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Configuring CDMA EV-DO Modem Cards

 

The below topics discuss the account activation for CDMA EV-DO Modem Cards and activation details on security devices.

Understanding Account Activation for CDMA EV-DO Modem Cards

Account activation is the process of enabling the CDMA EV-DO wireless modem card to connect to your service provider’s cellular network. This is a one-time process where your subscriber information is saved in nonvolatile memory on the card. The procedure you use to perform account activation depends upon the service provider network.

Note

Activating an account for a CDMA EV-DO 3G wireless modem card is no longer supported on SRX300, SRX320, SRX340, SRX345, SRX380, and SRX550HM devices.

Before activating an account, you can verify the signal strength on the 3G wireless modem interface by using the show modem wireless interface cl-0/0/8 rssi command. The signal strength should be at least -90 dB and preferably better than -80 dB (-125 dB indicates nil signal strength). If the signal strength is below -90 dB, activation may not be possible from that location. For example:

This topic contains the following sections:

Obtaining Electronic Serial Number (ESN)

The service provider requires the electronic serial number (ESN) of the 3G wireless modem card to activate your account and to generate the necessary information you need to activate the card. You can obtain the ESN number of the modem card in the following ways:

  • Inspect the modem card itself; the ESN is printed on the card.

  • Use the CLI show modem wireless interface cl-0/0/8 firmware command, as shown in the following example, and note the value for the Electronic Serial Number (ESN) field:

    user@host> show modem wireless interface cl-0/0/8 firmware

Account Activation Modes

For the CDMA EV-DO 3G wireless modem card, account activation can be done through one or more of the following modes:

  • Over the air service provisioning (OTASP)—protocol for programming phones over the air using Interim Standard 95 (IS-95) Data Burst Messages.

    To activate the 3G wireless modem card with OTASP, you need to obtain from the service provider the dial number that the modem will use to contact the network. Typically, OTASP dial numbers begin with the feature code *228 to indicate an activation call type to the cellular network's base transceiver station, followed by additional digits specified by the service provider.

  • Internet-based over the air (IOTA) provisioning—method for programming phones for voice and data services

  • Manually providing the required information by entering in a CLI operational mode command

Sprint uses manual and IOTA activation, whereas Verizon uses only OTASP.

Note

The 3G wireless modem is set into Single-Carrier Radio Transmission Technology (1xRTT) mode automatically when it is activated for Verizon networks.

Activating the CDMA EV-DO Modem Card Manually

Manual activation stores the supplied values into the 3G wireless modem card's nonvolatile memory. This topic describes the activation of the CDMA EV-DO 3G wireless modem card for use with service provider networks such as Sprint.

Note

Activating a CDMA EV-DO 3G wireless modem card manually is no longer supported on SRX300, SRX320, SRX340, SRX345, SRX380, and SRX550HM devices.

Before you begin, the service provider must activate your account before you can activate the CDMA EV-DO 3G wireless modem card.

Using the electronic serial number (ESN) you provided and your account information, the service provider supplies you with the following information for manual activation of the 3G wireless modem card:

  • Master subsidy lock (MSL)—activation code

  • Mobile directory number (MDN)—10-digit user phone number

  • International mobile station identify (IMSI)—Mobile subscriber information

  • Simple IP user identification (SIP-ID)—Username

  • Simple IP password (SIP-Password)—Password

You also need to obtain the following information from the 3G wireless modem card itself for the activation:

  • System identification (SID)—Number between 0 and 32767

  • Network identification (NID)—Number between 0 and 65535

Use the CLI show modem wireless interface cl-0/0/8 network command to display the SID and NID, as shown in the following example:

user@host> show modem wireless interface cl-0/0/8 network

Use the CLI operational mode command to manually activate the 3G wireless modem card.

This example uses the following values for manual activation:

  • MSL (from service provider)—43210

  • MDN (from service provider)—0123456789

  • IMSI (from service provider)—0123456789

  • SIP-ID (from service provider)—jnpr

  • SIP-Password (from service provider)—jn9rl

  • SID (from modem card)—12345

  • NID (from modem card)—12345

To activate the CDMA EV-DO 3G wireless modem card manually:

user@host> request modem wireless interface cl-0/0/8 activate manual msl 43210 mdn 0123456789 imsi 0123456789 sid 12345 nid 12345 sip-id jnpr sip-password jn9rl

To check the trace log for account activation details:

user@host> tail -f /var/log/wwand.log

Activating the CDMA EV-DO Modem Card with IOTA Provisioning

Manual activation stores the supplied values in the 3G wireless modem card's nonvolatile memory. If the modem card is reset or you need to update Mobile IP (MIP) parameters, use the CLI operational mode command to activate the modem card with IOTA.

Note

Activating a CDMA EV-DO 3G wireless modem card with IOTA provisioning is no longer supported on SRX300, SRX320, SRX340, SRX345, SRX380, and SRX550HM devices.

Before you begin, activate the CDMA EV-DO 3G wireless modem card. See Understanding Account Activation for CDMA EV-DO Modem Cards.

To activate the CDMA EV-DO 3G wireless modem card with IOTA:

user@host> request modem wireless interface cl-0/0/8 activate iota

To check the trace log for account activation details:

user@host> tail -f /var/log/wwand.log

Activating the CDMA EV-DO Modem Card with OTASP Provisioning

This topic describes the activation of the CDMA EV-DO 3G wireless modem card for use with service provider networks such as Verizon.

Note

Activating a CDMA EV-DO 3G wireless modem card with OTASP provisioning is no longer supported on SRX300, SRX320, SRX340, SRX345, SRX380, and SRX550HM devices.

Before you begin:

  • Obtain the dial number that the modem will use to contact the network from the service provider.

  • The service provider must activate your account before OTASP provisioning can proceed.

Use the CLI operational mode command to activate the 3G wireless modem card.

In this example, the dial number from the service provider is *22864.

To activate the CDMA EV-DO 3G wireless modem card with OTASP provisioning:

user@host> request modem wireless interface cl-0/0/8 activate otasp dial-string *22864

To check the trace log for account activation details:

user@host> tail -f /var/log/wwand.log