TOA Electronics OVATION U720 User Manual

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Sprint Mobile Broadband

USB Modem

by Novatel Wireless

Ovation™ U720

www.sprint.com

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

Part No: 90024008 Rev. 2.0

Table of Contents

Welcome to Sprint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .i Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii Section 1: Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem Basics 1

1A. Introducing the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem 3

Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

CDMA Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Package Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

About This Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Section 2: Installing the Sprint Mobile Broadband

USB Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

2A. Getting Started With Your Sprint Mobile Broadband

USB Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem Software . . . . . . . . 12

Activating and Using Sprint Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Care and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

2B. Installing the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem 15

Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Installing the Sprint Connection Manager Software . . . . . . . . . 18

Inserting and Removing the Sprint Mobile Broadband

USB Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Activating Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem . . . . . . 25

2C. Sprint Connection Manager Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

The Sprint Connection Manager Software Window . . . . . . . . . 32

LED Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

System Tray Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Establishing and Terminating Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Sprint Connection Manager Software Menu Options

and Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

2D. Menu Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Overview of Menu Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Menu Item Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

2E. Troubleshooting Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Problem Causes and Suggestions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Reinstalling the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem Driver 64 Resolving Resource Conflicts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Additional Troubleshooting Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Section 3: Web Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

3A. Web Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

FAQs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Section 4: Technical Specifications and Regulatory

Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

4A. Technical Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Environmental Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Mechanical Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Software Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Transmitter Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Receiver Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Hardware Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Miscellaneous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

4B. Regulatory Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Regulatory Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Section 5: Safety and Terms & Conditions . . . . . . . . . . 93

5A. Safety and Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Important Notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Safety and Hazards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

5B. Terms and Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Subscriber Agreement

General Terms and Conditions of Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

Novatel Wireless Limited Warranty and Liability . . . . . . . . . . . 120

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121

Welcome to Sprint

We are committed to bringing you the best wireless technology available, and we built our network right from the start, so no matter where you are on the network, all your services will work the same.

When it comes to mobile connectivity, the Sprint Mobile Broadband 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 and company data is truly at your fingertips.

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

Welcome and thank you for choosing Sprint.

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Introduction

This User Guide introduces you to Sprint service and all the features of your new Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem. The guide is divided into five sections:

Section 1: Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem Basics

Section 2: Installing the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem

Section 3: Web Access

Section 4: Technical Specifications and Regulatory Information

Section 5: Safety and Terms & Conditions

Throughout this guide, you'll find tips that highlight special shortcuts and timely reminders to help you make the most of your USB modem and wireless network service. The Table of Contents and Index will also help you quickly locate specific information.

You'll get the most out of your new Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem if you read each section. However, if you'd like to get right to a specific feature, you can go directly to that page. Follow the instructions in that section and you'll be ready to use your USB modem in no time.

Note: You can print out this guide to keep on hand or view it online. If you're viewing it online, simply click on a topic in the Table of Contents or on any page reference within a section to go directly to that topic.

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Section 1

Sprint Mobile Broadband

USB Modem Basics

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Section 1A

Introducing the Sprint Mobile Broadband

USB Modem

In This Section

Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem

CDMA Networks

Package Contents

About This Guide

This section introduces the basic features and functions of your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem, the materials included with your device, and an overview of the sections in this User Guide.

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Your Sprint Mobile Broadband

USB Modem

Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem connects to a USB port and functions as a wireless network EVDO device. This device allows you to:

Access your company network.

Send and receive email.

Access the Internet.

CDMA Networks

The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem operates over a type of wireless network called CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access). This network technology has many features beyond providing a wireless link, such as Web Messaging, which allows you to receive short messages using the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem.

To use the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem, you need an account that gives you access to a CDMA network.

Every CDMA network operates on one of three radio frequency bands. Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem takes advantage of the high-speed CDMA 1xEV-DO network and operates on the 1900 MHz band.

The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem uses CDMA 1xEV-DO Rev A technology and is backwardly compatible with currently deployed EV-DO Rev 0 and 1xRTT, enabling real-time high-speed wireless access to email, the Internet, or your company network. The device runs on most current Windows-compatible laptop or desktop computers, and it provides peak data transmission speeds of up to 3.1 megabits

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per second (Mbps) on the downlink and up to 1.8 Mbps on the uplink on EV-DO Rev A networks.

Note: The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem provides average download speeds in EV-DO Rev. A coverage areas of 600-1400 kilobits per second (kbps) and average upload speeds of 350500 kbps. Average download speeds outside the EV-DO Rev. A coverage area are 400-700 Kbps with average upload speeds of 50-70 Kbps.

More information about CDMA networks is available on the CDMA Development Group Web site, www.cdg.org.

USB EVDO Modem

A USB modem (EVDO device) is a revolutionary new way to access the Internet, while delivering the most advanced multimedia streaming services and connectivity. Almost every laptop and desktop has a USB port, so this provides you with the ability to easily move your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem from platform to platform (laptop or desktop).

During Sprint connections, the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem is a true USB EVDO modem, functioning just like the modems familiar to most business computer users. It has an advanced dual band diversity antenna system design that incorporates an external flip antenna, maximizing data speed performance, and allows for stronger network signal reception. Once installed and configured for NDIS mode, the USB modem connects instantly to the CDMA network with just a few mouse clicks. To surf the Web, you simply connect the USB modem to a USB port, click a few buttons, and launch your Internet browser. To access your company network, you may need to launch an extranet client after you connect to the CDMA network.

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Tip: To optimize your settings for faster speeds and data conservation when accessing your company network, work in “Offline”mode and synchronize periodically to send and receive company email. Do not use the Preview Pane, and save or drag and drop attachments to a desktop folder before opening them (rather than double-clicking them in the email). For more detailed information, see the Microsoft white paper located at: www.microsoft.com/office/outlook/evaluation/perform.doc.

Package Contents

Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem package contains the following components:

Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem by Novatel Wireless OvationTM U720

Connection Cable

A Guide to Using Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem

Sprint Connection ManagerSM CD

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About This Guide

This User Guide is designed to provide you with all the information you need to install and use your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem.

Section 1 (which you are reading) gives you an overview of the USB modem and its basic features.

Section 2 provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for installing and using the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem and Sprint Connection Manager software.

Section 3 introduces Web access with your USB modem.

Section 4 provides electrical, radio frequency, and other specifications for the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem, as well as regulatory notices concerning your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem.

Section 5 provides important safety and liability information and includes the Terms and Conditions of use for the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem.

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Section 2

Installing the Sprint Mobile

Broadband USB Modem

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Section 1B

Getting Started With Your Sprint Mobile

Broadband USB Modem

In This Section

Getting Started

The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem Software

Activating and Using Sprint Service

Care and Maintenance

This section outlines the basics of getting started with your

Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem, including installing the Sprint Connection Manager software and activating your account.

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Getting Started

Before you can begin using your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem, you must first:

1.Install the Sprint Connection Manager software, including the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem driver software.

2.Activate your Sprint account (unless the USB modem has been preactivated).

3.Configure the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem to use your account.

TheSprintMobileBroadbandUSBModem

Software

The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem comes with the following software:

Sprint Connection Manager software allows you to manage the device’s actions and monitor your connections.

The driver software establishes the interface between the USB modem and your Windows® operating system.

With Novatel Wireless, Inc. Wireless Connections Network Adapter (NDIS) you can expand your high-speed broadband wireless connection from the Internet to your corporate email and network taking advantage of 1xEVDO speeds. This customizable feature enables an always-on connectivity experience like an Ethernet card.

The Bytemobile Optimization Client allows you to enjoy increased speeds and enhanced graphics to further improve your experience with image and data optimization in an easy-to-use visual interface.

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Section 1B: Getting Started

The software must be installed before you insert the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem for the first time. Detailed instructions are provided starting on page 18.

