MikroTik RBwAPR-2nD&R11e-LTE-US with LTE Modem With Verizon HowTo

NOTE: Although I was able to make this work, it not work on all of Verizon’s US network outside large metro areas because the LTE card will not run Band 13. They are also not certified on Verizon so use them at your own risk. Check with your cellular provider before using on that carrier’s network. Email support@mikrotik.com and complain to them about this limitation.

I grabbed one of these RBwAPR-2nD&R11e-LTE-US off the shelf today at ISP Supplies and wanted to see how hard it would be to make it work with Verizon Wireless. I had an active SIM card from an old Verizon Jetpack to use with it. I inserted the SIM card and fired it up and attached to the onboard 2 GHz WiFi. As suspected, it did not work out of the box. I did a little Googling and figure out Verizon uses an APN which is basically a way LTE carriers differentiate themselves from other carriers on the same technologies. I created the APN profile, applied it to the LTE interface, disabled the DHCP Client and I had internet. This is simple and here are the steps:

  1. Start with the default configuration, no changes. Upgrade to the latest version of RouterOS. This is covered a million other places. Reboot.
  2. Click Interfaces-LTE-LTE APNs and delete the APN’s there. Make a new one named whatever you like. Fill in the AOPN value to “vzwinternet”.

3.Ok out of everything. Double click the LTE interface and select your APN profile you just created.

Count to ten and your device will connect to Verizon. Modify as you wish.

The DHCP Client is not needed (and will be red so delete or disable it so it doesn’t bother you…) as the LTE interface will get it’s IP from the authentication process.

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Steve Discher

Steve Discher was born in Apple Valley, California and today makes his home in College Station, Texas with his wife and three children. He is a 1987 graduate of Texas A-M University and owns ISP Supplies, a wireless distribution company, and conducts MikroTik training classes. His hobbies include flying his Piper Cub and RV camping with his family.

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