Configuring the SIM card
RT LIVE v2 requires Micro SIM format - this is bigger than the Nano SIM and smaller then the Mini SIM. SIM cards are now supplied with break away spacers to suit all sizes.
The RT LIVE v2 ONLY needs to use a simple data service, and as such it only needs SIM card that has data services available. Its recommended to use a SIM card that is designed for a tablet, these only have data services available and normally work as soon as they are inserted.
The RT LIVE v2 is based on a 4G LTE module, so the SIM card needs to be able to access 4G LTE data services. The legacy CMDA services are not supported.
Sometimes data SIMs are advertised as Machine to Machine, or M2M cards. These are most often used in industrial or commercial applications, such as vending machines. There is nothing special about these cards, and they will work well in the RT LIVE v2. For applications where there are lots of unit in use, the advantage of M2M SIM cards is that they normally come with a web management interface so the user can check the charging, data usage, monthly invoicing etc.
If the card is designed to work in a phone and also has SMS and voice communication service available then that is not an issue at all, these additional services will not be used. However there is a subtle issue with these cards with regards there activation procedure. Often when they are first inserted the phone will get a SMS explaining how to activate the service, or could even need the customer to make a phone call to activate them. Since the RT LIVE v2 will not get this SMS, or following any activation service is recommended to insert the SIM card to a phone, get it fully activated and working, and then transfer it to the RT LIVE v2 unit.
To configure the SIM card: The APN or Access Point Name is the URL used for a connection to the gateway between your carrier's cellular network and the public Internet. The APN URL depends on the SIM card provider.
Race Technology cannot assist with these settings, that information has to come from the SIM card provider.
Another common question is how much data is needed. That depends on the application but its typically in the range of 2 to 10Mbytes per hour.
Note that occasionally its needed to get the IMEI of a device. If this is required then please contact Race Technology directly.
On RT LIVE v2 units with an accessible SIM card the Micro SIM can be changed.
Insert the Micro SIM in the orientation shown, push all the way in.
To remove the Micro SIM card push to eject.