RV50 Industrial 4G LTE Cellular Gateway
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The RV50 is an industrial 4G LTE cellular gateway that provides serial and Ethernet connectivity to numerous cellular networks. (The RV50 automatically falls back to 3G or 2G when 4G coverage is not available.) The RV50 is capable of LTE, CDMA/EV-DO, and GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA networking and is carrier-approved worldwide for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Rogers, Bell, Telus, and other cellular data carriers. The networking and carrier used by the RV50 are determined by the active SIM card(s) inserted into the device.

Note: The RV50 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.

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Benefits and Features

  • Easily provides Internet connectivity to Campbell Scientific dataloggers and peripherals anywhere there is cellular network coverage
  • Very low power consumption when compared to other industrial cellular gateways
  • Compatible with most Campbell Scientific dataloggers
  • 4G LTE networking with automatic fallback to 3G and 2G
  • Works with many cellular network carriers
  • Ready to use out of the box—no need to work with a cellular carrier for modem provisioning and data plans when coupled with Campbell Scientific Data Services

Security Concerns for the LS300G and RV50

1) From the Sierra Wireless website: "Sierra Wireless has confirmed reports of the 'Mirai' malware infecting AirLink gateways that are using the default ACEmanager password and are reachable from the public internet. The attached technical bulletin provides information about Mirai along with instructions on how to protect your Sierra Wireless gateway and its local area network."

To read their bulletin, go to http://source.sierrawireless.com/resources/airlink/software_reference_docs/technical-bulletin/sierra-wireless-technical-bulletin---mirai/

2) Sierra Wireless has discovered a new malware threat targeting GX, ES, LS and RV series gateways running ALEOS 4.5.2 or earlier. In order to protect your routers and gateways from such threats, we strongly advise following the recommended actions in the following technical bulletin: https://source.sierrawireless.com/resources/airlink/software_reference_docs/technical-bulletin/sierra-wireless-technical-bulletin--malware-threat/

Sierra Wireless takes such threats seriously and is actively working with law enforcement, network operators and affected customers to conclusively determine the source of the malware and assist in remediation of affected devices.

Warning: To use the RV50 on the Verizon network, the user's cellular account needs to be set up with a public, static IP address. There is a one-time set-up fee for the account holder, regardless of the number of devices that are activated. As of February 2016, this fee is $500 USD.

For Our International Customers: Campbell Scientific recommends checking with your network provider to verify the type of IP address and frequency provided. 

The RV50 is available in both North American and international models. The difference between them is the supported carrier frequencies. 


32252 RV50 mounting kit (sold separately) attached to an RV50
RV50 with antenna (sold separately)
RV50 with antenna (sold separately)
RV50 with antenna (sold separately)

Detailed Description

The RV50 is an industrial 4G LTE cellular gateway. It requires at least one mini-SIM (2FF) card supplied by your cellular carrier and a suitable 12 or 24 Vdc nominal power source. The RV50 has an RS-232 serial port that can be used for serial server, serial client, and PPP host services. This port is commonly connected to a datalogger RS-232 serial port. Additionally, it has an Ethernet port, as well as a host of Ethernet and IP services related to routing, port forwarding, VPN, and more. The RV50 has three antenna connectors to be used for primary and diversity antennas and GPS, although the unit can operate with only the primary cellular antenna connected.

Internet Connectivity

The RV50 provides Internet connectivity to any Campbell Scientific dataloggers located within range of a compatible cellular network. Armed with Internet connectivity, a datalogger can remotely connect to Campbell Scientific software on a PC, mobile device, and the cloud. The RV50 can also enable many dataloggers to communicate using other Internet protocols, such as Modbus, DNP3, email, and web (HTTP).

Device Intelligence

The RV50 is powered by the Sierra Wireless ALEOS embedded operating system. This allows the RV50 to provide highly reliable connectivity and remote device management independent of the device it is connected to. The embedded numerous services include IP serial server and client, local PPP host, dynamic DNS client, routing, VPN, and more.

