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4G LTE CAT 1 & CAT 4
NL-SW-LTE-S7588
NL-SW-LTE-S7648
NL-SW-LTE-S7618RD
Skywire® Family
User Manual
NimbeLink Corp
Updated: June 2018
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents 2
1. Introduction 3
1.1 Orderable Part Numbers 3
1.2 Product Overview 3
1.3 Block Diagram 4
1.4 Data Plans 4
2. Connect to Kit using a PC 5
2.1 Unpack Kit Contents 6
2.2 Skywire Placement 6
2.3 Attach Antenna to Baseboard 8
2.4 Ensure header J6 is shorted with 2 pin Jumper 9
2.5 Plug in 12V Power Supply to connector J15 9
2.6 Plug USB cable into connector J14 and PC 10
2.7 Press and hold button S1 to power on the modem 10
2.8 Open Tera Term or similar terminal emulator 12
2.9 Test Serial Communication 12
2.10 Test Signal Strength 13
2.11 Activate Modem (one-time step) 14
2.14 Setup PDP Context 15
2.15 Test Network Communication 17
3. APN Setup 18
3.1 Introduction 18
3.2 Common Verizon APNs 18
3.2 Common AT&T/T-Mobile APNs 18
4. Common Next Steps 19
5. Additional Resources 19
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1. Introduction
1.1 Orderable Part Numbers
Orderable Device
Description
Carrier
Network
Type
NL-SWDK
Skywire Development Kit
Any
Any
NL-SW-LTE-S7618RD
LTE CAT1, Verizon
Verizon
LTE
NL-SW-LTE-S7648
LTE CAT1, AT&T/T-Mobile
AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.
LTE
NL-SW-LTE-S7588-V
LTE CAT4, Verizon
Verizon
LTE
NL-SW-LTE-S7588-V-B
LTE CAT4, Verizon
Verizon
LTE
NL-SW-UAV-S7588
LTE CAT4, Verizon
Verizon
LTE
NL-SW-LTE-S7588-T
LTE CAT4, AT&T/T-Mobile, HSPA
AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.
LTE
NL-SW-LTE-S7588-T-C
LTE CAT4, AT&T/T-Mobile, HSPA
AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.
LTE
NL-SIM-ATT
3FF SIM for AT&T
AT&T
GSM/LTE
NL-SIM-TMO
3FF SIM for T-Mobile
T-Mobile
GSM/LTE
NL-SIM-VOD
3FF SIM for Vodafone
Vodafone
GSM/LTE
NL-SIM-COM
3FF SIM for Verizon
Verizon
LTE
TG.30.8113
Taoglas Antenna
Any
CAB.011
Taoglas SMA to UFL cable
1.2 Product Overview
This documents details interfacing with the 4G LTE CAT 1 & CAT 4 NL-SW-LTE-S7xxx
family of Skywire® modems for Verizon or AT&T on the Skywire Development Kit.
The Skywire Development Kit includes one baseboard, antenna, power supply, SIM
cards, and debug cables. Skywire modems must be purchased separately. The kit
enables you to develop your application directly on the Skywire modem with three
different ways to connect:
Connect your PC to the Skywire modem UART port via onboard USB-to-UART
converter and send AT commands directly to the modem through PC terminal
applications. You can also connect over USB for access to multiple COM ports.
The kit is an Arduino shield, so you can plug the kit directly onto an Arduino
microcontroller. Please see Section 3: Common Next Steps for links to example
documentation.
To connect the kit to a different processor or development kit, a 14-pin header
breaks out the necessary signals for easy connection to any device. The modem
supports I/O levels from 1.65-5.5V, simplifying connection to other systems.
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Skywire modems and development kits are sold separately. Users will need to activate
a data plan through the carrier of their choice to allow the Skywire to connect to the
network. Data plans may be activated at go.nimbelink.com.
1.3 Block Diagram
1.4 Data Plans
NimbeLink’s Skywire cellular modems help speed up product development and
integration of cellular connectivity, and our cellular data plans help eliminate one more
step in getting your customers up and running and connected to the cellular network.
Tiered data plans from Nimbelink can support any application from a few text messages
a month to gigabytes of streaming data, and competitive pricing and automatic billing
will appeal to both you and your customers.
Please visit go.nimbelink.com to set up a plan for your device.
Data plans from NimbeLink provide access to all of the cellular technologies supported
by Skywire modems including LTE, EVDO, and 1xRTT. Simplify product development
and rollout, save time and money, and streamline installation and access for your
customers with NimbeLink’s bundled data plans.
