Getting Started With The NWK200

Introduction

Product Description

The OnLogic NWK200 4G modem supports 4G networks in EMEA/NA. The mPCIe form factor allows easy integration into smaller and thinner devices. Optimized for low power consumption, the NWK200 modem is ideal for today’s mobile computing, networking, and industrial IoT applications. This powerful LTE module supports transfers of up to 300 Mb/s downlink and 50 Mb/s uplink with LTE Cat 6.

The NWK200 is an available option within OnLogic’s range of industrial embedded PCs with 4G. Add 4G LTE connectivity during the system configuration stage. Please note that the NWK200 modem is not available for individual sale as a component.

Specifications

SKUNWK200
CarriersRegional: NA/EMEA
BandsLTE
3GPP Release 11
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 41
MIMO 2×2
Rx Diversity

HSPA+/UMTS
3GPP Release 9
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8

SMS
SMS over IMS for LTE
SMS over SGs for LTE

GNSS
GPS: 1575.42 MHz
GLONASS: 1602 MHz
BeiDou: 1561.098 MHz
Data RangeCat 6 (300 Mb/s DL, 50 Mb/s UL)
InterfaceMini PCIe (Full Height+)
SIM Card Socket Type2FF (Mini-SIM)
Signal TypeUSB 2.0 (on Mini-PCIe)
Expansion TypeSIM Card Socket (2)
Operating Temp.-30C – 70C
Drivers SupportedUbuntu
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Regulatory Info.CE, FCC, RoHS
Firmware UpgradeVia USB, Via FOTA
Power Supply3.7V nominal (3.1V to 4.4V)
Consumption CurrentLTE max power (all bands): 1.5A
Idle (sleep): 2.6mA
(U)SIMSupports 1.8V, 3V SIM, SIM toolkit
Dimensions63.7 x 30 mm

Antenna RF interfaces (ANT1 / ANT2)

NWK200 provides two RF interfaces for connecting the external antennas:

MAIN represents the primary RF input/output for transmission and reception of LTE RF signals. The MAIN pin of NWK200 has a nominal characteristic impedance of 50 Ω and must be connected to the primary Tx / Rx antenna through a 50 Ω transmission line to allow proper RF transmission and reception.

AUX is the secondary antenna input. Its use it required to support LTE CAT 4 and alternatively, may be used for GPS. The AUX pin of NWK200 has a nominal characteristic impedance of 50 Ω and must be connected to the secondary Rx antenna through a 50 Ω transmission line to allow proper RF reception.

When installed in a OnLogic computer, MAIN and AUX RF interfaces are connected to external antenna mounts. The external mounts each use an SMA (female) connector. Our line of compatible cellular antennas all use a standard SMA (male) connector.


Initial Set-up

The following instructions will vary by your carrier and OS. Find your carrier and OS below and follow the instructions listed.

Verizon

Windows 10

  1. It is recommended to run the latest drivers and firmware for the modem. To access the drivers, you will need to create a free user account on the Sierra Wireless website: https://source.sierrawireless.com/
  2. You can download and install the USB drivers for EM7455 from here: https://source.sierrawireless.com/resources/airprime/software/airprime-em_mc-series-windows-drivers-qmi-build-latest-release/
  3. Verify drivers were installed correctly by accessing Device Manager. In the Device Manager, you should see:
    • 1 modem device
    • 2 network devices
    • 1 sensor device (GPS)
    • several ports (virtual COMs)
  4. You can also ensure the firmware for the modem is up to date by downloading the Verizon firmware from the Sierra Wireless website as well: https://source.sierrawireless.com/~/media/support_downloads/airprime/74xx/fw/7455/9999999_9904780_swi9x30c_02.30.01.01_00_verizon_002.052_002.ashx?la=en
  5. You can use Window’s connection manager (Settings > Network & Internet) to manage and monitor the connection.
  6. Your APN should be set to “vzwinternet”, unless you have special configurations on your account. Please note that these may require additional setup.
  7. Connect cellular antennas to mounts if not already done.
  8. Contact your cellular carrier account representative to activate service. You will need the IMEI and ICCID numbers to activate your service. These numbers are found on the User Guide included in the box with every system. You can also contact Technical Support for this information at (802)-861-2300 extension 2.

Windows 7

  1. It is recommended to run the latest drivers and firmware for the modem. To access the drivers, you will need to create a free user account on the Sierra Wireless website: https://source.sierrawireless.com/
  2. You can download and install the USB drivers for EM7455 from here: https://source.sierrawireless.com/resources/airprime/software/airprime-em_mc-series-windows-drivers-qmi-build-latest-release/
  3. Verify drivers were installed correctly by accessing Device Manager. In the Device Manager, you should see:
    • 1 modem device
    • 2 network devices
    • 1 sensor device (GPS)
    • several ports (virtual COMs)
  4. You can also ensure the firmware for the modem is up to date by downloading the Verizon firmware from the Sierra Wireless website as well: https://source.sierrawireless.com/~/media/support_downloads/airprime/74xx/fw/7455/9999999_9904780_swi9x30c_02.30.01.01_00_verizon_002.052_002.ashx?la=en
  5. For your Windows 7 OS, you need download and install the Skylight Connection Manager from Sierra Wireless website: https://source.sierrawireless.com/resources/airprime/software/airprime-em_mc-series-connection-manager-build-4442/
  6. Your APN should be set to “vzwinternet”, unless you have special configurations on your account. Please note that these may require additional setup.
  7. Connect cellular antennas to mounts if not already done.
  8. Contact your cellular carrier account representative to activate service. You will need the IMEI and ICCID numbers to activate your service. These numbers are found on the User Guide included in the box with every system. You can also contact Technical Support for this information at (802)-861-2300 extension 2.

