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Downlink message publishing problem

Hello!

I have been trying to the Pahos Python client to send a downlink message to a device I have built. I have successfully done this through the Chirpstack enqueue interface as well as the node-red application. However, I have found that all the examples I have found to do this in python do not work for me and actually have competing syntax:

They almost always use Port:1883 The node-red application uses 8080.

Node-red uses an API key and none of the examples show how to use this information.

They all vary with using quotation marks, topic structure ( /command/down vs /Device ID/down), if the message has to be json encoded, etc.

I have read all the mosquito documentation,2 books on the pathos client and mosquito, Chirpstack, TTN, Semtech chats, and somehow I have missed how to do this seemly easy thing to do. The documentation there but no real examples…particularly on API Key from what I found.

I can successfully subscribe to all the device events and I can see that the node-red message gets sent successfully, but I can not see the actual message it is sending which I understand is not python.

Does anyone have a small python stub on how to do this that they can point me to?

Thank you in advance