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Barracuda NextGen Firewall X

CLI commands for USB UMTS modems

  • Type: Knowledgebase
  • Date changed: one year ago
Solution 00005298 

This solution replies to:
- NG Firewall firmware versions 4.2.x, 5.0.x, 5.2.x
- netfence firmware versions 4.2.x


Is it possible to get informations about the USB UMTS modem via command line?


Every UMTS modem supports the "AT" commands to get all necessary information about the device.

The connection to the modem appears via the serial USB port "ttyUSB0". This serial port is accessable via the terminal program "minicom"

Configure "minicom"

Enter the comman line and start the configuration mode of minicom:

# minicom -s

Enter the menu "Serial port setup" and set the following settings and save the changes:

A - Serial Device          : /dev/ttyUSB0
B - Lockfile Location      : /var/lock
C - Callin Program         :
D - Callout Program        :
E - Bps/Par/Bits           : 9600 8N1
F - Hardware Flow Control  : No
G - Software Flow Control  : No

Now you can connect to the modem by starting the minicom:

# minicom

List of AT commands

This is the list of all avaliable AT commands. Not all of this commands must be supported by the modem.

PINCommand:     AT+CPIN?
Response:    +CPIN: <code>
Description: Check PIN status. <code> can have several values, these are the more common ones
                    Not waiting for PIN (no PIN or PIN already entered)
                SIM PIN
                    Waiting for SIM PIN code.
                SIM PUK
                    Waiting for SIM PUK code.

Command:     AT+CPIN=<pin>[,<newpin>]
Response:    OK +CME ERROR: <error>
Description: Enter/change PIN.

                    +CPIN: SIM PIN


                    +CPIN: READY

Network Registration
Command:     AT+CREG?, AT+CREG=? , AT+CREG=<n>
Response:    +CREG: <n>,<stat>,[,<lac>,<ci>[,<AcT>]] +CME ERROR
Description: Get network registration status and controls unsolicited status callback, which when turned 
             on will send a +CREG message with the new network status when something changes.             

             <n>  0. Disable unsolicited status callback.
                  1. Enable unsolicited status callback, +CREG: <stat>
                  2. Enable unsolicited status callback, +CREG: <stat>,[,<lac>,<ci>[,<AcT>]]

             <stat>  0. Not registered, not searching
                     1. Registered to home network
                     2. Not registered, searching for network
                     3. Registration denied
                     5. Registered, roaming

             <lac>  Location area code

             <ci>  UTRAN/GERAN cell ID
             <AcT> Network access type 
                   0. GSM
                   1. Compact GSM
                   2. UTRAN
                   3. GSM with EGPRS
                   4. UTRAN with HSDPA
                   5. UTRAN with HSUPA
                   6. UTRAN with HSDPA and HSUPA

UTRAN is a short for UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access Network. The following example shows that full unsolicited status callback is enabled, that the device is registered to its home network followed by an location area code followed by the UTRAN cell ID. Unfortunately this device does not show access type with this command.

                    +CREG: 2,1,?048A?,?58B2

Response:    +COPS: (<mode>,[<format>,<oper>[,<AcT>]]),?, (<modeN>,[<formatN>,<operN>[,<AcTN>]])

Response:    +COPS: <stat>, long <oper>, short <oper>, numeric <oper>, <AcT>
Response:    +CME ERROR:

Response:    OK +CME ERROR
Description: Get/set current GSM/UMTS network operator, list available operators. This can be used to 
             change for example access type and switch network.
             <mode>  0. Automatic network selection (<oper> ignored)
                     1. Manual network selection, <oper> must be present, <AcT> is optional.
                     2. Deregister from network.
                     3. Set <format only, no registration/deregistration.
                     4. Manual selection with automatic fall back (enters automatic mode if 
                        manual selection fails).
             <format>  0. Long alphanumeric string
                       1. Short alphanumeric string
                       2. Numeric ID
             <oper>  String (based on <format>) that identifies the operator.

             <stat>  0. Unknown
                     1. Available
                     2. Current
                     3. Forbidden
             <AcT> Network access type  
                   0. GSM
                   1. Compact GSM
                   2. UTRAN
                   3. GSM with EGPRS
                   4. UTRAN with HSDPA
                   5. UTRAN with HSUPA
                   6. UTRAN with HSDPA and HSUPA

The following example shows that the devices is connected to the operator called ?3? using UTRAN (which is UMTS, also called 3G). Listing available networks shows the current network, an additional UTMS network called Sweden3G that is forbidden and a GSM network called ?3? that is available.

