If you're on a job site installing a PDK system with no internet connectivity on site, PDK recommends using a cellular modem as a temporary (or permanent) measure to connect to the cloud during installation.
What Is a Cellular Modem and How Does It Work?
A cellular modem is a device that typically adds wireless 4G (LTE) or 5G connectivity to a laptop or desktop computer. They are generally available as an external USB module.
A cellular modem may also be on a PCI or PCI Express card that plugs into an empty slot on the motherboard. A cellular modem works much like a standard analog dial-up modem in that it connects to a computer or host device through a serial interface and configures and dials using AT commands.
A cellular modem is like regular modems. The only difference between cellular modems and other dial-up modems is they get their WAN (wide area network) signal from a cellular provider (yes, the same kind of cellular provider used for your phone) rather than directly connected to the WAN via cables. Cellular modems are generally available as an external USB module.
NOTE: Cellular modem providers nearly always block some of the ports needed for communications. They will also block them from time to time with updates. Contacting the cellular modem service provider normally resolves this.
Which Modems Does PDK Recommend?
Most cellular modems should work, but we work with dealers who have had good experience with the Netgear LB1120 and Netgear Nighthawk M1, which give you access to more cellular bands. If you’re in an area where the cell coverage is really bad, the M1 will have better range and higher throughput.
All you have to do is put a working SIM card with a data plan into the Netgear modem, plug the modem into the Cloud Node, and that's it. It's recommended to use your client's data plan if possible.