To connect on the Verizon, Sprint or AT&T cellular networks, the cellular modem in the Opengear device must first be activated.
This can easily be setup by your account manager, if you already have a corporate account with one of these carriers. Alternately, you can contact the carrier directly.
1. Obtain your IMEI (or ESN)
For 3G CDMA models (-GV, -GS), obtain the ESN. For all other models, obtain the IMEI.
The IMEI or ESN is printed on the label of the Opengear device.
Alternatively, it is displayed in the Opengear web UI under Status -> Statistics -> Cellular.
It can also be displayed from the CLI by running:
cellctl -l -i
2. Activate the modem & create an account with your carrier
This step is the same as activating any cellular device. Contact your carrier and provide them with the IMEI or ESN, you may do this over the phone or via the web (e.g. Verizon M2M portal). At this time you will be asked to select a data plan. Activation is typically completed quickly, while you wait.
3. Provision the modem (Verizon 3G CDMA/-GV only)
If you are using 4G LTE, or a carrier other than Verizon, you may skip this step.
Verizon 3G requires an additional step referred to as provisioning. Opengear devices support Over-the-Air Service Provisioning (OTASP) where modem specific parameters can be retrieved via a voice call to a special phone number:
- Login to the Opengear web UI as root or an admin user
- Click System -> Dial -> Internal Cellular Modem -> CDMA Modem Activation
- Enter the Verizon activation number: *22899
- Click Activate Modem
4. Configure the cellular connection
Now you may proceed to configure the cellular connection.