This is going to be your Initial setup of Raspberry Pi.

Before starting make sure:

  1. You have your SD card ready for the initial Setup (LINK).
  2. You have copied your UUID (LINK).
  3. Sixfab RPi Shield/HAT of your preference.

Steps you need to follow:

  1. Insert you micro SD card to your favourite Raspberry Pi. I am using Raspberry Pi 3B+.

  2. Attach the Sixfab Shield/HAT on the Raspberry Pi. I am using Base HAT with Quectel EC25 and antennas(for 4G connection).

  3. Insert a SIM on your Shield/HAT.

  4. Power up your Raspberry Pi and wait for an SSID to appear in your WiFi list of your Computer. The format of the Wifi SSID would be Sixfab-connect.


  1. Connect to this open Wifi.

  2. Once connected to sixfab-connect WiFi open up a browser and go to url (without https://) or Following page will appear.


  1. Here, select the SSID of the your Wifi. (Not sixfab-connect). This is for your Raspberry Pi to connect to internet. You can either select from the dropdown list or enter manually. Then enter the Password of your Wifi.


  1. At the Section Dashboad Token or UUID, paste the UUID of the device obtain in the previous tutorial.


  1. Then select the HAT/Shield attached to the Raspberry Pi. Click on Select HAT Manually then from the dropdown list selct your HAT/Shield. In case of HAT it will detect automatically.


  1. Now, enter the APN of the SIM you are using. In my case it is internet.


  1. Set the Connection Priority, by Drag and Dropping among the available interfaces. Here, you have options for Ethernet connection, Wireless connection and Cellular connection. In cellular we recommend to use QMI, which is faster comparative to PPP. You can set the priority according to you preference.


  1. Finally, Click on Save and Reboot. This will save the configuration and reboot your Raspberry Pi.
  2. Now, you can connect your computer back to your wifi and step ahead.

3 thoughts on “Initial Setup”

  1. Hi,

    I have made the installation as in this and previous tutorials.

    I first kept the default config, Ethernet, Wifi, Cellular via QMI.
    The device connected and was visible in the IoT dashboard.
    However, when the ethernet and Wifi is not accessible it isn’t able to connect to Cellular.
    The blue light is blinking.

    Second, I changed the config to, Cellular, Ethernet, Wifi
    The device cannot connect anymore in the IoT dashboard.
    However, the device is still accessible over the Wifi using SSH.
    Again, the blue light is blinking.

    The correct APN has been configured.
    Where can I access a log to see what is wrong?

  2. This is a great document. I found this by accident searching google as my hat came with no pointers on how to use it. After paying for a Verizon account and getting a sim from them I tried giving them my IMEI number and their system would not recognize it. They state that their system requires a certified device running thingspace firmware when searching their site. Who and how do I get a sim that I can get the APN and IOT service to support this device? It seems like I’m missing a high level tutorial for the basics that at some point after getting the sim and service set up would point me to this series of docs and I’m ready with the APN to put your instructions to work for me. Thanks in advance…

    1. Hi Larry,
      You will need to register under their portal for Verizon.
      Which HAT/Shield will you use with?
      Which network do you plan to use? 4G, LTE CAT M1, NB-IoT, etc.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *