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NCOS: Enabling GPS on your Series 3 Cradlepoint router

Products Supported: AER31x0, AER2100, MBR1400v2, MBR1200B, IBR17x0, IBR11x0, IBR9x0, IBR6x0, CBA750B, CBA850. Click here to identify your router.

NCOS Version: 6.0.0 - for information on upgrading NCOS Versions, click here.


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Configuration

Enabling General GPS

PWD Model Specific GPS

IBR11x0 Series Specific GPS

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Summary

This article describes the functionality and how to enable the GPS feature on Cradlepoint Series 3 routers. Please note that not all supported cellular modems support GPS.

Please check the release notes for your router's current NCOS version to determine if GPS functionality is supported by your Cradlepoint router for your particular cellular modem. NCOS release notes can be found online on your router model's NCOS Downloads & Release Notes page. Click here to choose from a list of routers and their details.

Assumptions

The most common assumption is that all modems are capable of GPS. In order for a cellular modem to support GPS, GPS must be a function of both the modem and carrier. GPS requires the following four elements:

  • A cellular modem that supports GPS.
  • A cellular carrier that allows the GPS functionality on that modem.
  • Sufficient GPS signal level at the modem deployment location.
  • GPS antenna (depending on the model of modem or Cradlepoint).

Configuration

Configuration Difficulty: Easy

Enabling the GPS on Series 3 model Cradlepoint is the same across the entire platform, however some models include enhanced functionality, specifically the IBR600-PWD, IBR1100 and the IBR1150. The differences will be outline below.

Viewing GPS information: Once configured, a graphical view of your routers location can be viewed in the Status / GPS. If GPS support is enabled and a modem capable of providing GPS coordinates is connected, this page will show a graphical view of your router's location. If your modem is not providing a GPS fix, you may see one of two messages:

  • "Obtaining GPS fix..." if the modem is capable of providing a location fix but hasn't given one.
  • "No supported GPS device found" if the modem cannot provide a location fix.

Enabling General GPS

  • Step 1: Log into the router's NCOS Page. For help with logging in please click here.
  • Step 2: Click on the System then select Administration from the drop-down.
  • Step 3: Click GPS, place a check in the box next to Enable GPS support.
  • Step 4: Click Submit.

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Send to Client GPS Configuration Steps:

This configuration allows you to have clients request GPS information from the Cradlepoint acting as a server via the WAN or LAN.

  • Step 1: To enable the Cradlepoint to act as a GPS server click Add under Send to Client(s).
  • Step 2: Check Enable this Server and give the server a name.
  • Step 3: Next, select which side of the firewall (LAN or WAN) you want to enable the GPS server on. You can specify both WAN and LAN if desired.
  • Step 4: Specify the Port the GPS server will listen on.
  • Step 6: Click Finish.

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Send to Server GPS Configuration Steps:

Please note: even though you can add multiple GPS Clients you can only send GPS sentences to one server at a time or send a multicast to an entire LAN. The IBR17x0, IBR11x0, and IBR9x0 can send GPS sentences to multiple remote servers.

  • Step 1: To send to a remote server, under Send to Server, click Add.
  • Step 2: check Enable this Client.
  • Step 3: Enter the client's Name.
  • Step 4: Enter the client's Server address/hostname or Select a LAN from the dropdown list. Note: If you are selecting LAN then Use UDP must be selected below.
    • Use UDP (optional) Selecting UDP allows you to send broadcast, multicast, or unicast transmission
  • Step 6: Specify the Port the GPS server will listen on
  • Step 7: (optional) If you only want GPS information to be sent during a specific time, check Specify Time Interval and choose the time that you want to allow.

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PWD Model Specific GPS

The GPS functionality on the IBR600-PWD includes all the above functionality, a configurable TAIP Vehical ID# when enabling GPS, as well as the following settings:

Send to Client GPS Configuration

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Send to Server GPS Configuration

