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AirCard® 800 Series
Installation Guide
Products covered:
AirCard 881 Wireless PC Card Modem
AirCard 880 Wireless PC Card Modem
AirCard 881E Wireless ExpressCard Modem
AirCard 880E Wireless ExpressCard Modem
AirCard 881U Wireless USB Modem
AirCard 880U Wireless USB Modem
AirCard 875 Wireless PC Card Modem
AirCard 875U Wireless USB modem
AirCard 860 Wireless PC Card Modem
AirCard 850 Wireless PC Card Modem
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Preface
Important Notice
Due to the nature of wireless communications, transmission
and reception of data can never be guaranteed. Data may be
delayed, corrupted (i.e., have errors) or be totally lost.
Although significant delays or losses of data are rare when
wireless devices such as the Sierra Wireless modem are used in
a normal manner with a well-constructed network, the Sierra
Wireless modem should not be used in situations where failure
to transmit or receive data could result in damage of any kind
to the user or any other party, including but not limited to
personal injury, death, or loss of property. Sierra Wireless
accepts no responsibility for damages of any kind resulting
from delays or errors in data transmitted or received using the
Sierra Wireless modem, or for failure of the Sierra Wireless
modem to transmit or receive such data.
Safety and Hazards
Do not operate the Sierra Wireless modem in areas where
blasting is in progress, where explosive atmospheres may be
present, near medical equipment, near life support equipment,
or any equipment which may be susceptible to any form of
radio interference. In such areas, the Sierra Wireless modem
MUST BE POWERED OFF. The Sierra Wireless modem can
transmit signals that could interfere with this equipment.
Do not operate the Sierra Wireless modem in any aircraft,
whether the aircraft is on the ground or in flight. In aircraft, the
Sierra Wireless modem MUST BE POWERED OFF. When
operating, the Sierra Wireless modem can transmit signals that
could interfere with various onboard systems.
Note: Some airlines may permit the use of cellular phones while the
aircraft is on the ground and the door is open. Sierra Wireless
modems may be used at this time.
The driver or operator of any vehicle should not operate the
Sierra Wireless modem while in control of a vehicle. Doing so
will detract from the driver or operator's control and operation
of that vehicle. In some states and provinces, operating such
communications devices while in control of a vehicle is an
offence.
Limitation of
Liability
Rev 1.3 Sep.07
The information in this manual is subject to change without
notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of
Sierra Wireless. SIERRA WIRELESS AND ITS AFFILIATES
SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM LIABILITY FOR ANY AND ALL
DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, GENERAL, INCIDENTAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS OR
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REVENUE OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR REVENUE
ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY
SIERRA WIRELESS PRODUCT, EVEN IF SIERRA WIRELESS
AND/OR ITS AFFILIATES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR THEY ARE
FORESEEABLE OR FOR CLAIMS BY ANY THIRD PARTY.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event shall Sierra
Wireless and/or its affiliates aggregate liability arising under or
in connection with the Sierra Wireless product, regardless of
the number of events, occurrences, or claims giving rise to
liability, be in excess of the price paid by the purchaser for the
Sierra Wireless product.
Patents
Portions of this product may be covered by some or all of the
following US patents:
5,515,013
5,629,960
5,845,216
5,847,553
5,878,234
5,890,057
5,929,815
6,169,884
6,191,741
6,199,168
6,339,405
6,359,591
6,400,336
6,516,204
6,561,851
6,643,501
6,653,979
6,697,030
6,785,830
6,845,249
6,847,830
6,876,697
6,879,585
6,886,049
6,968,171
6,985,757
7,023,878
7,053,843
7,106,569
7,145,267
7,200,512
D442,170
D459,303
and other patents pending.
This product includes
technology licensed from:
QUALCOMM® 3G
Licensed by QUALCOMM Incorporated under one or more of
the following United States patents and/or their counterparts
in other nations:
4,901,307
5,056,109
5,101,501
5,109,390
5,228,054
5,267,261
5,267,262
5,337,338
5,414,796
5,416,797
5,490,165
5,504,773
5,506,865
5,511,073
5,535,239
5,544,196
5,568,483
5,600,754
5,657,420
5,659,569
5,710,784
5,778,338
Manufactured or sold by Sierra Wireless or its licensees under
one or more patents licensed from InterDigital Group.
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Copyright
© 2007 Sierra Wireless. All rights reserved.
Trademarks
AirCard® and “Heart of the Wireless Machine®” are registered trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Watcher® is a trademark of Sierra Wireless, registered in the European Community.
Sierra Wireless, the Sierra Wireless logo, the red wave design, the red-tipped antenna, and TRU-Install are trademarks of Sierra Wireless.
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Windows® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
QUALCOMM® is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM
Incorporated. Used under license.
Other trademarks are the property of the respective owners.
Contact
Information
Sales Desk:
Phone: 1-604-232-1488
Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time
E-mail: sales@sierrawireless.com
Post: Sierra Wireless
13811 Wireless Way
Richmond, BC
Canada
V6V 3A4
Fax: 1-604-231-1109
Web: www.sierrawireless.com
Consult our website for up-to-date product descriptions,
documentation, application notes, firmware upgrades, trouble­
shooting tips, and press releases:
www.sierrawireless.com
Revision History
Revision
number
1.3
Rev 1.3 Sep.07
Release
date
Sept. 2007
Changes
•
Added prodedures to deal with using the ExpressCard to
PC Card adapter.
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Contents
Introducing the AirCard 800 Series Modems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
AirCard 800 Series modems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Services supported . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, and HSDPA/HSUPA service support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Your account and coverage area. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
AirCard modem software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Frequency band support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Installing the Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
System requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
The SIM card and your account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
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AirCard 850/860 modems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1. Attaching the antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2. Inserting the SIM card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3. Installing the 3G Watcher software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
4. Inserting the AirCard modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5. TRU-Install™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reinstalling the software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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AirCard 875, 88x, and 88xE modems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1. Inserting the SIM card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2. Installing the 3G Watcher software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3. Inserting the AirCard modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Without the ExpressCard to PC Card adapter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
With the ExpressCard to PC Card adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
4. TRU-Install . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reinstalling the software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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AirCard USB modems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1. Inserting the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2. Inserting the SIM card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3. Installing the 3G Watcher software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
4. Inserting the AirCard USB modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5. TRU-Install . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reinstalling the software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Configuring Your Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
Setting up a profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Determining whether you have a profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Creating a profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
The AirCard modem as a network card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
3G Watcher Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
Launching 3G Watcher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
The 3G Watcher window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Icons and indicators in the main 3G Watcher window:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Indicators in 3G Watcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
View options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Status icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Turning the radio on and off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Frequency band and network selection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Frequency band selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Network selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Care and Maintenance of Your AirCard Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Stopping and ejecting the AirCard modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
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Removing a SIM card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
AirCard 850 and 860 modems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
AirCard 875, 88x, and 88xE modems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
AirCard USB modems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Regulatory and Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Important notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Safety and hazards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Important safety/compliance information for North American users. . . . . .
Information pertaining to OEM customers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
AirCard 850/860 wireless network cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
AirCard 875, 880, 881, 880E, and 881E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
AirCard USB modems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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EU regulatory conformity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Technical Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
LEDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Radio frequency and electrical specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Environmental specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
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Modems
AirCard 800 Series modems
The AirCard 800 Series third generation (3G) wireless modems
allow you to connect to the Internet, send and receive email,
connect to a corporate network or virtual private network
(VPN), or view streaming video, without the need for a
network cable or phone line.
Caution: The 3G Watcher®
software must be installed before
using your AirCard modem.
The AirCard PC Card modem (AirCard 850, 860, 875, and 88x)
fits into a standard (Type II) PC Card slot.
The AirCard ExpressCard modem (AirCard 88xE) fits into
standard ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 slots.
The AirCard USB modem (AirCard 8xxU) fits into Type A USB
ports.
Services supported
The services supported on your AirCard modem depend on
the model and your service provider.
(See www.sierrawireless.com for details)
GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, and
HSDPA/HSUPA service support
GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, and HSDPA/HSUPA are add-on data
services to Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
mobile phone networks. The maximum theoretical data speeds
when connected on these services are:
• High Speed Download Packet Access (HSDPA)—up to
7.2 Megabits per second (Mbps)
• High Speed Upload Packet Access (HSUPA1)—up to
2.0 Mbps (available for AirCard 88x, 88xE, and 88xU
modems)
• Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS)—
384 kilobits per second (kbps)
1. HSUPA is only available for the 88x, 88xE, and 88xU AirCard
modems.
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Enhanced Data GSM Environment (EDGE)—236 kbps
•
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)—56 kbps
GPRS and EDGE are second generation (2G) data services.
