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Release Notes for Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs

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Release Notes for Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs

Contents

Introduction

Summary of Changes Cisco IOS Release 15.2(4)M3 and Later

System Requirements

Memory Requirements

Hardware Supported

Software Compatibility

Platforms

Feature Set Tables

Hardware SKUs

New Software Features in 15.3(3)M

Software Features in Release 15.2(4)M3

Limitations and Restrictions

Caveats

Open Caveats—Release 15.3(3)M

Resolved Caveats—As of Release 15.3(3)M and Later

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request


Release Notes for Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs


First Published: March 16, 2012
Last Updated: September 9, 2013
OL-25641-04

This Release Notes document describes the Cisco® Fourth-Generation Long Term Evolution Wireless WAN Enhanced High-Speed WAN Interface Cards (Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs). This document should be used with the documents listed in the "Related Documentation" section.

This document is updated as needed. To ensure that you have the latest version of the Release Notes document, go to http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products/ps10083/tsd_products_support_series_home.html. Choose Release and General Information > Release Notes, and locate the latest release notes pertaining to your release.

Contents

Introduction

Summary of Changes Cisco IOS Release 15.2(4)M3 and Later

System Requirements

Software Features in Release 15.2(4)M3

Limitations and Restrictions

Caveats

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

Introduction

The Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs are the first, enterprise-class 4G Multimode LTE WWAN solution for Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 (ISR G2). The EHWICs can support 3GPP Release 8 LTE standards. Cisco 4G Multimode LTE WWAN EHWICs also support 3GPP-based and 3GPP2-based 3G and 2G access technologies and seamless handoff from 2G and 3G to 4G LTE. The 4G LTE mobile specifications provide multi-megabit bandwidth, more efficient use of the radio network, latency reduction, and improved mobility. This feature is supported on the Cisco ISR G2 modular platform, which delivers secure data, voice, video, and mobility services. The Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs are single-wide EHWICs supported on the Cisco 819 Series ISRs, Cisco 1900 Series ISRs, Cisco 2900 Series ISRs, and Cisco 3900 Series ISRs. The EHWICs operate over the over 4G LTE and 3G cellular networks.

Summary of Changes Cisco IOS Release 15.2(4)M3 and Later

For Cisco IOS Release 15.2(4)M3 image or later, the external link recovery script is not required. Ensure that the link recovery script is removed from Flash before upgrading to Cisco IOS Release 15.2(4)M3 or later, which also contains an embedded modem link recovery mechanism that eliminates the need for link recovery scripts. Ensure that the cell_recovery_vx.tcl and cel_cli_vx.tcl scripts are removed from router flash, where x stands for the script version number that is in use, for example, cell_recovery_v2.tcl and cel_cli_v2.tcl.

The Cisco IOS Release 15.2(4)M3 or later image also requires a mandatory upgrade to the latest versions of modem firmware. The new modem firmware versions contain significant modem stability enhancements. Cisco IOS Release 15.2(4)M3 or later should not be installed without upgrading the LTE eHWIC modem firmware to the appropriate 3.x release. The following are the new firmware versions supported on the LTE SKUs in Cisco IOS Release 15.2(4)M3 or later:

EHWIC-4G-LTE-V : 3.5.10.6

EHWIC-4G-LTE-A : 3.5.10.2

EHWIC-4G-LTE-G : 3.5.19.4

Cisco IOS Release 15.2(4)M3 or later also includes an upgrade to a newer and more stable version of vendor-provided SDK Version 1.8.0 that provides support for the new modem firmware.

