Sentrius™ MG100 Gateway with LTE-M/NB-IoT and Bluetooth 5

Recommended for New Design (RND)

Overview

The Sentrius MG100 Gateway offers a compact, out of box Bluetooth to low power cellular gateway solution.

Based on the Pinnacle 100 socket modem, the Sentrius™ MG100 gateway captures data from any Bluetooth 5 modules or devices and sends it to the cloud via a global low power cellular (LTE-M/NB-IoT) connection. The MG100 seamlessly incorporates a powerful Cortex M4F controller, full Bluetooth 5 connectivity, and dual-mode LTE-M/NB-IoT capabilities – all with full regulatory, network certifications, and End Device carrier approvals.

Develop your application directly on the integrated Cortex M4F microcontroller using Zephyr RTOS, enabling your application development with a secure, open source RTOS with more than just kernel services. Remotely debug your fleet of devices with the Memfault Platform. Take advantage of the Zephyr community and Laird Connectivity’s multi featured Out of Box (OOB) sample source code covering all aspects of the products’ capabilities and hardware interfaces. The MG100 also delivers complete antenna flexibility with internal or external antenna options available, and the optional battery backup provides uninterrupted reporting of remote Bluetooth sensor data. 

Get started today with our complete Out of Box Demo!

  • Cellular & Bluetooth & NFC with co-located radio testing
    • LTE-M/NB-IoT capabilities via Sierra Wireless HL7800 module
    • MCU/Bluetooth 5 radio via Nordic nRF52840 – Bluetooth 5, Coded PHY (LE Long Range), 2MPHY, Bluetooth mesh
      • Cortex-M4F – 32-bit @ 64 MHz, 256 KB of RAM, 1 MB internal flash, 8 MB QSPI
  • Multiple Antenna Options – Choose either integrated or external antenna variants
  • Globally & Carrier Certified – Includes FCC, ISED, EU, UKCA, BT SIG, PTCRB, GCF, AT&T and Verizon certifications
  • Remote Debug – Monitor a fleet of devices with fault and metric tracking to uncover issues and resolve them faster with the Memfault embedded SDK
  • Additional Features included
    • Local data storage with microSD card slot
    • Optional rechargeable battery backup (Li-Ion 18650) 
    • Multi-purposes button and three user configurable LEDs
    • Accelerometer with integrated temperature sensor
  • Best in Class Personalized FAE Support – Leverage personalized integration support and product development services including quick tailoring or fully customized solutions from experienced engineering teams

The Sentrius™ MG100 IoT Starter Kit

Everything you need to start your wireless IoT proof-of-concept in minutes.

  • 1 x Sentrius MG100 Gateway (external antenna with battery backup variant – part # 450-00054-K1)

  • 3 x Sentrius BT510 long-range Bluetooth 5 temperature, motion, and open-door sensors (Laird Connectivity part # 455-00083)

  • 3 x Regional USB power supplies

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Now an AWS Qualified Device with Amazon!

Amazon AWS is the world’s most popular platform for IoT devices, and our AWS Qualified Device Listing is the latest in our efforts to bring our development efforts directly to the customer. The MG100 is now listed in the AWS Partner Device Catalog, as a validation of the MG100’s compatibility and suitability for use on AWS IoT Core.

In a world of so many choices for wireless hardware, the AWS Qualified Device status is an assurance to customers that the MG100 meets the software and hardware requirements for AWS IoT Core operability and is ready off-the-shelf for IoT applications.

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MVNO Options to get you started

LTE M - Global

Truphone addresses the most complex challenges of building IoT cellular devices by building a dedicated IoT SIM, a global IoT network, and an IoT platform to provide a truly global IoT cellular connectivity service. By partnering with Digi-Key, Truphone provides a one-stop-shop for customers' cellular connectivity requirements.

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NB-IoT / LTE M - Europe

Arkessa is a dedicated Internet of Things cellular connectivity services provider, offering world-wide, world-class connectivity solutions that make it easy to design, deploy and manage your IoT devices securely, efficiently, and at scale, whatever your application or business model. With over ten years’ experience as a leading pioneer in IoT connectivity, Arkessa offers dedicated support, technical, and commercial flexibility to Laird Connectivity customers across Europe and beyond.

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Specifications

Additional Features
NFC
Accelerometer
Antenna Options
Unique integrated antenna variant plus external variant with SMA connectors
Battery
(optional) 2600 mAh standard capacity Lithium Ion 18650
Bluetooth Version
5
Cellular Carrier
AT&T
Verizon
Certifications
FCC, ISED, EU, UKCA, PTCRB, GCF, AT&T
Input Voltage
2.2 - 5.5 V
Interfaces - General
USB 2.0 Host
MicroSD slot (SDHC, SD Card 2.0)
LTE Category
LTE-M / NB-IoT
Memory
1 MB onboard flash
microSD card support
Wireless Specification
LTE-M
NB-IoT
Bluetooth 5
NFC
Part NumberAdditional DescriptionAntenna TypeBatteryChipset (Wireless)Frequency Range (Max)Frequency Range (Min)Frequency Range 2 (Max)Frequency Range 2 (Min)Logical InterfacesOS/SoftwarePower SupplyProduct TypeSIM TypeSystem ArchitectureTechnology
MG100 - No Antennas
450-00011-K1
Recommended for New Design (RND)
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Internal None Sierra Wireless HL7800, Nordic nRF52840 2483 MHz2400 MHz2170 MHz703 MHzUSB, Micro SD Zephyr External Power IoT Gateway Not Included Hostless LTE-M, NB-IoT, Bluetooth 5.0, Single Mode (BLE)
MG100 - No Antennas
450-00038-K1
Recommended for New Design (RND)
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Internal Lithium Ion 18650 Sierra Wireless HL7800, Nordic nRF52840 2483 MHz2400 MHz2170 MHz703 MHzUSB, Micro SD Zephyr External Power and Battery Backup IoT Gateway Not Included Hostless LTE-M, NB-IoT, Bluetooth 5.0, Single Mode (BLE)
MG100 - Antennas
450-00039-K1
Recommended for New Design (RND)
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External None Sierra Wireless HL7800, Nordic nRF52840 2483 MHz2400 MHz2170 MHz703 MHzUSB, Micro SD Zephyr External Power IoT Gateway Not Included Hostless LTE-M, NB-IoT, Bluetooth 5.0, Single Mode (BLE)
MG100 - Antennas
450-00054-K1
Recommended for New Design (RND)
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External Lithium Ion 18650 Sierra Wireless HL7800, Nordic nRF52840 2483 MHz2400 MHz2170 MHz703 MHzUSB, Micro SD Zephyr External Power and Battery Backup IoT Gateway Not Included Hostless LTE-M, NB-IoT, Bluetooth 5.0, Single Mode (BLE)
USB-SWD Programming Kit - Box Contents
453-00062-K1Buy Now
USB-SWD Programming Kit: Includes mainboard, TC2050-IDC Tag Connect cable, 10-pin flat IDC cable, 1.2 m USB cable, and 2-pin jumper

Documentation

Name Part Type Last Updated
Product Brief - MG100 Gateway All Product Brief 02/18/2022
FCC/ISED Certifications - MG100 Gateway All Certification 02/08/2021
Truphone SIM Setup Guide All Application Note 08/12/2020
Product Brief - MG100 Micro-Gateway Power Supply - US Plug All Product Brief 07/08/2021
MG100 / Pinnacle Connect for Android (Google Play Store) All Software 08/19/2020
MG100 / Pinnacle Connect for iOS (Apple App Store) All Software 08/19/2020
Hardware Guide - MG100 Gateway All Documentation 02/25/2022
Product Brief - MG100 Micro-Gateway Power Supply - UK Plug All Product Brief 07/08/2021
Product Brief - MG100 Micro-Gateway Power Supply - EU Plug All Product Brief 07/08/2021
EU Certifications - MG100 Micro-Gateway All Certification 12/19/2020
User Guide - Programming the MG100 All Documentation 09/25/2020
Regulatory Information - MG100 All Certification 02/24/2022
Pinnacle_MG100 - Out of Box Demo Applications & Guide (GitHub) All Software 11/11/2021
Zephyr RTOS – Getting Started Guide (external link) All Documentation 05/18/2021
ISED ICES-003 Issue 7 Declaration of Compliance All Certification 05/18/2021
Application Note - MG100 IP6x COTS Housing Recommendation All Application Note 06/24/2021
Remotely debug your fleet of devices with the Memfault Platform (GitHub) All Documentation 11/11/2021
Verizon, Pinnacle 100/453-00011 Listing All Certification 08/23/2021
Verizon, Pinnacle 100/453-00010 Listing All Certification 08/23/2021
AT&T, Pinnacle 100/453-00011 Listing All Certification 08/23/2021
AT&T, Pinnacle 100/453-00010 Listing All Certification 08/23/2021
PCN 8O-2021 - MG100 / Pinnacle 100 / MG100-BT510 Starter Kit All Documentation 09/07/2021
Release Notes - Pinnacle 100 DVK, MG100, MG100-CT v6.0.0 All Documentation 12/07/2021
Getting Started with AWS IoT Core - MG100 All Documentation 01/11/2022
MG100-BT610 with Cumulocity IoT - Quick Start Guide All Documentation 02/16/2022
Release Notes - MG100 and Pinnacle100 - v6.2.0 All Documentation 04/27/2022

