Cellular Raspberry Pi

Cellular Raspberry Pi using Skywire™ Modems

The Raspberry Pi enables anyone to deploy a small but powerful computer almost anywhere. Whether used as a traditional computer or server, or an efficient sensor platform monitoring remote sensors, the Raspberry Pi has been embraced by hobbyists and engineers alike. By combining the Raspberry Pi with NimbeLink’s end-device certified Skywire™ cellular modem, you can easily bring cellular connectivity to your Raspberry Pi, anywhere you have a cellular connection.

We don’t sell Raspberry Pi, but NimbeLink offers two products to connect your Raspberry Pi to a Skywire™ modem, making it easy to adapt the Skywire ™ to you needs.

Developers can connect to the modem in the following ways:

  Skywire Raspberry Pi hat (NL-AB-RPI) which connects directly to the UART and/or USB cable. This is the recommended starting point for new users. It is the lowest cost and most documented approach.

  Skywire Development Kit which can connect via USB or UART cable and is intended for engineers that already own the NL-SWDK.


Development Kit
Reference Design

  • Documentation for NL-SWDK
  • Schematic
  • Schematic Design Files
  • PCB Design Files
  • PCB Gerber Files
  • PCB BOM Files
  • 3D PCB w/ Skywire STEP
  • 3D Enclosure model STEP/STL

Application Notes

  • Verizon ThingSpace Example
  • AT&T M2X Example
  • Amazon AWS Example

 Featured Video

Skywire™ Embedded Modem Roadmap

skywire roadmap

Skywire™ Cellular Modems

Created by award-winning developers, Skywire™ plug-in cellular modems are the fastest way to provide cellular connectivity for machine-to-machine (M2M) products and speed them to market. Within months of its introduction Skywire™ was recognized for innovation and named a finalist for the ECN Impact Awards, Boards, Modules and Embedded Systems category.

Skywire™ is the smallest end-device certified cellular modem on the market, making it quicker and easier to deploy than chip-down chipset solutions, external modems, or solder-in modules. It uses an XBee® Standard form factor and its pre-certification eliminates months of delay and tens of thousands of dollars of cost for required certification.

It is easy to deploy, requiring just voltage and a UART connection and is more flexible than other plug-in modules, supporting a wider range of voltages and antenna connections.

Part Ordering Information

Part Number

Distributor Links



  • Digi-Key.com

Skywire™ Raspberry Pi hat adapter board only. (Does not include Skywire™ modem)


Skywire™ development kit includes baseboard, antenna, power supply, SIM cards, and debug cables. (Does not include Skywire™ modem).

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    April 6
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    May 3 - May 4
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    May 16 - May 18

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