Using MikroTik LHG as a UE With a Baicells eNodeB

MikroTik LHG – RBLHGR&R11e-4G

This has been a dream for a long time, and a DIY project for those industrious individuals willing to cobble it together, but now it is a reality in a production device.

First of all why would you want to do that? Well, would you like advanced features at the customer location like Layer2 via EoIP or VPLS, rate limiting at the UE, advanced queueing, a more directional antenna and on an on, all the cool features we enjoy with RouterOS? It is here in the MikroTik LHG.

To make the LHG work with your Baicells eNodeB, first understand what it will not do. First, it will not show up in the CloudCore as a UE. So, to manage it remotely you will need to use an ACS with TR-069 or Unimus or some other management system. Secondly, some people have reported it will not connect to the base station as fast as other UE’s but the throughput speeds are generally better.

The only real configuration required is to insert a registered SIM card in the device and boot it up. There has been some debate whether or not the default APN has to be changed in the LTE setup. We have seen it work with no changes to the APN and other times the APN Name has to be changed to 1 . Some people claim you have to uncheck bands other than Band 43.

So, we are going to set one up here at our office and test it on our Baicells LTE network and post the results back here. If you have any experience, please email me through our Support System and let me know. I will include your experiences and comments here. Good luck!

UPDATE 5-1-19

I set up one here in our office. The only setting I made was to set the Band to Band 43 only. I used the default APN and it connected immediately. The one challenge I had was getting the SIM in correctly, it is not obvious. It did not work the first way I had it. I called Jim Bouse and he sent me his config which matched mine and so I tried flipping the SIM and it came right up. Here is how it goes in the slot:

Here are the property pages of my LTE interface:

I think this is a great setup!

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.