COR Series Vehicle Installation Guide
Products Supported: IBR9x0, IBR11x0. Click here to identify your router.
NCOS Version: 6.3.2 - for information on upgrading NCOS Versions, click here.
This article will provide guidance for the installation of Cradlepoint COR routers in vehicles. We'll recommend some commercially available products to help minimize the effects of the harsh automotive power environment.
The Cradlepoint COR IBR 900 Series and IBR1100 Series are compact, ruggedized 3G/4G/LTE networking solutions designed for mission-critical connectivity in the most challenging environments.
Ideal for in-vehicle networks including police cars, ambulances, and mass transit, this cloud-managed solution provides organizations the ability to scale deployments quickly and manage their vehicle networks easily in real-time.
With an extensive list of safety and hardening certifications, the COR IBR900 and IBR1100 Series are engineered to protect against extreme temperatures, humidity, shocks, vibrations, dust, water splash, reverse polarity, and transient voltage.
You can also add dual-modem capability to your IBR900/950 or IBR1100/1150 with the optional Dual-Modem Dock. For more information, visit cradlepoint.com.
Power & GPIO
The Cradlepoint COR IBR900/950 and IBR1100/1150 include a two meter, 22 AWG direct wire power and GPIO cable (includes ESD-protected general input and output pins):
This diagram shows the connector pinout. This is the view into the router (or the rear view of the cable connector):
The wire colors shown are for the power/GPIO cable that is included with the COR IBR900/950 and IBR1100/1150 or available as an accessory. Other wiring setups may have different colors.
If you need a power/GPIO cable that is longer than two meters, we recommend the following wire gauges (AWG):
- 22 gauge wire for up to 4 meters (~13 ft)
- 20 gauge wire for up to 6 meters (~20 ft)
- 18 gauge wire for up to 12 meters (~40 ft)
For additional power source options, see the adapters and cables accessories page.
The red wire (power) should connect to the positive (red) terminal of the battery, and the black wire (ground) should connect to the chassis. To enable ignition sensing functionality, connect the orange wire (input) to the ignition, or accessory, switch. The power and ignition wires can be attached directly or through the fuse panel.
The red power wire requires an inline fuse at 2.0 or 2.5 A. Either use an extra slot in the fuse panel for this fuse, or splice an inline fuse directly into the wiring. Here is an example of how to attach an inline fuse: http://youtu.be/RDOZT-dTITo.
Wire connections vary depending on the installation. Make sure your connectors are rated for the gauge of your wires (e.g., the included power/GPIO cable is 22 AWG). See the sample crimp connectors at right, and see this video example for how to attach a quick splice connector: http://youtu.be/zxt3LVpvjcw.
Ignition sensing allows you to set the router to power on when the ignition key is turned to ACC/ON, and then power off after the ignition key is turned off with a designated time delay. For example, set your router to remain on for an hour after the vehicle is turned off and then shut off. When the vehicle is turned on again, the router will also turn back on.
Edit these settings on the GPIO Connector administration page. Go to the configuration pages for your device or group in NetCloud Manager or log into the local device administration pages and go to SYSTEM > GPIO Configuration. Refer to your product’s User Manual for GPIO configuration instructions.
Antennas are NOT included in the product package because of the diverse needs of customers. The COR IBR900/950 and IBR1100/1150 have two connectors for 3G/4G modem antennas (SMA) and one connector for GPS (SMA):
Addtionally, the COR IBR900 and IBR1100 have two connectors for dual-band dual-concurrent 2.4/5 GHz WiFi (RSMA).
See the Cradlepoint antenna accessories page for recommended options for antennas. Also see the Antenna Ordering and Installation Guide, available as a PDF in the Resources section of antenna and router product pages.
Vehicle Antenna Options
Part # 170654-000
The COR IBR900/950 and IBR1100/1150 include four integrated mounting holes for secure mounting. We recommend the following mounting screws:
- For sheet metal installation, use #8 self-drilling screws.
- For tapped holes, use M4 machine screws.
To mount the COR IBR900/950 or IBR1100/1150 with the optional Dual-Modem Dock, refer to the Dual-Modem Dock Quick Start Guide.
Published Date: 4/14/2017
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