Cellular Function Board - Blues Wireless Notecarrier
The SparkFun Cellular Function Board - Blues Wireless Notecarrier features the Notecard from Blues Wireless. The Notecard is unique among cellular modules as it has a built-in SIM card and includes a 10 year subscription and 500MB of data included in the price. The Notecard module also comes with integrated cellular, SIM, onboard GPS, 3-axis accelerometer with an on-chip temperature sensor. On top of that, the Notecard features outboard device firmware updates (DFU) meaning you can reprogram a connected Processor remotely through Blues' Notehub service! There are some limitations to this process so make sure to read further in this guide for more information on how to properly perform Outboard device firmware updates.
The MicroMod Cellular Function Board includes everything you need : a carrier board (Blues calls them Notecarriers) and the globally enabled NB-IoT & LTE-M M.2 based module (Blues calls them Notecards).
The following materials are necessary for following along with this guide (check out our all inclusive, starter kit). All Function Boards require a Main Board and Processor to connect to each other. Depending on your application, you may need a Single or Dual Main Board:
A Processor Board is needed to act as a host controller for the Function Board:
You'll also need a cellular and GNSS antenna:
The Notecard Module uses u.Fl connectors for both antenna connections so, depending on your choice of antennas, you may also need an adapter cable like these:
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