Ubuntu 16.04

  1. NWK200 support in Ubuntu 16 Desktop requires:
    • Kernel version greater than 4.7
    • Modem manager from Ubuntu 16.10 or later
  2. You will need to make sure you are running a kernel version 4.7 or newer. This can be checked from the Terminal with:
    • uname -r
    • If your kernel version is older than 4.7, update to newer version with: sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-hwe-16.04
  3. To configure Ubuntu Desktop with the NWK200 model, you will need to use the Terminal to update and install the Modem Manager, along with a few additional pieces of software.
  4. From the terminal run the following commands:
    • sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful main”
    • sudo apt-get update
  5. You can now install the new modem manager:
    • sudo apt-get install modemmanager
  6. As an optional step, you can remove the repository:
    • sudo add-apt-repository -r “deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful main”
  7. You can now reboot computer for the settings to take effect. Once this is done, you can configure a new cellular connection.
  8. To create a new cellular connection, you will want to access the Network Manager menu (top right) and select Edit Connections. Click Add, then <<cellular option>> and follow the prompts to add your LTE connection configuration. (Prompts such as Add a Mobile Connection, Set Location, Carrier Broadband Plan, and Save this connection.)
  9. Your APN should be set to set “vzwinternet”, unless you have special configurations on your account. Please note that these may require additional setup.
  10. Connect cellular antennas to mounts if not done already.
  11. Contact your cellular carrier account representative to activate service. You will need the IMEI and ICCID numbers to activate your service. These numbers are found on the User Guide included in the box with every system. You can also contact Technical Support for this information at 802-861-2300 extension 2.

AT&T

Windows 10

  1. It is recommended to run the latest drivers and firmware for the modem. To access the drivers, you will need to create a free user account on the Sierra Wireless website: https://source.sierrawireless.com/
  2. You can download and install the USB drivers for EM7455 from here : https://source.sierrawireless.com/resources/airprime/software/airprime-em_mc-series-windows-drivers-qmi-build-latest-release/
  3. Verify drivers were installed correctly by accessing Device Manager. In the Device Manager, you should see:
    • 1 modem device
    • 2 network devices
    • 1 sensor device (GPS)
    • several ports (virtual COMs)
  4. You can also ensure the firmware for the modem is up to date by downloading the AT&T firmware from the Sierra Wireless website as well: https://source.sierrawireless.com/~/media/support_downloads/airprime/74xx/fw/7455/9999999_9904594_swi9x30c_02.30.01.01_00_att_002.049_004.ashx?la=en
  5. You can use Window’s connection manager (Settings > Network & Internet) to manage and monitor the connection.
  6. Your APN should be set to set “broadband”, unless you have special configurations on your account. Please note that these may require additional setup.
  7. Connect cellular antennas to mounts if not already done.
  8. Contact your cellular carrier account representative to activate service. You will need the IMEI and ICCID numbers to activate your service. These numbers are found on the User Guide included in the box with every system. You can also contact Technical Support for this information at 802-861-2300 extension 2.

Windows 7

  1. It is recommended to run the latest drivers and firmware for the modem. To access the drivers, you will need to create a free user account on the Sierra Wireless website: https://source.sierrawireless.com/
  2. You can download and install the USB drivers for EM7455 from here : https://source.sierrawireless.com/resources/airprime/software/airprime-em_mc-series-windows-drivers-qmi-build-latest-release/
  3. Verify drivers were installed correctly by accessing Device Manager. In Device Manager, end-user should see:
    • 1 modem device
    • 2 network devices
    • 1 sensor device (GPS)
    • several ports (virtual COMs)
  4. You can also ensure the firmware for the modem is up to date by downloading the AT&T firmware from the Sierra Wireless website as well: https://source.sierrawireless.com/~/media/support_downloads/airprime/74xx/fw/7455/9999999_9904594_swi9x30c_02.30.01.01_00_att_002.049_004.ashx?la=en
  5. For your Windows 7 OS, you need download and install the Skylight Connection Manager from Sierra Wireless website: https://source.sierrawireless.com/resources/airprime/software/airprime-em_mc-series-connection-manager-build-4442/
  6. Your APN should be set to set “broadband”, unless you have special configurations on your account. Please note that these may require additional setup.
  7. Connect cellular antennas to mounts if not already done.
  8. Contact your cellular carrier account representative to activate service. You will need the IMEI and ICCID numbers to activate your service. These numbers are found on the User Guide included in the box with every system. You can also contact Technical Support for this information at 802-861-2300 extension 2.

