Question: Is it possible to make a voice call with this HAT?

Answer: This HAT does not have an audio codec, as a result, it lacks a voice calling feature. That is without the audio codec(audio circuit) the call will not send or receive any sound.

Question: Is it possible to have another HAT or sensor above this HAT?

Answer: If there are no overlapping GPIO Pins, then you can stack the HATS and use it. About sensors, to can connect them to the empty GPIO pins.
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Question: Which versions of the Raspberry Pi are HAT compatible with?

Answer: The HAT is compatible with all Raspberry Pi which contains 40W GPIO header.

Question: What is the difference between the Power and Disable GPIO pins?

Answer: The Power pin controls the power of the BG96 module while the Disable pin controls the power regulator of the HAT.

Question: Are any additional components required to be added to get GPS to work or is all that included in the board?

Answer: You will need a Passive GPS Antenna. It also works with Active GPS Antenna but needs small soldering on the board.

Question: Can I use Active GNSS/GPS antenna with the HAT?

Answer: Yes, Active GNSS/GPS antenna can be used with the HAT. In order to use it, you will need to solder the Active Antenna Enabling jumper (SJX) as follows

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Question: Can I power both Raspberry Pi and the HAT only through the Raspberry Pi USB power supply?

Answer: Yes, powering the Raspberry Pi is enough. It will power the attached HAT.

Question: How do I activate the Serial of the Raspberry Pi to communicate with the module via UART?

Answer: Serial can be enabled by following the instructions below:

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  1. Run sudo raspi-config.
  2. Select Interfacing Options.
  3. Select Serial.
  4. Disable Login shell to be accessible over serial.
  5. Enable Serial port hardware.
  6. Finish and reboot your Raspberry Pi.

Question: Does it work with Verizon?

Answer: Yes, the HAT is certified on Verizon Network. While purchasing, please select the Hardware Version as North America - Verizon Certified.

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Question: Which one among PPP & QMI should I select?

Answer: PPP is a data layer communication protocol that is established through the serial port of the modem. These Serial port communication could be either the UART(/dev/ttyS0) or the serial exposed to USB(/dev/ttyUSB3). This serial is also used for both modem commands (AT commands) and responses. This connection is established by dial-up (ATD*99#).

PPP is easy to establish, widely used protocol, and flexible with the devices. PPP may show a drop of the connection while using the AT command set for other functionality of modem.

The LTE radio protocol has native support of TCP/IP and IPv6, so there is no need to actually wrap TCP/IP into PPP over the radio interface. The PPP protocol is just used between the computer and the modem to make the connection look like a legacy dial-up modem-based network connection.
To get rid of the legacy cruft, newer ways to present USB-connected LTE modems like QMI and MBIM have been developed.

Quectel modules offer QMI(Qualcomm MSM Interface) which is established as a real network interface, such as ethernet(typically shows as wwan0). The QMI is also counted among the non-AT protocols which are communicated over /dev/cdc-wdm0 port.

In order to establish a connection, proper qmi/gobinet proxy should be installed, which again depends on the chipset of the module/modem and the kernel of Linux, gets a bit complicated. The QMI offers a more accessible and faster connection compared to the PPP protocol.

We recommend QMI, if you are looking for a faster connection, and for a longer duration.

If you need to establish an internet connection for a short period of time and the date to be transferred is not high, you may stick to PPP.

Updated 13 days ago


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