The modem firmware files and the associated documentation for upgrading the modems are available at the following locations:

EHWIC-4G-LTE-V : 3.5.10.6 - http://software.cisco.com/download/release.html?mdfid=284772061&flowid=40082&softwareid=284285628&release=3.5.10.6&relind=AVAILABLE&rellifecycle=&reltype=latest

EHWIC-4G-LTE-A : 3.5.10.2 - http://software.cisco.com/download/release.html?mdfid=284772058&flowid=39842&softwareid=284285628&release=3.5.10.2&relind=AVAILABLE&rellifecycle=&reltype=latest

EHWIC-4G-LTE-G : 3.5.19.4 - http://software.cisco.com/download/release.html?mdfid=284772598&flowid=39503&softwareid=284285628&release=3.5.19.4&relind=AVAILABLE&rellifecycle=&reltype=latest

System Requirements

Memory Requirements

Software Compatibility

Platforms

Feature Set Tables

Hardware SKUs

New Software Features in 15.3(3)M

Software Features in Release 15.2(4)M3

Memory Requirements

Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs require platforms with 512 MB of SDRAM to run the Cisco IOS software and the Linux operating system.

Hardware Supported

The latest certified firmware version for your carrier Cisco IOS is available at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/modules/ps5949/ps7272/datasheet_c78-710314.html.

Table 1 shows the antennae supported in Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs.


Note The Cisco 4G Indoor/Outdoor Active GPS Antenna (GPS-ACT-ANTM-SMA) will be available at a later date.


Table 1 Supported Antennae

SKU
Description

4G-LTE-ANTM-D (Antenna)

Indoor 4G dipole antenna

4G-ANTM-OM-CM (Antenna)

Indoor omnidirectional antenna

ANT-4G-OMNI-OUT-N (Antenna)

Outdoor omnidirectional stick antenna

ANT-4G-SR-OUT-TNC (Antenna)

Outdoor omnidirectional saucer antenna

CGR-LA-NF-NF (Lightning Arrestor Female-to-Female)

Lightning arrestor kit

CGR-LA-NM-NF (Lighning Arrestor Male-to-Female)

Lightning arrestor kit



Note The -N antennae, cables, and lightning arrestors can be ordered only as spare; they work together as an accessories bundle. For details on -N accessories, refer to Table 1-3 in the Chapter "Cisco CGR 1000 and 2000 Series Connected Grid Antennas Overview" of the Connected Grid Antennas Installation Guide.


Table 2 Supported Cables and Accessories

SKU
Description

4G-CAB-LMR240-25

25-foot low-loss LMR-240 cable

4G-CAB-LMR240-50

50-foot low-loss LMR-240 cable

4G-CAB-LMR240-75

75-foot low-loss LMR-240 cable

4G-CAB-LMR240-25N

Non-plenum rated 25-foot outdoor cable

4G-CAB-ULL-20

20-foot cable with Threaded Neill-Concelman (TNC) connectors

4G-CAB-ULL-50

50-foot cable with TNC connectors

CAB-L400-20-TNC-N

20-foot cable with N-type and TNC connectors

CAB-L400-50-TNC-N

50-foot cable with N-type and TNC connectors

CAB-L400-20-N-N

20-foot cable with N-type connectors on both ends

4G-AE010-R

Extension base with 10-foot cable

4G-AE015-R

Extension base with 15-foot cable


Table 2 shows cables and accessories supported in Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs.

Software Compatibility

For ISRs with EHWIC-4G-LTE-V and C819(H)G-4G-V-K/9, the use of Cisco IOS Release 15.2(4)M3 or later requires LTE modem firmware 3.5.10.6.


Note Do not use Cisco IOS Release 15.2(4)M3 or later on ISRs with LTE eHWICs until the LTE modem is upgraded.


Cisco IOS Release 15.2(4)M3 or later includes Verizon Wireless LTE modem drivers that operate with the latest MC7750 LTE modem firmware. Due to backward compatibility issues with the existing LTE modem firmware (1.0.9.3), Cisco IOS Release 15.2(4)M3 or later should be used only after upgrading the existing LTE modem firmware to the Release 3.5.10.6, or with the new EHWIC-4G-LTE-V and C819(H)G-4G-V-K/9 units with firmware 3.5.10.6 factory loaded.

