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

Internal SIM With Windows OS

  1. Create a free account on the Sierra Wireless website.
  2. Download and Install the USB drivers for EM7455 from the Sierra Wireless website.
  3. Verify drivers were installed correctly by accessing Device Manager. In Device Manager, you should see:
    • 1 modem device
    • 2 network devices
    • 1 sensor device (GPS)
    • (several) ports (virtual COMs)
  4. Download and run the Firmware specific to the Carrier who manufactured the installed SIM, and with whom you have a service plan. Firmware can be downloaded from the Sierra Wireless Website.
  5. If using Windows 7, download and install Skylight Connection Manager from the Sierra Wireless website.
  6. If using Windows 7, use the Skylight Connection Manager to manage and monitor the connection.
  7. If using Windows 8 or 10, use the Windows connection manager (Settings -> Network & Internet) or Skylight Connection Manager to manage and monitor the connection.
  8. Connect cellular antennas to mounts, if not already done.
  9. Contact your cellular carrier account representative to activate service. You will need the IMEI and ICCID numbers to activate service. These numbers are found on the product label, and on the User Guide included in the box with every system.

Internal SIM – Ubuntu Desktop OS

NWK200 support in Ubuntu 16 Desktop requires:

  • Kernel version greater than 4.7
  • Modem manager from Ubuntu 16.10 or later
  1. If running Ubuntu 16.04, install modem manager from a later version.
    1. From the Ubuntu terminal:
      sudo add-apt-repository 'deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic main' && sudo apt-get update
    1. Install the new modem manager.
      sudo apt-get install modemmanager
    2. (Optional) remove repository
      sudo add-apt-repository -r 'deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic main'
  2. If running Ubuntu 16.04, make sure kernel version is newer than 4.7.
    1. Check kernel version from the Ubuntu terminal:
      uname -r
    2. If kernel version is older than 4.7, update to newer version.
      sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-hwe-16.04
  3. Reboot the computer.
  4. Configure cellular connection
  5. From the network manager menu (top right), select Edit Connections.
  6. Click Add, then <> 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.) ** NOTE: If Verizon is the carrier, then multiple options may be presented.
  7. Connect cellular antennas to mounts, if not done already.
  8. Contact cellular carrier account representative to activate service. User will need the IMEI and ICCID numbers to activate service. These numbers are found on the product label and on the User Guide included in the box with every system.

Internal SIM – Ubuntu Server OS

Ubuntu Server 16 with NWK200

  1. Install tools necessary for configuration. From the Ubuntu terminal:
    sudo rm /etc/apt/apt.conf echo deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful main | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install -y network-manager modemmanager minicom 
  2. Remove interfaces which could interfere
    sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces and remove any entry for ‘enp1s0’ or ‘enp2s0’
  3. Configure modem
     sudo minicom -s
    • Serial Port Setup
      • Press a – change name to ‘/dev/ttyUSB2’
      • Press g to change software flow control to YES
      • Exit (this will drop you to a new shell)
    • Enter these commands one at a time
      ate1 at!entercnd=”A710” at!usbcomp=1,1,100D at!reset 
    • Press CTRL+A, Q
  4. Restart the computer. From Ubuntu terminal
    sudo reboot
  5. From Ubuntu terminal
    sudo rm /usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/<10-global…> sudo touch /usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/<10-global…> sudo systemctl restart NetworkManager sudo nmcli    
    This will list connections. We will use the one that starts with ‘cdc-wm’
    sudo nmcli c add save yes connection.type gsm apn <your apn=""> ifname cdc-wdm0  sudo nmcli d connect cdc-wdm0 
  6. Verify the modem is set correctly by using the minicom command and setting mentioned above. Once in the minicom shell, use the following commands to check the modem settings.
    at!impref?    
    This displays the firmware mode installed. This should match the carrier for the SIM(s) on the card.
  7. If the firmware mode doesn’t match Carrier for the SIM installed, use:
    at!impref=”CARRIER” 
    This command loads the firmware, where CARRIER is ATT,VERIZON,SPRINT in quotes, depending on which SIM is installed on the card.
  8. Connect cellular antennas to mounts, if not done already.
  9. Contact your cellular carrier account representative to activate service. You will need the IMEI and ICCID numbers to activate service. These numbers are found on the product label and on the User Guide included in the box with every system.

External SIM Install – Windows OS

IMPORTANT NOTE: Externally accessible SIM slot not available in all system configurations.

