TOA Electronics 595U User Manual

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Quick Start Guide

AirCard® 595U

Sprint Mobile Broadband

USB Modem

by Sierra Wireless

AirCard® 595U

www.sprint.com

©2007 Sprint Nextel. All rights reserved. SPRINT and other trademarks are trademarks of Sprint Nextel.

©2007 Sierra Wireless. All rights reserved. AirCard is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Watcher is a trademark of Sierra Wireless, registered in the European Community. Sierra Wireless, the Sierra Wireless logo, and the red wave design are trademarks of Sierra Wireless.

All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Table of Contents

Welcome to Sprint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ii How to Use This Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii Getting More Information About the USB Modem and Service . . . . . . . iv Installing the Software (Windows) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Installation Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Installing the Software on a Windows Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Installing the Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Activating Your USB Modem (Windows) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Activating Your USB Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 One Touch Activation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Activation Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Basics of Your USB Modem (Windows) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Connecting to the Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Enabling Sprint Location Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Connection Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Removing the USB Modem From Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Online Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem User’s Guide . . . . . . . . . . 19

Sprint Service Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Manage Your Account Online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Installing and Using the Software (Mac). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Installation Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Installing the Software on a Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Installing the Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Activating Your USB Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Activation Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Connecting to the Sprint Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Icons and Text in Watcher Lite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Menu Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Removing Your USB Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Sprint Service Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Manage Your Account Online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Welcome to Sprint

Sprint is committed to bringing you the best wireless technology available. We built our network right from the start to give you what we believe you really want from a wireless service provider—clear connections, private communications, and time-saving features.

This guide will familiarize you with our technology and your new Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem through simple, easy-to-follow instructions.

Welcome and thank you for choosing Sprint.

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Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem

Thank you for purchasing a Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem. This USB modem offers more freedom than ever before. No wires, no cables—just access to your data when you need it. The power of the Internet is truly at your fingertips.

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How to Use This Guide

The advantages of Sprint are as clear as each wireless connection you make. With Sprint service, we give you what you really want from a wireless service provider—clear connections, easy-to-understand service plans, and self-servicing options for managing your account. All this is designed to make your life easier and worry-free.

We know you’re eager to start using your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem right away, and the sections of this guide are designed to help you do just that.

1The first section (page 1) guides you through the steps required to install your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem and the Sprint Connection ManagerSM software on a Windows computer.

2Sprint service. Blank spaces are provided so you can write down

important information that you’ll want to remember, such as the Sprint user name for your account.The second section (page 7), for Windows users, helps you set up your

3Broadband USB modem and the Sprint Connection Manager software for Windows.The third section (page 13) describes the basics of your Sprint Mobile

The fourth section (page 23) describes how to install and use your 4 Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem on a Mac computer.

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Getting More Information About the USB

Modem and Service

This guide introduces your USB modem’s basic features and services. To learn how to use all the features of your USB modem and services on a Windows computer, consult the online help or user guide. (See page 19 of this document.) They provide information on:

Understanding the Sprint Connection Manager indicators, messages, and menu options.

Managing your call history (Connection History).

Changing the settings.

Setting your USB modem’s security.

Troubleshooting.

And more.

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Installing the Software (Windows)

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Installing the Software and Drivers on a Windows Computer

System Requirements

The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem is supported on:

Microsoft® Windows® Vista™.

Windows XP with Service Pack 2.

Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 and high encryption support. (See “High Encryption Requirements” in the user’s guide.)

Note: Your USB modem is also supported on Mac® OS X. See “Installing and Using the Software (Mac)” on page 23.

Your USB modem will not work with handhelds or Pocket PCs.

To install and run the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem and accompanying Sprint Connection Manager software on a Windows computer, you will need these minimum system resources:

USB slots: One USB slot. (If your computer’s USB slot is vertical, use the USB extension cable. Do not use the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem or the USB extension cable in a USB hub or in a USB slot on a keyboard.)

Disk drive: CD-ROM

Memory: 32 MB

Disk space: 32 MB

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Installation Overview

The process for installing and using your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem may vary slightly, depending on the operating system you are running.

The installation process on a Windows computer has three stages:

“Installing the Software on a Windows Computer” — Install the Sprint Connection Manager software (see page 3).

“Installing the Drivers” Run the Sprint Connection Manager software, insert the battery into the USB modem, and insert the USB modem (see page 4).

