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Cellular Profile

Use the Cellular Profile feature template to configure the profiles used by cellular modems on vEdge routers and Cisco IOS XE routers running the SD-WAN software.

To configure a cellular profile using vManage templates:

  1. Create a Cellular Profile template to configure the profiles used by the cellular modem, as described in this article.
  2. Create a VPN-Interface-Cellular feature template to configure cellular module parameters. See the VPN-Interface-Cellular help topic.
  3. Create a VPN feature template to configure VPN parameters. See the VPN help topic.

Navigate to the Template Screen and Name the Template

  1. In vManage NMS, select the Configuration ► Templates screen.
  2. In the Device tab, click Create Template.
  3. From the Create Template drop-down, select From Feature Template.
  4. From the Device Model drop-down, select the type of device for which you are creating the template.
  5. Click the Additional Templates tab located directly beneath the Description field, or scroll to the Additional Templates section.
  6. Click the plus sign (+) next to Cellular-Profile.

  7. From the Cellular-Profile drop-down, click Create Template. The Cellular-Profile template form is displayed. The top of the form contains fields for naming the template, and the bottom contains fields for defining Cellular-Profile parameters.
  8. In the Template Name field, enter a name for the template. The name can be up to 128 characters and can contain only alphanumeric characters.
  9. In the Template Description field, enter a description of the template. The description can be up to 2048 characters and can contain only alphanumeric characters.

When you first open a feature template, for each parameter that has a default value, the scope is set to Default (indicated by a check mark), and the default setting or value is shown. To change the default or to enter a value, click the scope drop-down to the left of the parameter field and select one of the following:

Parameter Scope

Scope Description

Device Specific (indicated by a host icon)

Use a device-specific value for the parameter. For device-specific parameters, you cannot enter a value in the feature template. You enter the value when you attach a Viptela device to a device template.

When you click Device Specific, the Enter Key box opens. This box displays a key, which is a unique string that identifies the parameter in a CSV file that you create. This file is an Excel spreadsheet that contains one column for each key. The header row contains the key names (one key per column), and each row after that corresponds to a device and defines the values of the keys for that device. You upload the CSV file when you attach a Viptela device to a device template. For more information, see Create a Template Variables Spreadsheet.

To change the default key, type a new string and move the cursor out of the Enter Key box.

Examples of device-specific parameters are system IP address, hostname, GPS location, and site ID.

Global (indicated by a globe icon)

Enter a value for the parameter, and apply that value to all devices.

Examples of parameters that you might apply globally to a group of devices are DNS server, syslog server, and interface MTUs.

Configure a Cellular Profile

To configure a cellular profile, in the Basic Configuration tab, configure the following parameters. Parameters marked with an asterisk are required to configure the cellular profile.

Parameter Name Description
Interface name* Enter the name of the cellular interface, which must be cellular0.
Profile ID* Enter the identification number of the profile to use on the router. You use this profile identification number when you configure for the cellular interface in the VPN-Interface-Cellular template.
Range: 1 through 15
Access Point Name Enter the name of the gateway between the service provider network and the public Internet. It can be up to 32 characters long.
Authentication Select the authentication method used for the connection to the cellular network. It can be CHAP, None, PAP, or PAP/CHAP.
IP Address (on vEdge routers) Enter the static IP address assigned to the cellular interface. This field is used when the service provider requires that a static IP address be preconfigured before attaching to the network.
Profile Name (on vEdge routers) Enter a name to identify the cellular profile. It can be up to 14 characters long.
Packet Data Network Type Select the packet data network (PDN) type of the cellular network. It can be IPv4, IPv6, or IPv46.
Profile Username Enter the username to use when making cellular connections for web services. It can be 1 to 32 characters. It can contain any alphanumeric characters, including spaces.
Profile Password

Enter the user password to use when making cellular connections for web services. The password is case-sensitive and can be clear text, or an AES encrypted key.

Primary DNS Address (on vEdge routers) ​Enter the IP addresses of the primary DNS servers in the service provider network, in decimal four-part dotted notation.
Overwrite (on IOS XE routers) Click On to overwrite the profile on the cellular modem.

To save the feature template, click Save.

CLI equivalent:

cellular cellular0
  profile number
    apn name
    auth auth-method
    ip-addr ip-address
    name profile-name
    pdn-type type
    primary-dns ip-address
    secondary-dns ip-address
    user-name user-name
    user-pass password

Release Information

Introduced in vManage NMS in Release 16.1.

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