Need assistance in connecting Sierra Wireless 4G modem to internet

Russ Dillion
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Hello Experts,

I am investigating options for setting up remote cameras at our work sites.  I have a system that we purchased from a provider a few years ago, and am trying to determine if this is something that can be done cost effectively in-house.  The one part I am looking for advice on is using a 4G wireless modem and how to get it connected to a given carrier (Verizon Wireless, for example).  I have a Sierra Wireless RV50 in hand.  I am new to this process so would need to start from the beginning.  I am guessing that I would first need to contact Verizon and create a new line \ account, and get the required SIM card for that line?  If that is the case, then once I have the activated SIM card, I presume there is additional setup required on the modem?  I've reset the modem and have access to its management interface.  Additionally, once the modem is connected, and I've set up an "internal" LAN on the modem and addressed the camera(s) for connectivity, I am guessing I could use DDNS to reach the cameras remotely?  I've been told that VZW charges $500 for a static IP.  I would want to avoid that if possible.  Any \ all info on how to get the wireless modem connected and available on the internet is greatly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance,

Russ
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I am guessing that I would first need to contact Verizon and create a new line \ account, and get the required SIM card for that line?  If that is the case, then once I have the activated SIM card, I presume there is additional setup required on the modem?

Based on my experience with several of these including my current HUAWEI USB modem, the setup is on the system it plugs into, not the modem.

So, yes you need a SIM card and activated. Then plug it in and set up the system that is using it. Most of these devices have install capability built into the card for most computer systems.
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Thanks very much for getting back to me John!  I'm more interested at this point on what additional configuration might \ would be needed on the modem to get it to connect to the 4G network.  On it's LAN side I'll have one or more IP based cameras, and I can get that LAN side taken care of.  It's the transition between the IP LAN and the 4G network (or more specifically the 4G network connection) that I'm looking for assistance with.
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You can insert the card and look at the admin screen and see. Most likely it will just allow connection from any compatible system. If you get to the admin screen post a screenshot
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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If your card provides wireless service to more than one device (not all cards do this), you can log in and set the wireless password to access the device.
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Thanks again John, images of the interface I am asking about are attached
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In the last image, if you wish to enable APN (used for VPN tunnels) you may need to pay an upcharge for that. I do.

The network authentication mode is for setting up other devices to access (security, password)

The second image looks to me like you would use Default settings.

The first image is for your SIM setup. You need the ISP settings if any.
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Thanks again John, I'll mark this as solved.
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You are very welcome and good luck with your setup.

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