“Activating Your USB Modem” — Activate your account and configure the USB modem to use your account (see page 8).

(If you’re using your USB modem on a Mac computer, for installation instructions see “Installing and Using the Software (Mac)” on page 23.)

Installing the Software on a Windows Computer

Caution: Do not insert the USB modem until you have installed the Sprint Connection Manager software.

Note: Windows Vista and Windows 2000 users: You must log in with administrative privileges to install the software and drivers. Windows XP users: You may need to log in with administrative privileges, depending on your Windows configuration.

Before beginning the installation process, it is recommended that you quit all open applications.

To install the software on your computer:

1.Insert the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem installation CD into your CD-ROM drive.

2.If the CD does not autostart, select Start > Run and enter d:\SCMInstaller.exe, where d is your CD-ROM drive letter.

3.In the installation window, click Next.

(Windows) Software the Installing

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Installing the Software and Drivers on a Windows Computer

4.Read the License Agreement and select “I accept the terms in the license agreement” to agree to the terms. Click Next. (A series of dialog boxes guides you through the installation.)

5.Use the Next and Back buttons to navigate through the wizard.

6.In the Installation Complete! window, click Finish.

Installing the Drivers

To install the drivers:

1.If your USB modem has not yet been activated, ensure you are in the network coverage area (not roaming).

2.Run Sprint Connection Manager. (Double-click the program’s icon [ ] on your desktop.)

3.Wait for Sprint Connection Manager to start up and display “No device...”.

4.Slide the front panel off the USB modem.

5.Hold the battery so that the side with two white arrows faces up and the gold contact points on the end of the battery line up with the gold contact points on the USB modem. Insert the battery into the USB modem.

Warning: To avoid the risk of explosion, use the same battery model when replacing the battery. Properly dispose of the used battery.

6.Slide the front panel onto the USB modem until the panel clicks into place.

7.Slide the lever on the bottom of the USB modem in the direction indicated by the triangle to release the USB modem’s USB connector.

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8.Adjust the USB connector to the desired angle.

The USB connector is adjustable to three positions (approximately 90, 135, and 160 degrees). Do not force the hinge past the last position— this may break the connector.

9.Gripping both sides of the USB modem, insert it into your computer’s USB slot.

WARNING: When inserting or removing your USB modem, always grip it by its sides, as this prevents damage to the USB modem.

Alternatively, you can attach the USB extension cable to your computer’s USB slot, and then connect the USB modem to the USB extension cable.

Note: If your computer’s USB slot is vertical, use the USB extension cable. Do not insert the USB modem or the USB extension cable into a USB hub or a USB slot on a keyboard.

When the USB modem is properly inserted, the PWR LED is lit, and the USB modem’s battery starts to charge.

Windows detects the USB modem and installs the drivers for it. This may take a few minutes. Once completed, Sprint Connection Manager should display “Disconnected” (if your USB modem is preactivated) or the “One Touch Activation” window, or automatically start the Activation Wizard.

10.Allow the battery to charge for approximately two hours before closing the window or making a selection in it.

(Windows) Software the Installing

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Installing the Software and Drivers on a Windows Computer

11.If your USB modem is preactivated or if you have activated it at the time of purchase, after you’ve charged the battery you are ready to connect to the network. (In the Mobile Broadband window, click GO.) Proceed to “Basics of Your USB Modem (Windows)” on page 13.

– or –

Proceed to “Activating Your USB Modem” on page 8 if your USB modem has not been activated.

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Activating Your USB Modem

(Windows)

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Activating Your USB Modem (Windows)

Activating Your USB Modem

Before you can use your USB modem on the network, you must activate your USB modem and account.

This chapter walks you through this process, and provides spaces for you to enter important information, such as your Sprint user name, for later reference.

Note: If your USB modem is preactivated, or if you activated it at the time of purchase, skip these steps and go directly to “Basics of Your USB Modem (Windows)” on page 13.

One Touch Activation

If the “One Touch Activation” window appears, click Yes to indicate that you’d like to have the network auto-program your USB modem.

Sprint Connection Manager will display “Updating User Profile”.

If auto-programming of your USB modem is successful, Sprint Connection Manager will then display “Disconnected,” after which you are ready to connect to the network (click GO). Proceed to “Basics of Your USB Modem (Windows)” on page 13.

