TECHSHIP IS A GLOBAL SUPPLIER OF WIRELESS COMPONENTS
SIMCom presents an ultra compact and reliable wireless module SIM7100C which is based on Qualcomm MDM9215 multiple mode LTE platform. SIM7100C is a complete multi-band TDD-LTE/FDD-LTE/TD-SCDMA/WCDMA/GSM/GNSS SMT type module designed with very powerful processors integrating application core:CortexTM A5(550MHz),three QDSP6 cores (Up to 500Mhz), allowing customer to benefit from small dimensions and cost-effective product solutions.
It has strong extension capability with rich interfaces including UART, USB2.0, SPI, I2C,Keypad, PCM, etc. With abundant application capabilities like TCP/UDP/FTP/FTPS/HTTP/HTTPS/SMTP/POP3 and MMS, the module provides much flexibility and ease of integration for customer’s applications.
To develop applications and to test the mPCIe module separately the article 10069 Techship MiniPCIe Developer Kit incl. Technical support could be very helpful.
This document describes the electronic specifications, RF specifications, interfaces, mechanical characteristics and testing results of the SIMCom SIM7100 miniPCIe modules. With the help of this document and other related software application notes/user guides, users can understand and use SIM7100-PCIE modules to design and develop applications quickly.
AT Commands manual for SIMCOM SIM7100 series cellular modules
This Application Note PDF document describes how the USB Voice/Audio feature for Simcom SIM7x00 series modules.
This manual gives general guidelines worth considering when designing and selecting main and diversity antennas for cellular applications.
This PDF document describes the Audio Application for SIM7X00 series modules.
This guide explains how to make a NDIS connection using the SIM7100 in Linux.
This archive contains application guides for the module SIM7100. These guides will give the user information about how to use the functions of the module. Contains guides for CDC, Delta package update, ECALL, Email, FTP, GPIO, GPS, HTTP, Internet Service, MIFI, MMS, Network Cell Info, SAT, Sleep Mode, SMS, TCPIP, UART, USB Audio and ECALL AT Commands.
Datasheet for SimCom SIM7100 European version. This document includes an overview of SIM7100 and it's features. For more detailed technical information, see the Huawei ME909 Hardware Guide.
This archive contains the Windows operating system drivers for the SIM7xxx series Qualcomm chipset based cellular modules. Please refer to the included PDF manual for installation instructions for each system and USB endpoint selection.
This archive contains the RIL library and drivers for Android versions 4.0, 4.2, 4.4, 5 ,6 ,7 and 8
Included is also the related user guide.
This archive contains the Windows firmware update tool for SIM53-series, SIM7-series and SIM89-series modules.
Please follow the included instructions regarding installation and usage.
This archive contains the Simcom SIM7100 series Linux firmware update tools and related step by step guide applying the firmware update.
This archive contains the firmware update tool, QPST tool and a firmware upgrade guide. Please follow instructions carefully.
This archive contains the Qualcomm Product Support Tools V.2.7.438.3 for SimCom SIM7-series modules.
This archive contains the Simcom SIM7100 QMI NDIS Linux driver and installation manual.
SimCom SIM7100C Firmware update file 4534B12SIM7100C and release notes
This ZIP archive contains the SimCom SIM7100C Firmware update file V.4534B13SIM7100C and change notes
This ZIP archive contains the SimCom SIM7100C Firmware update file V.4534B11SIM7100C and change notes
This archive contains the firmware updater and the release notes for the module SIM7100C that will update the module to firmware 4534B09SIM7100C.
How to step by step set up a data connection over QMI interface using qmicli and in-kernel driver qmi_wwan in Linux?
Several cellular modules based on Qualcomm chipsets implements the Qualcomm Qualcomm MSM (QMI) Interface.
There is a open source Linux in-kernel driver supporting this interface and it is called qmi_wwan. This driver can be used together with ModemManager and NetworkManager to automate connection establishment and as a connection manager.
The library libqmi which ModemManager uses can also be used to communicate in a more direct way with the cellular devices over the QMI interface and to step by step do necessary configurations and trigger the data connection over the cellular network.
A selection of cellular modules can be supported:
Using RAW IP kernel configuration:
Sierra Wireless MC74 series, EM74 series, EM75** series
Telit LM940, LM960
Telit LN94x series (requires USB mode switch)
Simcom SIM7500 series, SIM7600 series, SIM7600 -H series
(can be supported in qmi_wwan driver from kernel 4.18 or by applying the following one line qmi_wwan source code patch on previous kernel builds: qmi_wwan: apply SET_DTR quirk to the SIMCOM shared device ID)
Using 802.3 IP framing kernel configuration:
Simcom SIM7100 series
Sierra Wireless MC73**/EM73** series
ModemManager combined with NetworkManager will detect the cellular modules automatically in most cases, please refer to their respective documentations on how to establish a data connection using them.