Activating and Using Sprint Service

Before using your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem, you must first set up your Sprint wireless network account.

Call Sprint Customer Service

If you will be using your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem primarily for business purposes, call 1-888-788-4727.

If your device is intended primarily for personal use, call 1-888-715-4588.

You should have the following information available:

Your billing address

Your Social Security number or Tax ID number

Your driver’s license number

Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem’s ESN (electronic serial number) (The ESN is printed on the device's label and can also be displayed during the installation process.)

A pen and paper to write down your account information

During this call, Sprint Customer Service will help you select your service plan and guide you through the activation process. They will also provide you with the following important account information:

Your device’s Activation Code

Your device’s phone number

Your device’s Lock Code

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Tip: You can use the Lock Code feature to prevent others from using your account should your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem be lost or stolen. See page 58 for instructions on using this feature.

Unless your device has been preactivated, the Sprint Connection Manager software application will automatically detect that no account has been configured when you run it for the first time. The Sprint Activation Wizard will then launch and guide you through the activation and configuration process.

Care and Maintenance

As with any electronic device, the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem must be handled with care to ensure reliable operation. Follow these guidelines while using and storing the USB modem:

Do not apply adhesive labels to the USB modem. They may cause the device to become jammed inside the USB port.

The USB connector should fit easily into your USB port. Forcing the device into a slot may damage the connector.

Protect the USB modem from liquids, dust, and excessive heat.

Store the USB modem in a safe place, when not in use.

Never force the USB connector in or out of your computer’s USB port.

When using a laptop computer, always remove the USB modem from the USB port to avoid any damage. (See page 22 for instructions on proper removal.)

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Section 1B: Getting Started

Section 2A

Installing the Sprint Mobile Broadband

USB Modem

Getting Started

Installing the Sprint Connection Manager Software

Inserting and Removing the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem

Activating Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem

This section guides you through the steps necessary to install your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem and make it operational on your computer.

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Getting Started

Before you can use your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem, you must:

1.Install the Sprint Connection Manager software, located on the installation CD, onto your computer.

Note: Before installing your new software, delete or uninstall any previously existing modem or dialer software from your system.

Do not connect the device to your computer until you have installed the Sprint Connection Manager software onto your computer or until instructed to do so by the installation CD.

2.Connect the USB modem to your computer’s USB port. Windows will detect the device and automatically install the necessary device drivers.

Note: A driver is software that forms the interface between a device (such as the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem) and the operating system on your computer.

3.Launch the Sprint Connection Manager software application.

4.Activate your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem and Sprint account, unless the device was preactivated. If your device has not previously been activated, the Activation Wizard will automatically launch and guide you through the process.

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System Requirements

The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem is supported on the following operating systems:

Windows® 2000

Windows® XP

To install and run the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem and accompanying software, your system requires these minimum resources:

CPU

Pentium (166 MHz or higher)

 

 

Interface

USB port

 

 

Communications

2 available; one modem and

Ports

one serial

 

 

Optical Drive

CD-ROM

 

 

I/O Resources

1 IRQ, 4096 bytes I/O space

 

 

Memory

32 MB

 

 

Disk Space

14 MB

 

 

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InstallingtheSprintConnectionManager

Software

Follow the instructions below to install the Sprint Connection Manager software from the installation CD. This process requires you to restart your computer at the end of the installation; therefore, we recommend that you quit all open applications before you begin installation. The Sprint Connection Manager software automatically determines your computer’s operating system and installs all appropriate software.

Note: You may be required to log in with administrative privileges depending on your operating system to install the Sprint Connection Manager software.

Installing the Sprint Connection Manager software and the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem driver:

1.Insert the installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. The Setup program should start automatically. If the Setup program does not launch, select Start > Run and enter d:\Autorun.exe, where d is your CD-ROM drive letter.

2.Select Install Sprint Mobile Broadband (Novatel Wireless). (The InstallShield® Wizard will start and guide you through the installation process.)

3.Use the Next and Back buttons to navigate through the installation wizard, noting the following:

In order to continue with the installation, you must select “I accept the terms of the License Agreement.”

Select the default option, Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem by Novatel Wireless, Inc., if prompted, and click Next.

Please wait a few minutes while the software installs.

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Note: You may also be given the option of selecting the BytemobileTM Optimization Client feature at this time. This option provides increased speeds and enhanced graphics to further improve your experience with image and data optimization in an easy-to-use visual interface. If this option is available you may place a check mark in the check box to add Bytemobile Optimization.

4.Skip to step 7 if you did not check the Bytemobile Optimization Client option from the Sprint Connection Manager installation screen (see Note above).

5.If you chose to install the Bytemobile Optimization Client, the Installshield Wizard and ByteMobile Optimization Welcome window appear. Click Next and wait a few moments for the software to install.

6.Now click Finish to complete installation of Bytemobile.

7.Click Restart or Finish to complete installation of the Sprint Connection Manager software. Once the installation

procedure is complete and you have rebooted your computer (either automatically or manually), launch Sprint Connection Manager by clicking on the Sprint Mobile Broadband (Novatel Wireless) desktop icon.

8.Sprint Connection Manager starts and the Insert your device... dialog appears. (Do not connect the device until instructed to do so by Sprint Connection Manager software.)

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9.Insert the USB connector into your computer’s USB port. (See page 22 for complete instructions on proper insertion and removal.)

Note: Sprint Connection Manager will check to ensure you have the latest firmware installed. If there is a new firmware release for the software, the “Firmware Update” pop-up dialog will appear. See “Firmware Updates” in this section, beginning on page 21.

10.Please wait a few moments while Windows automatically installs the necessary drivers for this device. A series of Found New Hardware messages appear and the Found New Hardware Wizard launches.

11.If your USB modem has not been activated, the Activation Wizard automatically launches and guides you through the activation process. (For account activation information, see Section 1B, Getting Started With Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem beginning on page 11.)

12.Windows detects the new hardware (Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem) and installs the necessary drivers. The Add New Hardware Wizard or Found New Hardware

Wizard launches, depending on your operating system. (For additional information about driver installation, see “Reinstalling the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem Driver” on page 64.)

13.Follow the prompts to allow the wizard to install the drivers.

14.Click OK when you are notified that the installation is complete.

On completion of this step, the Sprint Connection Manager software and the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem driver are installed and you can proceed to activate your USB modem

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(if it has not already been activated). See “Activating Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem” on page 25.

Note: During this time, the Sprint Connection Manager message area displays “Updating Hardware” and the Go button is disabled.

Firmware Updates

The first time you attempt to connect your USB modem to your computer, Sprint Connection Manager will check to ensure you have the latest firmware installed. If Sprint Connection Manager detects that your USB modem needs to be updated a “Firmware Update” pop-up dialog appears.

To update firmware

1.If you are using a laptop, the AC power adapter must be plugged into your computer before proceeding.

2.Click OK to launch the firmware update utility and update the firmware in your USB modem. The software installation begins. This process takes approximately five minutes. You may stop the installation at any time by clicking Cancel.

Caution: Do not disconnect the device from your computer until the installation process is complete. Failure to complete the process may result in serious errors.

3.Once the firmware has been successfully downloaded, a confirmation screen appears. Click OK to return to the Sprint Connection Manager main user interface.

4.When the firmware update is completed, it will reset the USB modem. Please wait a few minutes to initialize the USB modem from the Sprint network. If the USB modem has not been activated, it will automatically launch the Sprint Vision Activation Wizard.

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Note: During this time, the Sprint Connection Manager message area displays “Updating Hardware” and the Go button is disabled.