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2. Connect to Kit using a PC
This section covers how to connect your development kit to a PC and provision the
modem with your cellular plan. It also covers how to communicate over the serial port to
the Skywire modem which only requires the use of USB port and connector marked J14
or USB2 in the diagram below. USB1 (connector J5) is used for high speed data
connections and firmware updates to the modem and is not used in this section.
The pictures used in this document show the NL-SW-LTE-S7588 Skywire. However, the
setup, connections, and processes are identical across the entire NL-SW-LTE-S7xxx
family of Skywire modems.
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2.1 Unpack Kit Contents
2.2 Skywire Placement
To mount your Skywire Cellular modem follow these steps:
1. Gather the following:
a. Skywire Development Kit board
b. 4G LTE CAT 1 & CAT 4 NL-SW-LTE-S7xxx Skywire Cellular Modem
c. U.FL extractor tool (Always use a U.FL extractor tool when placing or
removing U.FL cables on the Skywire modem to avoid damaging the U.FL
connectors).
b. 3FF SIM card
2. Insert the SIM card into the SIM Card socket on the Skywire. The metal contacts
should be inserted so they are facing the Skywire's circuit board. As shown in the
image on the right.
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3. Line up your Skywire’s cellular U.FL connector(s) on the side of the board closest
to the antenna connector. Then carefully seat your Skywire into the board’s
Skywire socket (U1). Take care to ensure that the pins are correctly aligned.
Failure to properly align the pins may damage your Skywire.
A common issue is accidentally inserting the modem with pins
misaligned by one row. Check pin alignment BEFORE applying
power to prevent modem damage.
4. To avoid damage to the U.FL connector and maximize connector life, a U.FL
removal tool should be used when attaching/removing the U.FL connector.
Always insert and remove the U.FL connector with a force perpendicular to the
board.
5. Attach the U.FL cable to the top U.FL connector X1 on the Skywire. The x1
connection on the Skywire is for the primary cellular antenna. Attach a second
antenna (sold separately, not pictured) to connector X2 to connect the diversity
cellular antenna.
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A properly mounted Skywire NL-SW-LTE-S7xxx modem with U.FL cable attached to top
U.FL connector X1
2.3 Attach Antenna to Baseboard
Antenna screws onto SMA connector with a clockwise rotation
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2.4 Ensure header J6 is shorted with 2 pin Jumper
This enables USB to UART communication between the PC and the modem.
2.5 Plug in 12V Power Supply to connector J15
-LED's D4 and D5 will illuminate on the development kit (not pictured)
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2.6 Plug USB cable into connector J14 and PC
-LED D3 on the development kit will illuminate (not pictured)
2.7 Press and hold button S1 to power on the modem
Please see the table below for the length of time needed to hold down button S1 for
your particular modem.
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tw > 2 seconds
Device
Wait Time (tw) Before
Software Communication*
LED D1 Activity
NL-SW-LTE-S7618RD
tw > 7 seconds
LED turns on
NL-SW-LTE-S7648
tw > 7 seconds
LED turns on
NL-SW-LTE-S7588-V
tw > 2 seconds
LED turns on
NL-SW-LTE-S7588-V-B
tw > 2 seconds
LED turns on
NL-SW-UAV-S7588
tw > 2 seconds
LED turns on
NL-SW-LTE-S7588-T
tw > 2 seconds
Blinks once
NL-SW-LTE-S7588-T-C
tw > 2 seconds
LED turns on
NOTE: Depending on your modem and depending on the setup, the modem may be
available for use before tw.
NOTE: NL-SW-LTE-S7588-x modems will output '+PBREADY' onto the serial line after
booting is complete.
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2.8 Open Tera Term or similar terminal emulator
If you do not have a terminal emulator program, you can get Tera Term here:
http://logmett.com/index.php?/download/tera-term-486-freeware.html
Your PC may have multiple COM ports. Select appropriate USB COM port to
communicate with the development kit.
Serial Settings should be as follows (these are the default settings):
Baud Rate: 115,200 bps
Data: 8bit
Parity: none
Stop: 1bit
Flow Control: none
2.9 Test Serial Communication
In the terminal program, type the command:
AT
followed by the Enter key, and the terminal should respond with:
OK
Note: You may need to turn echo on in order to see what you are typing. If you type the
command:
AT
and don’t see it being typed on your screen, hit the Enter key, and type the following
command:
ATE1
followed by the Enter key, and the terminal program should respond with:
OK
Type the following command:
AT
to verify you can see the command you are typing. After pressing the Enter key, the
terminal program will respond with:
OK
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2.10 Test Signal Strength
In the terminal program, type the command:
AT+CESQ
followed by the Enter key, and the terminal should respond with:
+CESQ: aa,bb,ccc,ddd,xx,yy
The important parameters are the last two. xx is the Reference Signal Received Quality
(RSRQ) and yy is the Reference Signal Received Power (RSRP). Typical values are as
follows:
Values of xx
RSRQ (Reference Signal Received Quality)
0
RSRQ < -19.5 dB
1
-19.5 dB RSRQ < -19 dB
2
-19 dB RSRQ < -18.5 dB
...
