CELL220 4G LTE CAT1 Cellular Module for Australia
Simple to Use, Easy to Maintain
Low-power option for use in Australia
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By using Campbell Scientific’s external line of cellular modules, system integrators, OEMs, and large end users can avoid costly, time-consuming maintenance visits to remote devices around the world.

The CELL200 series of external cellular modules are 4G LTE cellular devices that provide serial or CS I/O connectivity to a number of cellular networks, including Verizion, AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Rogers, Bell, Telstra, and Telus. The networking and carrier used by the CELL200 series is determined by the model used and the SIM card inserted into the device.

The CELL220 has very low power consumption when compared to other cellular modems: 14 mA at idle, 39 mA when active, and 300 µA when in low power mode. 

The CELL220 is compatible with standard data SIMs – no additional services such as VPNs or special APNs are required for remote access thanks to the complimentary Konect Pakbus Router service.

The CELL220 is currently available as an IP-only modem. SMS functionality will be supported in a future operating system release. All CELL220 units will be field-upgradable with SMS functionality once this update is released. Cellular network availability is required for firmware update in the field.

The CELL220 is part of the CELL200 series of modems that includes:

  • CELL205 for use with AT&T
  • CELL210 for use with Verizon
  • CELL215 for use in EMEA countries
  • CELL220 for use in Australia
  • CELL225 for use in Japan

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Benefits and Features

  • Includes everything needed for use with a Campbell Scientific data logger or smart sensor
  • Low power consumption for solar-powered sites
  • Easy integration, setup, and installation
  • No moving parts and low maintenance
  • Functionality is fully integrated with data logger when used with modern data loggers (CR300, CR1000X, CR6, GRANITE series)
  • Compatible with older data loggers in PPP mode (CR800, CR1000, CR3000)
  • Compatible with Edlog-era data loggers in serial server mode
  • 4G LTE networking (Including LTE Band 28) with 3G fallback


Detailed Description

The CELL220 is an industrial 4G LTE cellular module. It requires at least one micro-SIM 3FF card (for six position/contacts interface) supplied by your cellular carrier and a suitable 12 or 24 Vdc nominal power source. The CELL220 has an RS-232 serial port and a CS I/O port that can be used for serial server, serial client, and PPP host services. These ports are commonly connected to a data logger RS-232 serial or CS I/O port. The CELL220 has two antenna connectors to be used for primary and diversity antennas, although the unit can operate with only the primary cellular antenna connected.

Internet Connectivity

The CELL220 provides Internet connectivity to any Campbell Scientific data logger located within range of a compatible cellular network. Armed with Internet connectivity, a data logger can remotely connect to Campbell Scientific software on a PC, mobile device, and the cloud. The CELL220 can also enable many data loggers to communicate using other Internet protocols, such as FTP, DNP3, email and web (HTTP).

Device Intelligence

The CELL220 provides highly reliable connectivity and remote device management independent of the device it is connected to. The numerous embedded services include IP serial server and client.

Selecting a Data Service

Before installing a data logging system with telemetry, you will need a SIM card and data plan.

For most applications, Telstra will offer the best coverage, especially in regional areas. Telstra and Optus coverage maps can be found on each provider's respective websites.

The CELL220 will work with standard data plans. No extra steps are necessary because of the complimentary Konect Pakbus Router service.

Configuring the CELL220

The CELL220 is configured using a web-based configuration tool hosted by the cellular module. It can be accessed using Internet Explorer or Firefox remotely over the cellular WAN (when in serial server mode) or via USB.

The CELL220 can also be configured directly from the data logger when used in PPP mode (default mode) using the Device Configuration Utility or CRBasic instructions.

Data Logger Connection

Data loggers can be connected in a variety of ways to suit the needs of the application. Common methods include the use of serial or CS I/O cables. Common methods include the use of serial or CS I/O cables. CS I/O connection powers the modem and allows connection of two peripherals to one data logger e.g. a CELL220 and RF412 radio.

Powering the CELL220

Compared to many other industrial cellular modules, the CELL220 has extremely low power consumption. The average current consumption at 12 Vdc is approximately 14 mA when idle, depending on its configuration. Additionally, the CELL220 can be turned on and off easily using a data logger SW12V port or the IPNetPower() instruction (PPP mode for the CR1000X, CR300, and CR6 only). When using the SW12V terminal, the modem can typically be powered with a BP12 battery, a CH150 charging regulator, and an SP10 solar panel.


