Antenna Test | Telit Cinterion IoT Developer Community
October 30, 2018 - 8:59am, 2203 views
we have to perform an antenna test on our board which includes a PLS8-E. (Similar to the problem in thread "ELS61-E antenna test" https://iot-developer.thalesgroup.com/threads/els61-e-antenna-test)
In production test we connect one antenna to our board (the antenna interfaces are routed from the PLS8-E pads to MCX sockets). We want to check if the antenna RF paths are connected correctly. No SIM card inserted. To check both antenna paths we think it is neccessary to connect only one at a time and repeat the test for the 2nd antenna socket.
First we limit the band to LTE800 with the command at^scfg=Radio/Band,2097152,1 to force the module into the 4G MIMO **** (can be undone with at^scfg=Radio/Band,2928787,1). In this band and at our location the module usually connects to the vodafone network (MCC,MNC = 262,02). RSRP is usually about -87dB. This can be checked with at^smoni. If the RSRP is worse than -90dB then the board has failed.
But some of the PLS8-E modules (about 15%) decide to use the telefonica network (MCC,MNC = 262,03) which has a RSRP of -115dB. We have to modify our test software to accept alternatively this network with RSRP not worse than -118dB. Or we must insert a vodafone SIM to get always this particular network. Both solutions are not very comfortable.
Is there a way to force the module without SIM card to a particular network and to 4G ****? Or even better to a particular base station? (at+cops works only with SIM)
Is there a test/measurement **** in these modules (in our case a PLS8-E) to check the RF path with a simple non-modulated RF signal? I think testing only one direction from module to measurement equipment or from signal generator to module would be sufficient. We are confident that transmitter and receiver of the module itselft are tested enough at the Gemalto factory.
Or is it better to use a base station simulator? But I think these are usually build for certification testing and are very expensive. We don't want to do a compliance test of the module but just only a connection test of our board. Can you recommend a simple base station simulation?
There is no other way to force he module without SIM card to a particular network and to 4G ****. Only AT+COPS command works for this purpose and it requires SIM.
However you may try following, if it is aplicable for your scenario: put the SIM card into and let the module register to the network you would like it to choose (you may use AT+COPS then, as SIM card is present). Then remove the SIM card and reboot the module. After power on, module should check most recent network, even the same cell, even if there will be no SIM Card.
With regard to test/measurement **** for PLS8 module - there is no feature "out of the box". If you are interested in more details related to this topic, please contact your Gemalto Distributor or Technical Sales.