UART connection Raspberry Pi 3G-4G/LTE Base Shield V2

I am trying to use the UART port on the Raspberry with the shield.
The UART port is already set up properly but I am still not getting data from the 4G module.

I Have seen in other topics that I need to bridge the UART resistor sections available under the shield.

Could anybody tell me which resistor do I have to put there? Which type and value?

To use UART, you will need to solder 0 OHM or short the UART RESISTOR pads available under the shield.

You don’t need to use a separate resistor.

@ensar was this decision made to allow the UART to be available to other stacked shields if the USB was being used? or was there another intention?

Hi @sixfab-0272 ,

Yes, we kept the UART open for other devices, so it to be stacked over the HAT and used.

cheers - i dont have my board handy just now - what size pads are they - is it 0805? thinking to put some jumpers on instead so i can selectively enable or disable the UART

Dear Ensar,
please provide physical instructions how to use UART on Cellular IoT HAT 1.3.0

@dima are you having a specific issue?

in the case I refer to here, I am using the LTE Base Shield ( - on the reverse of the board are two sets of solder pads - one on the UART RX line and the other on the UART TX line; by default (as shipped from the factory) these are open-circuit, thus the Modem sockets UART lines are disconnected from the shields header pins. The implication being that, if you stacked another shield/HAT that required the UART, then that would be fine. In this scenario you must use the USB connection from the Pi to the shield.

If you solder a 0 ohm resistor - or jumper over those pads, then the Pi’s UART RX/TX are now connected to the shields modem socket - you are free to use either UART or the USB. However, the Pi’s UART (pins 14/15) is now taken by the shield, and can’t be used elsewhere (otherwise you will have conflicts)

in my case - i have the LTE Shield and an RS-232 shield - so I have to choose what I want to use. I have specific cases where I want the modem over UART and others when it doesn’t matter, but I need the UART elsewhere, so i would like to put some jumpers on those pads instead of 0 ohm resistors.

but as this thread refers to the LTE Base Shield V2 - it might be worth posting your question to another thread to get the right attention as you refer to a different board

Yes, it is 0805. You can also solder the pads together without putting a 0 ohm resistor.

cheers - is there an 0805 jumper? quick google says “not really”… but im probably wrong… if not, there is the possibility to remote mount something and a bunch of other solutions - so a 0 ohm might actually work (and then i just need to buy another board when it doesnt, right?!)

out of curiosity, is there a reason for not making them a more flexible option? like even a 1210 footprint or through-hole? i see there is an updated version now and these are even smaller solder-pads by the looks of it.

Is it possible to do this with the IoT shield as well? So I can use the UART pins instead of USB? I will not need to attach anything else to the pins.

I answered and solved my own problem.

If you are communicating over USB and want to use UART instead, just follow these instructions to change PPP to use UART -

Keep in mind that you will not be able to use GPS/GNSS because it will only work over USB. But is you do not need those then this will eliminate the need to use the USB cord.