UMTS and HSDPA/HSUPA are 3G data services.
When establishing a connection, your AirCard modem uses
the fastest available service. If, for example, you are using an
AirCard modem in an area that has GPRS and EDGE service
but not UMTS or HSDPA/HSUPA service, the AirCard modem
connects using EDGE service.
Once the connection is established, you have access to all
Internet services.
Your account and coverage area
Note: If you purchased the
AirCard modem from a GSM
service provider, you may
already have an account and a
SIM card. Otherwise, your
retailer should be able to give
you the names of companies
that provide these items.
Companies that operate GSM networks and provide access to
those networks are called service providers. You must have an
account with a GSM service provider to use the AirCard
modem. To use the modem’s 3G capability, your account must
be with a service provider that offers HSDPA/HSUPA or
UMTS service. (The AirCard modem is backwards compatible
with 2G service.)
When you obtain your account, you are given a Subscriber
Identity Module (SIM) card, also called a smart card or smart
chip. The SIM card contains account information and must be
inserted in the AirCard modem before you use it.
Before you can use the AirCard modem, you must install the
AirCard modem software and ensure that your AirCard
modem is configured to use your account.
Once the software is installed and your AirCard modem is
configured, you can connect to the Internet with the AirCard
modem in any area where you can obtain GPRS, EDGE,
UMTS, or HSDPA/HSUPA service.
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Your ability to obtain service depends on these factors:
Note: The fee for service is
usually higher when you are
roaming (connected to a network
other than the one belonging to
your service provider).
• GSM network coverage—You must be within the
coverage area of a GSM network in order to use the
AirCard modem.
• Service provider—If you are within the coverage area of a
network that is not operated by your own service provider,
you can obtain service only if there is a roaming agreement
between your service provider and the network operator.
• Account provisions—Your account may restrict your
usage to certain networks or limit the amount of time you
can use the network.
• Frequency band—You cannot connect to networks
operating in bands not supported by your AirCard
modem, regardless of roaming agreements or account
provisions.
Most service providers have coverage maps on their web sites.
AirCard modem software
The AirCard modem comes with this software (made by Sierra
Wireless):
• The 3G Watcher program for Windows® that you use to
manage the AirCard modem and monitor your connec­
tions.
• The driver software that forms the interface between the
AirCard modem and your Windows operating system.
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Frequency band support
The following table shows the frequency bands supported by
the various AirCard products.
Table 1-1: Frequency band support
Technology
2G
3G
Bands
Products
Location
850 MHz (cellular band)
All
North America
900 MHz
All
Europe
1800 MHz
All
Europe and Asia
1900 MHz (PCS band)
All
North America
WCDMA 850ab
AirCard 88x
AirCard 88xE
AirCard 8xxU
AirCard 875
AirCard 860
North America
WCDMA 1900b
AirCard 88x
AirCard 88xE
AirCard 8xxU
AirCard 875
AirCard 860
North America
WCDMA 2100a
AirCard 88x
AirCard 88xE
AirCard 8xxU
AirCard 875
AirCard 850
Europe, Asia, and
Australia
a. Receive diversity (AirCard 880 and 880E)
b. Receive diversity (AirCard 881 and 881E)
See “Radio frequency and electrical specifications” on page 52
for more detailed information.
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2
This chapter guides you through the steps to install the
AirCard modem software on your computer. It is divided by
AirCard modem families:
•
“AirCard 850/860 modems” on page 16
•
“AirCard 875, 88x, and 88xE modems” on page 19
•
“AirCard USB modems” on page 22
Note: If a CD is provided with your AirCard modem, do not insert the
modem into your computer before installing the software on the CD. If
there is no CD, follow the installation instructions for TRU-Install for
your particular AirCard modem.
System requirements
The AirCard modem is supported on:
Note: If you are running
Mac OS X, please refer to the
Watcher Quick Start Guide for
the Mac OS X 10.4.x found at
www.sierrawireless.com/mac
•
Windows® Vista™
•
Windows XP (Home and Professional versions)
•
Windows 2000
For information on using the AirCard modem with other
operating systems, contact Sierra Wireless Technical Support
(support@sierrawireless.com).