Advanced Power Management

Compared to many other industrial cellular gateways, the RV50 has a very low power consumption. The RV50 averages approximately 65 to 95 mA of current consumption @ 12V when idle, depending on its configuration. Additionally, the RV50 can be turned on and off easily using a datalogger C-, U-, or SW12V-port.


Network Technology 4G (with automatic fallback to 3G and 2G)
RF Connectors 3 SMA jacks (for primary cellular and optional diversity cellular and GPS)
Operating Temperature Range -30° to +70°C
Host Interface
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ45
  • RS-232 Serial DTE DB9 Female
  • USB 2.0 Micro-B
Dimensions 119 x 34 x 94 mm (4.69 x 1.34 x 3.7 in.)
Weight 320 g (11.3 oz)

Cellular WAN - North American Model (-NA)

Carrier Approval Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, Rogers, Bell, Telus
LTE 1900(B2), AWS(B4), 850(B5), 700(B13), 700(B17), 1900(B25)
WCDMA 2100(B1), 1900(B2), AWS(B4), 850(B5), 900(B8)
EV-DO/CDMA 800(BC0), 1900(BC1), 1700(BC10)
Industry Approvals FCC, IC, PTCRB
Radio Type Software-defined (with automatic network operator switching)
Interfaces Dual SIM interfaces

Cellular WAN - International Model (-INT)

LTE 2100(B1), 1800(B3), 2600(B7), 900(B8), 800(B20)
WCDMA 2100(B1), 1900(B2), 850(B5), 900(B8)
Industry Approvals CE, RCM, GCF, R&TTE
Radio Type Software-defined (with automatic network operator switching)
Interfaces Dual SIM Interfaces (2FF)


Operating Voltage 7 to 36 Vdc
Typical Enable/Ignition Sense Low 1 mA (@ 12V)
Typical Idle 65 to 95 mA (@ 12V, depending on configuration)
Typical Active 250 to 300 mA (@ 12V, depending on configuration)


Establishing Cellular Service

Ask your cellular provider for an M2M (machine-to-machine) account sales expert for the purpose of setting up either a publicly available static or dynamic IP account. You will need the sales expert to provide a mini-SIM card provisioned for your account.

Configuring the Modem

The RV50 is configured using ACEManager, a web-based configuration tool hosted by the gateway. ACEManager can be accessed using Internet Explorer or Firefox remotely over the cellular WAN or locally over Ethernet. A number of templates will be provided via download to make most configurations very simple after connecting to ACEManager.

Datalogger Consideration

The RV50 will connect to any Campbell Scientific devices that have an RS-232 serial or Ethernet port. Over the years, Campbell Scientific has created many serial and Ethernet products compatible with the RV50. In the following chart are product pairings that Campbell Scientific currently recommends:

Datalogger Connecting to RV50 RS-232, choose one Connecting to RV50 Ethernet, choose one
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • NL201
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • 28899 Ethernet cable for direct connect to CR310 Ethernet
  • 31055 CPI/RS-232 cable
  • 17855 C- or U-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • 28899 Ethernet cable for direct connect to CR6 Ethernet
CR200(X) Series
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • NL201
CR800 Series
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • 17855 C- or U-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • NL201
CR1000 and CR3000
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • 17855 C- or U-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • NL116
  • NL121
  • NL201
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • NL201
CR510 and CR10X
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR510-PB and CR10X-PB
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • SC932A
  • NL201
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • NL201
  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
  • NL201


RV50 Template Files (51.9 KB) 03-17-2016

For use with the Sierra Wireless RV50 modem.

These template files are used with the Sierra Wireless ACEManager to configure the AirLink RV50 modem to communicate at 115200 or 9600 baud with the datalogger.  The templates will configure the RV50 for both serial server or  PPP (point-to-point protocol) with the mode being determined by the datalogger.  Using PPP allows access to the dataloggers IP capabilities (Email, HTTP, FTP, etc). The CR300, CR800, CR1000, CR3000 and CR6 dataloggers supports PPP.