...
32
-4 dB RSRQ < -3.5 dB
33
-3.5 dB RSRQ < -3 dB
34
-3 dB RSRQ
255
Not known or detectable
Values of yy
RSRP (Reference Signal Received Power)
0
RSRP < -140 dBm
1
-140 dBm RSRP < -139 dBm
2
-139 dBm RSRP < -138 dBm
...
95
-46 dBm RSRP < -45 dBm
96
-45 dBm RSRP < -44
97
-44 dBm RSRP
255
Not known or not detectable
Here are estimated signal qualities based on the above values:
Values of xx
RSRQ
Values of yy
RSRP
Quality
0
RSRQ < -19.5 dB
0 - 40
RSRP < -100 dBm
Marginal
1 - 9
-19.5 dB RSRQ < -15 dB
41 - 50
-100 dBm RSRP < -90 dBm
Fair
10 - 19
-15 dB RSRQ < -10 dB
51 - 59
-90 dBm RSRP < -80 dBm
Good
20 - 34
-10 dB
60 - 97
-80 dBm
Excellent
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Note: The NL-SW-LTE-S7xxx family calculates the CSQ value differently than other
Skywire modems. Therefore, we recommend using the command AT+CESQ to verify
signal strength and quality.
2.11 Activate Modem (one-time step)
If you are using a new Skywire cellular module, it does not
have an active cellular plan. To activate a data plan, visit
http://go.nimbelink.com/ and subscribe to a data plan.
Please see below pictures for the location of the IMEI
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2.14 Setup PDP Context
Before you can successfully communicate with the network using a LTE Skywire, you
need to define the PDP context.
2.14.1 For NL-SW-LTE-S7648 and NL-SW-LTE-S7588-T (AT&T/GSM Firmware):
In the terminal program, type the command:
AT+CGDCONT = 1,"IP","APN","",0,0,0,0,0,0
where APN is the individual APN for your network, followed by the Enter key, and
the terminal program should respond with:
OK
Note: Consult Section 3: APN Setup for help with your APN.
To verify that the APN was set correctly, in the terminal program type the
command:
AT+CGDCONT?
followed by the Enter key, and the terminal should respond with:
+CGDCONT: 1,"IP","APN","",0,0,0,0,0,0
as well as the other PDP context information on the device. Once the APN is
correct, the Skywire will automatically activate the PDP context and get an IP
address. You can check with by issuing:
AT+CGDCONT?
and looking for the IP address after the APN you just entered:
+CGDCONT: 1,"IP","APN","<IP Address>",0,0,0,0,0,0
If you do not get an IP address, you can enable this setting. In the terminal
program type the command:
AT+CGACT=1,1
followed by the enter key, and the terminal should respond with:
OK
To verify the modem successfully connected to the network type
AT+CGDCONT?
followed by the enter key, and the terminal should respond with:
+CGDCONT: 1,"IP","APN","<IP Address>",0,0,0,0,0,0
where <IP Address> is the Skywire modem’s IP address.
If the AT+CGACT command does not work, the terminal will respond with
+CME ERROR: <Error Number>
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AT Command Reference Guide AT Command Reference Guide
and further setup may be necessary. Check the signal strength with AT+CESQ to
verify the Skywire is getting an acceptable signal. Otherwise, consult the Sierra
AT Command Reference Guide for your particular error number.
2.14.2 For the NL-SW-LTE-S7618RD and NL-SW-LTE-S7588-V (Verizon Firmware):
In the terminal program, type the command:
AT+CGDCONT = 3,"IP","APN","",0,0,0,0,0,0
where APN is the individual APN for your network, followed by the Enter key, and
the terminal program should respond with:
OK
Note: Consult Section 3: APN Setup for help with your APN.
Verizon devices should always define the APN in context 3.
To verify that the APN was set correctly, in the terminal program type the
command:
AT+CGDCONT?
followed by the Enter key, and the terminal should respond with:
+CGDCONT: 3,"IP","APN","",0,0,0,0,0,0
as well as the other PDP context information on the device. To enable this
setting, in the terminal program type the command:
AT+CGACT=1,3
followed by the enter key, and the terminal should respond with:
OK
To verify the modem successfully connected to the network type
AT+CGDCONT?
followed by the enter key, and the terminal should respond with:
+CGDCONT: 3,"IP","APN","<IP Address>",0,0,0,0,0,0
where <IP Address> is the Skywire modem’s IP address.