  1. Create a free user account on the Sierra Wireless website.
  2. Download and Install USB drivers for EM7455 from the Sierra Wireless website.
  3. Verify drivers were installed correctly by accessing Device Manager. In Device Manager, you should see:
    • 1 modem device
    • 2 network devices
    • 1 sensor device (GPS)
    • (several) ports (virtual COMs)
  4. Download and Run the Firmware executable specific to the Carrier who manufactured the installed SIM and with whom you have a service plan. Firmware can be downloaded from the Sierra Wireless Website
  5. If using Windows 7, download and install Skylight Connection Manager from the Sierra Wireless website.
  6. Install SIM card in externally accessible slot.
  7. Configure modem to use external SIM slot instead of internal slot 1
    • Connect to the modem via puTTY
      • In the Device Manager, find out which virtual COM the modem is attached to.
      • Open the ‘Modems’ category flyout, right click the Sierra modem entry and select properties. The port is listed at the top of main page.
      • Open PuTTY and select the Serial radio button in the main window. In the << connection >> box, replace COM1 with the COM[n] from the modem properties. Set the baud rate to 115200. Click Open.
    • Make the modem “echo” back the commands. In the terminal window, type ATE1 and press Enter. It is possible that no text will be displayed until the command is executed.
    • Enable the external SIM slot.
      AT!CUSTOM="UIM2ENABLE",1
    • Switch which SIM slot is used.
      AT!UIMS=1
    • Close PuTTY
  8. If using Windows 7, use Skylight Connection Manager to manage and monitor the connection.
  9. If using Windows 8 or 10, use Windows Connection Manager (Settings > Network & Internet) or Skylight Connection Manager to manage and monitor the connection.
  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 service. These numbers are found on the product label AND/OR the SIM.

External SIM Install – Ubuntu Desktop OS

IMPORTANT NOTE: Externally accessible SIM slot not available in all system configurations.

  1. Install SIM card in externally accessible slot
  2. Configure modem
    sudo minicom -s
    • Serial port setup
      • Press a – change name to ‘/dev/ttyUSB2’
      • Press g to change software flow control to YES
      • Exit (this will drop you to a new shell)
    • Enter these commands one at a time
      ate1 at!entercnd=”A710” at!usbcomp=1,1,100D at!reset 
    • Press CTRL+A, Q
  3. Restart the computer. From Ubuntu terminal
    sudo reboot
  4. Change active SIM slot to be the external slot
    sudo minicom -s
    • Serial port setup
      • Press a – change name to ‘/dev/ttyUSB2’
      • Press g to change software flow control to YES
      • Exit (this will drop you to a new shell)
    • Enter these commands one at a time
      ate1 AT!CUSTOM="UIM2ENABLE",1 AT!UIMS=1 
    • Press CTRL+A, Q
  5. If running Ubuntu 16.04, install modem manager from a later version
    • From the Ubuntu terminal:
      sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful main” sudo apt-get update
    • Install the new modem manager
      sudo apt-get install modemmanager
    • (Optional) remove repository
      sudo add-apt-repository -r “deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful main”
  6. If running Ubuntu 16.04, make sure kernel version is newer than 4.7.
    • Check kernel version from the Ubuntu terminal:
      uname -r
    • If kernel version is older than 4.7, update to newer version.
      sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-hwe-16.04
  7. Reboot the computer.
  8. Configure cellular connection
    • From the network manager menu (top right), select Edit Connections.
    • Click Add, then << cellular option=”” >> and follow the prompts to add your LTE connection configuration.
  9. Connect cellular antennas to mounts if not done already.
  10. Contact your cellular carrier account representative to activate service. You will need the IMEI and ICCID numbers to activate service. These numbers are found on the product label AND/OR the SIM.

External SIM Install – Ubuntu Server OS

IMPORTANT NOTE: Externally accessible SIM slot not available in all system configurations.

  1. Install SIM card in externally accessible slot
  2. Install tools necessary for configuration. From the Ubuntu terminal
    sudo rm /etc/apt/apt.conf echo deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful main | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install -y network-manager modemmanager minicom 
  3. Remove interfaces which could interfere
    sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces and remove any entry for ‘enp1s0’ or ‘enp2s0’
  4. Configure modem
    sudo minicom -s
    • Serial port setup
      • Press a – change name to ‘/dev/ttyUSB2’
      • Press g to change software flow control to YES
      • Exit (this will drop you to a new shell)
    • Enter these commands one at a time
      ate1 at!entercnd=”A710” at!usbcomp=1,1,100D at!reset 
    • Press CTRL+A, Q
  5. Restart the computer from the Ubuntu terminal, by using the following command:
    sudo reboot
  6. Change the active SIM slot to be the external slot.
    sudo minicom -s
    • Serial port setup
      • Press a – change name to ‘/dev/ttyUSB2’
      • Press g to change software flow control to YES
      • Exit (this will drop you to a new shell)
    • Enter these commands one at a time
      ate1 AT!CUSTOM="UIM2ENABLE",1 AT!UIMS=1 
    • Press CTRL+A, Q
  7. From Ubuntu terminal
    sudo rm /usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/<10-global…> sudo touch /usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/<10-global…> sudo systemctl restart NetworkManager sudo nmcli This will list connections. We will use the one that starts with ‘cdc-wm’ sudo nmcli c add save yes connection.type gsm apn <your apn=""> ifname cdc-wdm0 sudo nmcli d connect cdc-wdm0  
  8. Verify the modem is set correctly by using the minicom command and setting mentioned above. Once in the minicom shell, use the following commands to check the modem settings.
     at!impref? displays firmware mode installed. This should match the carrier for the SIM(s) on the card. 
  9. If the firmware mode doesn’t match Carrier for the SIM installed, then use:
    at!impref=”CARRIER” this command loads the firmware, where CARRIER is ATT,VERIZON,SPRINT in quotes depending on which SIM is installed. 

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 October 21, 2019

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