Cisco Wireless Gateway
Before proceeding with the following steps, make sure you have connected the antennas and (PoE) ethernet interface as documented by the Cisco manual.
The following steps are executed using the Cisco Console interface, for which you need a special USB (connected to your computer) to RJ45 (connected to the gateway) console cable.
Note: the following instructions only reflect the configuration to get you started. Please consult the Cisco Wireless Gateway documentation for a complete manual.
Connect to console
You can use
screen to connect to the Cisco (serial) Console. Example:
# replace /dev/ttyUSB with the serial device screen /dev/ttyUSB0 115200
After the gateway has been fully started, you will see the folliwing line:
Press RETURN to get started
Press RETURN and you will see
Gateway> as prompt. For the configuration of the Cisco, you need to turn on the Privileged commands. To do so, enter the following command:
The prompt should now have changed to
Enter the following command to display the installed firmware version of the gateway:
Make sure that the version is (at least) 2.1.0. If your gateway has an older version installed, please update it first.
To upgrade the firmware, put the firmware image on an USB key, then insert the USB key into the gateway. In the following example, the firmware image is named
Mount the USB key and change directory and list its content:
usb enable cd usb:/ dir
The output should look simmilar to:
Directory of usb:/ -rwx 87371566 Nov 17 2020 20:06:06 ixm_mdm_i_k9-188.8.131.52.tar.gz
To only update the firmware and keep the user data:
archive download-sw firmware /normal /save-reload ixm_mdm_i_k9-184.108.40.206.tar.gz
To upgrade the firmware and delete the user data:
archive download-sw firmware /factory /force-reload ixm_mdm_i_k9-220.127.116.11.tar.gz
Enter the following commands to configure the Gateway network interface:
# Configure gateway from the terminal configure terminal # Select interface to configure interface FastEthernet 0/1
To automatically assign an IP address using DHCP:
ip address dhcp
To assign a static IP address to the gateway:
ip address <ip-address> <subnet-mask>
To save the network interface configuration:
# Set interface specific description description Ethernet # Exit interface configuration exit # Exit configuration mode exit # Save the configuration copy running-config startup-config
To test that the ethernet interface has been configured properly, you can use the
ping ip command:
ping ip <ip-address>
Enter the following commands to enable the GPS module:
# Configure gateway from the terminal configure terminal # Enable UBX data in UART output gps ubx enable # Exit configuration mode exit # Save the configuration copy running-config startup-config
Enter the following commands to make sure the radio is enabled:
When it is turned of, turn it on with the following commands:
# Configure gateway from the terminal configure terminal # Enable the radio no radio off # Exit configuration mode exit # Save the configuration copy running-config startup-config
Common Packet Forwarder
The Cisco Wireless Gateway comes with a Common Packet Forwarder which is compatible with the Semtech Basic Station. In this case, the ChirpStack Gateway Bridge will not run on the gateway, but must be installed on a separate server, with the Basic Station backend enabled.
ChirpStack Gateway Bridge configuration
Below you will find a simplified configuration example for the EU868 band. Refer to the Configuration page for a full configuration example.
# Gateway backend configuration. [backend] # Backend type. type="basic_station" # Basic Station backend. [backend.basic_station] # ip:port to bind the Websocket listener to. bind=":3001" # Region. region="EU868" # Minimal frequency (Hz). frequency_min=863000000 # Maximum frequency (Hz). frequency_max=870000000 # Concentrator configuration. # Note: this is defined twice as the Cisco gateway has two SX1301 chips. [[backend.basic_station.concentrators]] # Multi-SF channel configuration. [backend.basic_station.concentrators.multi_sf] # Frequencies (Hz). frequencies=[ 868100000, 868300000, 868500000, 867100000, 867300000, 867500000, 867700000, 867900000, ] # LoRa STD channel. [backend.basic_station.concentrators.lora_std] # Frequency (Hz). frequency=868300000 # Bandwidth (Hz). bandwidth=250000 # Spreading factor. spreading_factor=7 # FSK channel. [backend.basic_station.concentrators.fsk] # Frequency (Hz). frequency=868800000 [[backend.basic_station.concentrators]] # Multi-SF channel configuration. [backend.basic_station.concentrators.multi_sf] # Frequencies (Hz). frequencies=[ 868100000, 868300000, 868500000, 867100000, 867300000, 867500000, 867700000, 867900000, ] # LoRa STD channel. [backend.basic_station.concentrators.lora_std] # Frequency (Hz). frequency=868300000 # Bandwidth (Hz). bandwidth=250000 # Spreading factor. spreading_factor=7 # FSK channel. [backend.basic_station.concentrators.fsk] # Frequency (Hz). frequency=868800000 # Integration configuration. [integration] # Payload marshaler. marshaler="protobuf" # MQTT authentication. [integration.mqtt.auth] type="generic" # Generic MQTT authentication. [integration.mqtt.auth.generic] # MQTT servers. # # Configure one or multiple MQTT server to connect to. Each item must be in # the following format: scheme://host:port where scheme is tcp, ssl or ws. servers=[ "tcp://127.0.0.1:1883", ]
Common Packet Forwarder configuration
Common Packet Forwarder will use the GPS module to determine the country and region. In case
cpf enable will result in an error that the region is undefined, make sure that the gateway is able to obtain a GPS position and try again.
Enter the following commands to configure the Common Packet Forwarder:
# Configure gateway from the terminal configure terminal # Enter the Common Packet Forwarder configuration common-packet-forwarder profile # Configure antenna gain and loss value antenna 1 omni gain 4.3 loss 0.1 # Configure gateway ID # Replace <GatewayID> with your gateway ID gatewayid <GATEWAYID> # Enable GPS usage gps enable # Configure IP and port to which the Common Packet Forwarder must connect # Replace <IP> with the IP of the ChirpStack Gateway Bridge # Replace <PORT> with the port on which ChirpStack Gateway Bridge is listening ipaddr <IP> port <PORT> # Enable Common Packet Forwarder cpf enable # Exit the (Common Packet Forwarder) configuration mode exit exit # Save the configuration copy running-config startup-config