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S2C Link Accessory Kit
User Manual
Part Number: NL-S2CK
NimbeLink Corp
Updated: October 2018
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Table of Contents
Overview 3
Product Description 3
Orderable Part Numbers 4
Recommended Antennas 5
Additional Resources 5
Kit Contents 5
Get Connected 6
SIM Cards 6
Assembly Instructions 7
Device Assembly Guide 7
Mounting 10
Adhesive Tape 10
Reusable Strap 11
Powering the Modem 12
Barrel Jack Power 12
USB Power 12
Power Control Considerations 13
Serial Connections 13
USB Port 13
Connecting to Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 devices 13
Connecting to Linux devices 13
RS232 DB9 Port 14
Serial Settings 14
Connecting to devices 14
Antennas 15
LEDs 16
Power LED 16
Status LED 16
AT Commands 16
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1. Overview
This document is the User Manual for the S2C Link Accessory kit, a serial to
cellular adapter for the Skywire® cellular modem.
1.1 Product Description
The S2C Link Accessory Kit provides a convenient way to use the NimbeLink
Skywire cellular modems with RS232 serial or USB devices. Inside the S2C Link
is a Skywire interface connected to the necessary DB9 and mini-USB ports on
the housing. The kit's simple pass through interface and robust housing makes it
easy for existing devices to interface to any of the family of Skywire cellular
modems through an AT command interface.
Orderable part numbers are available to support multiple cellular technologies,
carriers, and geographies including 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, and LTE CAT1 cellular
networks. Antennas, power supply, and Skywire modem sold separately .
Recommended antennas are in section 1.3.
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1.2 Orderable Part Numbers
Orderable Device
Description
NL-S2CK
S2C Link Accessory Kit
Compatible
Skywires and SIMs
Description
Carrier
Network
Type
NL-SW-1xRTT-A
2G 1xRTT
Aeris
CDMA
NL-SW-1xRTT-S
2G 1xRTT
Sprint
CDMA
NL-SW-1xRTT-V
2G 1xRTT
Verizon
CDMA
NL-SW-GPRS
2G GPRS
Any GSM (AT&T,
T-Mobile, etc.)
GSM
NL-SW-EVDO-A
3G EVDO, GPS, GLONASS
Aeris
CDMA
NL-SW-EVDO-V
3G EVDO, GPS, GLONASS
Verizon
CDMA
NL-SW-HSPA
3G HSPA+, GPS, GLONASS, GLOBAL
BANDS
Any GSM (AT&T,
T-Mobile, etc.)
HSPA/GSM
NL-SW-HSPAP
3G HSPA+
Any GSM (AT&T,
T-Mobile, etc.)
HSPA/GSM
NL-SW-HSPAPE
3G HSPA+, European Version
Any EU GSM
HSPA/GSM
NL-SW-HSPAPG
3G HSPA+, GPS, GLONASS
Any GSM (AT&T,
T-Mobile, etc.)
GSM
NL-SW-LTE-TSVG
LTE without Fallback, GPS, GLONASS
Verizon
LTE
NL-SW-LTE-TNAG
LTE with HSPA+ Fallback, GPS, GLONASS
Any GSM (AT&T,
T-Mobile, etc.)
LTE/HSPA
NL-SW-LTE-TEUG
LTE with HSPA+ Fallback, GPS, GLONASS,
EU
Any EU GSM
LTE/HSPA
NL-SW-LTE-GELS3
LTE CAT1, Verizon
Verizon
LTE
NL-SW-LTE-S7618RD
LTE CAT1, Verizon
Verizon
LTE
NL-ST-LTE-S7648
LTE CAT1, AT&T/T-Mobile
Any GSM (AT&T,
T-Mobile, etc.)
LTE
NL-SW-LTE-S7588-V
LTE CAT4, Verizon
Verizon
LTE
NL-SW-LTE-S7588-T
LTE CAT4
Any GSM (AT&T,
T-Mobile, etc.)