If auto-programming of your USB modem was not successful, a message window is displayed. To activate your USB modem, use the Activation Wizard (see the next section).

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Activation Wizard

The Activation Wizard makes activation an easy task.

After you’ve installed the software and drivers (described earlier), the Activation Wizard will guide you through the activation process if your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem has not been activated.

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Have These Things Ready

A phone

The city and state where your USB modem will primarily be used

A pen or pencil

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Activation Wizard

Note: If you close the activation wizard before finishing the USB modem activation, you can start the Activation Wizard later from

Sprint Connection Manager (MENU > Settings > Sprint Mobile Broadband - Sierra Wireless > Activation Wizard).

To activate your USB modem and account:

1.If the Activation Wizard has not started automatically, in

Sprint Connection Manager select MENU > Settings > Sprint Mobile Broadband - Sierra Wireless > Activation Wizard.

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Activating Your USB Modem (Windows)

2.Call Sprint at the appropriate number displayed in the Activation Wizard. When you reach a representative, click Next.

3.In the space provided below, write down your USB modem’s ESN (Electronic Serial Number) or MEID (Mobile Equipment IDentifier). (The ESN or MEID is displayed in the Activation Wizard and is also printed on the label under the USB modem‘s battery.)

ESN/MEID: __________________________________________

Your Sprint Customer Service representative will give you an activation code.

My activation code is: __________________________________

4.On your computer, enter the activation code in the space provided and click Next.

Your Sprint Customer Service representative will give you a phone number and MSID (Mobile System ID code, used for Wireless Local Number Portability and to determine whether you are “home” or “roaming”).

My Sprint Phone number is: _____________________________

My MSID is: _________________________________________

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5.On your computer, enter the phone number (no spaces or hyphens) and, if not the same value as the phone number, the MSID value given by the account representative, and then click Next.

A confirmation window will be displayed.

6.

Confirm with the service representative that the information is correct.

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7.

If it is, click Yes. If it isn’t, click No, and re-enter the information.

 

 

Click Finish to complete the activation process.

 

8.

Wait a few moments for the USB modem to automatically reset.

 

After Sprint sets up your account on the network, your USB modem should be configured and ready for use.

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Your Sprint Account Password

My account password is: ________________________________

You’ll use this password when managing your account on www.sprint.com and with Sprint Customer Service.

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Activating Your USB Modem (Windows)

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Your Sprint User Name

My Sprint User Name is: ________________________________

Your Sprint user name is automatically assigned to you when you sign up for service. Your user name, which resembles an email address (for example, name@sprint.com), is used with Sprint Mail.

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Basics of Your USB Modem (Windows)

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Basics of Your USB Modem (Windows)

This section briefly describes how to use the Sprint Connection Manager software and your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem on a Windows computer. For complete information (including a description of all the indicators and the menu options), see the online help (page 19) and the user’s guide (page 19).

Connecting to the Network

To use Internet applications, your USB modem must first establish a network connection.

To connect to the network:

1. Ensure that the USB modem is inserted into your computer’s USB slot.

WARNING: Once the USB modem is inserted, do not remove it until you have exited the Sprint Connection Manager software.

2.Start Sprint Connection Manager:

Double-click the program’s icon ( ) on your desktop.

– or –

Select

(Windows Vista or Windows XP)

Start > All Programs > Sprint > Sprint Mobile Broadband (Sierra). (Windows 2000)

Start > Programs > Sprint > Sprint Mobile Broadband (Sierra).

3.Click the GO button in the Mobile Broadband window.

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Once connected, Sprint Connection Manager displays “Connected,” and you can use your Web browser, perform data transfers, and so on.

Note: For information on charges associated with using your Sprint connection, refer to your Sprint service plan.

Tip: To minimize unnecessary data transmissions between your computer and your corporate network:

Work in “offline” mode, and connect only when you need to send or receive email.

Save attachments to a desktop folder and then open from that folder, rather than opening attachments directly from within messages.

Remove the Preview Pane, or use the AutoPreview for headers only.

For more information, see the user documentation of your email client.

Enabling Sprint Location Services

To enable Sprint Location Services:

1.In Sprint Connection Manager select MENU > Settings > Sprint Location Services, and then select Enable Location Services. (If a Privacy Consent Agreement is displayed, you must read and accept it.)

If you do not have the Sprint Location Services option, then your account, your USB modem, or both are not configured to support Sprint Location Services. Contact Sprint Customer Service at 1-888-788-4727 (business use) or 1-888-715-4588 (personal use).

2.Ensure that Display GPS Receiver and Display 'Location & Search Services' on the menu are selected.

3.Ensure that Network Mode (in the Sprint Mobile Broadband settings window) is set to “Automatic” or “1X Only.”

Note: Sprint Location Services may not be available if you’re not in the network coverage area (roaming).

For the initial fix, you must be in the 1X network coverage area.

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Basics of Your USB Modem (Windows)

Connection Status

The text displayed in Sprint Connection Manager provides information about the status of your connection.

The USB modem is typically in one of these modes:

No device

Disconnected

Connecting

Connected

Device locked

Device powered off

OFF

Validating

Searching

Acquired

No device

Sprint Connection Manager did not detect a USB modem. The GO button is unavailable.

Disconnected

Sprint Connection Manager is ready to connect to the network or to use Sprint Location Services.

The GO button is available, and the signal strength icon () and, if the

Mobile Broadband window is expanded, the lock icon ( or ) is visible. To initiate a connection, in the Mobile Broadband window click GO.

Connecting

Sprint Connection Manager is establishing a connection to the network.

Connected

The connection is established. In addition to the signal strength icon (),

the transmit/receive icon ( for 1xEV-DO rev. A; for 1xEV-DO rev. 0; for 1X) is also displayed.

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If you expand the Mobile Broadband window (), the amount of data transferred is shown:

Device Locked

The USB modem is locked, so that others cannot use the USB modem and your account. To use most of the features, you must unlock the USB modem:

1.If the Mobile Broadband window is not expanded, click to expand it.

2.Click the icon.

3.In the Enter User Lock Code window, enter the lock code, and click OK.

Tip:

If you can’t recall yourlockcode,try usingthe last four digits of your USB

 

modem’sphone number.If this doesn’twork,call Sprint Customer Service

 

at1-888-788-4727 (business use) or 1-888-715-4588 (personal use).

 

 

Device Powered Off

The USB modem has been powered off (through Menu > Power Off Modem). To use the USB modem, select Menu > Power On Modem.

OFF

Sprint Location Services are not available or are turned off.

To use Sprint Location Services:

1.Make sure the USB modem is turned on and the GPS Receiver window is displayed.

If the GPS Receiver window is not displayed, see “Enabling Sprint Location Services” on page 15.

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Basics of Your USB Modem (Windows)

2.Click GO in the GPS Receiver window.

3.If the GPS Receiver window still displays “OFF,” ensure that Network Mode (in the Sprint Mobile Broadband settings window) is set to “Automatic” or “1X Only.”

Validating

The network is authenticating your wireless or GPS subscription.

Searching

The USB modem is requesting GPS satellite information from the network (to use Sprint Location Services).

Acquired

Satellites have been acquired and location coordinates are available for use (and displayed in the GPS Receiver window). NMEA output is being generated.

Removing the USB Modem From Your Computer

To remove the USB modem from your computer:

1.Exit Sprint Connection Manager if it is open (select MENU > Exit).

2.Remove the USB modem from your computer’s USB slot by gripping both sides of the USB modem and pulling straight out.

IMPORTANT! When inserting or removing your USB modem, always grip it by its sides, as this prevents damage to the USB modem.

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Online Help

Sprint Connection Manager includes extensive online help to provide operating hints and step-by-step instructions for getting the most from your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem on a Windows computer.

With Sprint Connection Manager running, you can access online help in several ways:

Press <F1> when Sprint Connection Manager is the active window.

From Sprint Connection Manager, select MENU > Help.

Right-click the system tray icon and select Help.

Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem User’s Guide

The user’s guide provides detailed information on the USB modem and the software, and can be found on the CD and on the Sierra Wireless Web site (www.sierrawireless.com).

Sprint Service Areas

Interested in where you can use your new device? Check out the most up-to-date coverage maps at www.sprint.com.

Manage Your Account Online

With Sprint Customer Service, you can visit www.sprint.com to manage your Sprint account.

Once you sign on, you can:

View the details of your Sprint service plan.

Find out how much data you have used and how many megabytes are remaining in your plan.

View your current and previous three months’ invoices.

Make a payment.

Find out about Sprint products and services.

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Basics of Your USB Modem (Windows)

Troubleshooting

For a more complete listing of errors and possible solutions, please see the user’s guide or online Help. You may also visit www.sprint.com or contact Sprint Customer Service at 1-888-788-4727 (business use) or

1-888-715-4588 (personal use).

Problem/ Solution error

“Searching If you are inside a building or near a structure that may be

for service” blocking the signal, change the position or location of your computer.

If Roam Mode (from the Sprint Mobile Broadband option of the Settings window) is set to “Sprint,” ensure you are within the Sprint Power VisionSM or Sprint Vision network coverage area, or change the Roam Mode setting (you may be subject to roaming rates).

If Roam Mode is set to “Roam Only,” ensure you are roaming, or change the Roam Mode setting.

If Network Mode is set to “1X Only,” and only 1xEV-DO coverage is available, either move to an area that has 1X coverage, or change the setting to “Automatic” or “1xEV-DO Only.”

If Network Mode is set to “1xEV-DO Only,” and only 1X coverage is available, either move to an area that has 1xEV-DO coverage, or change the setting to “Automatic” or “1X Only.”

Check with Sprint—a network or account problem may be preventing the USB modem from obtaining service.

GO button is Ensure that the USB modem is properly inserted, not locked,

not available and not powered off. See “Device Locked” on page 17 and “Device Powered Off” on page 17.

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Problem/

Solution

error

 

 

 

Sprint

If Sprint Location Services aren’t working or don't seem to be

Location

available on your Windows computer, check whether you have,

in the Settings window, a “Sprint Location Services” option in

Services

the drop-down list.

aren’t

If the drop-down list does not have the “Sprint Location

working or

Services” option, then your account, your USB modem, or

don't seem to

both are not configured to support Sprint Location Services;

be available

contact Sprint.

– or –

 

 

1. Select the “Sprint Location Services” option from the drop-

 

down list, and ensure that “Enable Location Services” and

 

“Display ‘Location & Search Services’ on the menu” are

 

selected. (You must read and accept the Privacy Consent

 

Agreement.)

 

2. If you will be using NMEA, select “Display GPS Receiver.”

 

3. Ensure that Network Mode (in the Sprint Mobile Broadband

 

settings window) is set to “Automatic” or “1X Only.”

 

(Sprint Location Services may not be available if Network

 

Mode is set to “1xEV-DO Only”.)

 

4. Ensure you are not roaming. For the initial fix, you must be in

 

1X coverage.

 

5. To verify that your USB modem is able to obtain data for

 

Sprint Location Services, in the Sprint Location Services

 

settings window, click Test GPS.

 

6. If the results show the number of satellites and valid

 

latitude, longitude, and elevation information, then check

 

that the GPS application (for example, street mapping

 

application) is configured to use the correct port. (The port

 

number that the GPS application should use is displayed in

 

the GPS Receiver window.)

 

For help on checking which port the GPS application is

 

configured to use, see the documentation of the GPS

 

application.

 

7. If the GPS application is configured to use the correct port,

 

but the application doesn't seem to be reporting correct

 

results, then there may be a problem with the GPS

 

application.

 

 

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Basics of Your USB Modem (Windows)

Problem/

Solution

error

 

 

 

 

Cannot

If the connection is dropped as soon as it is established:

connect

Charge the battery for at least 30 minutes if the PWR LED is

to the

 

red. (If the connection still gets dropped as soon as it is

network

 

established, continue with the following steps.)

 

– or –

 

 

 

1.

Select

 

 

(Windows Vista) Start > Control Panel > Network and Sharing

 

 

Center > Manage Network Connections.

 

 

(Windows XP) Start > Control Panel > Network Connections.

 

 

(Windows 2000) Start > Settings > Control Panel > Network

 

 

and Dial-Up Connections.

 

2.

Right-click Sprint Mobile Broadband - Sierra Wireless, and

 

 

select Properties.

 

3.

Select

 

 

(Windows Vista) Options, and select PPP Settings.

 

 

(Windows XP or Windows 2000) Networking tab, and select

 

 

Settings.

 

4.

Ensure that “Enable LCP Extensions” is selected and

 

 

Negotiate multi-link for single link connections” is not

 

 

selected.

 

5.

Click OK.

 

 

The PWR LED

This situation may occur under extreme usage conditions when

goes off, then

you’re transmitting data in a coverage area with a weak signal.

1. Wait until the PWR LED turns green.

on, and stays

red

2.

Resume your connection.

 

If the PWR LED still goes off, and then comes on again and

 

 

stays red, charge the battery for at least 30 minutes.

 

 

 

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Installing and Using the Software

(Mac)

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Installing and Using the Software on a Mac Computer

System Requirements

This section describes how to install and use the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem on a Mac computer.

If you can’t recall your lock code, contact Sprint Customer Service. For other technical support issues, please contact Apple.

The software and drivers are on the CD included in your package. Note: To get the latest drivers and software, you can always go to www.sprint.com/downloads.

Note: The Mac software (Watcher® Lite) currently does not support Sprint Location Services.

The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem is supported on a MacBook™, MacBook Pro, PowerBook® G4, Power Mac® G5, or desktop iMac computer running Mac OS X version 10.4 or newer.

To check your version, from the Apple menu () choose About This Mac. If your version is earlier, then:

Visit www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple for upgrading instructions.

– or –

1.In Finder™, choose Go > Applications > System Preferences.

2.Double-click the System Preferences icon.

3.Double-click Software Update.

4.Click Check Now.

If your USB modem has not been activated, you may also need access to a telephone.

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Installation Overview

The installation process on a Mac computer has three stages:

“Installing the Software on a Mac” — Install the Watcher Lite software (see page 25).

“Installing the Drivers” Run the Watcher Lite software, insert the battery into the USB modem, and insert the USB modem (see page 28).

“Activating Your USB Modem” — After charging your modem, activate your account and configure the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem to use your account (see page 30).

Installing the Software on a Mac

Caution: Do not insert the USB modem until you have installed the Watcher Lite software.

Note: As part of the installation process you will be prompted to restart your computer; save any open documents.

To install the Watcher Lite software on your Mac computer:

1.If your USB modem has not yet been activated, ensure you are in the network coverage area (not roaming).

2.Insert the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem installation CD into your CD-ROM drive.

3.On the Mac desktop, double-click the Watcher Lite CD icon:

4.In the WL... Finder window, double-click INSTALLER.dmg.

5.In the Sierra Wireless Watcher Lite Finder window, double-click

SierraWirelessWatcherLiteInstall.mpkg.

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6.In the Welcome to the Sierra Wireless Watcher Lite Installer window, click Continue.

7.In the “Select a Destination” window, choose a destination volume. A green vertical arrow indicates which volume(s) you can install the software onto. If more than one volume has a green vertical arrow, select the volume that has the active operating system.

8. Click Continue.

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9. In the “Easy Install on ...” window, click Install.

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10.If the Authenticate window appears, enter your Mac user name and password, and then click OK.

11.In the window with the message that you will have to restart your computer, click Continue Installation.

12.Click Restart.

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13.After your computer restarts, run Watcher Lite: in Finder, choose Go > Applications > Sierra Wireless Watcher.

Watcher Lite should start:

Installing the Drivers

To install the drivers on your Mac computer:

1.Slide the front panel off the USB modem.

2.Hold the battery so that the side with two white arrows faces up and the gold contact points on the end of the battery line up with the gold contact points on the USB modem. Insert the battery into the USB modem.

Warning: To avoid the risk of explosion, use the same battery model when replacing the battery. Properly dispose of the used battery.

3.Slide the front panel onto the USB modem until the panel clicks into place.

4.Slide the lever on the bottom of the USB modem in the direction indicated by the triangle to release the USB modem’s USB connector.

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5.Adjust the USB connector to the desired angle.

The USB connector is adjustable to three positions (approximately 90, 135, and 160 degrees). Do not force the hinge past the last position— this may break the connector.

 

 

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6.

Gripping both sides of the USB modem, insert it into your computer’s

(Mac)

 

USB slot.

WARNING: When inserting or removing your USB modem, always grip it by its sides, as this prevents damage to the USB modem.

Alternatively, you can attach the USB extension cable to your computer’s USB slot, and then connect the USB modem to the USB extension cable.

Note: If your computer’s USB slot is vertical, use the USB extension cable. Do not insert the USB modem or the USB extension cable into a USB hub or a USB slot on a keyboard.

When the USB modem is properly inserted, the PWR LED is lit, and the USB modem’s battery starts to charge.

7. If the New Port Detected window appears, click Continue.

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8.If the Authenticate window appears, enter your Mac user name and password, and then click OK.

Watcher Lite displays a status message or the “Device Not Activated” window.

9.Allow the battery to charge for approximately two hours before closing the window or making a selection in it.

Activating Your USB Modem

After you have charged the battery for approximately two hours, use the

following table to determine your next actions:

Text/window

Description/next action

displayed

 

 

 

“Disconnected”

Your USB modem is preactivated. You are ready to connect to

 

the network (in Watcher Lite, click Connect).

 

Proceed to “Connecting to the Sprint Network” on page 34.

 

 

“Device is

Your USB modem is preactivated. Unlock the USB modem:

Locked”

1. If the Unlock Device window is not displayed: from the

 

Extras item on the Sierra Wireless Watcher menu, choose

 

Unlock Device.

 

2. In the Unlock Device window, enter the lock code (PIN), and

 

click OK.

 

If you can’t recall your lock code, try using the last four

 

digits of your USB modem's phone number. If this doesn’t

 

work, call Sprint Customer Service at 1-888-788-4727

 

(business use) or 1-888-715-4588 (personal use).

 

3. Proceed to “Connecting to the Sprint Network” on page 34.

 

 

“Device Not

Your USB modem is not activated.

Activated”

Click Yes to indicate that you’d like to activate your USB

window

modem. Watcher Lite will display “Updating User Profile.”

 

If provisioning is successful, Watcher Lite displays

 

“Disconnected,” after which you are ready to connect to the

 

network (click Connect). Proceed to “Connecting to the Sprint

 

Network” on page 34.

 

– or –

 

If the Data Provisioning window displays “Provisioning failed,”

 

go through the Activation Assistant: see page 31.

 

 

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Text/window

Description/next action

displayed

 

 

 

“Not activated”

Your USB modem is not activated.

 

Go through the Activation Assistant (below).

 

 

Activation Assistant

The Activation Assistant makes activation an easy task.

After you’ve installed the software and drivers (described earlier), if your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem has not been activated, the Activation Assistant will guide you through the activation process.

1

Have These Things Ready

A phone

The city and state where your USB modem will primarily be used

A pen or pencil

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2

Activation Assistant

Note: If you close the Activation Assistant before finishing the USB modem activation, you can start the Activation Assistant later (from the Extras item on the Sierra Wireless Watcher menu, choose Activation).

To activate your USB modem and account:

1.From the Extras item on the Sierra Wireless Watcher menu, choose

Activation.

2.In the Activation Assistant window, click Continue.

3.Call Sprint at the appropriate number displayed in the Activation Assistant. When you reach a representative, click Next.

4.In the space provided below, write down your USB modem’s ESN (Electronic Serial Number) or MEID (Mobile Equipment IDentifier). (The ESN or MEID is displayed in the Activation Assistant and is also printed on the label under the USB modem‘s battery.)

ESN/MEID: __________________________________________

Your Sprint Customer Service representative will give you an activation code.

My activation code is: __________________________________

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5. On your computer, enter the activation code in the space provided and then press the enter key. Once the Next button becomes available, click

Next.

 

Your Sprint Customer Service representative will give you a phone

 

number and MSID (Mobile System ID code, used for Wireless Local

 

Number Portability and to determine whether you are “home” or

Installing

“roaming”).

 

My Sprint Phone number is: _____________________________

the

 

My MSID is: _________________________________________

Software

 

6. On your computer, enter the phone number (no spaces or hyphens)

 

and the MSID value given by the account representative, and then

(Mac)

press the enter key.

 

A confirmation window appears.

 

 

7.Confirm with the service representative that the information is correct. If it is, click Yes. If it isn’t, click No, and re-enter the information.

8.Once the Next button becomes available, click Next.

9.Click Finish to complete the activation process.

10.Wait a few moments for the USB modem to automatically reset. Watcher Lite will display “Disconnected.”

11.From the Extras item on the Sierra Wireless Watcher menu, choose Data Provisioning.

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12.In the Data Provisioning window, click OK.

The USB modem then retrieves the updates to your account.

Watcher Lite will display “Updating User Profile,” then “Disconnected,” after which you are ready to connect to the network (click Connect). Proceed to the next section (“Connecting to the Sprint Network”).

Connecting to the Sprint Network

To connect to the Sprint network:

In Watcher Lite, click Connect.

Once you're connected to the network, Watcher Lite shows the amount of time you've been connected, and the amount of data received (Rx) and transmitted (Tx).

To end your network connection:

In Watcher Lite, click Disconnect.

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Icons and Text in Watcher Lite

Depending on the device and connection state, Watcher Lite may display

some of the following icons and text:

Icon/text

Description

 

 

 

CDMA network signal strength, indicated by the number of

 

bars.

 

 

 

You are not in coverage.

 

 

 

You are in 1X and 1xEV-DO Rev. 0 coverage.

 

 

 

You are in 1X and 1xEV-DO Rev. A coverage.

 

 

 

You are in 1X coverage.

 

 

 

You are in 1xEV-DO Rev. 0 coverage.

 

 

 

You are in 1xEV-DO Rev. A coverage.

 

 

 

You are roaming. Roaming charges may apply.

 

 

 

You are not roaming.

 

 

Disconnected

Ready to connect to the network. To connect, in Watcher Lite

 

click Connect.

 

 

Connected

Connected to the network.

 

 

No device

Ensure the USB modem is properly inserted into your computer.

detected

 

 

 

Not activated

To use your USB modem, you must activate it.

 

Go through the Activation Assistant (page 32).

 

 

Device is

From the Extras item on the Sierra Wireless Watcher menu,

Locked

choose Unlock Device.

 

 

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Icon/text

Description

 

 

Rx

Amount of data received from the network.

 

 

Tx

Amount of data transmitted to the network.

 

 

Menu Options

From the Extras item on the Sierra Wireless Watcher menu, you can:

Activate your USB modem

Provision your USB modem

Lock/unlock your USB modem

View information about the USB modem

View, configure, and use the data and VPN connections available on your computer (for example, WWAN)

Removing Your USB Modem

To remove the USB modem from your Mac:

1.End your network connection, as described in “Connecting to the Sprint Network” on page 34.

2.Remove the USB modem from your computer’s USB slot by gripping both sides of the USB modem and pulling straight out.

WARNING: When inserting or removing your USB modem, always grip it by its sides, as this prevents damage to the USB modem.

Sprint Service Areas

Interested in where you can use your new device? Check out the most up-to-date coverage maps at www.sprint.com.

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Manage Your Account Online

With Sprint Customer Service, you can visit www.sprint.com to manage your Sprint account.

Once you sign on, you can:

View the details of your Sprint service plan.

Find out how much data you have used and how many megabytes are remaining in your plan.

View your current and previous three months’ invoices.

Make a payment.

Find out about Sprint products and services.

Troubleshooting

If, after consulting the following table, you still you need assistance, please visit www.sprint.com or contact Sprint Customer Service at 1-888-788-4727

(business use) or 1-888-715-4588 (personal use).

Problem/

Solution

error

 

 

 

“Searching

If you are inside a building or near a structure that may be

for service”

blocking the signal, change the position or location of your

computer.

 

 

Check with Sprint—a network or account problem may be

 

preventing the USB modem from obtaining service.

 

 

“Connect”

Note: In some cases, the “Connect” button can establish a

button is not

connection to the network, even if the button seems

available

unavailable.

If nothing seems to happen when you click the button, ensure

 

 

that the USB modem is properly inserted, and not locked. If

 

Watcher Lite displays “Device is Locked,” see page 30.

 

 

Cannot

If the connection is dropped as soon as it is established, charge

connect

the battery for at least 30 minutes if the PWR LED is red.

 

to the

 

network

 

 

 

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Problem/

Solution

error

 

 

 

 

The PWR LED

This situation may occur under extreme usage conditions when

goes off, then

you’re transmitting data in a coverage area with a weak signal.

1.

Wait until the PWR LED turns green.

on, and stays

red

2.

Resume your connection.

 

If the PWR LED still goes off, and then comes on again and

 

 

stays red, charge the battery for at least 30 minutes.

 

 

 

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