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SIMCom SIM7600SA LTE CAT-1 mPCIe

Article Number: 10813
Supplier number: S2-107KV-Z1W4D

The SIMCom SIM7600SA is Multi-Band LTE-TDD/LTE-FDD module solution in a mPCIe form factor. SIM7600SA is a LTE CAT-1 module with support of up to 10Mbps downlink data transfer intended for the Australian, New Zealand and South American markets.

With abundant application capability like TCP/UDP/FTP/FTPS/HTTP/HTTPS/DNS, the module provides much flexibility and ease of integration for customer's application

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UMTS Bands
B1 (2100)
B2 (1900)
B8 (900)
B5 (850)
MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output)
Yes
LTE Bands
B1 (2100)
B2 (1900)
B3 (1800)
B4 (AWS)
B7 (2600)
B8 (900)
B5 (850)
B40 (TDD 2300)
B28 (700 APAC)
GSM/EDGE Bands
B5 (850)
B8 (900)
B3 (1800)
B2 (1900)
Manufacturer
SIMCom
LTE Region
Europe
Australia
South America
FOTA Firmware Updates
No
Form Factor
mPCIe - full size
mPCIe
Technology
LTE - cat 1
Antenna Interface
IPEX MHF/U.FL
GPS
Yes
GNSS technology
GPS
GLONASS
Max DL Speed
10 Mbps
Max UL Speed
5 Mbps
Chipset
Qualcomm
Operating Temperature Range
-40 °C – 85 °C
Driver Support
Windows 7
Linux
Android
Windows 8
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Interface
USB 2.0
Voice Call Support
Yes
GNSS antenna support
Passive
Active
SIM interface
Through miniPCIe connector
Extended Operating Temperature Range
-40 °C – 85 °C
Audio interface
Digital PCM signal input/output in socket
Digital PCM signal over USB interface
Certification
RoHS
REACH
ACMA
CE RED
Technical details:
For details on the firmware version related to the manufacturers product number and SKU/BOM codes, please check supplier number found on top of this product page to the comparison chart found in the following FAQ:
SKU/BOM code vs. firmware version comparison chart

Do you need a specific firmware version or SKU/BOM for this product?
Please contact the Techship sales team for additional details on availability and firmware flashing possibilities.

Datasheet for SIMCom SIM7600 CAT-1 Series on mPCIe card

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Last updated
2018-12-03 11:57:40
Version
201801
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This document describes the electronic specifications, RF specifications, interfaces, mechanical characteristics and testing results of the SIMCom SIM7600E and SIM7600E-H module. With the help of this document and other software application notes/user guides, users can understand and use module to design and develop applications quickly.

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This archive contains the SIMCOM:
SIM7X00 Series_GPIO_Application Note_V1.00.pdf
SIM7X00 Series_GPS_Application Note_V1.00.pdf
SIM7X00 Series_SAT_Application Note_V1.00.pdf
SIM7X00 Series_Sleep Mode_Application Note_V1.00.pdf
SIM7X00 Series_SMS_Application Note_V1.00.pdf
SIM7X00 Series_TCPIP_Application Note_V1.00.pdf
SIM7X00 Series_UART_Application Note_V1.00.pdf
SIM7X00_Audio_Application_Note_V1.00.pdf
SIM7100_SIM7500_SIM7600 Series_LBS_Application Note_V1.00.pdf
SIM7100_SIM7500_SIM7600 Series_UIM HOT SWAP_Application Note_V1.01.pdf
SIM7100_SIM7500_SIM7600 Series_USB AUDIO_Application Note_V1.03.pdf
SIM7100_SIM7500_SIM7600_Sleep Mode_Application Note_V1.01.pdf
SIM7100_SIM7600M22 Series_TTS_Application Note_V1.02.pdf
SIM7500_SIM7600 Series_Delta_Package_Update_Application Note_V1.02.pdf
SIM7500_SIM7600_SIM7800 Series_FTPS_AT Command Manual_V1.00.pdf
SIM7500_SIM7600_SIM7800 Series_HTTP_AT Command Manual_V1.00.pdf
SIM7500_SIM7600_SIM7800 Series_MQTT_AT Command Manual_V1.00.pdf
SIM7500_SIM7600_SIM7800 Series_SSL_AT Command Manual_V1.00.pdf
SIM7500_SIM7600_SIM7800 Series_TCPIP_AT Command Manual_V1.00.pdf
SIM7600 Hardware Design Notice V1.02.pdf
SIM7600 Series_HSIC_LAN_Application_Note_V1.00.pdf
SIM7600_USB-OTG_Application_Note_V1.00.pdf
SIM7600M22_MIFI_Application Note_V1.00.pdf
SIM7600M22_MIFI_RTL_Application Note_V1.00.pdf

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SIM7600SA Telstra Certificate 2018

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2019-01-10 10:32:29
Version
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Question

We cannot acquire an DHCP address over qmi_wwan driver when using Raspbian Linux OS?