Example on how to set up the data connection step by step manually with libqmi:
First install the libqmi Linux library e.g. by using your system package manager like apt or preferably latest version from source on the Freedesktop pages for libqmi project: https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/libqmi/
Verify that you have the Linux in-kernel qmi_wwan driver installed and attached for the cellular modules QMI interface over USB:
Can look e.g. like this:
|__ Port 1: Dev 3, If 2, Class=Vendor Specific Class, Driver=qmi_wwan, 480M
If the driver is not correctly loaded, please verify that the module is set to expose the correct USB endpoints configuration toward the host system and that you have followed the provided guides from the cellular module vendors, regarding how to implement the module in Linux.
Libqmi expose a command line interface that can be used to communication with the module over QMI interface.
The qmicli help will output information about all commands available:
The cellular modules QMI control interface are usually named cdc-wdm* e.g.:
In order to allow parallel commands to be execute on the module over QMI interface, it is recommended to use the libqmi proxy function. This can be done by including the attribute -p or --device-open-proxy in every qmicli command.
If a SIM pin is required for the SIM card, use command bellow:
qmicli --device=/dev/cdc-wdm0 -p --dms-uim-verify-pin=PIN,1234
The name of the related network interface to QMI control channel can be acquired with the command:
qmicli --device=/dev/cdc-wdm0 --device-open-proxy --get-wwan-iface
The most recent Qualcomm based cellular modules only expose QMI interfaces that can support Raw-IP mode. Sierra Wireless EM/MC74 and EM75 series modules, Telit LM940 and LN940 series for example require this.
Check what IP-mode the host system is configured for:
qmicli --device=/dev/cdc-wdm0 --get-expected-data-format
Check what IP-mode the cellular module require:
qmicli --device=/dev/cdc-wdm0 --device-open-proxy --wda-get-data-format
to change qmi_wwan driver to use Raw-IP.
Disable the network interfaces exposed by the cellular module:
ip link set dev wwan0 down
Trigger the Raw-IP support:
echo Y > /sys/class/net/wwan0/qmi/raw_ip
Enable the network interfaces again:
ip link set dev wwan0 up
Now the data connection in the cellular module can be activated e.g. with a IPv4 type configuration on the specified APN:
qmicli --device=/dev/cdc-wdm0 --device-open-proxy --wds-start-network="ip-type=4,apn=data.tre.se" --client-no-release-cid
Once "Network started" is displayed, you can send a DHCP request on the network interface.
Please note that not all DHCP clients in Linux can support Raw-IP format, udhcpc however support this for IPv4 over Raw-IP.
udhcpc -q -f -n -i wwan0
Disconnect the data bearer and data connection over QMI by command bellow and providing the network handle and CID returned at connection activation:
qmicli --device=/dev/cdc-wdm0 --device-open-proxy --wds-stop-network=NETWORK_HANDLE --client-cid=CID
Additional useful commands:
Request module manufacturer:
qmicli --device=/dev/cdc-wdm0 --device-open-proxy --dms-get-manufacturer
Get module model:
qmicli --device=/dev/cdc-wdm0 --device-open-proxy --dms-get-model
Get firmware version:
qmicli --device=/dev/cdc-wdm0 --device-open-proxy --dms-get-revision
Get module IDs (IMEI etc.):
qmicli --device=/dev/cdc-wdm0 --device-open-proxy --dms-get-ids
Get SIM card status:
qmicli --device=/dev/cdc-wdm0 --device-open-proxy --uim-get-card-status
Recent cellular modules like Sierra Wireless EM7565 require at least libqmi V1.20. Check version with command:
If the connection was successfully set up established, you now have data connectivity. A ping to a remote server using the cellular network interface can for example prove this:
ping -I wwan0 22.214.171.124
The ifconfig Linux tool can show the current details for the network interface:
libqmi is well integrated and supported in ModemManager tool for Linux. ModemManager again is well integrated and supported when using NetworkManager tool in Linux. Please note however that these two tools expect the cellular module interfaces to only be used by them so if you manually want to use the libqmi library or AT commands interfaces, please turn off/disable ModemManager and NetworkManager first.
The libqmi is a generic open source library for Linux systems and QMI protocol from Qualcomm, therefor there are commands only working on selected devices and not necessarily supported on the device you use, resulting in an error message.
How do we configure the Simcom SIM7100, SIM7500 and SIM7600 series cellular modules for usage in Windows 8 and 10 systems and support Windows built-in connection manager?
The Simcom modules comes default set in a USB configuration used by Linux and Windows 7 systems. If you want the module to be fully supported in Windows 8, 8.1, 10 systems and later and take advantage of the Windows integrated connection manager you have to do a one time configuration and set the module to expose Mobile Broadband Interface Model (MBIM) interface as bellow:
Start by installing the latest Simcom SIM7 series Windows drivers (instructions included in download package). They can be found on on our dedicated product web pages.
In Windows device manager you can now find a serial interface called "SimTech HS-USB AT Port 9001 (COM5)" Memorize the COM* interface number in your system.
Open a command prompt with admin rights (right click Windows icon in bottom left corner). Copy and paste the command bellow, edit port number to match the one in your system and hit enter. The command will then be sent to module overt the serial interface.
ECHO AT+CUSBPIDSWITCH=9004,1,1 >\\.\COM5
If the command is received successfully by module, a restart of the cellular module will be performed and it appears with the new USB endpoints supporting Windows 8 systems and later.