FAQ

How can I access the Out-Of-Box Pinnacle or MG100 UART command line interface?

Both Pinnacle and MG100 both are programmable using Zephyr RTOS. Zephyr is essentially a kernel but compare to other RTOS it has got other software running on its code, like drivers for sensors, logs output and even a shell subsystem.

Besides providing a quick proof of concept, our out-of-box demo software are a good starting point for your own IoT cloud application.
The out-of-box software comes directly with output UART logs that provides immediate information on what is going on in the background.

Within a UART log window open via e.g a terminal software like Putty, it is possible to access a shell command line interface by simply pushing "Tab" on your keyboard as follows :

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This allows to quickly show or set up multiple different parameters and can be useful for development purposes.

What is the Maximum LTE MTU size with the Pinnacle/MG100?

The max MTU is 1500 bytes but the network operator can set a lower value, it also depends on the Internet Protocol Version (IPV4,IPV6), and the protocol itself (UDP/TCP). If max MTU size is 1500 bytes then :

  • IPV4, default value = 1020 bytes
    For UDP: 8 – 1472 bytes max
    For TCP:  8 – 1460 bytes max
  • IPV6, default value = 1020 bytes
    For UDP: 8 – 1452 bytes max
    For TCP: 8 – 1440 bytes max

If user application send more than the MTU limitation, the module will display those data with several URCS (Unsolicited Result Codes).

Is MG100 compatible with Azure IoT Edge or HUB?

The MG100 is indeed suitable for working with Azure IoT Edge or HUB. However, we don't have anything in term of documentation nor example code that customers can leverage for now.

Why "out of the box" Pinnacle or MG100 UART logs sometimes comes up with Error 922 and 923?

Error 922 can happen if you try closing a socket that was already closed by the server.
Error 923 can happen if trying to send data on a socket that is already closed.

These are very common and expected errors than can happened during normal functioning. Our out of the box software are designed to properly clean up and ignore them.

Customers can use following command to increase the log level of the HL7800 driver at runtime to get more info:

attr set 201 3   <- HL7800 info log level
attr set 201 4  <- HL7800 debug log level

What means the different network states when looking at Pinnacle/MG100 "out of the box" UART logs?

Sometimes you can get a series of network state 0 and 2; in that case it means the modem cannot find any network to join:

  • Network state 0 (Not Registered) means the modem is idle.
  • Network state 2 (Searching) means the modem is searching for a network.

When a modem finds and joins a network, it issues network state such as 1(Registered, Home Network) or 5 (Registered, Roaming).

A network state 3 (Registration Denied) means either the network selected is incorrect for the IoT SIM Card, or the SIM is inactive/disabled.

Do I need to enter an APN when using my Pinnacle/MG100?

You are free to leave the APN (Access Point Name) blank, but we advise to set it up when possible as it's always safest to do so. It's also usually recommended by IoT SIM provider.

Entering an APN often helps to quickly reach proper network frequencies bands. To know exactly what APN you need to enter, please contact your SIM provider.

Entering an APN can be done through either the Pinnacle phone application or via UART with command attr set 196 "apn"

Is MG100 IP rated?

The MG100 has no IP rating.

Some customers may have a need for the MG100 main board to be mounted in an IP6x rated enclosure. In this case, Laird Connectivity has compiled two commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) design recommendations that meet IP6x requirements using readily available components here : Application Note - MG100 IP6x COTS Housing Recommendation

How is MQTT implemented with the Pinnacle 100?

