RV50X Industrial 4G LTE Cellular Gateway
Cellular Connectivity
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Overview

The RV50X is an industrial 4G LTE cellular gateway that provides serial and Ethernet connectivity to numerous cellular networks. The RV50X is capable of LTE, CDMA/EV-DO, and GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA networking and is carrier-approved in North America for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Rogers, Bell, and Telus. The networking and carrier used by the RV50X is determined by the active SIM card(s) inserted into the device. The RV50X does not ship with a SIM card; the SIM card is provided by the carrier when signing up for service. The RV50X automatically falls back to 3G or 2G when 4G coverage is not available.


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Benefits and Features

  • Easily provides Internet connectivity to Campbell Scientific data loggers and peripherals anywhere there is cellular network coverage
  • Very low power consumption when compared to other industrial cellular gateways
  • Compatible with all Campbell Scientific data loggers
  • 4G LTE networking with automatic fallback to 3G and 2G
  • Works with many cellular network carriers

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Detailed Description

The RV50X is an industrial 4G LTE cellular gateway. It requires at least one mini-SIM (2FF) card supplied by your cellular carrier and a suitable 12 or 24 Vdc nominal power source. The RV50X has an RS-232 serial port that can be used for serial server, serial client, and PPP host services. This port is commonly connected to a data logger RS-232 serial port. Additionally, it has an Ethernet port, as well as a host of Ethernet and IP services related to routing, port forwarding, VPN, and more. The RV50X has three antenna connectors to be used for primary and diversity antennas and GPS, although the unit can operate with only the primary cellular antenna connected.

Internet Connectivity

The RV50X provides Internet connectivity to any Campbell Scientific data loggers 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 RV50 can also enable many data loggers to communicate using other Internet protocols, such as Modbus, DNP3, email, and web (HTTP).

Device Intelligence

The RV50X is powered by the Sierra Wireless ALEOS embedded operating system. This allows the RV50X to provide highly reliable connectivity and remote device management independent of the device it is connected to. The embedded numerous services include IP serial server and client, local PPP host, dynamic DNS client, routing, VPN, and more.

Advanced Power Management

Compared to many other industrial cellular gateways, the RV50X has a very low power consumption. The RV50X averages approximately 65 to 95 mA of current consumption @ 12V when idle, depending on its configuration. Additionally, the RV50X can be turned on and off easily using a data logger C-, U-, or SW12V-port.

Specifications

  • Network Technology: 4G with automatic fallback to 3G and 2G
  • Cellular WAN: North American Model
    • Carrier Approvals: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, Rogers, Bell, Telus
    • LTE: 1900(B2), AWS(B4), 850(B5), 700(B13), 700(B17), 1900(B25)
    • WCDMA: 2100(B1), 1900(B2), AWS(B4), 850(B5), 900(B8)
    • EV-DO/CDMA: 800(BC0), 1900(BC1), 1700(BC10)
    • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: Quad-band
    • Industry Approvals: FCC, IC, PTCRB
    • Software defined radio with automatic network operator switching
    • Dual SIM Interfaces
  • RF Connectors: 3 SMA jacks for primary cellular and optional diversity cellular and GPS
  • Host Interfaces
    • 10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ45
    • RS-232 Serial DTE DB9 Female
    • USB 2.0 Micro-B
  • Power
    • Operating Voltage: 7 to 36 Vdc
    • Typical Enable / Ignition Sense Low: 1 mA @ 12V
    • Typical Idle: 65 to 95 mA @ 12V, depending on configuration
    • Typical Active: 250 to 300 mA @ 12V, depending on configuration
  • Operating Temperature: -30° to +70°C
  • Dimensions
    • 119 x 34 x 94 mm (4.69 x 1.34 x 3.7 in.)
    • 320 g (11.3 oz)

Compatibility

Establishing Cellular Service

Ask your cellular provider for an M2M (machine-to-machine) account sales expert for the purpose of setting up either a publicly available static or dynamic IP account. You will need the sales expert to provide a mini-SIM card provisioned for your account.

Configuring the Modem

The RV50X is configured using ACEManager, a web-based configuration tool hosted by the gateway. ACEManager can be accessed using Internet Explorer or Firefox remotely over the cellular WAN or locally over Ethernet. A number of templates will be provided via download to make most configurations very simple after connecting to ACEManager.

Data Logger Consideration

The RV50X will connect to any Campbell Scientific devices that have an RS-232 serial or Ethernet port. Over the years, Campbell Scientific has created many serial and Ethernet products compatible with the RV50X. In the following chart are product pairings that Campbell Scientific currently recommends:

Data Logger Connecting to RV50X RS-232, choose one Connecting to RV50X Ethernet, choose one
CR300
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • NL201
CR310
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • 28899 Ethernet cable for direct connect to CR310 Ethernet
CR6
  • 31055 CPI/RS-232 cable
  • 17855 C- or U-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • 28899 Ethernet cable for direct connect to CR6 Ethernet
CR200(X) Series
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • NL201
CR800 Series
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • 17855 C- or U-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • NL201
CR1000 and CR3000
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • 17855 C- or U-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • NL116
  • NL121
  • NL201
CR5000
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • NL201
CR510 and CR10X
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR510-PB and CR10X-PB
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • SC932A
  • NL201
CR23X
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • NL201
CR23X-PB
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • NL201