CELL215 4G LTE CAT1 Cellular Module for EMEA Countries
Simple to Use, Easy to Maintain
Low-power option for use in EMEA countries
weather applications supported water applications supported energy applications supported gas flux and turbulence applications supported infrastructure applications supported soil applications supported


By using Campbell Scientific’s external line of cellular modules, system integrators, OEMs, and large end users can avoid costly, time-consuming maintenance visits to remote devices around the world.

The CELL200 series of external cellular modules are 4G LTE cellular devices that provide serial or CS I/O connectivity to a number of cellular networks, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Rogers, Bell, Telstra, and Telus. The networking and carrier used by the CELL200 series is determined by the model used and the SIM card inserted into the device.

The CELL215 has very low power consumption when compared to other cellular modems: 14 mA at idle, 39 mA when active, and 300 µA when in low power mode.

When coupled with Campbell Scientific data services, these devices are ready for you to use out of the box. There is no need for you to work with cellular carriers for provisioning and experience the accompanying hassle.

The CELL215 is part of the CELL200 series of modems that includes:

  • CELL205 for use with AT&T
  • CELL210 for use with Verizon
  • CELL215 for use in EMEA countries
  • CELL220 for use in Australia and New Zealand
  • CELL225 for use in Japan

Note: The CELL215 does not ship with a SIM card unless the cellular modem was provisioned with/for Campbell Scientific cellular data services; the SIM card is provided by the carrier when signing up for service. For more information, visit the Cellular Data Services page

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Benefits and Features

  • Includes everything needed for use with a Campbell Scientific data logger or smart sensor
  • Low power consumption for solar-powered sites
  • Easy integration, setup, and installation
  • No moving parts and low maintenance
  • Compatible with modern Campbell Scientific data loggers
  • Compatible with Edlog-era data loggers in serial server mode
  • 4G LTE networking
  • Ready for out-of-the-box use with Campbell Scientific data services
  • Konect routing service included to assure a secure connection with Campbell Scientific data logger support software


Technical Description

The CELL215 is an industrial 4G LTE cellular module. It requires at least one micro-SIM 3FF card (for six position/contacts interface) supplied by your cellular carrier and a suitable 12 or 24 Vdc nominal power source. The CELL215 has an RS-232 serial port and a CS I/O port that can be used for serial server, serial client, and PPP host services. These ports are commonly connected to a data logger RS-232 serial or CS I/O port. The CELL215 has two antenna connectors to be used for primary and diversity antennas, although the unit can operate with only the primary cellular antenna connected.

Internet Connectivity

The CELL215 provides Internet connectivity to any Campbell Scientific data logger located within range of a compatible cellular network. Armed with Internet connectivity, a data logger can remotely connect to Campbell Scientific software on a PC, mobile device, and the cloud. The CELL215 can also enable many data loggers to communicate using other Internet protocols, such as Modbus, DNP3, email, and web (HTTP).

Device Intelligence

The CELL215 provides highly reliable connectivity and remote device management independent of the device it is connected to. The numerous embedded services include IP serial server and client.

Establishing Cellular Service

Campbell Scientific offers low-cost cellular data service plans for the CELL215. Our data service plans include Verizon in the United States and AT&T in North America (US, Mexico, Canada), as well as international access to over 600 carriers in 185 countries. The Konect routing service is included to assure a secure connection with Campbell Scientific data logger support software.

Configuring the CELL215

The CELL215 is configured using a web-based configuration tool hosted by the cellular module. It can be accessed using Internet Explorer or Firefox remotely over the cellular WAN (when in serial server mode) or via USB.

The CELL215 can also be configured directly from the data logger when used in PPP mode (default mode) using the Device Configuration Utility or CRBasic instructions.

Data Logger Connection

Data loggers can be connected in a variety of ways to suit the needs of the application. Common methods include the use of serial or CS I/O cables.

Powering the CELL215

Compared to many other industrial cellular modules, the CELL215 has extremely low power consumption. The average current consumption at 12 Vdc is approximately 14 mA when idle, depending on its configuration. Additionally, the CELL215 can be turned on and off easily using a data logger SW12V port or the IPNetPower() instruction (PPP mode for the CR1000X, CR300, and CR6 only). When using the SW12V terminal, the modem can typically be powered with a BP12 battery, a CH150 charging regulator, and an SP10 solar panel.


