GSM 2 Click is a compact quad-band GSM cellular network communication solution, featuring the GSM/GPRS Quectel M95. This module features a full set of options for the cellular networking and communication, such as the network status indication, jamming detection, embedded internet protocols, including TCP/IP, UDP, FTP, PPP, HTTP, SMTP, full GPRS multislot class 12 implementation, it is fully compliant to GSM Phase 2/2+, and more. Data communication speed is rated up to 85.6 kbps for both uplink and downlink connection. This module offers high quality integrated audio interface, allowing voice communication over the onboard 3.5mm headset connector.
GSM 2 Click supports quad-band GSM/GPRS, allowing it to be used worldwide. A wide range of communication protocols and connectivity options, packed in the compact size module, driven by the simple AT command interface via the UART bus, make this Click board™ a complete solution for a wide range of M2M applications, such as mobile Internet terminals, automatic meter reading (AMR), remote monitoring automation and control (RMAC), surveillance and security, road pricing, asset tracking, wireless points of service (POS) and similar applications, which rely on a cellular network connection.
GSM 2 Click is equipped with the M95, a compact, quad-band GSM/GPRS module, from Quectel. It covers frequencies of 850/900 MHz with up to 2W, and frequencies of 1800/1900 MHz with up to 1W transmitting power. The M95 module is also compliant with the eCall EU Directive. This module is the main component of the Click board™ and it consists of a number of internal blocks or sections, such as antenna switching section, RF transceiver section, memory, power management, and most importantly - the cellular baseband processor. The module interface consists of several lines used to report the device and the network status, SIM card interface lines, UART interface lines, and device control lines. These lines are routed to the respective elements of the Click board™.
The M95 module has to be powered by a clean and stable power supply. The voltage needed for the module to work properly is about 4V and it is derived from the 5V mikroBUS™ rail, through the MCP1826, a 1A low drop output (LDO) regulator from Microchip. Although the M95 is a low power device, the cellular network modules in general, are notorious for their high power consumption, so the 1A LDO had to be used.
Digital sections of the M95 are internally supplied by 2.8V, so it is necessary to condition the communication bus lines which connect the host MCU with the module. M95 outputs 2.8V output from its internal LDO, providing a needed reference voltage for one side of the TXB0106, a 6bit bidirectional level shifting and voltage translator with automatic direction sensing, from Texas Instruments. The reference voltage for the other side of the level shifter is taken from the onboard SMD jumper, labeled as I/O Level This jumper is used to select between 3.3V and 5V from the mikroBUS™, depending on the used MCU type and its logic voltage level requirements.
UART interface supports baud rates from 300 bps to 115.2 kbps and automatic baud rate detection for up to 115.2 kbps. The automatic baud rate detection mode is set by default. The UART bus of the M95 module is connected to one side of the level shifter, while the other side (shifted) is connected to the respective mikroBUS™ UART pins (TX and RX). However, the M95 module is designed as the traditional DCE device (Data Communication Equipment) offering the full UART pin count, including the hardware flow control pins (CTS, RTS). These pins are routed to the mikroBUS™ CS (RTS) and the INT pin (CTS) and can be used in the MCU software if the hardware flow control is needed. The RI pin is the ringing indicator, and it is routed to the mikroBUS™ PWM pin.
A red LED labeled as NET, is used to indicate the network status. The network status is indicated by the NET LED, using the following pattern:
A yellow LED labeled as STAT is used to indicate the device status. When it is lit, the device is operational. It also signalizes that the internal module initialization is finished and that the module is ready to work. To provide enough power for the LEDs, both of them are driven via the NPN BJ transistor. The STAT pin of the module is also routed to the AN pin of the mikroBUS™, allowing monitoring of the status by the host MCU.
The PWRKEY pin is routed to the mikroBUS™ RST pin, and it is used during the power-up sequence. Asserting this pin to a LOW logic level will turn on the module, which is indicated by the STAT LED. After the STAT LED indicates the power on condition, the PWRKEY pin should be deserted. It is also possible to monitor the state of the AN pin of the mikroBUS™, which also mirrors the STAT pin condition. To properly detach from the network and store the working parameters in its non-volatile memory, the module should be safely powered off either by issuing the AT+QPOWD=1 command or by a low pulse on the PWRKEY pin for at least 1 second, before disconnecting the power source.
The M95 offers extensive audio features, including half rate, full rate, enhanced full rate and adaptive multi-rate voice codecs, superior echo cancellation and noise reduction. The audio section is integrated into the module and it requires only a few external components. The headset can be connected via the 4-pole 3.5mm audio jack.
The Micro SIM card holder on the back of the Click board™ is used to install a micro SIM card. This device cannot be used without the valid SIM card, which allows connection to the cellular network. Both 1.8V and 3V SIM card types are supported.
Note: This product does not come with an antenna. Sold separately.
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