The NB|USB Connect LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) has been designed to connect to the cellular IoT Networks (NB-IoT/LTE- M) in a simple way. It offers a standard LPWA IoT module device for any hardware with a USB-connector.

The NB|USB Connect LPWA is a convenient USB modem that’s ideal for many industrial IoT applications, including healthcare, smart building sensors, metering and predictive maintenance.

NB|USB Connect LPWA can easily bring low data rate connectivity to equipment without the need to redesign hardware. Supporting NB-IoT and LTE CAT-M1, equipment enabled with USB Connect LPWA can realize the benefit of extended coverage

Supported Features :

  • LTE Category NB1 (Release 13)
  • LTE Category M1 (Release 13)
  • 3GPP Frequency Bands: B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12, B13, B20, B28
  • Small USB-dongle form factor
  • Vodafone global IoT SIM embedded
  • Integrated and external antenna connector for improved coverage

Supported operating systems: 

  • Linux Kernel 4.14 or above
  • Windows 10
  • Android 4.0 and above

Supported Cellular Networks:

  • International multi-region coverage in Cat M1 / NB1 radio access technologies.

IoT Module & Chipset:

Device Management:

  • AT commands
  • OTA firmware delivery

Typical applications:

Applications with low data consumption :

  • Collection of sensor data
  • Industrial or environmental monitoring
  • Connectivity for smart city applications
  • E-health
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Metering
  • Smart building sensors
  • Network monitoring & troubleshooting

Before IoT devices like smart meters can be installed, the coverage of the NB-IoT network and its performance at the location of the IoT device needs to be ensured.

NB|METER offer a simple, but powerful solution, that can be operated with standard AndroidTM  Smartphones. An end-to-end connectivity test can be performed by a fingertip. The results of the test is reported to a cloud for documentation and quality insurance.

NB|METER  Features:

  • Easy-to-use end-to-end test
  • Display of Network KPIs
  • Cloud storage of the test results
  • AT-Command debug console
  • Continuous testing


  • 3GPP Release 13 LTE Cat NB1

FDD Bands:

  • NB|USB 410M
  • Cat M1, Cat NB1
  • deployed bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28,
  • Internal antenna


  • Qualcomm  MDM9206

Environmental data, quality & reliability

  • Operating Temperature:  –40 ° C to +85 ° C
  • RoHS compliant (lead-free)
  • Modem Qualification according to ISO 16750

Modem certifications and approvals

  • CE, FCC, RCM,
  • AT&T, Telstra,T-Mobile, Verizon

Use Cases: IoT Device Installation

  • Check E2E connectivity directly on customer premise before IoT devices are installed
  • Simple to use customer tool

Use Case: Network roll-out

  • Check correct operation of eNB
  • Check NW-parameter (SNR, RSSI, RSRP, Cell ID,ECL …)

Use Case: Drive Tests

  • Measure coverage of the network
  • Conduct automated  UL-testing (i.e. every minute)
  • Collect UE statistics & GPS location

Get started with NB-IoT straight away! NB|DEV KIT has everything you need to start remote monitoring: NB-IoT modem, multi-standard sensor interfaces & standard REST-API for common IoT platforms. No own development or programming needed to get started.

NB|DEV KIT Features:

  • Cat NB1 Modem ublox 211
  • Flexible Sensor Interface (UART)
  • Frequency Bnd 8 & 20


  • Cat. NB1, single-tone uplink (up to 27.2 Kbps DL, 62.5 Kbps UL)
  • 3GPP Release 13


  • Band 8 (900MHz)
  • Band 20 (800 MHz)
  • Band 8 & 20
  • Band 28 (700 MHz)


  • Carrier: Vodafone Germany
  • SIM card included
  • Data plan: 6 months (50MB/device/month)

Power Supply:

  • via USB

Environmental data, quality & reliability

  • Operating temperature: -40°C to +85°C
  • RoHS compliant (lead free)

Power consumption (modem)

  • Deep sleep mode: <4µA
  • Active mode: <6mA
  • Rx mode: <20mA
  • Tx mode: <220mA

Data Transfer:

  • UDP
  • https (via proxy server)