Check the LTE modem firmware using the Cisco IOS command show cellular 0/x/0 hardware (for EHWIC-4G-LTE-V, with x being the EHWIC slot number) or the show cellular 0 hardware command (for C819(H)G-4G-V).

The latest certified firmware version for your carrier having Cisco IOS compatibility is available at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/modules/ps5949/ps7272/datasheet_c78-710314.html.

Platforms

The EHWICs will be supported only in the following ISR G2 platforms that provide EHWIC slots:

Cisco 819 Series ISRs

Cisco 1900 Series ISRs

Cisco 2900 Series ISRs

Cisco 3900 Series ISRs

Cisco 3900e Series ISRs

Table 3 lists the Cisco 4G WWAN EHWICs supported on Cisco ISR G2 Modular Platforms.

Table 3 Cisco 4G WWAN EHWICs Supported on Cisco ISR G2 Modular Platforms

Part Number
Description

EHWIC-4G-LTE-V

Dedicated multimode LTE for Verizon Wireless networks. Multimode LTE EHWIC is backwards compatible with Evolved High Rate Packet Data (eHRPD), EV-DO Rev A/Rev0, and 1xRTT.

EHWIC-4G-LTE-A

Dedicated multimode LTE for AT&T Wireless networks. Multimode LTE EHWIC is backwards compatible with HSPA+, HSPA, UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS.

EHWIC-4G-LTE-G

Dedicated multimode LTE for global wireless networks. Multimode LTE EHWIC is backwards compatible with HSPA+, HSPA, UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS.


Feature Set Tables

Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and software image support. Cisco Feature Navigator enables you to determine which software images support a specific software release, feature set, or platform. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/cfn. An account on Cisco.com is not required.

Table 4 lists the feature information for Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs.

Table 4 Feature Information for Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs

Feature Name
Release
Feature Information

Dual-Mode LTE Support for ISR G2

Cisco IOS 15.1(4)M4, 15.2(4)M, and later

Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWIC (EHWIC-4G-LTE-V) support 4G LTE and 3G cellular networks. The 4G LTE mobile specifications provide multi-megabit bandwidth, more efficient use of the radio network, latency reduction, and improved mobility.

This feature was introduced for the Cisco ISR G2 modular platforms.

The following commands were also introduced or modified as a part of this feature:

cellular slot lte

controller cellular unit: default lte, lte event, lte radio, lte sim, no lte

Multimode 4G LTE Support for ISR G2

Cisco IOS 15.2(4)M1 and later

The following 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs were released as a part of this feature:

EHWIC-4G-LTE-A—Dedicated multimode LTE for AT&T Wireless networks.

EHWIC-4G-LTE-G—Dedicated multimode LTE for global wireless networks.

This feature was introduced for the Cisco ISR G2 modular platforms.

Multimode LTE EHWIC is backwards compatible with HSPA+, HSPA, UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS.


Hardware SKUs

Table 5 shows the hardware SKUs for Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs.

Table 5 Cisco 4G EHWICs by Mode, Operating Region, and Frequencies 

SKU
Mode
Operating Region
Frequency Band
Description

EHWIC-4G-LTE-V

LTE—DOrA1

North America

700 MHz (band 13) for LTE

800 and 1900 MHz for CDMA2 1xRTT, 1xEVDO3 Rev A

Verizon LTE (using Sierra Wireless MC7750)

EHWIC-4G-LTE-A

LTE—HSPA+,
HSPA, UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS

North America

700 MHz (band 17), AWS (band 4), and 2100 MHz (band 1) for LTE

800, 850, 1900, and 2100 MHz for UMTS, HSPA+, and HSPA

850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz GSM, EDGE, and GPRS

AT&T LTE (using Sierra Wireless MC7700)

EHWIC-4G-LTE-G

LTE—HSPA+, HSPA, UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS

Global

800 MHz (band 20), 900 MHz (band 8), 1800 MHz (band 3), 2100 MHz (band 1), 2600 MHz (band 7) for LTE

900 and 2100 MHz for UMTS, HSPA+, and HSPA

900, 1800 and 1900 MHz for GSM, EDGE, and GPRS

Global LTE (using Sierra Wireless MC7710)

1 DOrA = Evolution Data Only (EVDO) Revision A

2 CDMA = Code Division Multiple Access

3 1xEVDO = Evolution Data Only


New Software Features in 15.3(3)M

4G SMS

SMS initiated data callback

3G/4G Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) MIB.