Ubuntu 16.04

  1. NWK200 support in Ubuntu 16 Desktop requires:
    • Kernel version greater than 4.7
    • Modem manager from Ubuntu 16.10 or later
  2. You will need to make sure you are running a kernel version 4.7 or newer. This can be checked from the Terminal with:
    • uname -r
    • If your kernel version is older than 4.7, update to newer version with: sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-hwe-16.04
  3. To configure Ubuntu Desktop with the NWK200 model, you will need to use the Terminal to update and install the Modem Manager, along with a few additional pieces of software.
  4. From the terminal run the following commands:
    • sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful main”
    • sudo apt-get update
  5. You can now install the new modem manager:
    • sudo apt-get install modemmanager
  6. As an optional step, you can remove the repository:
    • sudo add-apt-repository -r “deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful main”
  7. You can now reboot computer for the settings to take effect. Once this is done, you can configure a new cellular connection.
  8. To create a new cellular connection, you will want to access the Network Manager menu (top right) and select Edit Connections.
  9. Click Add, then Mobile Broadband and follow the prompts to add your LTE connection configuration.
  10. When selecting your plan, you will want to use: LaptopConnect (data cards)
  11. Your APN should be set to set “Broadband”, unless you have special configurations on your account. Please note that these may require additional setup.
  12. Connect cellular antennas to mounts if not done already.
  13. Contact your cellular carrier account representative to activate service. You will need the IMEI and ICCID numbers to activate your service. These numbers are found on the User Guide included in the box with every system. You can also contact Technical Support for this information at 802-861-2300 extension 2.

Changing NWK200 SIM Slots

The NWK200 comes with two built-in SIM slots. It does not have any provision for automatic SIM switching, so a user must intervene in order to change SIMs.

SIM slot 1 on the card connects to UIM0 on the modem. SIM slot 2 on the card, or any motherboard slot, connects to UIM1.

To select the “operating” SIM slot, run:

  • AT!UIMS=n Where n is 0 or 1

A password is not required for this command. If an error is received switching to UIM1 then it is currently disabled (likely by a modem reset).

Use AT!CUSTOM=”UIM2ENABLE”,1 to enable UIM1.

Hot-swapping a SIM card (e.g. via external slot) may reset the selected UIM at which point it will have to be configured correctly again.

How To

Troubleshooting

Go through first time setup steps one at a time. If those aren’t successful, then additional AT commands may be used to report status or change the configuration of the modem. AT commands must be sent via a terminal interface such as PuTTY or minicom.

Known limitations

  1. SMS (text messaging) is not supported on the VZW firmware image
  2. Windows may not accurately indicate when a SIM card is installed
  3. Static IP assignment depends on carrier network and may not be possible or consistent

Important Notices and Warnings

Important Notice

Due to the nature of wireless communications, transmission and reception of data can never be guaranteed. Data may be delayed, corrupted (i.e., have errors) or be totally lost. Although significant delays or losses of data are rare when wireless devices such as the Extrovert family of products are used in a normal manner with a well constructed network, the Extrovert family of products should not be used in situations where failure to transmit or receive data could result in damage of any kind to other equipment, the user or any other party, including but not limited to personal injury, death or loss of property. OnLogic accepts no responsibility for damages of any kind resulting from failures, delays or errors in data transmitted or received. The purchase and use of the Extrovert family of products does not come with, or constitute a wireless or data plan. A separate plan with your carrier is required.

Limitation of Liability

The information in this manual is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of OnLogic. ONLOGIC AND ITS AFFILIATES SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM LIABILITY FOR ANY AND ALL DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, GENERAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS OR REVENUE OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR REVENUE

ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY ONLOGIC PRODUCT, EVEN IF ONLOGIC AND/OR ITS AFFILIATES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR THEY ARE FORESEEABLE OR FOR CLAIMS BY ANY THIRD PARTY.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event shall OnLogic and/or its affiliates aggregate liability arising under or in connection with the OnLogic product, regardless of the number of events, occurrences, or claims giving rise to liability, be in excess of the price paid by the purchaser for the OnLogic product.

Safety and Hazards

CAUTION: For your own safety and to ensure continued proper operation, Extrovert products should not be used where explosive atmospheres may be present or where radio interference may cause damage to, or disruption in service from, other equipment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Maintain at least 20 cm of separation between the LTE antenna and the user’s body while in regular operation. Do not use Extrovert products in the vicinity of medical equipment as it may cause potentially disruptive interference.

Do not co-locate an Extrovert-enabled device with any other transmitting system.

To comply with FCC/IC regulations in North America that limit both maximum RF output power and human exposure to RF radiation (SAR), the maximum antenna gain including cable loss in a mobile-only exposure condition must not exceed the limits outlined in the table below.

*Important: The FCC and IC have strict EIRP limit in Band 30 for mobile and portable stations in order to protect adjacent satellite radio, aeronautical mobile telemetry, and deep space network operations. Mobile and portable stations must not have antenna gain exceeding 1bDi in Band 30. Additionally, both the FCC and IC prohibit the use of external vehicle-mounted antennas for mobile and portable stations in this band.


Updated on March 19, 2020

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