CELL215 4G LTE CAT1 Cellular Module for EMEA Countries
Simple to Use, Easy to Maintain
Low-power option for use in EMEA countries
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Overview

By using Campbell Scientific’s external line of cellular modules, system integrators, OEMs, and large end users can avoid costly, time-consuming maintenance visits to remote devices around the world.

The CELL200 series of external cellular modules are 4G LTE cellular devices that provide serial or CS I/O connectivity to a number of cellular networks, including Verizion, AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Rogers, Bell, Telstra, and Telus. The networking and carrier used by the CELL200 series is determined by the model used and the SIM card inserted into the device.

These cellular modules have very low power consumption when compared to other cellular modems: 11 mA at idle, 50 mA when busy, and 2 mA when completely powered off via the data logger’s IPNetPower() instruction.

When coupled with Campbell Scientific data services, these devices are ready for you to use out of the box. There is no need for you to work with cellular carriers for provisioning and experience the accompanying hassle.

The CELL215 is part of the CELL200 series of modems that includes:

  • CELL205 for use with AT&T
  • CELL210 for use with Verizon
  • CELL215 for use in EMEA countries
  • CELL220 for use in Australia

Note: The CELL215 does not ship with a SIM card unless the cellular modem was provisioned with/for Campbell Scientific cellular data services; the SIM card is provided by the carrier when signing up for service. For more information, visit the CELLDATA Campbell Scientific Cellular Data Service Subscription page.

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Benefits and Features

  • Includes everything needed for use with a Campbell Scientific data logger or smart sensor
  • Low power consumption for solar-powered sites
  • Easy integration, setup, and installation
  • No moving parts and low maintenance
  • Compatible with modern Campbell Scientific data loggers
  • Compatible with Edlog-era data loggers in serial server mode
  • 4G LTE networking
  • Ready for out-of-the-box use with Campbell Scientific data services

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Detailed Description

The CELL215 is an industrial 4G LTE cellular module. It requires at least one mini-SIM (3FF) card supplied by your cellular carrier and a suitable 12 or 24 Vdc nominal power source. The CELL215 has an RS-232 serial port and a CS I/O port that can be used for serial server, serial client, and PPP host services. These ports are commonly connected to a data logger RS-232 serial or CS I/O port. The CELL215 has two antenna connectors to be used for primary and diversity antennas, although the unit can operate with only the primary cellular antenna connected.

Internet Connectivity

The CELL215 provides Internet connectivity to any Campbell Scientific data logger located within range of a compatible cellular network. Armed with Internet connectivity, a data logger can remotely connect to Campbell Scientific software on a PC, mobile device, and the cloud. The CELL215 can also enable many data loggers to communicate using other Internet protocols, such as Modbus, DNP3, email, and web (HTTP).

Device Intelligence

The CELL215 provides highly reliable connectivity and remote device management independent of the device it is connected to. The numerous embedded services include IP serial server and client.

Establishing Cellular Service

Campbell Scientific offers low-cost cellular data service plans for the CELL215. Our data service plans include Verizon in the United States and AT&T in North America (US, Mexico, Canada), as well as international access to over 600 carriers in 185 countries. The Konect routing service is included to assure a secure connection with Campbell Scientific data logger support software.

Configuring the CELL215

The CELL215 is configured using a web-based configuration tool hosted by the cellular module. It can be accessed using Internet Explorer or Firefox remotely over the cellular WAN (when in serial server mode) or via USB.

The CELL215 can also be configured directly from the data logger when used in PPP mode (default mode) using the Device Configuration Utility or CRBasic instructions.

Data Logger Connection

Data loggers can be connected in a variety of ways to suit the needs of the application. Common methods include the use of serial or CS I/O cables.

Powering the CELL215

Compared to many other industrial cellular modules, the CELL215 has extremely low power consumption. The average current consumption at 12 Vdc is approximately 11 mA when idle, depending on its configuration. Additionally, the CELL215 can be turned on and off easily using a data logger SW12V port or the IPNetPower() instruction (PPP mode only). When using the SW12V terminal, the modem can typically be powered with a BP12 battery, a CH150 charging regulator, and an SP10 solar panel.

Antennas

Campbell Scientific offers three antennas for the CELL215. Our 4G/3G/2G 0 dBd cellular dipole whip antenna (pn 32256) connects directly to the CELL215 (no cable required) and can transmit short distances. Our higher gain omnidirectional (pn 18285) and Yagi (pn 31128) antennas require a cable to connect them to the CELL215. The COAXSMA-L cable connects the antennas directly to the CELL215 cellular antenna connector. The COAXNTN-L cable and a surge protector (pn 31317) are used when the CELL215 is susceptible to lightning or electrostatic buildup or for long cable runs.

Sample Programs

  • View this sample program for how to use some of the terminal commands with CELL2XX modules.
  • To use the SetSettings functionality with the CR300, CR310, CR6, and CR1000X dataloggers, view this sample program.

Specifications

Host Interface
  • CS I/O communications port, DB9 male
  • RS-232 serial port, DB9 female
  • USB version 2.0 with micro-B connector
RF Connectors 2 SMA antenna connectors (primary and diversity)
Operating Temperature Range -40° to +80°C
SIM Interface 3FF

Cellular WAN

Network Technology 4G (with automatic fallback to 3G)
Carrier Approval Vodafone
LTE 2100(B1), 1800(B3), 850(B5), 2600(B7), 900(B8), 800(B20)
WCDMA 2100(B1), 850(B5), 900(B8)
GSM 1800(B3), 900(B8)

Data Speeds

LTE
  • Max 10 Mbps (download)
  • Max 5 Mbps (upload)
WCDMA
  • Max 384 Kbps (download)
  • Max 384 Kbps (upload)
GSM EDGE
  • Max 296 Kbps (download)
  • Max 236.8 Kbps (upload)
GSM GPRS
  • Max 107 Kbps (download)
  • Max 85.6 Kbps (upload)

Compatibility

Note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible or incompatible products.

Communication Devices

Product Compatible Note
CELLDATA

Additional Compatibility Information

Data Logger Model Connecting to CELL215 via CS I/O Port Connecting to CELL215 via RS-232 Port (choose one)
CR300
and
CR310

N/A

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (PPP or serial server)
CR6

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(PPP and serial server)

  • 31055 CPI/RS-232 cable
  • 17855 C- or U-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR1000X 16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(PPP and serial server)
  • 31055 CPI/RS-232 cable
  • 17855 C- to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR200(X) Series

N/A

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only)
CR800
and
CR850

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(PPP and serial server)

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (PPP or serial server)
  • 17855 C- to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR1000
and
CR3000

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(PPP and serial server)

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (PPP or serial server)
  • 17855 C- to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR5000

N/A

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only)
CR510
and
CR10X

N/A

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only) and SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR510-PB and
CR10X-PB

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(serial server only; SDC7 and SDC8 only)

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only) and SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR23X

N/A

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only) and SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR23X-PB

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(serial server only; SDC7 and SDC8 only)

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only) and SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter

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