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Understanding PCI-e in 411-5nH

Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:45 am

Have a Sierra Wireless MC5720 PCI-e card (compatible according to the hardware list) I am using in the 411 OS ver 5.6.
Looking for an explanation on how to initialize the device.
I have reviewed wiki post http://wiki.mikrotik.com/wiki/Manual:Port and identified the location of the driver and port lists for config.

What are the primary steps to making the card functional?
Also, I am using it on the Verizon network with standard ppp creds as follows:
phonenumber@vzw3g.com
vzw
Is this correct for their network?

Thanks for any assistance in getting me started.
 
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Understanding PCI-e in 411-5nH

Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:22 am

When you install the Sierra card, a pop interface should appear on the router, just configure and enable this interface. You will need some specific information from your carrier - most just require the APN to be correct for the service you have purchased.

For the sierra cards, set port=usb2, data channel=4, info channel=3 set the APN for the service you have purchased, and PIN if you have one set on your SIMM. Untick dial on demand if you want an always on connection.
 
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Re: Understanding PCI-e in 411-5nH

Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:19 pm

Thanks vk7zms

I understand and can confirm what you post. The ppp-out1 interface is automatically made and awaiting config.
Stepping through the process, I find that the data and info channels will not be set with the suggested numbers. Pop up error indicating no such data or info channel exists. I can use either a 1 or a 2 in these fields which results in a log file posting of "async ppp info ppp-out1: resetting link" Removing this data, I get a bit further with "async ppp init string failed: AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","vzw3g.com"

This init string failed log post simply repeats until I disable the interface. Tells me I am on the right track but the APN info must not be correct. I have seen multiple APN options for verizon including:
phonnumber.vzw3g.com
internet
vzinternet
verizon
no APN needed

With no APN, the modem initializes, attempts a dial out then terminates with a modem hunged up message.

What modems are more suited to working with the 411? Perhaps I can locate one and alleviate this issue with the mc5720.

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Understanding PCI-e in 411-5nH

Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:39 pm

The settings I posted were for the mc87xx series. I have never used the 57xx series as we have no EV.DO or narrow band CDMA networks still active.

Did you purchase the SIMM in a device or by itself. If it came in a USB stick it will probably auto install in a windows environment and you should be able to pick up the APN from the device software - I have had to do this a few times as most carriers have a variety of APNs for different service classes (prepaid, post paid, iPad, corporate erc)
 
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Re: Understanding PCI-e in 411-5nH

Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:50 pm

vk7zms

Its a couple of cards I picked up online to bench test with. No USB stick. Only pci-e with sim card. I will locate an 87xx series, perhaps even a usb unit to allow for use in a PC in an effort to identify the correct APN.
Thanks for your assistance. I will update the post as I progress.
 
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Re: Understanding PCI-e in 411-5nH

Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:59 pm

Hello,

I have recently configured a few of the MC8705 cards on 411-5nH boards, using RouterOS 5.18.

I found it extremely problematic, and experienced the same thing as you - unable to enter the info and data channels (same error message as you described), and status continually reading 'reseting link' and 'initializing modem'.

The SOLUTION that I found is to physically unplug the routerboard from power, and then boot it again. I read somewhere that there is a limitation with PCI-e on routerboards where the card cannot properly reboot without power being completely removed.

I found that after a power cycle, I could input the data channels and then could connect no worries.

Also: At least on 5.18, RouterOS does not support DirectIP, so you need to do: /port firmware set ignore-directip-modem=yes, and then disable the lte/3g interface.

Hope this helps you. Please let me know.
 
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Re: Understanding PCI-e in 411-5nH

Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:02 pm

Thanks for the info JeremyH
Once I get a new card setup on my account I will follow up the post.

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