RAVENXTV Cellular Digital Modem for Verizon
3G Cellular for Verizon Networks
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Overview

The RavenXTV is a 3G cellular gateway for Verizon Wireless. The RavenXTV has an RS-232 serial interface for configuration and deployment with Campbell Scientific dataloggers and peripherals.

Internet Connectivity

The RavenXTV provides Internet connectivity to any of our dataloggers located within range of a compatible cellular network. With Internet connectivity, a datalogger can transmit data to, and be remotely administered by, Campbell Scientific software. The RavenXTV can also enable many dataloggers to communicate using other Internet protocols, such as email and web (HTTP).

Device Intelligence

The RavenXTV is powered by Sierra Wireless’s ALEOS embedded operating system. This allows the RavenXTV to provide highly reliable connectivity and remote device management independent of the device it is connected to. The embedded applications include IP serial server and client, local PPP host, dynamic DNS client, performance monitoring, IPsec VPN, and GRE tunneling.

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Benefits and Features

  • Internet connectivity using high-speed 3G cellular networking
  • Low power consumption without sacrificing device intelligence
  • Compatible with all Campbell Scientific dataloggers
  • Rugged design with wide operating temperature and Class I Div 2 compliance

Please be advised that Campbell Scientific is nearing discontinuation of the RAVENXTV 3G Cellular Gateway for Verizon networks. This is due to Sierra Wireless discontinuing the production of this modem. Verizon has also announced that they will discontinue service of their 3G Network on 31 December 2019. The RV50, a 4G LTE cellular gateway, is recommended. Refer to the RAVENXTV Discontinuation Notice for details.

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Detailed Description

Before purchasing the RavenXTV, verify that EV-DO / CDMA coverage is available at your site(s) by contacting Verizon. Refer to the Compatibility information on the web page regarding establishing cellular service.

Specifications

Technology 3G EV-DO Rev. A (with fallback to CDMA 1x Rev. 0, CDMA 1xRTT, CDMA IS-95)
Dual Band 800 MHz Cellular, 1900 MHz PCS
Transmit Frequency 1850 to 1910 MHz and 824 to 849 MHz
Transmit Power
  • 1 W for 1900 MHz
  • 0.8 W for 850 MHz
Receiver Frequency 1930 to 1990 MHz and 869 to 894 MHz
CDMA Throughput Up to 80 kbps
RS-232 Data Rates 1200 bps to 115.2 kbps
Serial Interface RS-232, DB9-F
Serial Protocols AT Commands, PPP, SLIP, UDP/IP, TCP/IP
RF Antenna Connector 50 Ω SMA
Input Current Range 40 to 250 mA
Input Voltage Range 6 to 28 Vdc
Status LEDs Power, Network, Signal, Activity
Operating Temperature Range -30° to +65°C
Operating Humidity 5% to 95% RH (non-condensing)
Typical Current Drain
  • 50 mA (at 12 Vdc when dormant, which is idle for 10 to 20 s)
  • 120 mA (transmit/receive)
Dimensions 10 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm (4 x 3 x 1 in.)
Weight < 0.5 kg (< 1 lb)

Compatibility

Establishing Cellular Service

Call Verizon at 1-888-384-1775 and ask to speak to an M2M (machine-to-machine) account sales expert for the purpose of setting up either a static or dynamic IP account. A static IP account eliminates the need for a third-party Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS), such as IP manager. The DDNS translates the domain name to a dynamic IP address so that the modem can be contacted as if it had a static IP address.

When setting up the account, you will need the ESN number, which is listed on the modem’s label. You will also need to request the unrestricted IP. Verizon’s Broadband Plan is also recommended.

Configuring the Modem

The RavenXTV is configured using Campbell Scientific’s Device Configuration Utility. Device Configuration Utility simplifies configuration of the modem parameters.

Alternatively, a RavenXTV that has been successfully connected to the Internet can be configured using a web browser. Using your web browser, navigate to http://your.devices.address:9191.

Datalogger Considerations

The modem connects to the datalogger's RS-232 port via a 9-pin male-to-male null modem cable; Campbell Scientific offers the 18663 null modem cable (see Ordering). Alternatively, the modem can be connected to the datalogger's CS I/O port, but an SC105 or SC932A interface is required.

Compatible Contemporary Dataloggers

CR200(X) Series CR800/CR850 CR1000 CR3000 CR9000X CR6 Series CR300 Series
*

Compatible Retired Dataloggers

CR500 CR510 CR10 CR10X 21X CR23X CR5000 CR9000 CR7X
*

Notes:
*Although the CR9000 and CR9000X are compatible, the RavenXTV does not support their fastest communication rates, and therefore may not be practical for many CR9000(X) applications.
♣Use a 18663 null modem cable.
†An SC105 or SC932A is required to connect the RavenXTV to the CS I/O port of the datalogger.

