Gateway instructions

Multitech MultiConnect Conduit AP LEU1-868 (4G & Ethernet)

The MTCAP-LEU1-868 is delivered including a KPN micro SIM card that automatically connects to the KPN 4G network. The gateway will only work with this SIM card and removing or replacing the SIM will result in a non-functioning gateway. For the specifications of this gateway, see the Multitech specification document of this gateway type. Please note that a stable 4G coverage is required for this gateway to function when only using a SIM card. The coverage area and range of the gateway depends on the presence or absence of obstructions in the direct surroundings of the gateway. When there is a clear line of sight and the surfaces are not reflective or unusually rough, the expected range of the gateway in an indoor environment would be around 500 meters. The vertical signal lines are limited due to the alignment of the antennas.

Requirements for mounting

The device is shipped with a mounting bracket. To mount the device, you will need:

  • The gateway with mounting bracket

  • Screwdriver

  • Four #6 screws, with anchors (not provided)

  • Drill

Determining the mounting location

  • Select a location that is central to all the devices you want to connect to this gateway. Place the device as high as possible, such as near the top of a wall.

  • Avoid obstructions. Thick walls and reflective surfaces, such as metal, weaken the signal between the gateway and other devices.

  • Note the location of the LoRa antenna in Figure 1. The signal will be strongest radiating from that side of the device. The LoRa antenna is 31.2 mm long.

Figure 1: the location of the LoRa antenna on the gateway
  • The LoRa antenna is an omni-directional antenna, but for best results, mount the device so the LoRa antenna is in a vertical position near the top of a wall. We recommend conducting a site survey to test the signal strength in different locations before you mount the device.

Mounting the gateway

  • Determine where you want to mount the device.

  • Mark where you want the screws to go.

  • Drill holes for the screws and insert anchors.

  • Place the mounting bracket and secure it with screws.

  • Attach the device to the bracket and rotate to lock into place (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Rotate the gateway to lock it into place

Connectors and LED's

Figure 3: Connectors and LEDs on the gateway

Connectors

Item

Description

Power

5 Volt power jack

Ethernet

Used for connecting via internet

Reset

Reset button resets device or restores factory settings.

WPS

WPS not available

SIM

Used for the KPN micro SIM card

LED's

Item

Description

STATUS

Blinks when system is fully loaded

LORA

Lights up when LoRa Software is active

CELL

Lights when power is on in the cellular radio. Blinks when SIM is registered.

WIFI

WIFI not available

Ethernet Link

Left LED on ethernet connector. Blinks when there is transmit and receive activity on the Ethernet link. It shows a steady light when there is a valid Ethernet connection.

Ethernet Speed

Right LED on ethernet connector. Lit when the Ethernet is linked at 100 Mbps. If it is not lit, the Ethernet is linked at 10 Mbps.

Connecting over Ethernet

When using the gateway in combination with an Ethernet cable, make sure that the gateway is directly connected to the internet. When it is connected to an intranet or when it is obstructed by a firewall, the gateway will not function. When issues occur on an Ethernet connection, make sure that the Ethernet cable leads to a direct internet connection before contacting the IoT Service Desk. They will not be able to support a gateway that is not directly connected to the internet.

Please note that when both the Ethernet and SIM card are used by the gateway, the Ethernet connection will always be chosen as the preferred connection, with the 4G connection as backup. Switching to the backup and back to the preferred connection might take a while.

Do not plug in the Ethernet cable while the gateway is powered. Turn off the gateway, plug in the Ethernet cable that is connected to the internet and then turn on the power again. The same goes for removing the Ethernet cable. Turn off the gateway first, unplug the Ethernet cable and then turn on the power again.

Installing a SIM card

Your gateway might be delivered with a SIM card already in the SIM slot. If this is not the case, please make sure you place a micro SIM card meant for LoRa use, provided to you by KPN. If you are uncertain if you have the correct SIM card, please contact the IoT Service Desk.

To install the SIM card, align the notched edge with the contact side facing down as shown in Figure 4. Slide the SIM card completely into the SIM holder. Do not remove the SIM card from the gateway, since this will cause the SIM card to get blocked in the network.

Figure 4: Inserting the SIM card into the gateway

Live use

When the gateway has been placed in the desired position and is switched on, wait until the ‘STATUS’ and ‘CELL’ light start blinking and the ‘LORA’ light is on. Your gateway is now ready for use. In case an ethernet connection is used as well, verify that the left Ethernet LED is lit.

To verify if your gateway is receiving messages, please make sure you have a LoRa device nearby to use with the gateway. The gateway is also called LRR (Long Range Router) and each gateway has its own ID, called a LRR ID. When you have sent a few uplink messages near your installed gateway, consult the traffic from the device in the Wireless Logger or on your Application Server.

When you traced the messages sent by your testing device on the Wireless Logger or Application Server, check the LRR ID field or list of receiving LRRs for the sent messages. You should see the same (Ethernet) MAC address as displayed on the back of the gateway.

In the example of Figure 5, you can identify the gateway in the Wireless Logger or on the Application server by the LRR ID 004A21CB.

Figure 5: The gateway ID is part of the Ethernet MAC address, marked in red.