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SimCom SIM7100 LTE mPCIe EU

Article Number: 10304
Supplier number: S2-106ER-Z1L7G

SIMCom presents an ultra compact and reliable wireless module SIM7100E which is based on Qualcomm MDM9215 multiple-mode LTE platform. SIM7100E is a complete multi-band TDD-LTE/FDD-LTE/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

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LTE Region
Europe
LTE Bands
B1 (2100)
B3 (1800)
B7 (2600)
B8 (900)
B20 (800DD)
B38 (TDD 2600)
B40 (TDD 2300)
UMTS Bands
B1 (2100)
B8 (900)
Manufacturer
SIMCom
GSM/EDGE Bands
B8 (900)
B3 (1800)
Form Factor
mPCIe - full size
Technology
LTE - cat 3
Antenna Interface
IPEX MHF/U.FL
Size
30x30x2.9 mm
GPS
Yes
GNSS technology
GPS
GLONASS
MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output)
Yes
GPIO
Yes
Max DL Speed
100 Mbps
Max UL Speed
50 Mbps
Chipset
MDM9215
Driver Support
Windows 7
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Linux
Android
Windows 8
Windows CE
Windows 8.1
Interface
USB 2.0
Operating Temperature Range
-30 °C – 80 °C
Certification
CE
CE RED
Voice Call Support
Yes
Voice call interface
Digital PCM signal input/output in socket
Digital PCM signal over USB interface
GNSS antenna support
Passive
Active 3.05VDC
Extended Operating Temperature Range
-30 °C – 80 °C
FOTA Firmware Updates
No
SIM interface
Through miniPCIe connector
Technical details:
At this moment the module will be shipped with the firmware 4534B06SIM7100E and SKU code S2-106ER-Z1L7G. If you would like to order with a special firmware or BOM code, please contact sales@techship.com

AT Commands manual for SIMCOM SIM7100 series cellular modules

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Version
V1.01
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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.

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Last updated
2017-05-02 13:05:32
Version
1.02
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This PDF document describes the Audio Application for SIM7X00 series modules.

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2017-01-12 11:15:02
Version
V1.00
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This guide explains how to make a NDIS connection using the SIM7100 in Linux.

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2016-05-10 13:42:37
Version
01
Requirements
Linux
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This guide explains how to use the QMI interface on SIMCom modules.

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2016-04-12 11:19:28
Version
0.1
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Datasheet for SimCom SIM7100 European version. This document includes an overview of SIM7100 and it's features. For more detailed technical information, see the SimCom SIM7100 Hardware Design guide.

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2015-09-24 17:55:19
Version
1001
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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.

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2015-09-24 17:54:41
Version
0.01
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Datasheet for SimCom SIM7100 mPCIe European version. This document includes an overview of SIM7100E mPCIe and it's features. For more detailed technical information, see the SimCom SIM7100 Hardware Design guide.

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2015-09-24 17:25:22
Version
1001
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Certificate document for the SimCom SIM7100E CE RED compliance

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2017-06-26 11:17:04
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This archive contains the CE, Rohs, and REACH certificates for SIM7100E.

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2016-08-03 12:54:06
Version
01
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This archive contains the Simcom SIM7100 series Linux firmware update tools and related step by step guide applying the firmware update.

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This archive contains the firmware update tool, QPST tool and a firmware upgrade guide. Please follow instructions carefully.

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Last updated
2017-09-22 15:26:00
Version
V1.34
Requirements
Microsoft Windows OS
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This archive contains the Qualcomm Product Support Tools V.2.7.438.3 for SimCom SIM7-series modules.

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2017-02-24 17:14:10
Version
2.7.438.3
Requirements
Microsoft Windows
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This archive contains the Simcom SIM7100 QMI NDIS Linux driver and installation manual.

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2017-01-09 13:58:57
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Linux
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This archive contains the SIM7100E B06 version firmware and related release notes.

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2017-05-26 12:08:39
Version
B06
Requirements
Microsoft Windows and related SIM7100 firmware update tool (found in software section)
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This archive contains the firmware updater and the release notes for the module SIM7100E that will update the module to firmware 4534B05SIM7100E.

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2016-09-15 12:38:05
Version
4534B05SIM7100E
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This archive contains the firmware updater and the release notes for the module SIM7100E that will update the module to firmware 4534B03SIM7100E.

