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Is it possible for XBee3 Cellular IoT Modem to work as a separate interface?

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Hi everyone,

I recently purchased "Digi XBee3 Cellular Smart Modem, LTE-M/NB-IoT, Development Kit, AT&T" and have been trying to get used to it.
But, my primary goal is to use this kit for performing simple transmissions such as ping.
So, I'm indeed wondering whether it can operate as an independent network interface like Wi-Fi or ethernet in either Ubuntu or Windows.
Please let me know if you know anything related to this.

Thanks in advance.
asked Jul 23, 2019 in XBee3 Cellular by JinsungLee New to the Community (1 point)

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Yes, by using "USB Direct Mode" and the appropriate Digi development board (or your own hardware), Windows/Linux can communicate directly with the u-blox SARA-R410M-02B cellular chipset, thereby making it possible to use the device as a typical "modem". This requires some USB drivers specific to the u-blox chipset (which you can get by contacting Digi Technical Support), and some manual configuration steps that will be specific to your PC's operating system.

More info on USB Direct mode can be found here in the user guide: https://www.digi.com/resources/documentation/Digidocs/90002258/#Concepts/c_mode_usb_direct_lte-m.htm
answered Jul 23, 2019 by tckr Veteran of the Digi Community (514 points)
selected Jul 23, 2019 by JinsungLee