To install the AirCard modem, you require the following:
Table 2-1: System resource requirements
Card slots
1 Type II PCMCIA (PC Card) slot for AirCard 850,
860, 875, 88x
1 ExpressCard/34 or ExpressCard/54 slot for
AirCard 88xE
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USB port
1 USB Type A slot (USB 1.1 or 2.0)
Disk drive
CD-ROM (not required for TRU-Install™)
I/O resources
1 IRQ, 40 bytes I/O space
Memory
32 MB
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The SIM card and your account
To use your AirCard modem, you need a GSM account and a
SIM card. The SIM card is a small chip about the size of a
postage stamp that you insert into the AirCard modem. The
SIM card contains account information used by the network to
validate your access.
Note: Without a valid SIM card
and account, your AirCard
modem will not work.
Depending on how you purchased your AirCard modem, you
may already have an account. In this case, the SIM card should
be included in your package. Otherwise, your retailer can
direct you to a local company that provides GSM service.
To activate an account, the service provider needs:
• Billing information (such as a credit card number) to
collect payment for your network usage.
• The International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI),
though this requirement depends on your service
provider. This number, printed on the AirCard modem
box and on the AirCard modem label, identifies your
AirCard modem model on the GSM network.
Note: Keep a written record in a
secure place of the account
information that your service
provider gives you.
If you change GSM service providers you will need a new SIM
card from your new service provider. You will also need to set
up a new profile. See “Setting up a profile” on page 30 for
instructions on creating a new profile.
AirCard 850/860 modems
1. Attaching the antenna
Attach the antenna to the gold-plated connector on the end of
the AirCard modem.
Figure 2-1: Attaching the antenna to the AirCard 850/860 modem
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2. Inserting the SIM card
1. If your SIM card is attached to a larger card, detach the
SIM card and remove any fragments stuck to it.
2. Position the SIM card above the slot as shown in figure 2-2
(below).
Figure 2-2: Inserting the SIM card into an AirCard 850/860 modem
3. Gently push the SIM card into the slot until you hear a
click.
3. Installing the 3G Watcher software
Note: Users of Windows 2000
must be logged in with adminis­
trative privileges. Users of
Windows XP may require admin­
istrative privileges.
Note: If you are running Windows 2000, Windows Installer Redistrib­
utable 2.0 must be installed. This is available on the Microsoft web
site, www.microsoft.com.
Note: You may require your Windows CD.
Note: If you are running
Mac OS X, please refer to the
Watcher Quick Start Guide for
the Mac OS X 10.4.x found at
www.sierrawireless.com/mac
1. If your package does not include an installation CD,
proceed to “5. TRU-Install™” on page 18.
2. Insert the installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. The
CD should AutoRun and display a menu.
If the CD does not AutoRun, select Start > Run and enter d:\setup.exe where d is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive.
3. From the CD start-up menu, select your language, then
installation, and then click the link under software installation
to launch the installer.
4. Use the Next and Back buttons to navigate through the
installer.
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5. To close the CD start-up menu, click the exit option in the
lower right corner of the window.
4. Inserting the AirCard modem
1. With the label facing up, insert the AirCard modem into
your PC Card/ExpressCard slot.
Note: Do not forcefully insert the
AirCard modem. This may
damage connector pins. If you
have more than one
PC Card/ExpressCard slot, you
may obtain better signal strength
using the top slot.
Figure 2-3: Inserting the AirCard 850/860 modem
2. To remove the AirCard modem, refer to “Stopping and
ejecting the AirCard modem” on page 41.
5. TRU-Install™
Note: Skip this section if your AirCard modem came with an instal­
lation CD.
Note: If you are running
Mac OS X, please refer to the
Watcher Quick Start Guide for
the Mac OS X 10.4.x found at
www.sierrawireless.com/mac
TRU-Install™ is a Sierra Wireless feature that installs the
necessary software the first time you insert the AirCard
modem into your computer. An installation CD is not
required.
1. Insert the SIM card into your AirCard modem as shown on
page 17.
2. Insert the AirCard modem into your computer.
3. The installation process starts automatically.
If it does not, select Start > Run and type d:\setup.exe (where
d is your TRU-Install CD-ROM drive letter).
4. Follow the onscreen instructions.
The AirCard modem is ready to use once the software is
successfully installed.
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On subsequent insertions of the AirCard modem, TRU-Install
verifies that the correct software is already installed. If it is,
then the modem is ready to use. This process takes a few
seconds.
If you have any problems with the TRU-Install process, please
refer to the Sierra Wireless website at:
www.sierrawireless.com/TRU-Install.