                +COPS: 0,0,?3?,2

                +COPS: (2,?3?,?3?,?24004?,2),(1,?3?,?3?,?24008?,0),(3,?Sweden 3G?,?Sweden3G?,?2)

Command:     AT+COPN
Response:    +COPN: <numeric1>,<alpha1>, ?, +COPN: <numericN>,<alphaN>
Description: Read operator names stored in device memory.
                   +COPN: ?20408?,?NL KPN?
                   +COPN: ?20412?,?NL Telfort?
                   +COPN: ?20416?,?T-Mobile NL?
                   +COPN: ?20420?,?Orange NL?
                   +COPN: ?24002?,?3 SE?
                   +COPN: ?24004?,?SWEDEN?
                   +COPN: ?24005?,?Sweden 3G?
                   +COPN: ?24008?,?Telenor SE?
                   +COPN: ?24010?,?S COMVIQ?

Define PDP (Packet Data Protocol) context

Command:     AT+CGDCONT=<cid> [,<pdptype> [,<apn>[,<pdpaddr> [,<dcomp>[,<hcomp]]]]]
Response:    OK ERROR

Command:     AT+CGDCONT?
Response:    +CGDCONT: <cid1>,<pdptype1>,<apn1>,<pdpaddr1><dcomp1>,<hcomp1>, ?, <cidN>,<pdptypeN>,

Response:    +CGDCONT: (<cid_range>),<pdptype>,,,(<dcomp_range>),(<hcomp_range>)
Description: Allows configuration of one or several packet data protocol context which forms the base 
             of a data connection.
             <cid> PDP context ID, minimum value is 1, maximum value depends on device and can be 
                   found with the =? command.
             <pdptype> String parameter identifying the protocol type
                      IP ? Internet Protocol
                      IPV6 ? Internet Protocol, version 6
                      PPP ? Point to Point Protocol
             <apn> String that identifies the Access Point Name in the packet data network.
             <pdpaddr> Requested address, if null ( an address is requested dynamically.
             <dcomp> PDP data compression control, off by default.

             <hcomp> PDP header compression control, off by default.
                > AT+CGDCONT=1,?IP?,?
                +CGDCONT: 1,?IP?,?,?,0,0
                +CGDCONT: (1-16),?IP?,,,(0-2),(0-4)
                +CGDCONT: (1-16),?PPP?,,,(0-2),(0-4)
                +CGDCONT: (1-16),?IPV6?,,,(0-2),(0-4) 

PDP Authentication
Command:     AT$QCPDPP=<cid>,<auth_type>,<auth_name>,<auth_pwd>
Response:    OK ERROR
Description: A Qualcomm command, defines authentication parameters for the PDP context id <cid>. 

             <auth_type>  0. None
                          1. PAP
                          2. CHAP

             <auth_name> and <auth_pwd> are strings with the authentication information.

Signal quality
Command:     AT+CSQ
Response:    +CSQ: <rssi>,<ber>
Description: Returns signal quality.

             <rssi>  Received Signal Strength Indicator
                     0          -113 dBm or less
                     1          -111 dBm
                     2 to 30    -109 to -53 dBm
                     31         -51 dBm or greater
                     99         not known or not detectable

             <ber>  Bit Error Rate, in percent 0..7.
                     99 not known or not detectable

A note on the RSSI (received signal strength), dBm is a decibel (logarithmic) scale with a reference of 1 milliwatt thus 0 dBm equals a received signal of 1 mW.
Signal strength is usually lower than 1 mW and therefore below 0, so the larger (closer to 0) the better signal strength.
You can convert the RSSI to dBM with dBm = (rssi \times 2) - 113

                +CSQ: (0-31,99),(99)

                +CSQ: 14,99

Manufacturer/model/revision identification

Command:    AT+GMI
Response:   Manufacturer Identification string

Command:    AT+GMM
Response:   Model Identification string
Command:    AT+GMR
Response:   Revision Identification string

                Option N.V.


               2.4.6Hd (Date: Oct 04 2007, Time: 11:59:08)

Option N.V. proprietary AT-style commands
Command:     AT_OWANCALL=<pdp context>,<enabled>[,<callback enabled>]
Response:    OK
Description: Used to initiate UMTS/HSDPA connections.

             <pdp context> ? Existing, valid, PDP context that specifies the intended APN to connect to.

             <enabled> ? 1 = Enable connection, 0 = Disable connection (disconnect)

             <callback enabled> ? 1 = Asynchronous callback when connection is established, 0 = silent

                _OWANCALL: 1, 1
                _OWANCALL: 1, 0

Command:     AT_OWANDATA=<pdp context>
Response:    _OWANDATA: <pdp context>, <ip address>, <route?>, <nameserver 1>, <nameserver 2>, 
             <unknown>, <unknown>, <speed>
Description: Retrieve IP configuration from an established connection previously created with 
                _OWANDATA: 1,,,,,, 



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