Campbell Scientific (Europe) offers two standard antennas for the CELL215. Our 2G/3G/4G/ 3dBi dBi pole mount antenna (Link to our 2G/3G/4G antenna page) connects directly to the CELL215 with a 3m cable. Where recommended by your cell provider, a MIMO version of the same antenna is also available (Link to the new MIMO antenna). Other higher gain antenna are available to special order for sites with long cable runs or weak signal strength (check with your cellular provider about the suitability and legality of high gain antenna on their network). Where long cable runs are used, on sites subject to static build-up, lightning protection may be needed, please call.

Sample Programs

  • View this sample program for how to use some of the terminal commands with CELL2XX modules.
  • To use the SetSettings functionality with the CR300, CR310, CR6, and CR1000X dataloggers, view this sample program.


Certifications IC (Industry Canada) 10224A-201611EC21A
Host Interface
  • CS I/O communications port, DB9 male
  • RS-232 serial port, DB9 female
  • USB version 2.0 with micro-B connector
RF Connectors 2 SMA antenna connectors (primary and diversity)
Operating Temperature Range -40° to +80°C
SIM Interface 3FF (6 position/contacts)
Supports SIMs that require 1.8 or 3 Vdc.
Dimensions 13.46 x 8.1 x 2.86 cm (5.3 x 3.19 x 1.13 in.)
Weight 215.5 g (7.6 oz)

Cellular WAN

Network Technology 4G LTE CAT-1 (with automatic fallback to 3G and 2G)
Carrier Approval Vodafone
4G LTE 2100(B1), 1800(B3), 850(B5), 2600(B7), 900(B8), 800(B20)
WCDMA (3G) 2100(B1), 850(B5), 900(B8)
GSM (2G) 1800(B3), 900(B8)

Data Speeds

  • Max 10 Mbps (download)
  • Max 5 Mbps (upload)
  • Max 384 Kbps (download)
  • Max 384 Kbps (upload)
  • Max 296 Kbps (download)
  • Max 236.8 Kbps (upload)
  • Max 107 Kbps (download)
  • Max 85.6 Kbps (upload)
RS-232 or CS I/O 9600 bps to 460.8 kps

Power Consumption

Low Power Mode 300 µA
Idle 14 mA
Active 39 mA

Radio Output and Sensitivity

Output Power
  • 23 dBm on LTE
  • 24 dBm on UMTS
  • 27 dBm on EDGE
  • 33 dBm on GSM
Sensitivity Range -99.5 to 110.5 dBm (10 M)


Note: In serial server mode, a cellular account with a static IP address is required.

Data Logger Model Connecting to CELL215 via CS I/O Port Connecting to CELL215 via RS-232 Port (choose one)


  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (PPP or serial server)
  • 17855 C-port to RS-232 cable (PPP or serial server)

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(PPP and serial server)

  • 31055 CPI/RS-232 cable
  • 17855 C-port or U-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR1000X 16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(PPP and serial server)
  • 31055 CPI/RS-232 cable
  • 17855 C-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR200(X) Series


  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only)

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(PPP and serial server)

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (PPP or serial server)
  • 17855 C-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(PPP and serial server)

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (PPP or serial server)
  • 17855 C-port to RS-232 cable
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter


  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only)


  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter
CR510-PB and

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(serial server only; SDC7 and SDC8 only)

  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter


  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only) 
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter

16675 SC12 CS I/O cable
(serial server only; SDC7 and SDC8 only)

  • 18663 RS-232 null modem cable (serial server only)
  • SC105 CS I/O to RS-232 adapter


CELL2xx Operating System v.2.030 (699 KB) 07-02-2022

To update the CELL200 series operating system:

  1. Connect a USB cable between your module and computer.
  2. Open a web browser and go to: www.cell.linktodevice.com/.
  3. On the OS Update tab, click on the Send File button and select the new firmware file. (i.e. CELL_2xx_01_02_030.WEB.OBJ.GZ)

The update process can take 2 to 4 minutes.

Why Update? This OS resolves network registrations issues. Updated CELL205 to manage AT&T's shut down of its 3G network.

View Revision History

CELL2XX example programs (6 KB) 22-06-2021

Three example programs as described in the CELL200-Series manual. The Power program shows how to control power to the CELL200 series by using the CRBasic
IPNetPower() instruction. The SetSettings example shows how to set up the cellular module using the SetSetting() instruction. It also illustrates how to retrieve status information from the module in the CRBasic program. The Settings example demonstrates using terminal commands. 

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