Update Server (CUPS)

    account-specific-prefix.cups.lorawan.aws-region.amazonaws.com:443

    Gateway communication with the Configuration and Update Server provided by AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN

    LoRaWAN Network Server (LNS)

    account-specific-prefix.gateway.lorawan.aws-region.amazonaws.com:443

    Gateway communication with the LoRaWAN Network Server provided by AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN

  • SDKs

    The AWS IoT Wireless API that AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN is built on is supported by the AWS SDK. For more information, see AWS SDKs and Toolkits.

  • Authentication

    AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN device communications use X.509 certificates to secure communications with AWS IoT.

  • Learn more

    For more information about configuring and connecting wireless devices, see AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN.