Series 3: How do I enable GPS on my CradlePoint router?

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This article was written based on firmware version 5.0.0.


Overview:

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 this feature.  A cellular modems support for GPS is a function of both the modems functionality and the carriers configuration of that cellular modem.  GPS requires the following three elements:

1.  A cellular modem that supports GPS.
2.  A cellular carrier that allows the GPS functionality on that modem.
3.  Sufficient GPS signal level at the modem deployment location.

Please check the release notes for your router’s current firmware version to determine if this feature’s functionality is supported by your CradlePoint router for your particular cellular modem.  Firmware release notes can be found online on your router models “Firmware Downloads & Release Notes” page.


Directions:

  1. Log into the routers setup page (click here for instructions.).
  2. Click on the System Settings then select the Administration from the drop-down, and finally the GPS tab in the body of the page.
  3. Place a check mark next to Enable GPS Support.  You will be presented with the following notification:  Note: Some carriers disable GPS support in otherwise supported modems. If you encounter issues with obtaining a fix, contact your carrier and ensure that GPS is supported.  Click ‘OK‘.
  4. After enabling GPS you will be presented with a number of options, below is a brief synopsis of the available options.User-added image
    • Enable GPS server on WAN:  Enables a TCP server on the WAN side of the firewall which will periodically send GPS NMEA sentences to connected clients.
    • Enable GPS server on LAN:  Enables a TCP server on the LAN side of the firewall which will periodically send GPS NMEA sentences to connected clients.
    • GPS server port number:  GPS port, default 8889.
    • Enable GPS reporting to remote server:  Enables periodic reporting of GPS NMEA sentences to a remote server. The router will buffer NMEA data if errors are encountered or if the Internet connection goes down, and send the buffered sentences when the connection is restored.
    • Remote server hostname or IP:  The value can be either an IP address in the form of “1.2.3.4”, or a DNS name in form of “host.domain.com”. Note that DNS names are case-insensitive, so only lower case letters are allowed.
    • Remote server port:  Must provide a server port number.
    • Report only over specific time interval:  Restricts the NMEA sentence reporting to a remote server to a specific time interval.  Select your time interval.

Viewing GPS information:  A graphical view of your routers location can be viewed in the Status / GPS Status.  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 this location 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.


Note:  More specific information regarding this feature’s specifications can be found in the product manual for your particular router model.


Category: Cradlepoint Series 3

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