Make sure that all Simcom module end points are correctly loaded in Windows device manager, a system restart might be necessary also.
By clicking the Windows network connection symbol in the start bar or navigating to the "Cellular" topic in Windows system settings you can now activate the connection and configure APN details and enter PIN code if it is necessary for the cellular connection and subscription you have.
How do we enable basic standalone GPS tracking with the SIMcom cellular modules that include GNSS tracking feature?
The SIM7100 series, SIM7500 series SIM7600 series and SIM7600 -H series cellular modules that include a GNSS tracker can be used to acquire current accurate location data with and active or passive GNSS antenna connected to the module.
Details of the available AT commands related to GNSS functionality are described in the AT command reference manuals under GPS section. The AT command reference manuals can be found under our product web pages under technical documentation tab.
Depending on if an GNSS antenna with or without low noise amplifier (active/passive antenna) are used, the AT+CVAUXV and AT+CVAUXS command can be used to adjust if the antenna power supply of 3 VDC should be enabled or disabled on the GNSS antenna connector.
Module configured for active GNSS antenna with 3VDC power supply enabled directly from module:
Module configured for passive GNSS antenna and antenna voltage supply from cellular module is disabled:
A basic standalone GNSS tracking session outputting the location data on the dedicated NMEA virtual serial interface can be started with the following AT command:
Other useful commands:
(Please note that GNSS configuration parameters can only be changed when tracking is not active)
Stop ongoing GNSS tracking:
Clear GNSS fix related data stored in module:
Set minimum accuracy threshold in meters for location fix (default value 50 meters):
Enable autostart of GNSS tracking at module start up:
The latest GNSS fix can also be requested by AT command:
And the output is in the form:
+CGPSINFO: [lat],[N/S],[log],[E/W],[date],[UTC time],[alt],[speed],[course]
For details on how to configure the GPS for different application and scenarios, such as using Assisted GPS, or changing output formats etc. please relate to the AT commands reference manuals for the specific SIMcom module.
How to change USB composition mode to Mobile Broadband Interface (MBIM) that is used by Windows 8 and 10 systems for data connectivity and enabling support for the built-in connection manager in Windows?
This is done by sending AT commands to the Modem or AT serial interfaces that are accepting AT commands and changing the USB endpoint composition:
Sierra Wireless EM74xx, MC74xx series module:
Sierra Wireless EM73xx, MC73xx series module:
Simcom SIM7xxx series modules:
ZTE Welink ME3630 series:
Telit LE910x V2:
On Huawei modules the USB mode changing is done automatically by the Windows drivers and otherwise defaults to the modules standard endpoint interfaces.
How to collect initial diagnostics data and logs for Simcom cellular modules, needed when requesting Techship technical support?
In order to troubleshoot and solve a technical problem, we ask you to please provide information about your system and logs from the related Simcom module when creating a technical support ticket.
Problem description of what exact problem is and in what precise situations present.
Describe the host system:
-Hardware (system board, peripherals...)
-Operating system and detailed versions (E.g. Windows, Linux release, kernel...)
-Drivers and driver versions
Identify the precise details of cellular module found on label:
-SKU/BOM or P/N code
(For RMA returns the IMEI number is mandatory)
If you are running on a Linux based system, please capture the terminal logs bellow:
ls -l /dev/serial/by-id
ls -l /sys/bus/usb-serial/devices
The logs from the cellular module firmware can be acquired by accessing the USB enumerated serial (COM) interfaces accepting AT commands. They can be named modem, AT, PC UI etc. (In Windows device manager, found under modem or serial interfaces). Send the following AT commands bellow to module and capture the output and include them when creating the the technical support ticket.
Test that you get a reply with command:
Command echo enabled:
Basic module info:
Detailed module version info:
Verbose error reporting:
Last error report:
USB endpoint configuration:
List current configuration:
Request UE system info:
Preferred network mode:
Preferred band selection:
Preferred acquisition order:
List network operator info:
Network registration status:
Network EPS registration status:
Packet domain attach status
List APN details/PDP profiles:
PDP profiles attach status:
Show PDP IP address:
RM network interface status:
The support ticket can be created after login at: https://techship.com/technical_support/
How can we establish data connection for cellular modules in Windows 8 and Windows 10 systems?
Microsoft Windows desktop versions starting from Windows 8 and newer have built in data connection manager for WWAN, Wifi etc. that can be used to configure, control and establish the data connection of cellular module that support MBIM interface, which most cellular modules do.
The connection managers settings and controls can be found and accessed on Windows desktop start menu through the network icon (see picture).
The Cellular tab can be found in Windows system settings and if needed the connection APN details can be manually entered through "Advanced options".
How can I enable DC voltage output for active GPS/GNSS antennas on modules that support this feature?
The 3 volt DC Low Noise Amplifier voltage supply from the cellular module can be enabled according to AT commands bellow:
For Sierra Wireless EM/MC74 series:
For Sierra Wireless MC73 series:
For Simcom SIM7100, SIM7500, SIM7600 and SIM7600 -H series: