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 most Campbell Scientific dataloggers
  • 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 datalogger 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 dataloggers located within range of a compatible cellular network. Armed with Internet connectivity, a datalogger can remotely connect to Campbell Scientific software on a PC, mobile device, and the cloud. The RV50X can also enable many dataloggers 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 numerous embedded services include IP serial server and client, local PPP host, dynamic DNS client, routing, VPN, and more.

Establishing Cellular Service

Campbell Scientific offers low-cost, cellular data service plans for the RV50X. Our data service plans include Verizon in the United States and AT&T in North America (US, Mexico, Canada), as well as international access to over 600 carriers in 185 countries. The Konect Router Service is included to assure a secure connection with Campbell Scientific datalogger support software.

Configuring the RV50X

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 for download to make most configurations very simple after connection to ACEManager.

Datalogger Connection

Dataloggers can be connected in a variety of ways to suit the needs of the application. Common methods include the use of serial or Ethernet peripherals. The 28899 Ethernet cable is shipped with the RV50 for connecting Ethernet devices.

Powering the RV50X

Compared to many other industrial cellular gateways, the RV50X has a very low power consumption. The average current consumption at 12 Vdc is about 65 to 95 mA when idle, depending on its configuration. Additionally, the RV50X can be turned on and off easily using a datalogger C, U, or SW12V port. When using the SW12V terminal, the modem can typically be powered with a BP12 battery, a CH150 charger/regulator, and a SP10 solar panel.

Antennas

Campbell Scientific offers three antennas for the RV50X. Our 4G/3G/2G 0 dBd cellular dipole whip antenna (pn 32256) connects directly to the RV50X (no cable required) and can transmit short distances. Our higher gain omnidirectional (pn 18285) and Yagi (pn 31128) antennas require a cable to connect them to the RV50X. The COAXSMA-L cable connects the antennas directly to the RV50X cellular antenna connector. The COAXNTN-L cable and a surge protector (pn 31317) are used when the RV50X is susceptible to lightning or electrostatic buildup or for long cable runs.

Specifications

Network Technology 4G (with automatic fallback to 3G and 2G)
RF Connectors 3 female SMA jacks (for primary cellular and optional diversity cellular and GPS)
Operating Temperature Range -30° to +70°C
Host Interface
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ45
  • RS-232 Serial DTE DB9 Female
  • USB 2.0 Micro-B
Dimensions 11.9 x 9.4 x 3.4 cm (4.69 x 3.7 x 1.34 in.)
Weight 320 g (11.3 oz)

Cellular WAN - North American Model (-NA)

Carrier Approval 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
Radio Type Software-defined (with automatic network operator switching)
Interfaces Dual SIM interfaces

Cellular WAN - International Model (-INT)

LTE 2100(B1), 1800(B3), 2600(B7), 900(B8), 800(B20)
WCDMA 2100(B1), 1900(B2), 850(B5), 900(B8)
GSM/GPRS/EDGE Quad-band
Industry Approvals CE, RCM, GCF, R&TTE
Radio Type Software-defined (with automatic network operator switching)
Interfaces Dual SIM Interfaces (2FF)

Power

Operating Voltage 7 to 36 Vdc
Typical Enable/Ignition Sense Low 1 mA (@ 12 Vdc)
Typical Idle 65 to 95 mA (@ 12 Vdc, depending on configuration)
Typical Active 250 to 300 mA (@ 12 Vdc, depending on configuration)

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

Downloads

RV50 Template Files (51.9 KB) 17-03-2016

For use with the Sierra Wireless RV50 modem.

These template files are used with the Sierra Wireless ACEManager to configure the AirLink RV50 modem to communicate at 115200 or 9600 baud with the datalogger.  The templates will configure the RV50 for both serial server or  PPP (point-to-point protocol) with the mode being determined by the datalogger.  Using PPP allows access to the dataloggers IP capabilities (Email, HTTP, FTP, etc). The CR300, CR800, CR1000, CR3000 and CR6 dataloggers supports PPP.

Port forwarding for ports 80 and 6785 (HTTP and PakBus) is included in the template. Other needed ports (i.e. for Modbus and DNP3) will need to be added by the user through the RV50 ACEmanager interface.

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