How to Use Simcom SIM8200EA-M2 Module with DSBOX-NX2? - Forecr.io

How to Use Simcom SIM8200EA-M2 Module with DSBOX-NX2?

Jetson Xavier NX

02 March 2022
ENVIRONMENT

Hardware: DSBOX-NX2

OS: Jetpack 4.6

In this blog post, we will connect mobile broadband with Simcom SIM8200EA-M2 LTE GSM module. First we will enable M.2 Key-B slot’s power. Then, we will connect to the mobile broadband and connect to the internet with using it.


Hint: In this tutorial, we connected our GSM antennas on this module's ANT0 & ANT2 ports.

Enabling M.2 Key-B Slot’s Power

Connect the Simcom SIM8200EA-M2 module & SIM card on DSBOARD-NX2. Then, power up the system.


You can see the mounting direction of nano SIM card on the connector (nano SIM - micro SD card) below.

Open a terminal and type these commands below (the Key-B power pin for Xavier NX is 421, for TX2 NX is 425):


sudo echo 421 > /sys/class/gpio/export
sudo echo out > /sys/class/gpio/gpio421/direction


Then, type “lsusb” after 10 seconds later to check the Simcom GSM module powered on.

Connecting to the Internet

After, the GSM module and mobile broadband enabled & connected successfully, download this module's network configuration app from here to the Jetson module. Open a terminal into the downloaded path & type these commands to rebuild the app:


unzip simcom-cm.zip
cd simcom-cm/
make


If your SIM card's PIN code disabled or unlocked with AT command (AT+CPIN), run the connection app with this command:


sudo ./simcom-cm

Otherwise, use this command:


sudo ./simcom-cm -p {PIN_CODE}


After ~30 seconds, the application will connect to the Internet via "wwan0" network interface. This application should run at the background while using the Internet.


Finally, let’s test it on browser.

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