Once the USB modem is provisioned successfully, it will start IOTA (Internet Over-the-Air) Activation to update your user profile from the network settings. If the USB modem is not provisioned or out of the Sprint coverage area, the Sprint Connection Manager user interface will display “Mobile Broadband: Searching for service...”.

Inserting and Removing the Sprint Mobile

Broadband USB Modem

Inserting the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem

Before you connect the device, you must first install the Sprint Connection Manager software (see page 18 in this section). Once you have completed the software installation procedure, you may insert your device into your computer’s USB port.

Note: An external USB extension cable is included for your convenience. This accessory (not required for use with the device) is ideal for using USB devices in hard-to-reach and overcrowded spaces, a common situation with many computers, relieving strain on your ports and allowing you to use additional USB devices with convenience.

The USB extension cable, when used with your device, frees up space around the USB port area. See “Using the External USB Extension Cable” on page 23.

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When you connect the device, the following should occur:

The USB modem is powered as soon as you connect it to the computer’s USB port.

The LED indicator on the device lights up, blinks, and turns solid green.

The Sprint Connection Manager software starts (unless the auto-launch feature has been disabled).

Note: The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem also contains an antenna that can be used for better coverage; this is an integral part of the device. To use this feature, flip open the device's antenna by gently gripping the top right side of the external cover with your forefinger.

Using the External USB Extension Cable

To use the USB cable:

1.Plug one end of the cable into the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem.

2.Plug the other end into an available USB port on your computer.

3.The device is powered as soon as the USB extension cable is connected to the appropriate USB port. (The LED indicator on the device will turn green.)

4.Launch Sprint Connection Manager and click Connect.

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Turning Off the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem

When the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem is connected to the computer, it has power and is trying to communicate with the network. To turn off the USB modem, Sprint Connection Manager must be closed.

Removing the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem

1.Close Sprint Connection Manager if it is running. There are three ways to close the program:

Click the close icon on the interface.

– or –

Right-click the Sprint Connection Manager system tray icon and select Exit from the menu.

– or –

Click Menu in the upper left-hand corner of the Sprint Connection Manager window and select Exit.

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2.Remove the USB connector from your computer’s USB port by gripping the USB modem on both sides and pulling straight out to avoid damaging the modem’s antenna.

Activating Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB

Modem

The final step to making your USB modem operational is configuring it to use your account.

Tip: For an overview of account activation and configuration, see “Activating and Using Sprint Service” on page 13.

If you purchased a preactivated USB modem, this step is not necessary. Once the application software and driver are installed, the USB modem is ready for use.

Otherwise, you must use the Sprint Activation Wizard to activate and configure your account. Activation involves phoning Sprint Customer Service, exchanging information and entering your account information into the appropriate fields in the wizard.

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To activate an account and configure your USB modem:

1.Connect the device to your computer. The Activation Wizard will launch automatically.

2.Click Next to begin the activation process. The wizard will guide you through the process.

Note: Sprint Connection Manager checks to ensure you have the latest firmware installed. If there is a new firmware release for the software, the “Firmware Update” pop-up dialog appears.

3.Please telephone Sprint Customer Service to set up your Sprint wireless network account.

If you will be using your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem primarily for business purposes, call

1-888-788-4727.

If your device is intended primarily for personal use,

call 1-888-715-4588.

You should have the following information available:

Your billing address

Your Social Security or Tax ID number

Your driver’s license number

Your device’s ESN (electronic serial number) (The ESN is printed on the device’s label and can also be displayed during the installation process.)

A pen and paper to write down your account information

Inform your Sprint Customer Service Specialist that you are activating a Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem by Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Ovation U720). During this call, Sprint Customer Service will help you choose a service plan and guide you through the activation process.

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4.Click Next when you are asked for your device’s ESN (electronic serial number). A third window will appear, which displays your device’s ESN in the top field.

5.Carefully repeat the ESN to the Sprint Customer Service representative. You will be given an activation code.

6.Enter the activation code into the bottom field of the window and click Next to continue to the next window.

7.Once the Sprint Customer Service representative has given you your device’s phone number (also called MDN), and MSID (IMSI_S) numbers, enter them in the top and bottom fields and click Next to continue.

8.A confirmation screen appears. Verify that your phone number (MDN) and MSID (IMSI_S) are correct. Be sure to write these numbers down for future reference. Click Yes to continue.

9.You have now successfully completed the activation process. Click Finish to exit the Sprint Activation Wizard.

Note: You may manually access the Activation Wizard from the Sprint Connection Manager submenu. See “Sprint Mobile Broadband - Novatel Wireless settings” on page 58.

On completion of this step, your USB modem is ready for use. Section 2B: Sprint Connection Manager Software, beginning on page 29, explains how to use the Sprint Connection Manager software to manage and monitor your connections.

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Sprint Connection Manager Software

In This Section

The Sprint Connection Manager Software

The Sprint Connection Manager Software Window

LED Overview

System Tray Icons

Establishing and Terminating Connections

Sprint Connection Manager Software Menu Options and Settings

This chapter outlines the Sprint Connection Manager software interface for your computer, including the components of the main window, button usage, system tray icons, and more. Once you’ve mastered the basics here, you’ll be ready to begin using your USB modem.

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The Sprint Connection Manager Software

The Sprint Connection Manager software allows you to manage and monitor the connection between your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem and the CDMA network. Use the software to:

Determine your signal strength, roaming status, Sprint connection availability, and other network parameters.

Initiate data calls.

View call statistics.

Enable and disable features such as Always on Top (which allows you to set the device software to display in front of other application windows).

Set options related to Web messages, sounds played, and the lock code security feature (which you can use to prevent others from using your USB modem).

You must run the Sprint Connection Manager software anytime you use the USB modem unless you have configured the device to run in NDIS mode with Novatel Wireless, Inc. Network Adapter. (See “Novatel Wireless Network Adapter (NDIS)” on page 53.)

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Starting the Sprint Connection Manager Software

To launch the Sprint Connection Manager software:

Double-click the Sprint Mobile Broadband (Novatel Wireless) desktop icon, located on your desktop.

– or –

Select Start > Programs > Sprint > Novatel Wireless > Sprint Mobile Broadband (Novatel Wireless).

Depending on your settings in the Options window, the software starts automatically anytime you connect the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem.

Once you make a connection in the device software, you can launch whichever application you want to use (such as your Web browser or email application).

Use the close button in the upper-right corner of the interface to exit the software.

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The Sprint Connection Manager Software

Window

The Sprint Connection Manager software features its own Custom Main Interface (CMI) window. It includes the following components:

A Menu button in the upper-left corner

Minimize and Close buttons in the upper-right corner

A message area (the left portion of the display)

An indicator area (to the immediate right of the message area)

A button (“GO”) used to establish/cancel a connection

A Detail Drawer that displays the amount of data being transferred and received

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About the Interface

The following application functions are available within the main window of the Sprint Connection Manager software:

Close: Closes the interface and exits the software.

Go: Initiates a connection.

Stop: Ends or cancels a connection.

Minimize: Minimizes the interface to System Tray Mode.

Menu: Provides access to tools and options settings.

Message Area: Displays “Insert your device...,” “Ready,” “Disconnect,” “Connect,” “Authenticating,” “Connecting,” or “Connected” states. Other connection messages may apply depending on your custom options. (See page 36.)

Image Compression (if applicable): Indicates that data and image compression is enabled for enhanced speed performance.

Transfer/Receive: Visual indicator of data activity.

Signal Strength: Visual indicator of signal strength.

Detail Drawer: Displays byte counter. Click “+” to expand and “-” to close.

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The Menu Button

Clicking the Menu button, located in the upper-left corner of the interface, provides access to the Sprint Connection Manager software menu.

Some menu options will remain inactive or unavailable if a connection has not been established. Once a connection is made, the options will become active. The Links menu option and the Settings menu option both contain submenus. See Section 2C, Menu Options, beginning on page 43, for details on the Sprint Connection Manager options and settings.

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The Minimize and Close Buttons

The Minimize button closes the window but leaves the program running. When the program is minimized, its icon in the system tray can be used to determine the device status. (See “System Tray Icons” on page 41.)

Once minimized, you can redisplay the program by double-clicking the desktop shortcut or launching the device software from the Start menu. (See page 42 in this section.) You can also click the icon in the system tray. (The icons are defined in “System Tray Icons” on page 41.)

The Close button is used to exit the device software.

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Connection Status

The Sprint Connection Manager software interface provides information about your current connection status. Other messages may appear as a result of customized options.

Insert your Device...

If the Sprint Connection Manager software fails to detect a device, the message “Insert your Device...” is displayed. In this state, the GO button is unavailable to indicate it cannot be engaged. The signal strength and image compression icons also are not visible.

Disconnected

In this state, the GO button is available and the signal strength icon is visible. Click GO to make a connection.

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Connecting

In this state, Sprint Connection Manager is attempting to make a connection. During this action, the display will progress from “Connecting” to “Authenticating,” to “Authenticated.” The signal strength icon is visible and the GO button changes to Stop.

If you attempt to establish a Sprint connection that requires a password, a dialog box appears. Enter the relevant information and click OK to continue the connection process.

To cancel the connection, click Stop.

Connected

Once the connection is established, the message area displays “Connected” and the transfer/receive icon is now visible.

For other messages, see “Settings” on page 49 and “Troubleshooting Tips” on page 61.

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Indicator Area

The indicator area displays icons that help you keep track of your signal strength and roaming status, notify you when you receive messages, and indicate whether certain options or features are enabled.

The table below lists the indicator area icons and explains the significance of each icon.

Indicator Area Icons

Icon Meaning

The Signal Strength indicator uses bars to show the strength of the radio signal. The number of bars increases (up to a maximum of six) as the signal strength increases. Note: This icon is displayed only when data services are available.

When no bars are shown, no connection is possible for one of the following reasons:

You are outside of the Nationwide Sprint Network service area.

The signal strength is too weak.

A network problem is preventing the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem from obtaining service.

The Transmit/Receive icon lets you know that a Sprint data connection is active.

The Optimization image compression software is active.

The CDMA 1xEVDO icon appears when CDMA 1xEVDO service is available and active.

The Roaming indicator lets you know that you have roamed from a Sprint Network to a roaming partner's system.

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The GO Button

The GO button is used to establish and cancel a connection. The text on the button changes during different connection stages.

GO – Ready to establish a connection. Click the button to start a connection.

Stop – Once a connection is established, the Go button changes to read Stop. A connection is being established or is already established. Click the button to cancel or disconnect.

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LED Overview

Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem by Novatel Wireless, Ovation U720, has two LED lights located near the antenna of the device. The lights operate as follows:

LED Behavior

Indicates

 

 

Off (no light)

The device has no power. The

 

device may not be completely

 

inserted into the computer.

 

 

Green (solid)

The device is powered but is not

 

transmitting or receiving data.

 

 

Green (blinking slowly)

The device is powered and is

 

searching for the network.

 

 

Green (intermittent blinking)

The device is powered,

 

connected, and is sending or

 

receiving data.

 

 

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System Tray Icons

The Sprint Connection Manager software displays an icon in the system tray (in the lower-right portion of the display screen on your computer). The system tray icon indicates your connection status.

System Tray Icons

Icon Meaning

Connecting - Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem ready for connection or currently making a connection.

Connected - Connection established to the network and data transfer in process.

Dormant - Connection established but no data transfer taking place

Disconnected - Sprint Connection Manager running, but no connection in progress.

Error - Sprint Connection Manager has encountered a hardware failure in your computer’s device or another error while attempting to connect.

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Establishing and Terminating Connections

The Sprint Connection Manager software interface can be used to establish and terminate connections with the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem by simply clicking the GO or Stop buttons.

Sprint Connection Manager Software

Menu Options and Settings

Click the Menu button, located at the upper left of the interface (see page 31), to launch the Sprint Connection Manager menu.

Menu options are descibed in Section 2C, Menu Options beginning on page 43.

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Section 2C

Menu Options

In This Section

Overview of Menu Items

Menu Item Details

Settings

The Sprint Connection Manager’s primary menu options allow you to manage your device’s connections and settings. This chapter provides an overview and brief description of each of the options available under the Menu drop-down list.

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Overview of Menu Items

To display the Sprint Connection Manager’s primary menu, click the Menu button at the top left corner of the interface.

The table on the following page outlines various menu items and provides a brief description of the items and links to more detailed information.

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Menu Items

Menu Item

Description

For more

 

 

information,

 

 

see:

Alert Log

View information on device errors

Page 46

 

or failures by date/time, alert,

 

 

connection name, and type.

 

 

 

 

Connection

View information on data

Page 46

History

connections by date/time, type,

 

 

and duration.

 

 

 

 

Device Info &

View detailed information about

Page 47

Diagnostics

the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB

 

 

modem, software, and

 

 

connections.

 

 

 

 

Software

Check for posted updates to the

Page 48

Updates

Sprint Connection Manager

 

 

software or configure to

 

 

automatically check for updates.

 

 

 

 

Links

When connected to the Sprint

Page 48

 

National Network, provides a link

 

 

to the Sprint Web site.

 

 

 

 

Help

Open the Sprint Connection

Page 48

 

Manager Help file.

 

 

 

 

About Sprint

View the opening Sprint

Page 49

Mobile

Connection Manager software

 

Broadband

identification screen.

 

 

 

 

Settings

Configure the Sprint Connection

Page 49

 

Manager software to best suit

 

 

your needs and preferences.

 

 

 

 

Exit

Close the Sprint Connection

Page 24

 

Manager software application.

 

 

 

 

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Menu Item Details

Alert Log

The Alert Log provides a record of all alerts that have been generated while establishing and maintaining your connections and settings. You can use the Alert Log to help isolate and resolve connection issues.

To display the Alert Log:

Select Menu > Alert Log.

To clear the Alert Log:

1.From the Alert Log window, click Clear.

2.You will see a prompt: “Clear all entries from the Alert Log?” Click Yes to delete all records. Click No to cancel.

Connection History

The Connection History dialog maintains a record of your data connections. You can choose whether to keep a record of your connection history by enabling or disabling this feature to suit your preference.

To enable or disable Connection History:

Select Menu > Settings > General > Keep Connection History.

A check mark next to the option indicates that it is enabled.

To display the Connection History:

Select Menu > Connection History.

For each message, the Connection History displays:

The date and time the connection was initiated.

The phone number dialed for data connections.

The type of connection.

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The duration of the connection.

Deleting Records

To delete all records in the Connection History:

1.From the Connection History window, click Clear.

2.You will see a prompt: “Cear all entries from the Connection History?” Click Yes to delete all records. Click No to cancel.

Device Info & Diagnostics

The Device Info & Diagnostics window displays detailed information about your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem, Sprint Connection Manager software, signal strength, port configuration, and more.

The information displayed in this window includes:

The manufacturer.

The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem.

Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem phone number.

The hardware version.

The version of firmware in use.

The Sprint Connection Manager software version and build.

The version of the PRL (Preferred Roaming List, which specifies the radio frequency channels that the USB modem is permitted to use).

The device's designed capabilities and coverage.

Various communication and device tests and results.

To access the Device Info & Diagnostics menu:

Select Menu > Device Info & Diagnostics.

To view information about your system, including installed files:

Click the System Information button.

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Information obtained from the System Information sections can be used to create a report, which can be saved and then sent via email to a Sprint Customer Service representative to help them in troubleshooting your notebook.

Software Updates

From time to time, Sprint may release updates for your Sprint Connection Manager software. These updates may add new features or improve the network performance. This menu option allows you to check for any posted updates or to set up an automatic monthly check for updates.

To check for software updates:

Select Menu > Software Updates > Check Now.

To enable or disable automatic monthly checks:

Select Menu > Software Updates > Check for updates once a month.

A check mark next to the option indicates that it is enabled. Click OK to save changes and exit the Software Updates dialog box.

Links

During an active data connection, this menu option provides a hyperlink to the Sprint Web site. To access this link, select

Menu > Links > Sprint Web Site.

Note: The Sprint Connection Manager Links menu does not allow you to add or remove links. Continue to manage direct links to your favorite Web sites through your Web browser menu.

Help

This menu item provides direct access to Sprint Mobile Broadband’s online help file. You can also access the help file

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from any window within Sprint Connection Manager by pressing the ‘F1’ key on your keyboard. To access Help, select Menu > Help.

About Sprint Mobile Broadband

The About Sprint Mobile Broadband menu option allows you to display the Sprint Connection Manager opening splash screen, which appears when you launch Sprint Connection Manager.

Select Menu > About Sprint Mobile Broadband.

Settings

The Settings window from the Menu allows you to configure Sprint Connection Manager to suit your preferences. In the Settings window you can:

Enable and disable several features, including Window Always on Top and Connection History, set program launch and optimization options, and customize Sprint connection settings.

To access the Settings menu:

1.Click Menu on the Sprint Connection Manager interface.

2.Select Settings from the submenu.

Settings Window

The Settings window contains three options:

General

Optimization

Sprint Mobile Broadband - Novatel Wireless or Sprint Data Link (depending on the type of connection).

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Note: If you did not install the Bytemobile Optimization Client, the Optimization option will not be available. Once you install the Bytemobile Optimization Client this option will become available.

General

To display the General settings options, select Menu > Settings > General. Then you can customize Sprint Connection Manager by selecting the following options:

Play Sound Effects – Select this check box to hear a clicking sound whenever an action is taken in Sprint Connection Manager.

Always on Top – When checked, the Sprint Connection Manager window is displayed in front of all other open application windows, even if another window is placed over the Sprint Connection Manager software window.

Start in System Tray – Select this check box to have the Sprint Connection Manager interface visible on your screen regardless of which applications are open.

Keep Connection History – When selected, Sprint Connection Manager logs all connections in the connection history. (For details on Connection History, see page 46.)

Launch when Windows Starts – When selected, Sprint Connection Manager opens automatically upon startup of your computer.

When finished, click Apply and then OK to save changes and close the Settings dialog box.

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Optimization

Bandwidth Optimization enhances the connection to your company’s enterprise network; it is a combination of data compression, TCP/IP optimization, and caching. This can result in a two to five times improvement in your perceived system speed, depending on your applications.

To display the Optimization settings menu, select Menu > Settings > Optimization. Then check or uncheck the available options to select your image compression setting:

Enable Optimization Client – To enable Bandwidth Optimization, place a check mark in the check box designated Bandwidth Optimization On. When selected, the image compression software is enabled.

Note: The Bandwidth Optimization screen provides a visual display of the original image as well as an optimized version. You can choose from fastest (low quality) to highest quality by sliding the image compression bar up and down the scale (see image below.)

Bandwidth Optimization Screen

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Protocol Compression

Select the Protocol Compression check boxes to enable compression for the following types for data:

SSL - Secure Socket Layer

FTP - File Transfer Protocol

SMTP - Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, a communications protocol used on the Internet to route email

HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol

POPv3 - Post Office Protocol standard in common use on TCP/ IP networks

IMAP - Acronym for Internet Message Access Protocol, a method for an email program to gain access to email and bulletin board messages stored on a mail server.

Tip: Limitation to Bandwidth Optimization include minimal improvements with email applications. Email performance can be improved by working offline as much as possible, dragging and dropping attachments to desktop folders rather than opening attachments directly from email.

Click Default if you want to return to the default settings.

When finished, click Apply and then OK to save changes and close the Settings dialog box, or click Cancel to undo any changes.

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Sprint Connection Manager Settings

To customize your Sprint Mobile Broadband - Novatel Wireless settings, select Menu > Settings > Sprint (connection name), and then select from the following menu options:

Always Show Welcome Screen – Select this check box if you would like to have a welcome screen appear upon a successful connection to the network.

Perform Pre-Connect Tests – Select this check box if you would like to see what may have caused a failure if Sprint Connection Manager was unable to connect.

Enable Network Adapter (NDIS) – Allows you to establish a Novatel Wireless (1xEV-DO) connection to connect to the network automatically without launching Sprint Connection Manager. You can disable the Enable Network Adapter mode at any time by deselecting the Enable Network Adapter (NDIS) check box from this menu. (See below for more information about enabling NDIS.)

Novatel Wireless Network Adapter (NDIS)

Enabling the Novatel Wireless Network Adapter enables always-on connectivity like an Ethernet card and eliminates the need to use the Sprint Connection Manager software. As soon as the USB connector is inserted into your USB port, the device connects to the network automatically. The connection is also reestablished automatically coming out of hibernate and standby modes.

To enable the Novatel Wireless Network Adapter:

1.Disconnect the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem from the Sprint network. (If you are connected to the network, the Enable Network Adapter [NDIS] check box will be disabled.)

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2.Access Menu > Settings > Sprint Mobile Broadband - Novatel Wireless.

3.Place a check mark in the check box designated Enable Network Adapter (NDIS), click Apply, and then click OK.

Note: The first time you enable the Network Adapter (NDIS) mode, Windows will automatically install the network drivers for the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem - Novatel Wireless EV-DO Network Adapter. Once Windows detects the new hardware, a “Found New Hardware” pop-up message will appear in your system tray followed by the “Ready to Use” message.

Your USB modem must be activated with Sprint and you must be within the Sprint coverage area for your device to work.

You may now use your device in NDIS mode and experience automatic connectivity without launching Sprint Connection Manager.

Service Settings (Mode)

The Mode section is used to set your connection preferences or service settings. You can choose to connect to only 1xEV-DO (high speed) or 1xRTT (low speed) wireless networks, or you can let Sprint Connection Manager select your network connections.

The Mode section gives you the following options to choose from:

Automatic: Select the Automatic option if you would like to have Sprint Connection Manager select your connections. By selecting this option, Sprint Connection Manager will automatically select one of the wireless networks available in your area when you launch a connection.

EVDO Only: Select the EVDO Only option if you would like to have Sprint Connection Manager connect to only 1xEV-DO networks. You can disable EVDO Mode at any time if you are not connected to any network by selecting another option.

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Note: Sprint Connection Manager will always try to connect to a Sprint CDMA 1xEV-DO network first before attempting to connect to a 1xRTT network. 1xEV-DO networks always have priority! If a 1xEV-DO network is unavailable then Sprint Connection Manager will search for an available 1xRTT network.

1xRTT Only: Select the 1xRTT Only option if you would like to have Sprint Connection Manager connect to only 1xRTT networks. When you apply this option, the next time you make a connection Sprint Connection Manager will search for only 1xRTT networks.

Tip: If the signal strength is too weak and you are unable to connect using 1xRTT in the 1900 MHz frequency, or if your connection fails due to this selection, disable the setting.

Applying your Mode Preference

1.Click OK or Apply on the Settings dialog box to reset your device. When you apply your service preference the following dialog will appear: “Service setting was changed successfully. Please wait while the modem is reset for the changes to take effect.”

2.Click OK to close the dialog box. When the modem is reset the Go button will be visible and the Sprint Connection Manager user interface will display “Disconnected.” This may take a moment.

Roaming Preference

The Roaming section is used to change your roaming preference. Your coverage area and billing charges depend upon your service and the type of account you have. There may be surcharges for roaming service that vary based on whether you are in a preferred roaming area or a non-preferred roaming area. If there is no roaming agreement between Sprint and the local carrier, you may be unable to complete calls in a non-preferred zone.

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The Roaming section gives you the following options to choose from:

Sprint: Directs the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem not to roam. If this option is selected, you will not be able to roam if Sprint coverage is unavailable. This is the default setting.

Automatic: Directs the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem to automatically search for any accessible network when Sprint coverage is unavailable.

Note: When you select Automatic mode you will see a prompt: “The device is in Automatic mode and will will roam when Sprint coverage is unavailable. Roaming Rates may apply.”

Click OK to change your settings and close the dialog box or click Cancel to return to the previous screen.

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Roaming Only: Forces Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem to select a network that has a roaming agreement with Sprint.

Note: When you select this option you are roaming within a “preferred” roaming area. If there is no roaming agreement between Sprint and the local carrier, you may be unable to complete calls in a “non-preferred zone.”

Once you select this option a confirmation message will appear. Click OK to change your settings and close the dialog box or click Cancel to return to the previous screen.

Enabling and Disabling Roam Guard

Check the Roam Guard box if you want Sprint Connection Manager to notify you each time you make a connection and roam outside the network.

Each time you roam, the following message will appear: “Outgoing or Incoming Roaming Data detected, roaming rates may apply.”

Press Roam to continue, or Cancel to close the data session.

Tip: If you do not wish to see this message when you are roaming deselect “Roam Guard” by unchecking it.

Once you deselect the Roam Guard check box, a confirmation message will appear. Click OK to change your settings and close the dialog box. Data Roam Guard will not appear when you data roam.

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Applying your Roaming Preference

1.Click OK or Apply on the Settings dialog box to reset your device. When you apply your roaming preference the following dialog will appear: “Roaming setting was changed successfully. Please wait while modem is reset for the changes to take effect.”

2.Click OK to close the dialog box.

3.Wait for the device to reset. This may take a moment. When the device is reset the Go button will be visible and the Sprint Connection Manager user interface will display: “Disconnected.”

Tip: When you change your roaming preference an informational message will appear in your system tray.

Sprint Connection Device Settings

Activation Wizard – This option is used only when activating a new Sprint device. To manually activate your Sprint account click Activation Wizard. (See “Activating Your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem” on page 25.)

Change User Lock – This option enables you to change and customize your User Lock Code. (See below for more information on using your User Lock Code.)

User Lock Code

The Lock Code feature can be used to prevent others from using your USB modem and your account. When the lock code is enabled, the message area will display “Device Locked” and the lock icon will appear in the indicator area.

While the USB modem is in lock mode, you may not launch a data session without first entering your four-digit lock code. The default lock code is the last four digits of your Sprint

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Mobile Broadband USB modem phone number. (See the “Tip” on page 60.)

To enable the lock feature:

1.Click the Locked/Unlocked Icon located in the Detail Drawer of the Sprint Connection Manager interface.

2. The Enter User Lock Code window appears.

3. Enter your lock code and click OK.

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Tip: Your default lock code is the last four digits of your USB modem’s phone number. If you can’t recall your USB modem’s phone number, go to Menu > Device Info and Diagnostics or call Sprint Customer Service at 1-888-211-4727.

To change your lock code:

1.Select Menu > Settings > Sprint Mobile Broadband - Novatel Wireless .

2.Click the Change User Lock button. The Change User Lock Code window appears.

Note: Running the Activation Wizard resets the lock code to the last four digits of the most recently activated phone number.

3.Enter your new four-digit lock code into the dialog box.

4.Re-enter your new lock code.

5.Select a lock status: Unlock to leave the USB modem unlocked; Lock to enable the lock code feature immediately.

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Section 2D

Troubleshooting Tips

In This Section

Problem Causes and Suggestions

Reinstalling the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem Driver

Resolving Resource Conflicts

Additional Troubleshooting Tools

This section provides assistance in diagnosing and solving many common problems you may experience while using your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem and Sprint Connection Manager software with your computer.

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Problem Causes and Suggestions

When properly installed, the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem is a highly reliable product. Most problems are caused by one of these issues:

The wrong driver has been installed.

System resources required by the USB modem are being used by other devices.

Network coverage is not available (either because you are outside the network or because of an account or network problem).

This section describes how to diagnose and solve these and other problems. If, after reading this section, you are unable to resolve a problem, please visit www.sprint.com or contact Sprint Customer Service at 1-888-211-4727.

Error: Searching for Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem...

The Sprint Connection Manager software interface displays this message: “Searching for Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem...”

Possible Causes

Suggestions

a.

The USB modem is not

a.

Check the USB connection.

 

properly connected to the

b.

See “Reinstalling the Sprint

 

computer.

 

Mobile Broadband USB

b.

The wrong driver is installed

 

Modem Driver” on page 64.

 

for the USB modem.

c.

See “Resolving Resource

c.

There is a resource conflict.

 

Conflicts” on page 69.

 

 

 

 

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Error: Splash Screen is Frozen

The splash screen of the Sprint Connection Manager software is frozen.

Possible Causes

Suggestions

You may have a resource conflict.

Restart your computer. If you are

 

unable to resolve this problem by

 

restarting your computer, see

 

“Resolving Resource Conflicts” on

 

page 69.

 

 

Error: Not in Service

The Sprint Connection Manager software interface displays the message, “Not in Service.”

Possible Causes

Suggestions

Inadequate signal strength may

a. Verify that you are within the

occur for either of these reasons:

network coverage area.

a. You are outside the network.

Coverage maps are available at

b. You may be inside a building or

www.sprint.com.

b. Change your location.

near a structure that is causing

radio interference.

 

 

 

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Error: Connection Gets Dropped (Windows® 2000 and XP)

When attempting a data connection with Sprint Connection Manager software, the connection gets dropped as soon as it is established. (The status goes from “Connecting” and “Connected” back to “Click ‘GO’ to Connect.”)

Possible Causes

Suggestions

The connection

1. Click Start > Connect To > Sprint Mobile Broadband

properties are

 

- Novatel Wireless (or Sprint Data Link) from the

not optimal.

 

Windows start menu.

 

2.

Click the Properties button on the connection

 

 

settings dialog.

 

3.

Click the Networking tab.

 

4.

Click the Settings button.

 

5.

Ensure that Negotiate multi-link for single-link

 

 

connections is not selected in the PPP Settings

 

 

dialog.

 

6.

Click OK to save your settings.

 

 

 

Reinstalling the Sprint Mobile Broadband

USB Modem Driver

There is a Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem driver for each supported Windows operating system. Unless the appropriate driver for your version of Windows is installed, you will not be able to establish a network connection with the USB modem. This section provides instructions on verifying that you have the correct device driver installed.

Note: You must have the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem installation CD to complete this procedure.

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Windows® 2000

To verify that the correct driver is installed:

1.Locate the existing driver.

2.Update the driver.

To locate the driver:

1.Close all Windows programs and open the Control Panel by selecting Start > Settings > Control Panel.

2.Double-click the System icon.

3.Click the Hardware tab.

4.Click the Device Manager tab.

5.Locate the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem entries by using the “+” signs to expand the listings. (For example, to see all the installed modems, click the “+” sign to the left of Modems.) The device should have these driver entries listed in Device Manager:

The device driver should appear under Modems as Novatel Wireless Expedite EV-DO Modem.

The device should appear under Network adapters as Novatel Wireless Expedite EV-DO Network Adapter (if Network Adapter (NDIS) is enabled).

The device should appear under Ports (COM & LPT) as Novatel Wireless Expedite EV-DO Status Port (COM#).

If the listings above do not appear, identify the listing for the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem by disconnecting the device. This causes the driver listing for the device to disappear from the list. Reconnect the device to cause the driver listing to reappear. You can identify the entries for the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem by observing which entries are affected when you disconnect and reconnect the device, or by disabling Network Adapter (NDIS). (See “Novatel Wireless Network Adapter [NDIS]” on page 53.)

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Updating the Driver

1.If the installation CD is not already in your CD-ROM drive, insert it. If the CD start-up menu appears, use the exit option in the lower-left corner of the screen to exit the menu.

2.Right-click Novatel Wireless Expedite EV-DO Modem.

3.Click the Properties button.

4.Click the Driver tab.

5.Click the Update Driver… button to launch the Update Device Driver Wizard.

6.Click Next.

7.Select Display a list of known drivers for this device so that I can choose a specific driver and click Next.

8.Enter C:\Program Files\Novatel Wireless\Sprint\Sprint Mobile Broadband\Drivers.

9.Click OK.

10.If the “Digital Signature Not Found” window is displayed, click Yes.

11.Click Finish. Repeat steps 6-12 as prompted.

If you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes. Otherwise, restart your computer from the Start menu. (You must restart your computer to complete the driver installation.)

The correct driver should then be installed.

Windows® XP

To verify that the correct driver is installed:

1.Uninstall the existing driver.

2.Install the Windows XP driver from the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem installation CD.

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To uninstall the existing driver:

1.Open the Control Panel by selecting Start > Control Panel.

2.If “Pick a Category” is displayed, select Switch to Classic View.

3.Double-click the System icon.

4.Click the Hardware tab.

5.Click the Device Manager button.

6.Locate the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem entries by using the “+” signs to expand the listings. (For example, to see all the installed modems, click the “+” sign to the left of Modems.) The device should have these driver entries listed in Device Manager:

The device driver should appear under Modems as Novatel Wireless Expedite EV-DO Modem.

The device should appear under Network adapters as Novatel Wireless Expedite EV-DO Network Adapter (if Network Adapter (NDIS) is enabled).

The device should appear under Ports (COM & LPT) as Novatel Wireless Expedite EV-DO Status Port (COM#).

If the listings above do not appear, identify the listing for the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem by unplugging the USB connector. This causes the driver listing for the USB modem to disappear from the list. Reinsert the USB modem again to cause the driver listing to reappear. You can identify the entries for the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem by observing which entries are affected when you remove and replace the USB connector, or by disabling Network Adapter (NDIS). (See “Novatel Wireless Network Adapter (NDIS)” on page 53.)

7.Right-click Novatel Wireless Expedite EV-DO Modem.

8.Select Uninstall from the pop-up menu.

9.Click OK to confirm the uninstall.

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The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem listings should be removed.

Installing the Windows XP Sprint Mobile Broadband USB

Modem Driver

1.If the installation CD is not already in your CD-ROM drive, insert it. If the CD start-up menu appears, use the exit option in the lower-left corner of the screen to exit the menu.

2.Remove and replace the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem to launch the Found New Hardware Wizard.

3.Select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) on the first window of the Found New Hardware Wizard and click Next to proceed.

4.Select the Search for the best driver in these locations radio button and the Include this location in the search check box, and then enter C:\Program Files\Novatel Wireless\Sprint\Sprint Mobile Broadband\Drivers.. Click

Next to proceed to the next window.

5.If a warning appears stating that the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem has not passed Windows Logo testing, click Continue Anyway.

6.Click Finish and repeat steps 1 to 5 as prompted.

The correct driver is then installed.

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Resolving Resource Conflicts

Note: You must have your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem installation CD to complete this procedure.

The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem requires these system resources:

1 IRQ.

4096 bytes of I/O space.

2 available communications ports (one modem, one serial).

If these resources are not available to the USB modem, you have a resource conflict. If another PC device is installed, you may be able to free the necessary resources simply by ejecting the other device. Otherwise, you may need to disable another device (such as an internal modem, infrared device, or network device) to resolve the resource conflict. This section explains how to disable other devices.

Windows® 2000

To resolve a resource conflict in Windows 2000:

Disable a device (internal modem, infrared device, or network card).

Disabling an Internal Modem, Infrared Device, or Network Card

1.Close all Windows programs and open the Control Panel by selecting Start > Settings > Control Panel.

2.Double-click the System icon.

3.Click the Hardware tab.

4.Click the Device Manager button.

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5.Locate the device that you want to disable:

If you want to disable an internal modem, expand the Modem tree by clicking the “+” sign to its left.

If you want to disable an infrared device, expand the Infrared Devices tree by clicking the “+” sign to its left.

If you want to disable a network card, expand the Network Adapters tree by clicking the “+” sign to its left.

6.Right-click the device you want to disable, choose Disable from the pop-up menu that appears, and click

OK.

Windows® XP

To resolve a resource conflict in Windows XP:

Disable a device (internal modem, infrared device, or network card)

Disabling an Internal Modem, Infrared Device, or Network Card

1.Close all Windows programs and open the Control Panel by selecting Start > Settings > Control Panel.

2.Double-click the System icon.

3.Click the Hardware tab.

4.Click the Device Manager button.

5.Locate the device that you want to disable:

If you want to disable an internal modem, expand the Modem tree by clicking the “+” sign to its left.

If you want to disable an infrared device, expand the Infrared Devices tree by clicking the “+” sign to its left.

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If you want to disable a network card, expand the Network Adapters tree by clicking the “+” sign to its left.

6.Right click the device you want to disable, choose Disable from the pop-up menu that appears and click OK.

Additional Troubleshooting Tools

Connection History

Connection History provides you with a detailed record of the connections established using your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem. Since Connection History allows you to sort records by connection name, you can easily distinguish between personal and business usage. You can also save any of the messages on the Connection History screen to a log file that you can print out for your record.

Accessing Connection History

Select Menu > Connection History from the Sprint Connection Manager software interface.

About Connection History

The Connection History window displays a table with three columns: Date/Time, Type, and Duration.

You can select entries by using the arrow keys or your mouse. Selected entries are highlighted. By default, no entry is selected.

Click the Clear button to access the Clear Connection History dialog box. Click Yes to confirm the delete or No to cancel.

To generate a text file containing your Connection History:

1.Select File > Export from the Sprint Connection Manager Connection History Window. A Save As dialog box appears.

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2. In the file name box type a name for the CSV log file and click Save. The file name is called “Connection Log.txt” by default, however, you can name the file any descriptive name you like.

Alert Log

The Alert Log provides a record of all alerts that have been received while establishing and maintaining your connections. You can use the Alert Log to help isolate and resolve connection issues.

Accessing the Alert Log

Select Menu > Alert Log from the Sprint Connection Manager software interface.

About the Alert Log

The Alert Log displays a table with four columns: Date/Time, Alert, Connection Name, and Type.

You can select entries by using the arrow keys on your keyboard or the mouse. Selected entries are highlighted. By default, no entry is selected.

Click the Clear button to access the Clear Alert Log dialog box. Click Yes to confirm the delete or No to cancel.

Device Info & Diagnostics

Device Info & Diagnostics can help identify problems associated with connecting to the network. Device Info & Diagnostics evaluates issues with your USB port, port configuration, Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem signal strength, the network, and more. Once the program runs a diagnostics check it can recommend possible solutions.

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Accessing Diagnostics

Select Menu > Device Info & Diagnostics from the Sprint Connection Manager software interface.

About Device Info & Diagnostics

The Device Info & Diagnostics dialog box allows you to select a number of ways to troubleshoot or obtain more information about your Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem.

The tests automatically run when the window opens.

To view your system parameters, including installed files:

Click the System Information button.

Information obtained from the System Information sections can be used to create a report, which can be saved and then sent via email to a Sprint Customer Service representative to help them in troubleshooting your notebook.

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Section 3

Web Access

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Section 3A

Web Access

In This Section

Web

FAQs

This section provides information on accessing the Web with your USB modem, and how to personalize your Internet services. It also provides you with a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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Web

Accessing the Web

To access the Web:

1.Start Sprint Connection Managerby double-clicking the icon on your desktop.

2.Click GO to launch your data connection.

3.Once your data connection is established, you may start your browser application (for example, Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator).

Your User Name

When you buy a Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem and sign up for service, you're automatically assigned a user name. Your user name identifies you on the network and is also useful as an address for email and text messaging, as a way to personalize Internet services, and as an online virtual identity.

A user name is typically based on the customer’s name and a number, followed by “@sprintpcs.com.” For example, the third John Smith to sign up for Sprint service might have jsmith003@sprintpcs.com as his user name. If you want a particular user name, you can visit www.sprint.com and get the name you want – as long as nobody else has it.

Your user name will be automatically programmed into your USB modem. You don't have to enter it.

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FAQs

How will I know when my USB modem is ready for data service?

Your user name (for example, bsmith001@sprintpcs.com) will be displayed on the Sprint Connection Manager display screen.

How do I sign in for the first time?

You are automatically signed in to data services when you launch Sprint Connection Manager.

How do I know when my USB modem is connected to data services?

Your USB modem automatically connects when data service is used or an incoming message arrives.

When is my data connection active?

Your connection is active when data is being transferred and “Connected” appears on the Sprint Connection Manager display screen.

When is my data connection dormant?

If no data is transmitted or received for approximately 10 seconds, the connection goes dormant. (The connection can go active again quickly.) If no data is transmitted or received for an extended period of time, the connection will terminate.

Can I sign out of data services?

You can sign out without turning off your USB modem, however you will not be able to browse the Web or use other data services. You may sign in again at any time. To sign out, go to Settings > Internet > Sign Out in the Sprint Connection Manager menu.

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How can I optimize my settings to achieve faster speeds and send and receive less data while dialing into my company network?

For optimized results, work in “Offline” mode and synchronize periodically to send and receive company email. Also, save attachments or drag them into desktop folders before opening them (rather than double-clicking them in the email).

For more detailed information, see the Microsoft white paper at http://www.microsoft.com/office/outlook/evaluation/perform.doc.

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Section 4

Technical Specifications and

Regulatory Information

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Technical Specifications

In This Section

Environmental Specifications

Mechanical Specifications

Software Specifications

Transmitter Specifications

Receiver Specifications

Hardware Specifications

Miscellaneous

This section outlines the environmental and technical specifications for your new Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem.

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Environmental Specifications

Operating temperature

0° C to +55° C

 

(32°F to 131° F)

 

 

Storage temperature

-20° C to +65° C

 

(-4° F to 149° F)

 

 

Humidity

5% to 90% over operating

 

temperature

 

 

Vibration Stability

5 Hz to 500 Hz, 0.1 octave/second

 

 

Drop

1 meter drop, no damage – fully

 

operational

 

 

Mechanical Specifications

Dimensions (W x D x H)

38 mm x 17 mm x 87 mm

 

 

Weight

52 grams

 

 

Battery Pack

N/A

 

 

LED

Yes

 

 

Antenna

External Flip-Up and Internal Mobile

 

Receive Diversity Antenna

 

 

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Software Specifications

CDMA specification

EVDO Rev A

 

 

Data service

Support

 

 

SMS (IS-637)

Currently not supported

 

 

IOTA

Support

 

 

OTAPA (IS-683A)

Support

 

 

PRL (preferred roaming list)

Support

 

 

Authentication

Support

 

 

NAM

1

 

 

Mobile IP

Support

 

 

WNP (wireless number portability)

Support

 

 

Transmitter Specifications

Type of multiplexing

EVDO and 1xRTT

 

 

Normal output power

7-10 dBm

 

 

TX Max power

23 dBm

 

 

Frequency range

1850 MHz to 1919 MHz

 

 

Frequency stability

Compliant with CDG1

 

 

Bandwidth

1.25 MHz

 

 

Occupied bandwidth

1.25 MHz

 

 

Modulation method

O-QPSK/HPSK

 

 

Waveform quality

.944

 

 

Conducted spurious emission

Complies with Title 47, Part 24 of

 

the FCC Rules

 

 

Common RF impedance

50 ohms

 

 

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Receiver Specifications

Type of receiving

EVDO and 1xRTT

 

 

Frequency range

1930 MHZ to 1990 MHz

 

 

Bandwidth

1.25 MHz

 

 

Occupied bandwidth

1.25 MHz

 

 

Modulation method

O-QPSK/HPSK

 

 

Receiver sensitivity

-104 dBm

 

 

Inter-modulation spurious response

Complies with CDG stage 1

attenuation

 

 

 

Common RF impedance

50 ohms

 

 

Hardware Specifications

Interface type

USB Port

 

 

Common air interface

1xEVDO

 

 

Channel spacing

50 kHz

 

 

Chip set

QUALCOMMTM MSM6800

 

 

Transmitting (max. data rate)

Forward link: 3.1 Mbps

 

Reverse link: 1.8 Mbps

 

 

Supply voltage

3.3 V

 

 

Battery

N/A

 

 

Charger (charging time)

N/A

 

 

Current consumption

 

Sleep/idle

60 mA

Average in-use

400 mA

Max. (peak)

700 mA

 

 

Communication ports

USB

 

 

Voice capability

No support

 

 

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Miscellaneous

Certification & Approval

FCC (parts 2, 22, & 24, SAR), UL,

 

CDG, etc.

 

 

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Regulatory Information

In This Section

WARNING (EMI) – United States FCC Information

WARNING (EMI) – Canada

This section outlines important regulatory notices concerning your new Sprint Mobile Broadband USB modem.

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Regulatory Notices

This device is compliant with Parts 2, 22, and 24 of the FCC Rules. Operation of this device is subject to the following two conditions:

1.This device may not cause harmful interference, and

2.This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesirable operations.

In order to comply with FCC RF Exposure requirements, this device must be installed so that a minimum separation distance of 4.6mm (0.18”) is maintained between the antenna and all persons during normal operation.

FCC ID: PKRNVWMCD3000

CAUTION Unauthorized modifications or changes not expressly approved by Sprint Communications Company L.P. could void compliance with regulatory rules and thereby your authority to use this equipment.

WARNING (EMI) – United States FCC Information

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits pursuant to Parts 2, 22, and 24 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in an appropriate installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communication. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.

If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the

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equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the notebook PC.

Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

WARNING (EMI) – Canada

This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as set out in the interference causing equipment standard entitled “Digital Apparatus,” ICES-003 of the Department of Communications.

Cet appareil numérique respecte les limites de bruits radioélectriques applicables aux appareils numériques de Classe B prescrites dans la norme sur le matériel brouilleur: “Appareils Numériques,” NMB-003 édictée par le ministre des Communications.

If you have purchased this product under a United States Government contract, it shall be subject to restrictions as set forth in subparagraph (c)(1)(ii) of Defense Federal Acquisitions Regulations (DFARs) Section 252.227-7013 for Department of Defense contracts, and as set forth in Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FARs) Section 52.227-19 for civilian agency contracts or any successor regulations. If further government regulations apply, it is your responsibility to ensure compliance with such regulations.

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Safety and

Terms & Conditions

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