Getting Started

This section will lead you step by step to create a cellular connection with the Raspberry Pi 4G/LTE Cellular Modem Kit

The Raspberry Pi 4G/LTE Cellular Modem Kit provides all the components you will need for establishing an internet connection on your Raspberry Pi using the Sixfab CORE solution.

Getting started is pretty straight forward, first you will setup the hardware then complete the Sixfab CORE installation. Each of the steps are mentioned in detail below.

System Requirements

To getting started with the Raspberry Pi 4G/LTE Cellular Modem Kit, first check the following requirements.

Hardware RequirementsSoftware Requirements
Raspberry Pi 3,3B+ and 4- Raspberry Pi OS 10(Buster) or newer
- Ubuntu Server 20.04.3 or higher

Hardware Setup

1. Attach the mini PCIe module in the kit to the HAT

2. Attach the antenna to the mini PCIe module

Make sure the right antenna is connected to the right port. Attach LTE full band PCB antenna/LTE connector of the LTE-GNSS dual antenna to the main Antenna interface/diversity antenna interface & GPS Antenna portion goes to the GNSS antenna interface.

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Telit LE910Cx Mini PCIe Antenna Interface

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Quectel EC25 Mini PCIe Antenna Interface

3. Attach header and Sixfab SIM

4. Attach it to the Raspberry Pi

๐Ÿ“– Note

For a clean install and avoiding installation errors, plug Micro USB into HAT after the software setup is complete.

5. Plug the power supply into a socket and connect it to your Raspberry Piโ€™s power port

Software Setup

Once the hardware installation is complete, we will set up Sixfab CORE on your device for a seamless and reliable cellular connection. Registering the asset and performing the installation steps will be done through Sixfab Connect.

1. Sign In

Head over to connect.sixfab.com and sign in using your login credentials.

2. Add Coupon Code (optional)

If you have a credit voucher, go to Billing -> Add Credit -> Coupon Code from the dashboard to redeem it and enter your code.

3. Register Asset

To initialize the Sixfab CORE device, an active Sixfab SIM asset is required.
If you donโ€™t have one, please register and activate a SIM from the "Assets -> Register Asset" section.

Skip this step if you already have an active registered asset.

4. Create CORE Device

Navigate to the details of the asset you want to install the CORE device for on the Assets page.

Click on the 'Initialize CORE Device' button located in the Sixfab CORE section within the asset details.

5. Select Board

Select the hardware board you want to install Sixfab CORE on and proceed.

๐Ÿ“– Note

If you want to continue without creating a device in the Sixfab CORE, you can use it according to the user manual of the module used. You can follow the tutorials we prepared for PPP, QMI and ECM protocols supported by these modules here. Sixfab CORE is highly recommended for a robust and reliable connection.

6. Select Location

Here, choose according to your region.

RegionDescription
GlobalFor devices to be deployed Worldwide
EMEAFor devices to be deployed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa
APACFor devices to be deployed in Asia-Pacific only

7. Copy Installation Code

8. Unplug USB Cable

If it is already plugged in, please unplug the USB cable from the HAT.

9. Run Installation Code

Open a terminal on the Raspberry Pi and run the installation code you have just copied.

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10. Plug the USB cable

After the installation is successfully completed, press 'Enter' to restart the Raspberry Pi, and then plug the USB cable to the HAT.

11. Installation Complete

After the installation is complete, it may take up to 5 minutes for the services to configure your modem, set up your cellular internet connection settings, etc. If everything goes smoothly, you will see the data on your CORE Dashboard page, as shown below.