LTE
NL-SIM-COM
3FF Commercial Temp range SIM card
Verizon
LTE
NL-SIM-ATT
KORE Telemacs 3FF Commercial Temp
Range SIM card
AT&T
LTE/HSPA
NL-SIM-TMO
KORE Telemacs 3FF Commercial Temp
Range SIM card
T-Mobile
LTE/HSPA
NL-SIM-VOD
KORE Telemacs 3FF Commercial Temp
Range SIM card
Vodafone
LTE/HSPA
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1.3 Recommended Antennas
The following antennas are recommended for use with the S2C Link Accessory
Kit.
Manufacturer
Part Number
Antenna Type
Taoglas
TG.30.8113
Dipole, Wide Band Cellular Antenna
PowerTech
Antennas
MAG-212-12-SMA-M
Omni direconal, high gain cellular antenna
1.4 Additional Resources
NimbeLink's Skywire S2C Link Accessory Kit
NimbeLink's Skywire Cellular Modems
1.5 Kit Contents
The S2C Link Accessory Kit contains the following:
A. One S2C Link Base Board
B. One SIM Card Extender (for GSM/LTE Skywires)
C. One S2C Link Enclosure
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2. Get Connected
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.
2.1 SIM Cards
All LTE, HSPA, and GSM modems require a SIM card in order to activate a data
plan. The S2C Link requires a “Micro-SIM” size 3FF. Orderable SIM cards are
listed in section 1.2.
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3. Assembly Instructions
The S2C Link Accessory Kit contains the enclosure, S2C Base Board, and the
SIM Extender for GSM/LTE devices. Users will need to purchase a Skywire
Modem, antennas, and power supply separately.
3.1 Device Assembly Guide
3.1.1 Step 1: Insert the SIM Extender into the micro SIM Card socket on the Skywire
modem. If your modem does not use a SIM then skip this step.
3.1.2 Step 2: Insert the Skywire into the base board. The antenna ports on the Skywire
should be facing the SMA ports on the base board.
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3.1.3 Step 3: Attach the U.FL connectors to the Skywire. To prevent damaging the
U.FL connectors a U.FL extractor tool should be used.
3.1.4 Step 4: Attach the DB9 faceplate to the enclosure (T8 screwdriver required).
Slide the two halves of the case so their edges align, then screw on the DB9
faceplate.
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3.1.5 Step 5: Insert the PCB assembly into the enclosure. The side of the PCB with the
DB9 should be inserted first. Make sure it is not inserted upside down. Be sure
to copy the MEID/IMEI/SIM ID from the Skywire so it is easily accessible
after the device has been assembled.
3.1.6 Step 6: Attach the RF face plate to the enclosure. Make sure that the SIM
extender is aligned to the slot in the middle of the face plate for the SIM card.
3.1.7 Step 7: Insert the SIM card (if applicable).
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Apply tape here.
4. Mounting
The S2C Link is a rugged product that can be attached to equipment in
numerous ways. The retail packaging includes two methods to adhere the S2C
Link in the end application.
4.1 Adhesive Tape
The retail packaged product includes two pieces of weather-resistant, double
sided polyurethane foam adhesive which can be applied to the enclosure to
adhere the product to a surface. The adhesive attaches well to rigid surfaces.
1) Wipe dust from the surface of the S2C Link and apply double sided
tape as shown.
2) Wipe dust from surface of the equipment and press the S2C Link firmly
to the mounting surface for 30 seconds.
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4.2 Reusable Strap
The retail package includes one re-usable strap that can attach to many surfaces
and provide an installation option that allows you to later remove the product if
necessary.
1) Screw strap to desired surface using screw or bolt appropriate for the
surface type.
2) Wrap strap around S2C Link and tighten strap to secure the product.
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5. Powering the Modem
5.1 Barrel Jack Power
While using the DB9 port for serial communications, the modem can be powered
by the barrel jack input. It is also possible to use the USB connection to power
the modem, assuming the upstream USB Host port can handle the current
requirements for the specific modem type. Users will need to check the
specifications on the USB port they plug the S2C Link Accessory kit into to
ensure there is enough power available.
