In this section, you will use ModuCop’s integrated LTE module to connect with the internet.
- Setup SIM Card
- Connect to the mobile Network
- Check Internet connection
You will use Linux ModemManager/Networkmanager and their command line tools
What you need:
- ssh access from your development PC to ModuCop’s Linux Terminal
- At least one LTE Antenna
- Activated Nano SIM Card
- Pin for your SIM Card
- APN (access point name) for your SIM Card
Step 1: Prepare Hardware
Insert SIM Card
- Remove the service flap from Modcops front panel.
- Insert a Nano SIM Card into the SIM Card slot.
Attach LTE Antenna
Attach LTE antenna to ModuCop’s antenna connectors labelled
LTE2. One antenna is enough, a second antenna can improve signal quality.
Step 2: Unlock SIM Card
Now, unlock your SIM card (disable PIN), so that ModuCop can immediately establish the LTE connection after each startup.
From ModuCop’s Linux Terminal, enter
# mmcli -m 0
This will list the status of the first Modem (ModuCop has only one, so
-m 0 is valid).
If the SIM has a pin, and the SIM is not yet unlocked, you will see the SIM state as
Status | lock: sim-pin | unlock retries: sim-pin (3), sim-puk (10), sim-pin2 (3), sim-puk2 (10) | state: locked | power state: on
If the SIM is already unlocked, you’ll see
state: registered and you can directly continue with step 3.
To unlock your SIM, you need your SIM pin, usually a 4 digit code (e.g.
To unlock the SIM, enter
# mmcli -i 0 --disable-pin --pin=<pin> successfully disabled PIN code request in the SIM
Step 3: Create LTE Connection
In this step, you’ll tell the NetworkManager that you want to connect via LTE to your provider.
You need your APN name (e.g. something like
# nmcli c add type gsm ifname * con-name lte apn <apn-name> Connection 'lte' (7c444550-a259-4072-97af-b06c38152a45) successfully added.
Step 4: Verify Your Setup
First, let’s check the LTE signal quality:
# mmcli -m 0
You should see something like this:
Status | lock: sim-pin2 | unlock retries: sim-pin (3), sim-puk (10), sim-pin2 (3), sim-puk2 (10) | state: connected | power state: on | access tech: lte | signal quality: 100% (recent)
Verify the IP address you have received from the mobile provider:
nmcli will show you all known network interfaces. Just look at the
# nmcli ... cdc-wdm0: connected to lte "cdc-wdm0" gsm (qmi_wwan, option1), hw, iface wwan0, mtu 1500 inet4 <YOUR-IP> route4 100.70.25.32/28 route4 0.0.0.0/0 ...
NOTE: The connection settings you have entered are stored on ModuCop’s internal disk. So, when you restart your ModuCop, it will automatically re-connect to your mobile network.
Step 5: Verify Internet Connection
Now try to ping a server on the Internet.
To ensure that you ping over mobile network, specify the LTE device with the
-I option. This ensures that the ping uses the LTE interface and not your local Ethernet for the Internet access.
root@moducop-cpu01:~# ping -I wwan0 -c 4 www.wikipedia.com
You should see a result like this:
PING www.wikipedia.com (18.104.22.168): 56 data bytes 64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: seq=0 ttl=54 time=146.044 ms 64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: seq=1 ttl=54 time=49.958 ms 64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: seq=2 ttl=54 time=49.432 ms 64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: seq=3 ttl=54 time=48.603 ms --- www.wikipedia.com ping statistics --- 4 packets transmitted, 4 packets received, 0% packet loss round-trip min/avg/max = 48.603/73.509/146.044 ms