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Pinout

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Pin Descriptions

Pin NumberBCM PinPin NameDescription
8UART_TXPCI RXThis pin functions as the serial data input to the module for UART communication.
10UART_RXPCI TXThis pin functions as the serial data output from the module for UART communication
13GPIO27USER LEDActive HIGH, to switch on the USER LED, the pin's state should be HIGH.
15GPIO22USER BUTTONThis pin normally pulled-down to ground. When the button is pressed, pin switches to LOW.
31GPIO6RIThis pin is Ring indicator functions as the indication for receiving call or SMS, can be calibrated to HIGH or LOW using the AT commands.
33GPIO13DTRWhen the module is in sleep mode, DTR pin allows to wake the module up by pulling it to LOW.
35GPIO19W_DISABLEThis pin is used to turn Airplane Mode on the module, by pulling it HIGH.
37GPIO26HAT_PWR_OFFPower regulator control. Normally pulled-down, when this pin drove to HIGH, Hat's power will cut off.

Layout

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Compatible Mini PCIe Modules

ManufacturerModule
QuectelEC25, LTE-EP06, EC21 , EC20 Mini PCIe LTE IoT Module, UC20 , LTE-EP06
TelitLM960, LE910V2, HE910,LE910C1, LE910C4, and more
ThalesPLS62W, mPLS8, mPLAS9
SierraAirPrime MC Series
HuaweiME909s-120, ME909s-821, and more
SimcomSIM7100, SIM7230, and more
ZTEZM8620, and more
U-BloxMPCI-L2 Series


If one is looking to use different mini PCIe modules other than the ones mentioned above, it should be compared with the pinout of mini PCIe below. The following mentioned pins are connected to the Base HAT.

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Compatible Boards

  1. Raspberry Pi 4, 3, 2, B+, A+, Zero i.e. RPi which contains 40W GPIO header.
  2. Asus Tinker Board
  3. Rock 64*
  4. Orange Pi*
  5. Samsung ARTIK’s Eagleye board*
  6. Latte Panda
The Base HAT doesn't need or has a driver. Rather The host computer(such as RPi, Asus Tinker Board) needs the driver of the compatible module that will be used with the Base HAT. For example, if you are using Quectel's EC25 with the Base HAT, then your host device should have the driver for Quectel EC25. Nowadays, most of the Linux kernel comes with the required drivers installed as a result the modules are recognized.
These compatibility list created by assuming you’ve connected the Base HAT to the device via USB. UART communication can be work with every device in the list easily which has 3.3V level UART port.
For the best working condition, power the Raspberry Pi with a minimum 2 Amps 5V adapter while using the Base HAT attached. We don’t recommend the usage of long and low-quality micro USB cables between Base Shield and Raspberry Pi. It causes data and power loss. Thus, the cable included the package works greatly.

Dimension

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LEDs

  • PWR LED: When the module is powered up, this RED led turns on
  • SGNL LED: This BLUE led indicates the status of the connection. When the connection is established and data is being transmitted/received, this led will blink at special intervals. Otherwise, if there is no connection, the led will remain off.
  • USER LED: It is a programmable user-led can be controlled from the GPIO27 of Raspberry Pi for debugging or just fun.

Buttons

  • User Button: It is a programmable user button that is connected to GPIO22. Reads HIGH by default.

Solder Jumper(SJ)

When you observe the HAT, you will come across some solder Jumpers marked as SJx (SJ1, SJ2, SJ3, etc). These solder jumpers are either connected or disconnected by default. These can be used to enable or disable the default use case. These SJ are provided for the cases where the specific GPIO are conflicting with the users requirement. Disconnecting the jumpers may lead to loss in some programmable feature. For instance, Cutting the SJ4 trace which is RI, Ring Indicator used as indication for call or SMS cannot be used.

Disconnecting: Cut the narrow trace between the middle of these solder jumper with a utility knife.
Connecting/Reconnecting: Solder the jumper to connect the traces.


The SJ details of the HAT(v1.0.0) are mentioned below.

Solder JumperCorresponding GPIODefault StatePurposeAffect of changing the default state
SJ1GPIO26CONNECTEDCut to disconnect from HAT_PWR_OFF.Cannot control the power of the HAT.
SJ2GPIO19CONNECTEDCut to disconnect from W_DISABLE.Cannot disable Wireless communication.
SJ3GPIO13CONNECTEDCut to disconnect DTR pin from GPIO.Cannot use for sleep mode control.
SJ4GPIO6CONNECTEDCut to disconnect RI pin from GPIO.Cannot read the Ring indicator.
SJ5GPIO22CONNECTEDCut to disconnect USER BUTTONCannot use User Button.
SJ6GPIO27CONNECTEDCut to disconnect USER LEDCannot use User Led.
SJ7RXDNOT CONNECTEDSolder to connect RX of module. Used to communicate over UART.-
SJ8TXDNOT CONNECTEDSolder to connect TX of module. Used to communicate over UART.-

Updated 16 days ago


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