Solution

Raspbian uses dhcpd to probe all available network interfaces found in the system, which is problematic for the qmi_wwan driver interface, if it is done before being configured properly when using cellular modules supporting only Raw-IP.

This can be avoided by setting dhcpd to deny the related cellular module network interface (most often named wwan0 by the system).
Add to the /etc/dhcpcd.conf file in Raspbian the following line (in the end):
denyinterfaces wwan0

Now, restart the system (preferably re-power it) so cellular module fully restarts also.

At next startup, the settings should be applied and you can now configure and use the qmi interface as described in some of the others faq's, found on the Techship webpage.

Question

How-to use automated connection establishment with SIM7600E-h when using RNDIS USB mode

Solution

Both Windows and Linux systems can support RNDIS host drivers for the SIM7600 series modules, this example is done in Linux. There is a open source Linux in-kernel driver supporting rndis host USB endpoints called rndis_host.

By default the Simcom modules are delivered with QMI/RMNET interface enabled, so you will have to change the default USB mode with AT command on the Modem/AT serial ports available over USB.
lsusb
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 1e0e:9001 Qualcomm / Option

Switch from 9001 to mode 9011 for RNDIS:
AT+CUSBPIDSWITCH=9011,1,1
The module should restart automatically and re-enumerate with the new USB IDs
Check with lsusb that you have the Simcom SIM7600 module loaded, VID PID value: 1e0e 9011
lsusb
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 1e0e:9011 Qualcomm / Option

Verify with lsusb -t that the Linux in-kernel driver rndis_host or cdc-ecm drivers are loaded correctly for interface 0 and 1.
It can look e.g. like this:
lsusb -t

/: Bus 01.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=xhci_hcd/8p, 480M
|__ Port 4: Dev 6, If 3, Class=Vendor Specific Class, Driver=option, 480M
|__ Port 4: Dev 6, If 1, Class=CDC Data, Driver=rndis_host, 480M
|__ Port 4: Dev 6, If 6, Class=Vendor Specific Class, Driver=option, 480M
|__ Port 4: Dev 6, If 4, Class=Vendor Specific Class, Driver=option, 480M
|__ Port 4: Dev 6, If 2, Class=Vendor Specific Class, Driver=option, 480M
|__ Port 4: Dev 6, If 0, Class=Communications, Driver=rndis_host, 480M
|__ Port 4: Dev 6, If 5, Class=Vendor Specific Class, Driver=option, 480M

If your system don't load the option serial interfaces correctly, then they can be forcefully loaded as bellow:
modprobe option
echo 1e0e 9011 > /sys/bus/usb-serial/drivers/option1/new_id
See the following Linux kernel commit for details on how to modify the option.c driver in order to auto load the driver:
USB: serial: option: add support for Simcom SIM7500/SIM7600 RNDIS mode

For the modules network connection and interface to automatically activate you should have the SIM PIN deactivated or script it so host system provides it to module at every startup.
AT+CPIN=xxxx

A APN name provided by the network carrier which is used to establish a packet data connection to the cellular network is required. If you define a empty string as its default value, will make the module try to subscribe for correct APN name from network, however this works in many cases but not always. If so it has to be configured with commands as bellow:

Check configured APN profiles:
AT+CGDCONT?
You should have minimum the following defined to have module try request details from cellular network:
AT+CGDCONT: 1,"IPV4V6",""
AT+CGDCONT=6,"IPV4V6",""
+CGDCONT Profile 1 is used for cellular network registration and profile 6 for the RNDIS network interface data connection.