If the AT+CGACT command does not work, the terminal will respond with
+CME ERROR: <Error Number>
and further setup may be necessary. Check the signal strength with AT+CESQ to
verify the Skywire is getting an acceptable signal. Otherwise, consult the Sierra
AT Command Reference Guide for your particular error number.
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2.15 Test Network Communication
In the terminal program, type the command:
AT+CGREG?
followed by the Enter key, and the terminal should respond with:
+CGREG: 0,1 or +CGREG: 0,5
For all other responses, review network status responses in the AT Command Manual.
Reset power, and repeat steps 2.5 through 2.15 (as applicable)
before moving on to Section 3.
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3. APN Setup
3.1 Introduction
GSM and LTE-based Skywire modems can be setup to use different APNs. For
Skywires that use AT&T and T-Mobile service, the correct APN is often needed to
register on the network and pass data. For Verizon Skywires, it may be beneficial to use
a setup that necessitates using a different APN.
3.2 Common Verizon APNs
The most common reason for needing a different APN is because you are using a
particular IP address type.
If you activated your Skywire modem on https://go.nimbelink.com, it uses a Private IP
address and the APN:
NIMBLINK.GW12.VZWENTP
If you have changed your IP address type to a Public Dynamic IP address, the APN will
be:
VZWINTERNET
Finally, if you have changed your IP address type to a Public Static IP address, the APN
is most likely:
MW01.VZWINTERNET
However, it may be different depending on your location.
For changing your IP address type, or to get your APN, please contact us at
product.support@nimbelink.com.
Please include the following information:
- IMEI of your Skywire modem
- Model of your Skywire modem
- SIM ID of your SIM card
If you activated your service for your Skywire from Verizon directly or another carrier,
please contact your representative at that company for the APN you should use.
3.2 Common AT&T/T-Mobile APNs
Cellular carries based on AT&T and T-Mobile service requires using a unique APN to
register on the network and pass data.
If you activated your Skywire modem on https://go.nimbelink.com, here are the following
APNs to use:
AT&T Service
10569.mcs
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T-Mobile Service 46 LTE Cat 1 NL-SW-LTE-S7618RD Skvwire Product Face 46 LTE Cat 1 NL-SW-LTE-S7618RD Skvwire Datasheet 4G LTE Cat 1 NL-SW-LTE-S7648 Skvwire Product Paqe 4G LTE Cat 1 NL-SW-LTE-S7648 Skvwire Datasheet 4G LTE Cat 4 Skywire Product Page 46 LTE Cat 4 Skywire Datasheet Sending SMS Configuring linux 'gppd‘ Sending and Receiving data using socket dial 4G LTE Cat4 Firmware Update Process Sierra's HL7618RD Product Technical Resources Sierra's HL7618RD AT Command Manual Sierra's HL7648 Product Technical Resources Sierra's HL7648 AT Command Manual Sierra’s HL7588 Product Technical Resources Sierra's HL7588 AT Command Manual
T-Mobile Service
c1.korem2m.com
If you activated your service for your Skywire from AT&T or T-Mobile directly or another
carrier, please contact your representative at that company for the APN you should use.
4. Common Next Steps
Once the network setup and testing is complete, you are ready to start
developing with your Skywire modem. Common application examples
include sending and receiving SMS messages, FTP file transfer,
TCP/UDP packets, and using the modem with an external microcontroller,
such as an Arduino. Please consult these application notes on the
modem’s product webpage for specific examples of each type of
operation.
5. Additional Resources
4G LTE Cat 1 NL-SW-LTE-S7618RD Skywire Product Page
4G LTE Cat 1 NL-SW-LTE-S7618RD Skywire Datasheet
4G LTE Cat 1 NL-SW-LTE-S7648 Skywire Product Page
4G LTE Cat 1 NL-SW-LTE-S7648 Skywire Datasheet
4G LTE Cat 4 Skywire Product Page
4G LTE Cat 4 Skywire Datasheet
Sending SMS
Configuring linux 'pppd'
Sending and Receiving data using socket dial
4G LTE Cat 4 Firmware Update Process
Sierra's HL7618RD Product Technical Resources
Sierra's HL7618RD AT Command Manual
Sierra's HL7648 Product Technical Resources
Sierra's HL7648 AT Command Manual
Sierra’s HL7588 Product Technical Resources
Sierra's HL7588 AT Command Manual
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