Power Considerations

A power cable included with the modem connects to the datalogger’s 12 V or switched 12 V terminal. Connection to the switched 12 V terminal allows the datalogger to switch power to the modem during scheduled transmission intervals, thereby conserving power. Alternatively, the modem can be powered directly from a battery or one of our charging regulators. For help with analyzing your system’s power requirements, refer to our "Power Supply Overview" or "Power Supplies" application note.

Enclosure Considerations

A desiccated, non-condensing environment is required. The 14394 Mounting Kit includes hardware for securing the RavenXTV to an enclosure backplate (see Ordering Info).

Compatible Enclosures

ENC10/12 ENC10/12R ENC12/14 ENC14/16 ENC16/18

Downloads

Device Configuration Utility v.2.16 (46.3 MB) 08-18-2017

A software utility used to download operating systems and set up Campbell Scientific hardware. Also will update PakBus Graph and the Network Planner if they have been installed previously by another Campbell Scientific software package.

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 (Both 32 and 64 bit)

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Raven CDMA PPP Template 115200 (27 KB) 02-11-2013

For use with Verizon and other (CDMA) Raven modems.

This template file is used with the Sierra Wireless ACEManager software to configure the AirLink Raven modem to 115200 baud communicating with the datalogger using PPP (point-to-point protocol).  Using PPP allows access to the dataloggers IP capabilities (Email, HTTP, FTP, etc). The CR800, CR1000, CR3000 and CR6 dataloggers supports PPP.


ACEManager v.3.3.0 (11.4 MB) 01-01-2012

ACEManager is a configuration and diagnostic tool for the Sierra Wireless AirLink Raven modems.


Modem Doctor v.4.0.0.23 (1.37 MB) 04-10-2013

Modem Doctor is a diagnostic tool for the Sierra Wireless AirLink Raven modems. It is used to download diagnostic logs, erase the modem's non-volatile data and can put the modem in a SOS mode.

Note: Supports the Raven XT, Raven X and Raven XE modems only.


Raven CDMA Template 9600 (27 KB) 02-11-2013

For use with Verizon and other (CDMA) Raven modems.

This template file is used with the Sierra Wireless ACEManager software to configure the AirLink Raven modem to 9600 baud.  The CR200(X), CR10(X), CR510, CR500, 21X and CR7 dataloggers communicate at 9600 baud.


Raven CDMA Template 115200 (27 KB) 02-11-2013

For use with Verizon and other (CDMA) Raven modems.

This template file is used with the Sierra Wireless ACEManager software to configure the AirLink Raven modem to 115200 baud.  The CR800, CR1000, CR3000 and CR6 dataloggers communicate at 115200 baud.

Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to RAVENXTV: 15

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  1. Yes. These modems have an input voltage range of 6 to 28 Vdc.

  2. Yes. Both modems connect to a datalogger using an RS-232 9-pin connector for their communication.

  3. No. A half-wave antenna may not work in the transmission area. Several antenna options, however, are available for purchase:

    • 21831 – a half-wave dipole whip antenna
    • 18285 – a dual-band, omnidirectional antenna
    • 20679 – a dual-band, omnidirectional antenna
    • 10530 – a high-gain, directional (Yagi) antenna
  4. No. A dipole antenna, such as the 21831, transmits a short distance, emitting a signal 360° around the antenna plain. To transmit to a distant point, a Yagi antenna, such as the 10530, is a more appropriate option.

  5. To connect the modem to the datalogger’s CS I/O port, either the SC932A or the SC105 must be used.  This communication also depends on the configuration of the ports on the modem and datalogger (PPP versus serial server); the two must match.

  6. A standard null modem cable can be used to connect a RavenXT-series modem to the datalogger RS-232 port. Alternatively, an SC12 cable and an SC105 interface can be used to connect the RavenXT-series modem to the datalogger CS I/O port.

  7. For the datalogger to transfer data via FTP, the modem has to be set up to use a PPP connection between it and the datalogger.

  8. There are three main reasons that a datalogger might lose communication over a cellular modem:

    • Loss of power
    • Physical damage
    • Network service issues

    Contact Campbell Scientific for assistance with troubleshooting.

  9. Yes. Both the RavenXTV (Verizon) and the RavenXTG (AT&T) are available.

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