WiFiX WE826-T2 - Complete Build Instructions

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WiFiX WE826-T2 - Complete Build Instructions

Post by JimHelms » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:11 pm

The WiFiX branded WE826-T2 is LTE FIX's newest version of the WE826.

This tutorial will take you through the complete build process. We will reference and use other tutorials when appropriate.

The most common modem used on the WE826-T-2 is the Sierra Wireless MC7455 CAT6 Modem.

More and more customers are beginning to use the Sierra Wireless EM7565 CAT12 modem. The EM7565 is a M.2 modem (as opposed to a Mini PCI-E) and requires a Mini PCI-E to M.2 adapter.

The EM7565 also uses MHF4 pigtail connectors (as opposed to the U.FL connects used on the MC7455). When installing the EM7565, two MHF4 to SMA Female Bulkhead 5" pigtails are required to replace of the U.FL pigtails that come installed in WE826-T2.


STEP ONE: INSTALL THE MODEM

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STEP TWO: FLASH THE WE826-T2 WITH GOLDENORB FIRMWARE


To flash the firmware follow THIS TUTORIAL.

Once completed, return to this post to configure GoldenOrb.


STEP THREE: CONFIGURING THE ROUTER AND MODEM

After the firmware flashing is complete, log back into the GoldenOrb user interface at 192.168.1.1

NOTE: It may be necessary to clear the browser cache if any issue is experienced with accessing the login screen. This can normally be done by placing your mouse pointer to the top of the web browser and hitting the CTRL and F5 keys at the same time.

The login user name is root and leave the password blank since no password is required on some builds of GoldenOrb. If it still insist on a password, try admin

NOTE: If the WiFi SSID is broadcasted as rooter the WiFi default password is rooter2017 or rooter2019. If the WiFiX is broadcasted as wifix use 12345678

Once logged into the router:

Go to MODEM > CONNECTION PROFILE > GENERAL > APN and:
  • Type in the APN required for your carrier data plan
  • Set the AUTHENTICATION PROTOCOL to NONE.
  • SAVE & APPLY

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Go to SYSTEM > SYSTEM > GENERAL SETTINGS and Click on SYNC WITH BROWSER and set TIMEZONE to your timezone. SAVE & APPLY.


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Go to SYSTEM > ADMINISTRATION > ROUTER PASSWORD and set your router login password. SAVE & APPLY.


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Depending on the type of plan the SIM Card is provisioned for (i.e., if it has limited hotspot data) it may be beneficial to use custom TTL settings.

Go to NETWORK > FIREWALL > CUSTOM TTL SETTINGS (at top of page) > SETTINGS and ENABLE. Set TTL VALUE to 65 (or 64). SAVE & APPLY.


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NOTE: It appears TTL of 65 (because of the pre and post routing) work across the board of carriers. If the data usage is still appearing in the carrier’s account as hotspot data usage, try TTL 64. Most data only plans do not require use of the custom TTL rules.

Unplug power from the router.

Insert your SIM card into the router. Note, be sure the SIM card is fitting properly into the SIM Card adapter—not loose but not too tight. The tits/tabs on all 4 sides of the SIM card should be removed via emery board or sand paper.

Power up the router and login using your new password.

Give it a couple of minutes to configure and stabilize and you it should connect with internet service.

NOTE: You will find it useful (and informative) to watch the connection process in live-time at MODEM > DEBUG INFORMATION AT-COMMAND EXECUTION.


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Once an internet connection is established the MC7455 (if new) will be operating in QMI composition.

Running a MC7455 (or other modem) in QMI mode has only been possible with the later OpenWRT kernel builds of GoldenOrb. Some users prefer QMI while others prefer operating the modem in MBIM.

At this point you may wish to see how the router performs with the modem in QMI mode.

The decision to use MBIM over QMI is often determined by whether your SIM Card and data plan is capable of obtaining an IPV6 address for the internet connection. QMI currently (or at least on this GoldenOrb version) does not handle IPV6—which MAY OR MAY NOT be available with any particular cellular data plan.

To place the MC7455 in MBIM mode, go to MODEM > MISCELLANEOUS > AT-COMMAND TERMINAL and run the following commands (one command at a time, waiting for a response before issuing the next):

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at!entercnd="A710"
at!usbcomp=1,1,1009
at!reset
NOTE: The first command “….A710” is the authorization, the second is for MBIM, and the third applies the commands and reboots the modem.

When changing a MC7455 to MBIM mode, I personally like manually programming most other commands (i.e., IPV4V6 APN, enabling IPV6, and locking to LTE service only). I will use AT&T’s broadband APN for this demonstration:

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at!entercnd="A710"
at!usbcomp=1,1,1009
at+cgdcont=1,"ipv4v6","broadband"
At!custom="IPV6ENABLE",1
at!selrat=06
at!reset
To return the MC7455 to QMI mode:

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at!entercnd="A710"
at!usbcomp=1,1,10D
at!reset
If you are using the EM7565 CAT12 modem, a slight modification is required. To place this modem in MBIM requires:

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at!entercnd="A710"
at!usbcomp=1,3,1009
at!reset
While returning the EM7565 back to QMI mode requires:

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at!entercnd="A710"
at!usbcomp=1,3,10D
at!reset

If these steps were followed, it is now a matter of process of elimination to pin point issues. If a problem still persist, the next step is to examine the strength and quality of the cellular signals at your router.

This is accomplished by running the command:

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AT!GSTATUS?

IF YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE WITH AN ISSUE, please submit a separate topic FULLY DETAILING the issue (and the steps you've taken) in the QUESTIONS and SUPPORT section.

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