5.2 USB Power
The USB port can power the
modem assuming the upstream
USB Host port can handle the
current requirements for the
specific modem type. Users will
need to check the specifications
on the USB port they plug the
S2C Link Accessory kit into to
ensure there is enough power
available. If the USB Host power
is insufficient, then supplemental
power must be provided via the barrel jack input.
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5.3 Power Control Considerations
NimbeLink recommends having control over the power to the S2C Link in order
to recover the Skywire should it enter an unresponsive state. For example, the
NL-SW-LTE-GELS3 Verizon CAT1 Skywire can enter an unresponsive but
recoverable state during power fluctuations. To recover, power must be removed
for 30 seconds and then restored.
6. Serial Connections
6.1 USB Port
The USB port is a type Mini-AB and acts as a client interface.
6.1.1 Connecting to Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 devices
While there are no drivers necessary for the S2C Link Accessory Kit itself, a
Windows USB device driver is required in order to recognize the Skywire modem
being used with the S2C Link. The Windows driver files are available on the
NimbeLink product page for each Skywiremodem being used in the S2C Link
Accessory Kit.
After the driver has been installed, the modem can be plugged into the PC via a
USB cable and the operating system will recognize the device and instantiate
multiple COM ports that are available for use to communicate with the modem.
6.1.2 Connecting to Linux devices
Some Linux distributions recognize the unique modem USB IDs and will
instantiate serial communication ports. If the modem is not recognized, then the
USB device IDs must be added to the system.
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After the COM ports are established, there are multiple ways the modem can be
used:
1) Send AT commands directly to the modem. See modem-specific AT
command manual for more details.
2) Establish a PPP link. See modem-specific PPP link application note for
more details.
3) Establish a QMI, NCM, or CDC_ETHER modem-specific communications
link. See modem-specific application notes for more details.
6.2 RS232 DB9 Port
The DB9 connector interface provides an RS232 communications port.
6.2.1 Serial Settings
Default Baud Rate: 115.2Kbps
Default Format: 8 bits, no parity bit, 1 stop bit
Most modems support auto-baud rate setting; however, you can explicitly set the
target baud rate using the AT+IPR command. For more details see the AT
command manual specific to the modem.
6.2.2 Connecting to devices
Connecting the RS232 port to a compatible device will allow the device to
communicate directly with the Skywire's AT command interpreter.
The device must drive CTS and RTS signals to proper state or the modem will
not respond.
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Primary Secondary Antenna Antenna Port Port
7. Antennas
The S2C Link can accommodate two external antennas. The Primary antenna
port must always have an antenna connected and the diversity antenna should
be connected on all Skywires that support a diversity antenna. Please refer to
Section 1.3 to view the recommended antennas.
Note: The 2G 1xRTT, 2G GPRS, and 3G HSPA modems do not use the diversity
connection.
Note: Antenna connections on the NL-SW-LTE-S7xxx family of Skywires are
reversed from the above picture.
When the modem is placed inside another metal cabinet or deep inside a
building, it is advantageous to use a remote-mount antenna. The modems use a
standard SMA port and can accommodate many aftermarket externally mounted
antennas.
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POWER LED STATUS LED NimbeLink's Skywire Cellular Modems
8. LEDs
8.1 Power LED
When power is applied to the modem, the Power LED will light green.
8.2 Status LED
The STATUS LED is a flexible use LED that is often used as a status indicator by
the Skywire modem to indicate the current operating mode of the Skywire. It is
driven by pin 13 from the Skywire and can also be manually configured by
sending AT commands to the modem. Please refer to the user manual and AT
command manual for the specific modem being used.
9. AT Commands
Each modem uses a unique set of AT commands. Please refer to the
appropriate AT command manual for each underlying Skywire modem to learn
more.
-NimbeLink's Skywire Cellular Modems
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