PPP installer for Sixfab Shield/HAT

Sixfab offers Shields/HATs for Raspberry Pi which provides cellular PPP Internet connection anywhere with the availability of mobile network coverage. These shields are:

This Tutorial is maintained in our documentation section.

Base Shield
Base HAT
Cellular App. IoT Shield
Cellular IoT HAT
Tracker HAT

Please submit your technical issues and feedback to the community forum.

Each of these shields can be connected to the Internet via PPP(Point to Point Protocol). For this tutorial, we have written a script to install and perform the required steps.

Without further ado let us jump into the installation process:

1. Get the script by the following command

wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sixfab/Sixfab_PPP_Installer/master/ppp_installer/install.sh

2. Now change the permission of the downloaded script. chmod +x install.sh

3. Now install the script sudo ./install.sh It will ask several questions, just answer them accordingly to complete the installation process. The questions are:

  • Please choose your Sixfab Shields/HATs
    You will be offered to choose among the mentioned three shields. Then it will fetch required scripts for you.ppp install.sh01
  • Do you have updated kernel
    It asks if your kernel is up-to-date. If no[N] it updates the kernel else it skips the update. Then it installs ppp.install.sh02
  • What is your carrier APN?
    Here, it asks for your carrier’s APN. For me it is hologram.install.sh03
  • Enter your PORT name
    In this step you will enter your PORT. For 3G, 4G/LTE Base Shield && Base HAT it will be ttyUSB3.install.sh04
  • Do you want to activate auto-connect/reconnect service at R.Pi boot up?
    This option allows you to connect to the Internet via your shield automatically when your Raspberry Pi Starts. If you want to connect to the Internet automatically type y else N. If you have selected N then you will need to run sudo pon to connect to the internet and sudo poff to stop it. Make sure your module is powered up(Not applicable for Base Shield).intall.sh05

Enjoy your Internet connection.

EXTRA

Route: One of the possible errors you may get is the routing error. In this case, run the following commands

sudo route del default
sudo route add default ppp0

Credential
If your carrier asks for username and password;
Remove noauth  from /etc/ppp/peers/provider  and add following lines

user “YOUR USERNAME”
password “YOURPASSWORD”

Selecting port

Shield/HAT PORT
GSM/GPRS Shield ttyS0/ttyUSB0
Base Shield / Base HAT ttyUSB3
Cellular IoT App. Shield / Cellular IoT HAT ttyS0/ttyUSB3
Tracker HAT ttyS0

To understand PPP further you can check PPP documentation.

[OUTDATED] Tutorial 2 | Make a PPP internet connection with Sixfab GPRS Shield on Raspberry Pi

Following Tutorial is old. Please follow new PPP installer tutorial.
Sixfab GSM/GPRS Shield is using Quectel M66 GSM/GPRS module. It bears the optimal performance in SMS, Data transmission and audio service. Due to the small size(equal to size of raspberry pi zero) it is easily embeddable in any project like video streamer, establishing Internet connection, security systems, tracking system etc.
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