Campbell Scientific offers two antenna options for the CELL220 – an enclosure mounted MIMO antenna and an external whip antenna. For most applications, the enclosure mounted ANT-RV50(X)/CELL220-ENC-0.6M is recommended. This antenna connects directly to the modem. For applications requiring discrete antennas, a pair of ANT 6.5DB-4GX-N antennas can be used. External antennas require surge suppression kits, contact Campbell Scientific for more information.

SMS Functionality (coming soon)

The CELL220 will initially be released without support for SMS functionality and this feature will be added in a future operating system release once suitable for Australia’s demanding SMS applications. When SMS becomes available in a future operating system version, any purchased CELL220 will be field upgradeable with SMS functionality. Cellular service and available mobile data is required for over-the-air operating system updates.

Sample Programs

  • View this sample program for how to use some of the terminal commands with CELL2XX modules.
  • To use the SetSettings functionality with the CR300, CR310, CR6, and CR1000X dataloggers, view this sample program.


Certifications IC (Industry Canada) 10224A-201611EC21A
Host Interface
  • CS I/O communications port, DB9 male
  • RS-232 serial port, DB9 female
  • USB version 2.0 with micro-B connector
RF Connectors 2 SMA antenna connectors (primary and diversity)
Operating Temperature Range -40° to +80°C
SIM Interface 3FF (6 position/contacts)
Supports SIMs that require 1.8 or 3 Vdc.
Dimensions 13.46 x 8.1 x 2.86 cm (5.3 x 3.19 x 1.13 in.)
Weight 215.5 g (7.6 oz)

Cellular WAN

Network Technology 4G LTE CAT-1 (with automatic fallback to 3G)
Carrier Approval Telstra
LTE 2100(B1), 1800(B3), 850(B5), 2600(B7), 700(B28)
WCDMA 1900(B1), 850(B5)

Data Speeds

  • Max 10 Mbps (download)
  • Max 5 Mbps (upload)
  • Max 384 Kbps (download)
  • Max 384 Kbps (upload)
  • Max 296 Kbps (download)
  • Max 236.8 Kbps (upload)
  • Max 107 Kbps (download)
  • Max 85.6 Kbps (upload)
RS-232 or CS I/O 9600 bps to 460.8 kps

Power Consumption

Low Power Mode 300 µA
Idle 14 mA
Active 39 mA

Radio Output and Sensitivity

Output Power
  • 23 dBm on LTE
  • 24 dBm on UMTS
Sensitivity Range -99.5 to 110.5 dBm (10 M)


Note: In serial server mode, a cellular account with a static IP address is required.

Data Logger Model Connecting to CELL220 via CS I/O Port Connecting to CELL220 via RS-232 Port (choose one)


  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (PPP or serial server)
  • 17855 C-port to RS-232 cable (PPP or serial server)

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(PPP and serial server)

  • 31055 CPI/RS-232 cable
  • 17855 C-port or U-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR1000X 16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(PPP and serial server)
  • 31055 CPI/RS-232 cable
  • 17855 C-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR200(X) Series


  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only)

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(PPP and serial server)

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (PPP or serial server)
  • 17855 C-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(PPP and serial server)

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (PPP or serial server)
  • 17855 C-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter


  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only)


  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR510-PB and

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(serial server only; SDC7 and SDC8 only)

  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter


  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only) 
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(serial server only; SDC7 and SDC8 only)

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only)
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter


CELL2xx Operating System v.2.029 (698 KB) 06-07-2021

To update the CELL200 series operating system:

  1. Connect a USB cable between your module and computer.
  2. Open a web browser and go to: www.cell.linktodevice.com/.
  3. On the OS Update tab, click on the Send File button and select the new firmware file. (i.e. CELL_2xx_01_02_029.WEB.OBJ.GZ)

The update process can take 2 to 4 minutes.

Why Update? This OS resolves network registrations issues.

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CELL2XX example programs (6 KB) 22-06-2021

Three example programs as described in the CELL200-Series manual. The Power program shows how to control power to the CELL200 series by using the CRBasic
IPNetPower() instruction. The SetSettings example shows how to set up the cellular module using the SetSetting() instruction. It also illustrates how to retrieve status information from the module in the CRBasic program. The Settings example demonstrates using terminal commands. 

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