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  • Keep GPS Active: Keep the GPS receiver active even if no destination exists for position messages. Will place additional load on the router similar to sending position messages to a remote server, but without consuming the network bandwidth.
  • Number of stored sentences: Set the maximum number of GPS messages that can be stored when the router does not have a connection to a server.
  • Use UDP: Using UDP instead of TCP reduces the load on the router and may save bandwidth. However UDP does not provide any guarantee for delivery. The router will typically assume sentences have been received by the remote UDP server and will not buffer those sentences.
  • Include System ID: Include the routers "System ID" sentence with every data message. This can be useful when a single remote client or server is handling GPS position reports from multiple routers. This creates a custom GPS sentence with the System ID as part of the sentence and the checksum.
  • Prepend System ID: Include the routers "System ID" sentence with every GPS message. This can be useful when a single remote client or server is handling GPS position reports from multiple routers. This simply prepends the "System ID" with a comma ahead of the GPS sentence.
  • Report NMEA GGA sentences: Report GPS fix using NMEA GGA sentence format (if available). For more information on GGA click here.
  • Report NMEA RMC sentences: Report GPS fix using NMEA RMC sentence format (if available). For more information on RMC click here.
  • Report NMEA VTG sentences: Report GPS fix using NMEA VTG sentence format (if available). For more information on VTG click here
  • Reporting Interval: Set the interval in seconds between periodic GPS sentence reports. Use as long an interval as is practical for your application. The shorter the interval the more router resources and bandwidth will be used by the GPS subsystem. Too frequent reports may cause performance and/or availability issues.

IBR11x0 Series Specific GPS

The GPS functionality on the IBR1100 and IBR1150 includes all the above functionality, as well as the following:

  • Vehicle ID #: Assign a 4 character ID if Enable Vehicle ID reporting is selected (default ID is 0000).
  • Enable GPS Lock LED: Use the USB LED to show if the GPS has received a fix. It will blink red if no fix is available or be solid green if a fix is available.
  • New multi-unicast functionality to GPS via Send to Server:

    • Multi-unicast functionality to GPS has been added to allow a single configuration for all clients. The GPS position update (e.g., NMEA, TAIP) can now be sent (unicast) to all attached devices on the device's local network.
      • Step 1: To configure the Cradlepoint to send multi-unicast position updates select Add under Send to Server(s)
      • Step 2: Enable the client, give it a Name, choose the desired LAN to receive multi-unicast updates under Server, choose a Port number, check Use UDP if choosing a LAN as server, choose the number of Sentences Stored, then Specify Time Interval if desired: click Next
      • Note: When a local network is selected, all devices given an IP address (all DHCP clients) on that netowrk will receive the GPS update. Only UDP is supported when utilizing the multi-unicast feature.
      • Note:This send to local network feature allows devices to receive GPS updates without requiring a fixed IP address.
      • Note: Selecting a LAN from the drop-down menu will broadcast GPS traffic to all devices connected to the selected LAN.
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  • Ability to Report GPS via Serial Port:

    • Step 1: To configure the Cradlepoint to send GPS sentences via its Serial Port From the System > Administration > GPS section, click Add under Send to Serial.
    • Step 2: Enable the client, give it a Name, and select Serial from the drop down; click Next.

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    • Step 3: Choose the language and type of sentences to report.

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    • Step 4: Lastly, configure the Reporting intervals and click Finish.

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  • Select the GPS language: Allows you to select either NMEA or TAIP. For more information on TAIP, please click here.

  • Enable Vehicle ID Reporting: Include a 4 character vehicle identifier with every TAIP sentence.
  • Enable TAIP message checksum reporting: Include a 2 digit checksum
  • Prepend a newline character to each TAIP sentence: Enable the appending of carriage return [CR] and line feed [LF] characters to each TAIP message (if available)
  • Report TAIP AL sentences: Report GPS fix using TAIP AL (Altitude/Up Velocity) sentence format (if available)
    • AV Message Format: YZZAAAAA±BBBBB±CCCDE

 

AL Chart
  • Report TAIP CP sentences: Report GPS fix using TAIP CP (Compact Position Solution) sentence format (if available)
    • CP Message Format: YZZAAAAA±BBCCCC±DDDEEEEFG

CP Chart

  • Report TAIP ID sentences: Report GPS fix using TAIP ID (Identification Number) sentence format (if available)
    • ID Message Format: YZZAAAA

ID Chart

  • Report TAIP LN sentences: Report GPS fix using TAIP LN (Long Navigation Message) sentence format (if available)
    • LN Message Format: YZZAAAAABBB±CCDDDDDDD±EEEFFFFFFF±GGGGGGHHIIIJ±KKKLMMMNOO{PPQQ}RRRRRRRRRRST

LN chart

  • Report TAIP PV sentences: Report GPS fix using TAIP PV (Position/Velocity Solution) sentence format (if available)
    • PV Message Format: YZZ AAAAA ±BBCCCCC ±DDDEEEEE FFF GGG H I;id=JJJJ;*KK

PV Chart

  • Stationary Time Interval: The time interval while remaining stationary to pass before triggering reporting of GPS sentence(s).
  • Stationary Distance Threshold: Used in conjunction with stationary time reporting. The distance between two consecutive GPS fixes before resuming GPS reporting.
  • Distance Interval: The distance over ground, between two GPS fixes, which when met will trigger GPS reporting.

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Published Date: 07/14/2017

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