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2015-10-09 17:03:05
Version
4534B03SIM7100E
Requirements
SIMCom firmware updater and an archive extracter.
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Question

How to step by step set up a data connection over QMI interface using qmicli and in-kernel driver qmi_wwan in Linux?

Solution

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. The library libqmi can be used to communicate with the cellular devices over the interface and do necessary configurations to trigger the data connection over the cellular network.

Sierra Wireless MC74**/EM74** series: requires RAW-IP configuration.
Sierra Wireless EM75** series: requires RAW-IP configuration.
Telit LM940: requires RAW-IP configuration.
Telit LN94x series: requires RAW-IP configuration.
Simcom SIM7500/SIM7600/SIM7600*-H series: requires RAW-IP configuration (supported in qmi_wwan driver kernel 4.18+).
Simcom SIM7100 series: 802.3 IP framing supported.
Sierra Wireless MC73**/EM73** series: 802.3 IP framing supported.

First install the libqmi Linux library e.g. by using your system package manager like apt etc. (more details about libqmi here: https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/libqmi/)

Verify that you have the Linux in-kernel qmi_wwan driver installed for the cellular modules exposed QMI interface endpoint over USB:
lsusb -t
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:
qmicli --help-all

The cellular modules QMI control interface are usually named cdc-wdm* e.g.:
qmicli --device=/dev/cdc-wdm0

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:
qmicli --version

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 8.8.8.8

The ifconfig Linux tool can show the current details for the network interface:
ifconfig wwan0

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 several commands only working on selected devices and not necessarily on supported in the specific device you use, resulting in an error message.

Question

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?

Solution

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.

Question

How can I enable DC voltage output for active GPS/GNSS antennas on modules that support this feature?

Solution

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:
AT!ENTERCND="A710"
AT+WANT=1

For Sierra Wireless MC73 series:
AT!ENTERCND="A710"
AT+WANTGNSSPWR=1

For Simcom SIM7100, SIM7500, SIM7600 and SIM7600 -H series:
AT+CVAUXV=3050
AT+CVAUXS=1

Question

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?

Solution

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:
AT!ENTERCND=”A710”
AT!USBCOMP=1,1,100D
AT!RESET

Sierra Wireless EM73xx, MC73xx series module:
AT!ENTERCND=”A710”
AT!UDUSBCOMP=8
AT!RESET

Simcom SIM7xxx series modules:
AT+CUSBPIDSWITCH=9003,1,1
AT+CRESET

ZTE Welink ME3630 series:
AT+ZSWITCH=8
AT+ZRST

Telit LM940:
AT#USBCFG=2
AT#REBOOT

Telit LE910x V2:
AT#USBCFG=3
AT#REBOOT

On Huawei modules the USB mode changing is done automatically by the Windows drivers and otherwise defaults to the modules standard endpoint interfaces.

Question

How to collect initial diagnostics data and logs for Simcom cellular modules, needed when requesting Techship technical support?

Solution

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:
-Model
-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:
uname -a
lsusb
lsusb -t
ifconfig -a
ls -l /dev/serial/by-id
ls -l /sys/bus/usb-serial/devices
dmesg

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:
AT
Command echo enabled:
ATE1
Basic module info:
ATI
Detailed module version info:
AT+SIMCOMATI
Verbose error reporting:
AT+CMEE=2
Last error report:
AT+CEER
Module model:
AT+CGMM
Firmware version:
AT+CGMR
IMEI Code:
AT+CGSN
USB endpoint configuration:
AT+CUSBPIDSWITCH?
List current configuration:
AT&V
Operational mode:
AT+CFUN?
Pin status:
AT+CPIN?
Request UE system info:
AT+CPSI?
Preferred network mode:
AT+CNMP?
Preferred band selection:
AT+CNBP?
Preferred acquisition order:
AT+CNAOP?
List network operator info:
AT+COPS?
Network registration status:
AT+CREG?
Network EPS registration status:
AT+CEREG?
Signal strength:
AT+CSQ
Packet domain attach status
AT+CGATT?
List APN details/PDP profiles:
AT+CGDCONT?
AT$QCPDPP?
PDP profiles attach status:
AT+CGACT?
Show PDP IP address:
AT+CGPADDR
AT+CGCONTRDP
RM network interface status:
AT$QCRMCALL?

The support ticket can be created after login at: https://techship.com/technical_support/

Question

How can we establish data connection for cellular modules in Windows 8 and Windows 10 systems?

Solution

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".

Images
Windows 10 connection manager Windows 10 connection settings

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