On the Pinnacle 100 MQTT is implemented in the Zephyr IP stack. The MQTT protocol managed by IP stack in Zephyr running on the nRF52840. The MQTT layer uses sockets in order to send and receive data. The HL7800 driver in Zephyr does all the work to expose socket APIs to be used by a user app or other software layers.

This approach provides a lot of flexibility. The Pinnacle 100 supports anything that the Zephyr IP stack supports.

How do I get started with Memfault?

Laird customers get instant access to Memfault's device observability platform for up to 100 devices free forever. To get started with Memfault for remote debugging, continuous monitoring, and OTA firmware updates, sign up here.

How can I diagnose and debug crashes and other issues with devices remotely without an FAE on-site?

You can use Memfault to remotely monitor the health of their devices and debug issues in both the Pinnacle 100 and MG100 Gateway designs. Laird customers get instant access to Memfault for up to 100 devices free forever.

How can I measure the performance and health of my Pinnacle 100 / MG100 devices once they're in production?

For analyzing overall performance patterns in your fleet, metrics can easily be collected using our Memfault integration with the Pinnacle 100 and Sentrius MG100. Laird customers get instant access to Memfault for up to 100 devices free forever. 

Where are the instructions for the Out-Of-Box Demo for the Pinnacle 100/MG100 cellular gateways?

Everything needed to get started with our Out of the Box Demos for the Pinnacle 100 cellular modem and the MG100 cellular gateway can be found on GitHub

These links is also made available on the Pinnacle 100 Product Page in the Documentation section under Software.

A demo video for the Pinnacle 100 is also linked on the Product page for additional reference.

Do I need to build the OOB Demo to evaluate the Pinnacle100?

You do not need to build the OOB Demo on your own, if you have need to upgrade your OOB Demo version on your Pinnacle 100 modem or MG100 gateway, please use our official releases found here: https://github.com/LairdCP/Pinnacle-100-Firmware/releases.

Found at this link are several firmware file types depending on how you plan to upgrade, *.hex is for SWD while *.bin is used for BLE, UART, and HTTP over LTE. Additionally, 480-00052 is for the Pinnacle 100 and 480-00070 is for the MG100.

See the Firmware Updates section for how to upgrade over the different interfaces, BLE/UART/HTTP over LTE

To upgrade over SWD, use the JLINK USB port on the Pinnacle 100 DVK board, for the MG100 see the MG100 Hardware Guide section 5.4.4 to learn how to connect a J-Link debugger to the board for the upgrade using nRF Connect or Nordic Command Line Tools.

 

On Windows 10 when building firmware such as oob_demo firmware I am getting the following error: ninja: error: FindFirstFileExA(c/:/oob_demo/oob_demo/src): The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect can you help me to correct this?

On Windows 10 when building firmware such as oob_demo firmware I am getting the following error: ninja: error: FindFirstFileExA(c/:/oob_demo/oob_demo/src): The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect can you help me to correct this?

The ninja: error: FindFirstFileExA(c/:/oob_demo/oob_demo/src): The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect, may be thrown if you have previously set up a Zephyr environment. This indicates ninja needs to be upgraded. If west update did not update ninja to the latest version enter choco upgrade ninja --force in cmd.exe as administrator to force the upgrade:

C:\Windows\system32>choco upgrade ninja --force

What IDE can I use with Zephyr for development and debug on the Pinnacle 100 or other Nordic-based modules?

We suggest using Visual Studio Code, please see the following for more information: https://github.com/LairdCP/Pinnacle_100_oob_demo/blob/master/docs/development.md

  • We suggest using Memfault for an out-of-the-box fault debugging and device observability solution. Memfault integrates seamlessly with Zephyr on the Pinnacle 100 and Sentrius MG100. Laird customers get instant access to Memfault for up to 100 devices free forever.

What is Laird Connectivity's product lifecycle EOL and PCN policy?

Laird Connectivity is committed to the long-term supply of all its standard embedded wireless modules and packaged products. Laird Connectivity’s products are specifically designed to meet the needs of the industrial and medical markets, which typically require 7 – 10 years product lifecycle. Although Laird Connectivity can’t guarantee that a component used in our products will not be obsoleted and cannot be reasonably substituted, Laird Connectivity can assure customers we will continue to sell our product when we have customer demand and can obtain the necessary components to build our products.

View our full policy here. 

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