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Cellular Modem Summary

Cellular Modem Summary

Cellular modems need to be very robust as the inherent disadvantages of the analog cellular phone system become especially evident with high speed data transfers. Cellular coverage could be of a quality not compatible with high speed data transfers and handshaking protocols. Often more than one cellular provider offers coverage in an area and it is worthwhile to investigate several options. A good voice communication does not translate into an acceptable data communication. Your choice of cellular modem and cellular phone should be able to run off 12VDC, even if AC power is available, to facilitate DC (battery) backup.

Suggested Minimum Requirements

  • 12 VDC power

  • V.32, V.32bis communication protocols

  • V.42, MNP error correction/data compression

  • RTS/CTS hardware flow control

  • High speed baud rates (2.4-19.2 kbps)

  • Compatible with CCITT and Bell standards

  • Support industry-standard AT command set

  • Compatible with RS-232 Control Signals

Information on radio modems used by UNAVCO

Proxicast LANCell Gateway

Used throughout the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) network, Western U.S.

ZyXEL U-1496P

Raven II CDPD


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Comments (3)
Comment by Alexander Holsteinson on Mon, Apr 22nd, 2013 at 5:19 PM
Which of these cellular modem support Ntripcaster RTK services in real time?
Comment by Radio Modem on Thu, Jan 24th, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Your post has lots of great information about cellular modems. It provides wireless data communication over a worldwide cellular network with the help of 2G, 3G technologies. Thanks! <a href="http://www.stiengineering.com.au/products/licensed-data-radios.aspx">Radio Modem</a>
Comment by John Galetzka on Sat, May 14th, 2011 at 5:38 PM
The Caltech Tectonics Observatory is having success with the following mobile data setup at several of our stations in Nepal and Taiwan: --Cradlepoint CTR500 mobile router AND --D-Link DIR-451 wireless router --Anly APT-6 digital timer --Huawei EU169 aircard --Dynamic DNS IP address --SIM card from local mobile phone company (Chunghua, Ncell) Cheap, but dependable solution for moderate environmental conditions.
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