Note GPS is not supported in Cisco IOS Release 15.3(3)M. GPS will be supported in Cisco IOS Release 15.3(3)M1.


Software Features in Release 15.2(4)M3

IPv4 bearer

MIPv4, NEMOv4 and RFC 3025

IPv4 subnet behind the LTE User Equipment (UE) interface

eHRPD, which allows seamless handoff between LTE and 3G services (in EHWIC-4G-LTE-V only)

Seamless handoff between LTE and the eHRPD network (in EHWIC-4G-LTE-V only)

Support for the UMTS service as a fallback option from the LTE service (in EHWIC-4G-LTE-A and EHWIC-4G-LTE-G only)

Seamless handoff between the LTE and the UMTS service (in EHWIC-4G-LTE-A and EHWIC-4G-LTE-G only)

Over the Air Device Management (OTA-DM) including wireless configuration Firmware over the Air (FOTA) (in EHWIC-4G-LTE-V only)

Limitations and Restrictions

Currently, cellular networks support only outgoing calls.

Throughput—Due to the shared nature of wireless communications, the experienced throughput varies depending on the number of active users or congestion in a given network.

Cellular networks have higher latency compared to wired networks. Latency rates depend on the technology and carrier. Latency may be higher because of network congestion.

Any restrictions that are part of the terms of service from your carrier.

Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) CLIs exist but the feature is not supported in this release.

SMS—Only one text message up to 160 characters to one recipient at a time is supported. Larger texts are automatically truncated to the proper size before being sent.

For the router that runs the SNMP agent, you must configure appropriate access control (for example, SNMP-server community) using the Cisco IOS CLI for the NMS and agent to work properly.

It is strongly recommended that you configure SNMP V3 with authentication/privacy when implementing SNMP SET operation.

GPS is not supported in Release 15.3(3)M.

Caveats

Open Caveats—Release 15.3(3)M

Resolved Caveats—As of Release 15.3(3)M and Later

Open Caveats—Release 15.3(3)M

CSCui61199

Modem Type: All LTE modems.

Symptom: Inablility to configure the cellular profile username and password through the CLI if a 32 character password is required. This problem will be fixed in 15.3(3)M1.

Condition: The username and password configuration issue occurs when a 4G modem connects in UMTS mode to a 3G network.

Workaround: None

CSCug04917

Modem Type: AT&T and Global LTE.

Symptom: The cellular interface may reset after deleting SMS messages from a full SMS SIM.

Condition: When the system sends traffic over cellular link, the LTE modem continues to receive SMS messages even though the SIM card has reached its full capacity.

Workaround: Setup the FTP server path for auto SMS archiving when the SIM/USIM is full, or delete SMS messages before the SIM is full.

CSCue48693

Modem Type: Verizon

Symptom: Low throughput is seen when uplink carries traffic.

Condition: Send IMIX traffic rate 16 Mbps and greater to the uplink.

Workaround: None.

CSCue41706

Modem Type: All LTE modems.

Symptom: UUT SMS special characters sent does not match receiving device.

Condition: When a special character (`\', `$', `@') is sent by way of SMS from different carriers.

Workaround: None

CSCts51164

Modem Type: All LTE modems

Symptom: Modem becomes unresponsive.

Condition: This symptom is observed when a small packet traffic (64 B) goes downlink at the rate of 35 Mb/s.