Define both APN profiles according to the details you have obtained with your cellular subscription. Most often the APN details are same for both registration and data connection, define them to profile 1 and 6.
AT+CGDCONT=1,"IPV4V6","MY-SUBSCRIPTION-APN"
AT+CGDCONT=6,"IPV4V6","MY-SUBSCRIPTION-APN"

Some APN names require additional authentication also, please refer to the AT command: AT+CGAUTH in the AT commands guide on how to define it correctly. Current auth configurations can be checked with command:
AT+CGAUTH?
Most often no auth details are needed for the profiles and they should be empty, profile 1 can be cleared with command:
AT+CGAUTH=1,0
AT+CGAUTH=6,0

If you have modified the APN information, username and passwords it is needed to re-attach to the packet switched network or re-register in the cellular network to activate the new settings. It can be done e.g. with AT+CFUN=0 command followed by AT+CFUN=1 to switch module operation mode (SIM card will be re-initialized also so PIN code have to be given again if PIN check activated).

The module will now establish the data connection according to the new settings.

If everything is working correctly and connection established you can now run a dhcp client on the network interface.
dhclient -v usb0
Listening on LPF/usb0/4a:de:a7:7e:46:07
Sending on LPF/usb0/4a:de:a7:7e:46:07
Sending on Socket/fallback
DHCPREQUEST of 192.168.225.46 on usb0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 (xid=0xaabce35)
DHCPACK of 192.168.225.46 from 192.168.225.1
RTNETLINK answers: File exists
bound to 192.168.225.46 -- renewal in 21475 seconds.

ping -I usb0 8.8.8.8
PING 8.8.8.8 (8.8.8.8) from 192.168.225.46 usb0: 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=1 ttl=52 time=167 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=2 ttl=52 time=37.6 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=3 ttl=52 time=44.4 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=4 ttl=52 time=33.6 ms

--- 8.8.8.8 ping statistics ---
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 8ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 33.600/70.635/166.972/55.753 ms

Tested on firmware release LE11B12SIM7600M22

Question

Useful Linux kernel configs to have enableb when integrating cellular modules in the Linux kernel

Solution

Most cellular modules can be supported in Linux by using som of the in-kernel drivers. The physical data interface to the host Linux system is usually done over USB which enumerates a set of different endpoints/interfaces. A set of serial interfaces for Modem/PPP, AT commands, NMEA location data and chipset debug information are almost always available in all configurations.

In addition some type of network endpoint/interface are also available and exposed. This can vary between manufacturers and chipset vendors and can also commonly be configurable by using USB configuration mode switching or through vendor specific AT commands.

Recommended kernel configurations to enable either as part of kernel or modules are listed bellow. Many cellular modules base their Linux support on these, either supported out-of-the-box or by applying source code modifications to them.

Configs for USB serial drivers:
CONFIG_USB_SERIAL
CONFIG_USB_SERIAL_GENERIC
CONFIG_USB_SERIAL_WWAN
CONFIG_USB_SERIAL_OPTION
CONFIG_USB_SERIAL_QUALCOMM
CONFIG_USB_ACM

Configs for Modem/PPP support:
CONFIG_PPP
CONFIG_PPP_BSDCOMP
CONFIG_PPP_DEFLATE
CONFIG_PPP_FILTER
CONFIG_PPP_MPPE
CONFIG_PPP_MULTILINK
CONFIG_PPPOE
CONFIG_PPP_ASYNC
CONFIG_PPP_SYNC_TTY

Configs for USB network drivers:
CONFIG_USB_USBNET
CONFIG_USB_NET_QMI_WWAN
CONFIG_USB_NET_CDCETHER
CONFIG_USB_NET_RNDIS_HOST
CONFIG_USB_NET_CDC_NCM
CONFIG_USB_NET_HUAWEI_CDC_NCM
CONFIG_USB_NET_CDC_MBIM

Please relate to our product specific web pages for vendor details on Linux integration.

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 integrate the Simcom SIM7500/SIM7600 Series Linux NDIS driver in Linux kernel without rebuilding it?

Solution

The Simcom SIM7500/SIM7600 series Linux NDIS network driver can be built and installed without rebuilding the complete Linux kernel your OS distribution uses. Please see steps and pre-requirements bellow and download the attached "Simcom SIM7500 and SIM7600 Series Linux Network NDIS driver installation files and guide (without kernel rebuild)" archive to get started.

Should you instead want to include the NDIS driver into your customized Linux kernel build, please relate to "SIMCom SIM7500 - SIM7600 series modules Linux NDIS driver and system integration guide V2.01" attached to the FAQ.

All commands are supposed to be executed with elevated system privileges/as root user.

