USB port

This connector is used to upload code into Waspmote with a male to male USB cable provided by Libelium. Also, Plug & Sense! sends messages via this USB port. Just connect one side of the cable to this connector, removing protection cap and connect the other side to a PC to upload a code or to charge the internal rechargeable battery. Next picture shows an example.

Figure: USB connector and protective cap
Figure: Connecting the USB cable to Waspmote

When uploading processes are finished, do not forget to screw firmly the protection cap to avoid connector damage. Never connect a USB which exceed maximum ratings of USB standard.

Figure: Connecting USB charger

For indoor deployments the nodes can be recharged using the USB charger and the regular USB cable.

Figure: Charging the mote via USB

Outdoors USB Cable

The Outdoors USB Cable is made for outdoors applications with high power consumption requirements, where nodes need to be permanently powered. It consists of a 3-meter cable with the solar socket connector on one end, and a USB male A type on the other end.

The solar socket end is meant to be connected on the solar socket of Plug & Sense!, it is not valid for the sensor sockets. This special end is waterproof and suitable for outdoors connections.

On the other hand, the USB end of the cable is thought to be connected to the USB charger (AC/DC, 5 V output). Bear in mind that this end is not waterproof so it cannot be used outdoors. Please protect it accordingly.

Figure: Outdoors USB Cable

One application of the cable is to power a node placed on the facade of a building; the USB cable goes indoors through a nearby window, and the USB end remains indoors, connected to a wall adapter.

Figure: Application of the Outdoors USB Cable

External SIM/USB socket

The External SIM/USB socket replaces the USB socket in 2 types of devices:

  • Waspmote Plug & Sense! devices with 4G module

  • Meshlium devices with 4G module

The External SIM/USB socket is composed of 2 connectors:

  • nano-SIM card

  • micro-USB (type B)

Figure: External SIM/USB socket in a Plug & Sense! with 4G module

The operation with the micro-USB socket is just the same than with the normal USB socket. Just remember to use a micro-USB cable.

Figure: Connecting the micro-USB cable to Plug & Sense!

The nano-SIM card connector allows the user to connect the SIM card he likes from the outside. It is not necessary to send a SIM card to Libelium for proper installation. You can ask your telecommunication provider for a nano-SIM card. Alternatively you can take a normal SIM card and transform it into a nano-SIM card with a SIM card cutter.

Besides, the nano-SIM card connector has a push-push mechanism, so it is really easy to remove the card with the aid of one nail.

Figure: Push-push mechanism in the External SIM/USB socket

Please mind the correct orientation of the nano-SIM card: the side of the chip must look towards the micro-USB connector, and the 45º-angled corner must face the device.

Figure: Correct orientation of the nano-SIM card

It is highly important to turn off the Plug & Sense! device in a secure way before inserting a SIM card, or removing an existing SIM-card. The user can damage the device if this operation is done \"on-the-fly\".

Make sure you closed the External SIM/USB socket with its protection cap before outdoors deployment.

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Take into account that the External SIM/USB socket has a limited resistance so please be gentle and do not push too hard with the USB or SIM card.

Figure: Inserting a SIM card with care in the External SIM/USB socket

Note: From February 2018, Libelium has redesigned the SIM-USB connector, now it is more resistant and we have updated it using the most popular SIM card standard, nano-SIM.