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<h3>Locking band on Huawei and other modems </h3>
<h3>Locking band on Huawei and other modems </h3>
To lock band for Huawei modems <code>/interface lte set lte1 band=""</code> option can't be used.  
To lock band for Huawei modems <code>/interface lte set lte1 band=""</code> option can't be used.  
It is possible to use AT commands to lock to desired band manually.
It is possible to use AT commands to lock to desired band manually.

Revision as of 13:54, 20 June 2017


Applies to RouterOS: v6+,v5.12+


Package: system

Support for Direct-IP mode type cards only. (QMI Support may be possible in future)

To enable access via a PPP interface instead of a LTE Interface, change direct IP mode with /port firmware set ignore-directip-modem=yes command and a reboot. Note that using PPP emulation mode you will not get the same max speeds as using the native lte interface.

LTE Client

Sub-menu: /interface lte


Property Description
add-default-route (yes | no; Default: no) Whether to add default route to forward all traffic over the LTE interface.
authentication (pap | chap; Default: ) Allowed protocol to use for authentication
apn (string; Default: "") Service Provider's Access Point Name
band (; Default: "") Frequency band used in communication LTE Bands and bandwidths
comment (string; Default: "") Descriptive name of an item
default-route-distance (integer; Default: 1) Since v6.2, sets distance value applied to auto created default route, if add-default-route is also selected
disabled (yes | no; Default: yes) Whether interface is disabled or not. By default it is disabled.
mac-address (MAC; Default: "") Media Access Control number of an interface.
modem-init (string; Default: "") Modem init string
mtu (integer; Default: 1500) Maximum Transmission Unit. Max packet size that LTE interface will be able to send without packet fragmentation.
name (string; Default: "") Descriptive name of the interface.
network-mode (3g | auto | gsm | lte; Default: auto) Select/force mode LTE interface is to operate with
password (string; Default: "") Password used for authentication.
pin (string; Default: "") SIM Card's PIN code.
user (string; Default: "") User name used for authentication.


It is possible to scan LTE interfaces with /interface lte scan command

Available read only properties:

Property Description
duration (integer) Duration of scan in seconds
freeze-frame-interval () time between data printout
number (integer) Interface number

User Info command

It is possible to send special "info" command to LTE interface with /interface lte info command.

Properties (Up to 6.40)

Property Description
user-command (string; Default: "") send a command to LTE card to extract useful information, e.g. with AT commands
user-command-only (yes | no; Default: )

User at-chat command

It is possible to send user defined "at-chat" command to LTE interface with /interface lte at-chat command.

[admin@MikroTik] > /interface lte at-chat lte1 input="AT*mrd_imei\?"                         
  output: *MRD_IMEI:356159060388208


You can also use "at-chat" function in scripts and assign command output to variable.

[admin@MikroTik] > :global "lte_command" [/interface lte at-chat lte1 input="AT*mrd_imei\?" as-value ] 
[admin@MikroTik] > :put $"lte_command"


Quick setup example

Set correct parameters on LTE client interface (provided by network provider):

/interface lte
set [ find ] authentication=chap name=lte1 network-mode=auto password=web user=web

Add a DHCP Client to LTE Interface just created:

/ip dhcp-client
add default-route-distance=1 disabled=no interface=lte1

If required, add NAT Masquerade for LTE Interface to get internet:

/ip firewall nat
add action=masquerade chain=srcnat out-interface=lte1

After interface is added, you can use "info" command to see what parameters client acquired (parameters returned depends on LTE hardware device):

[admin@MikroTik] > /interface lte info lte1 once 
status: call in progress
pin-status: no password required
functionality: full
manufacturer: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
model: ME909u-521
revision: 12.631.07.01.00
current-operator: vodafone ES
current-cellid: 44436007
access-technology: Evolved 3G (LTE)
signal-strengh: -79 dBm
frame-error-rate: n/a
earfcn: n/a
imei: 860461024123456
imsi: 234012555034981
uicc: n/a
rssi: -79dBm
rsrp: -109dBm
rsrq: -13dB
sinr: -1dB
[admin@MikroTik] >


Locking band on Huawei and other modems

To lock band for Huawei modems /interface lte set lte1 band="" option can't be used.

It is possible to use AT commands to lock to desired band manually.

To check all supported bands run at-chat command:

[admin@MikroTik] /interface lte at-chat lte1 input="AT^SYSCFGEX=\?"

output: ^SYSCFGEX: ("00","03","02","01","99"),((2000004e80380,"GSM850/GSM900/GSM1800/GSM1900/WCDMA BCI/WCDMA BCII/WCDMA BCV/WCDMA BCVIII"),
(3fffffff,"All Bands")),(0-2),(0-4),((800d7,"LTE BC1/LTE BC2/LTE 
BC3/LTE BC5/LTE BC7/LTE BC8/LTE BC20"),(7fffffffffffffff,"All Bands")) 

Example to lock to LTE band 7,

[admin@MikroTik] /interface lte set lte1 modem-init="AT^SYSCFGEX=\"03\",3FFFFFFF,2,4,40,,

Change last part 40 to desired band specified hexadecimal value where:

40 LTE BC7
80000 LTE BC20

All band HEX values and AT commands can be found in Huawei AT Command Interface Specification guide

Check if band is locked:

[admin@MikroTik] /interface lte at-chat lte1 input="AT^SYSCFGEX\?"

output: ^SYSCFGEX: "03",3FFFFFFF,0,2,40

For more information check modem manufacturers AT command reference manuals. [ Top | Back to Content ]