Refer to this article for concise information on the cellular carriers supported by current cellular Opengear devices.
Carrier specific models
Generally speaking, due to network idiosyncrasies and strict certification requirements, carrier-specific models are required to connect to cellular carriers in the USA. Other models are designated "Rest Of World" and will operate on any cellular network worldwide with compatible cellular bands.
For details on which bands your Opengear device's cellular module support, refer to the Technical Specifications section of the Opengear website Products page.
You can ascertain an Opengear device's cellular support by looking at its model name.
-Lx models (4G LTE)
Models designated with -L (e.g. ACM7008-2-LV) offer 4G LTE support. -LR are the "Rest Of World" variant. -LV models support Verizon USA 4G LTE. -LA models support AT&T USA 4G LTE.
-LMx models (multicarrier 4G LTE)
Models designated with -LM (e.g. IM7248-2-DAC-LMA) offer multi-carrier 4G LTE support and dual SIM slots. This allows you to pre-provision cellular connections to two carriers before shipping the Opengear device to site, where e.g. each carrier can be tested and the most suitable carrier chosen.
-LMA models support AT&T USA 4G LTE and Verizon USA 4G LTE, and are pre-programmed to support AT&T USA 4G LTE. -LMV models support Verizon USA 4G LTE and AT&T USA 4G LTE, and are pre-programmed to support Verizon USA 4G LTE.
-LMR models are the "Rest Of World" variant. Note that unlike -LMA/-LMV models, cellular module firmware does not need to be reprogrammed (e.g. via Carrier Switching in the Opengear web UI) when switching carriers.
-Gx models (3G, legacy)
Legacy models designated with -G (e.g. IM4216-2-DAC-GV) offer 3G support. -G (no extra suffix) models are the "Rest Of World" variant, and also support AT&T USA 3G. -GV models support Verizon USA 3G (CDMA). -GS model support Sprint USA 3G (CDMA).
What do I need to deploy cellular?
Your Opengear device has all the hardware needed to connect to a carrier network, minus the SIM card. You will need to organise a cellular data plan with your chosen carrier and obtain a SIM card.
Opengear do not offer a cellular airtime service or SIM cards.
If you are deploying in the USA, refer to this article for an overview of the process involved.
Do I need a special SIM or plan?
No, you do not need a special carrier or plan (e.g. from a specialized IoT/M2M Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO)). Major points to be mindful of when selecting a carrier and plan are:
- Model compatibility, as covered by this article
- Network coverage at the deployment location
- Data quota and charges
- Whether the APN will assign a public or private IP address
- SMS services and fees, if you want to use SMS alerts or commands