Workaround: In the context of small packet traffic (64 B), lower the downlink rate to 25 Mb/s.

CSCtw47467

Modem Type: AT&T

Symptom: The MC7700 modem fails to ping to the network.

Condition: This symptom is observed in the context of pings when a packet size of 1045 B or greater is present and has the Access Point Name (APN) set to Broadband.

Workaround: Use packet size of 1044 B or smaller.

Resolved Caveats—As of Release 15.3(3)M and Later

Table 6 lists the resolved caveats for the Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs.

Table 6 Resolved Caveats for Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs

Defect ID
Modem Type
Summary

CSCty52922

Global

The MC7710 modem always shows -110 dBm RSSI.

CSCub86032

All LTE modems

Update to RSSI callback and get functions.

CSCuc17938

All LTE modems

Incorrect value for Packet Service and Session status in show cellular command.

CSCuc20331

All LTE modems

Heartbeat timeout message on console with the test cell-host 0 usb-to-dm command.

CSCuc40100

All LTE modems

SDK process stuck and no calls, until console messages were flushed.

CSCuc79143

All LTE modems

Cellular Profile Inactive should bring down the Cellular Interface.

CSCud06180

All LTE modems

CWAN_SHIM/SDK crash EHWIC-4G-LTE-V.

CSCtn24365

All LTE modems

Line speed is not being updated.

CSCue19242

All LTE modems

4G Cellular Interface RSSI is not updated after temporary network outage.

CSCts38674

All LTE modems

UTT cannot establish a call using Dialer with no IP address.

CSCtq22132

Verizon

EVDO LED does not come up when UUT is in EHRPD mode.

CSCtq79411

Verizon and AT&T

Sometimes ping fails after the test cellular 0/x/0 modem-reset command.

CSCtw71369

All LTE modems

The SIM status is incorrect after unblocking the SIM.

CSCts84019

All LTE modems

Technology preference mode is not saved after router reload.

CSCtw50379

All LTE modems

The sh cell <x> network command shows "Current Service Status = Emergency Only".

CSCtr21366

All LTE modems

LTE EHWIC FPGA download done; sequence check does not correspond to the hardware specifications.

CSCtu28648

Not applicable. Specific to EHWIC hardware.

Router bootup error.

CSCtx20754

Not applicable. Specific to EHWIC hardware.

FPGA Critical Error: Kirkwood CPU Watchdog Event.

CSCto12629

All LTE modems

LTE LED is ON even when there is no LTE service.

CSCtx81919

All LTE modems

Firmware upgrade on MC77xx failed.

CSCty39273

All LTE modems

Current Service Status and MCC/MNC display data may be incorrect after a modem reset.

CSCtx84262

All LTE modems

MCC and MNC information are invalid after router reload.

CSCuc09975

Verizon

IMSI value incorrectly displays as 0000 when cellular interface is power cycled or reset.

CSCue09818

Verizon

Even after saving the Release 15.2(4)M-specific configuration changes, the values fall back to default after a reload.

CSCue09823

Verizon

Clears the counters without clearing the input drops field in the show cellular 0/0/0 logs dm-log command output.


Related Documentation

Cisco 4G LTE Wireless WAN EHWIC

Provides instructions for installing and upgrading Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/routers/access/interfaces/ic/hardware/installation/guide/EHWIC-4G-LTEHW.html

Configuring Cisco 4G LTE Wireless WAN EHWIC

Provides instructions for configuring Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/routers/access/interfaces/software/feature/guide/EHWIC-4G-LTESW.htm

Open Source License—Open Source Used In Cisco 4G-TE Wireless WAN EHWIC Release 1.0

Provides information about the open source licenses used in Cisco 4G LTE WWAN EHWICs.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/routers/access/interfaces/License/Cisco_4G_LTE_Wireless_WAN_EHWIC_Release_1.0_Open_Source_Documentation.pdf

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html

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