MicroMod Asset Tracker Carrier Board Hookup Guide

Contributors: El Duderino, PaulZC
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Hardware Assembly

Now that we are familiar with the hardware on the Asset Tracker Carrier Board, it's time to assemble it with your chosen MicroMod Processor and get it connected to your computer.

Inserting Your Processor

With the M.2 MicroMod connector, connecting your processor board is a breeze. Simply match up the key on your processor's beveled edge connector to the key on the M.2 connector. At a 45° angle, insert the processor board to the M.2 connector. The processor board will stick up at an angle as seen here:

Photo showing the Processor inserted into M.2 connector at 45 degree angle.

Once the board is in the socket, gently press the Processor down, grab the set screw and tighten it with a Phillip's head screwdriver:

Photo showing the Processor being secured with a screwdriver.

With the Processor secure, your assembled MicroMod Asset Tracker system should look similar to the image below!

Photo showing a properly secured Processor Board.

Note There is technically no way to insert the Processor backwards since the key prevents from mating with the M.2 connector. As an extra safeguard to prevent inserting a Processor improperly or with a poor connection, the mounting screw will not match up if the Processor is not plugged in entirely.

Connecting Everything Up

Now is a good time to insert the Nano SIM from your service provider. Make sure the orientation matches the symbol on the PCB; the edge with the trimmed corner is inserted first.

The LTE and GNSS connections simply screw on to the appropriate SMA connectors. Make sure you check the labeling on the board and connect them the right way round. (LTE is on the Left.)

MicroMod Asset Tracker fully assembled circuit with antennas

With your processor inserted and secured it's time to connect your MicroMod Asset Tracker Carrier Board to your computer using the USB-C connector. Depending on which processor you choose and which drivers you already have installed, you may need to install drivers for your board. Refer to your Processor's Hookup Guide for detailed instructions on how to install them.