The Sierra Wireless AirLink RV55 is a ruggedized, compact, LTE router. In this lab series, we look at onboarding the RV55 onto a Celona network.

About the Sierra Wireless AirLink RV55 CPE

Product website: link

Device Model: RV55

Radio Module Type: EM7511

Radio Module Identifier: GENERIC

Radio Firmware Version: SWI9X50C_01.14.02.00

Radio Hardware Version: 1.0

Antenna tested: Panorama Antennas LPAM-BC3G-26

NAT (basic)

In our lab topology we have the following components:

Left side (CBRS client side)

  • Sierra Wireless AirLink RV55 CPE with shark fin antenna and Celona SIM

  • Netgear S350 8 port gigabit switch

  • Macbook

Right side (simulated corporate network)

  • Netgear Nighthawk M1 router with AT&T SIM

  • tp-link 10 port gigabit switch

  • Celona indoor access point

  • Macbook

We configured these components for the following topology:

Configuration details

Factory reset the CPE

Factory resetting the CPE allows us to start our lab with known defaults.

For this basic NAT lab, we reset the Sierra Wireless RV55 to factory settings. This can be done by holding down the front panel reset button until the far right power LED blinks red, or in the RV55 ACEmanager web user interface (Admin > Reset > Reset to Factory Default + Reset Configuration: All).

Note that a factory reset RV55 defaults to a 192.168.13.0/24 DHCP LAN side network. The ACEmanager device web service can be accessed at https://192.168.13.31.:9443 (login: admin, password: on label on bottom of device).

Assign a Celona SIM to the CPE

In the Celona Orchestrator, activate a Celona SIM for the topology, designating the appropriate Celona Edge Cluster and optionally providing a description.

Install the Celona SIM into the CPE

Remove the 2 screws on the front panel of the Sierra Wireless RV55 and remove the SIM door to install the standard form factor of the Celona SIM. Verify "Connected: Yes" state for the corresponding SIM in the Celona Device page.

When we installed the SIM with power applied to the RV55, we had to power cycle it to achieve link. So, it makes more sense to install the SIM with the RV55 power cable unplugged, then apply power.

Click here for a video on the LED power up sequence for the Sierra Wireless AirLink RV55 CPE.

Verify connectivity

Verify connectivity to your favorite sites. The factory reset RV55 required no configuration after the physical installation of the SIM in order to connect over CBRS.

Add a camera to the CBRS network

Let's add an Axis camera (P3255-LVE Dome Camera) to the CBRS network.

The camera requires PoE power. Connect the PoE power out port to the camera and the in/LAN port to the CBRS side switch.

Verify camera connectivity from local laptop

In this configuration, the camera can only be connected to by the local Macbook at 192.168.13.100. The corporate server at 192.168.4.62 cannot connect because it cannot route to the 192.168.13.0/24 network.

In our next lab in this series, we will configure access to the camera from the corporate side of the network.

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