Ensure that your original kernel was built with the following config options enabled, this will allow the option and usbnet driver pre-requirments to be included in kernel. (usually already included in larger distributions)
CONFIG_USB_SERIAL=y
CONFIG_USB_SERIAL_WWAN=y
CONFIG_USB_SERIAL_OPTION=y
CONFIG_USBNET=y

Build-tools and Linux header files for your kernel version are also required, these can be installed e.g. through your OS distributions package manager, on Debian/Ubuntu systems:
apt-get install build-essential make gcc
apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`

The in-kernel qmi_wwan driver should be blacklisted and prevented from loading as it will block the Simcom wwan driver, this is how it can be done e.g. in Ubuntu systems:
grep -q -F 'blacklist qmi_wwan' /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-modem.conf || echo 'blacklist qmi_wwan' >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-modem.conf

Build and install the driver:
Unzip the archive and copy the folder sim7600 to your selected working directory.
Navigate to it, e.g.:
cd /usr/src/sim7600/

Build and install the drivers:
make install

Some warnings might appear, but verify that no errors are reported.

Restarting the host system should now result in the correct network drivers being loaded for the cellular module once the USB device is detected in the system.

It can be verified by finding lsusb -t listing "Driver=simcom_wwan" for a USB endpoint:
lsusb
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 1e0e:9001 Qualcomm / Option

lsusb -t
/: Bus 01.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=xhci_hcd/8p, 480M
|__ Port 4: Dev 5, If 0, Class=Vendor Specific Class, Driver=option, 480M
|__ Port 4: Dev 5, If 1, Class=Vendor Specific Class, Driver=option, 480M
|__ Port 4: Dev 5, If 2, Class=Vendor Specific Class, Driver=option, 480M
|__ Port 4: Dev 5, If 3, Class=Vendor Specific Class, Driver=option, 480M
|__ Port 4: Dev 5, If 4, Class=Vendor Specific Class, Driver=option, 480M
|__ Port 4: Dev 5, If 5, Class=Vendor Specific Class, Driver=simcom_wwan, 480M

dmesg | grep 'simcom_wwan'
simcom_wwan 1-4:1.5 wwan0: register 'simcom_wwan' at usb-0000:00:15.0-4, SIMCOM wwan/QMI device, 8a:d8:ff:c2:87:11

Additional make options and information:
If you've built the driver previously already, first clean out any old builds with:
make clean

If you only want to build the driver but not install it into /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/usb/, use make without install parameter:
make

Testing of the cellular connection can easily be done by first performing the necessary initiation AT commands to the cellular module over Modem/AT commands serial interface normally located on /dev/ttyUSB2. Use e.g. minicom tool to communicate with it.
Can be installed e.g. through the distributions package manager:
apt-get install minicom

Access the serial interface:
minicom -D /dev/ttyUSB2

Please relate to AT commands guide for full details on what commands are supported.
Issue AT and check that you get OK as reply.
AT

Enable echo on characters sent to module:
ATE1

Request general info about module:
ATI

Enter the SIM pin code (if necessary for SIM card)
AT+CPIN=****

Enter your operators APN details:
AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","my.operator.apn"

Enter APN authentication details (if necessary) further details found in the AT commands guide.
AT+CGAUTH=CID,auth_type,”password”,”username”

Check network registration:
AT+CREG?

Activate and connect the cellular data connection to the network interface installed in Linux system:
AT$QCRMCALL=1,1

When you get the reply $QCRMCALL: 1, V4 from cellular module it means that the data connection to your network operator is fully established and you can now exit the minicom tool (CTRL+A followed by Z key and Q key and select yes to exit).

Once here you can now perform a DHCP request on the cellular network interface in the Linux system by using your favorite DHCP client in Linux e.g. dhclient or udhc e.g.:
dhclient -v wwan0
udhcpc --interface=wwan0

The cellular network interfaces are normally named starting from wwan0 but might get renamed by some Linux distributions automatically. All available network interfaces can be listed with command:
ip link show

The network interface can be tested e.g. by sending ping requests to a remote server over the selected network interface:
ping -I wwan0 8.8.8.8
PING 8.8.8.8 (8.8.8.8) from 10.163.183.209 wwan0: 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=1 ttl=120 time=191 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=2 ttl=120 time=46.1 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=3 ttl=120 time=52.8 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=4 ttl=120 time=43.3 ms
^C
--- 8.8.8.8 ping statistics ---
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3004ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 43.350/83.407/191.281/62.376 ms

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