Reinstalling the software
Note: Skip this section if your
AirCard modem comes with an
installation CD.
If you need to reinstall or repair the 3G Watcher software, use
the Software Installation Mode.
1. Open the Control Panel.
2. Double-click TRU-Install.
3. Follow the onscreen instructions.
AirCard 875, 88x, and 88xE
modems
1. Inserting the SIM card
1. If your SIM card is attached to a larger card, detach the
SIM card and remove any fragments stuck to it.
2. Position the SIM card as shown in figure 2-4 (below).
Figure 2-4: Inserting the SIM card in an AirCard 875/88x modem
3. Gently push the SIM card into the slot until the card will
not go in any further.
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2. Installing the 3G Watcher software
Note: Users of Windows 2000
must be logged in with adminis­
trative privileges. Users of
Windows XP may require admin­
istrative privileges.
Note: If you are running Windows 2000, Windows Installer Redistrib­
utable 2.0 must be installed. This is available on the Microsoft web
site, www.microsoft.com.
Note: You may require your Windows CD.
Note: If you are running
Mac OS X, please refer to the
Watcher Quick Start Guide for
the Mac OS X 10.4.x found at
www.sierrawireless.com/mac
1. If your package does not include an installation CD,
proceed to “4. TRU-Install” on page 21.
2. Insert the installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. The
CD should AutoRun and display a menu.
If the CD does not AutoRun, select Start > Run and enter d:\setup.exe where d is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive.
3. From the CD start-up menu, select your language, then
installation, and then click the link under software installation
to launch the installer.
4. Use the Next and Back buttons to navigate through the
installer.
5. To close the CD start-up menu, click the exit option in the
lower right corner of the window.
3. Inserting the AirCard modem
Without the ExpressCard to PC Card adapter
1. With the label facing up, insert the AirCard modem into
your PC Card/ExpressCard slot.
Note: Do not forcefully insert the
AirCard modem. This may
damage connector pins. If you
have more than one
PC Card/ExpressCard slot, you
may obtain better signal strength
using the top slot.
Figure 2-5: Inserting the AirCard 875/88x modem
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Note: Your AirCard
ExpressCard modem package
may include an ExpressCard to
PC Card adapter. Use this
adapter if your notebook does
not have an ExpressCard slot.
With the ExpressCard to PC Card adapter
1. Insert the ExpressCard to PC Card adapter into the
PC Card slot.
Figure 2-6: Inserting the ExpressCard to PC Card adapter into the PC Card
slot.
2. With the label facing up, insert the AirCard ExpressCard
modem into the adapter.
Figure 2-7: Inserting the AirCard ExpressCard modem into the adapter.
3.
To remove the AirCard ExpressCard modem, refer to
“Stopping and ejecting the AirCard modem” on page 41.
4. TRU-Install
Note: Skip this section if your AirCard modem comes with an instal­
lation CD.
Note: If you are running
Mac OS X, please refer to the
Watcher Quick Start Guide for
the Mac OS X 10.4.x found at
www.sierrawireless.com/mac
Rev 1.3 Sep.07
TRU-Install is a Sierra Wireless feature that installs the
necessary software the first time you insert the AirCard
modem into your computer. An installation CD is not
required.
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1. Insert the SIM card into your AirCard modem as shown on
page 19.
2. Insert the AirCard modem into the computer.
3. The installation process starts automatically.
If it does not, select Start > Run and type d:\setup.exe (where
d is your TRU-Install CD-ROM drive letter).
4. Follow the onscreen instructions.
The AirCard modem is ready to use once the software is
successfully installed.
On subsequent insertions of the AirCard modem, TRU-Install
verifies that the correct software is already installed. If it is,
then the modem is ready to use. This process takes a few
seconds.
If you have any problems with the TRU-Install process, please
refer to the Sierra Wireless website at:
www.sierrawireless.com/TRU-Install.
Reinstalling the software
Note: Skip this section if your
AirCard modem comes with an
installation CD.
If you need to reinstall or repair the 3G Watcher software, use
the Software Installation Mode.
1. Open the Control Panel.
2. Double-click TRU-Install.
3. Follow the onscreen instructions.
AirCard USB modems
1. Inserting the battery
Caution: To avoid the risk of
explosion, use the same battery
model as the one that originally
came with your AirCard USB
modem. Dispose of a used
battery according to the instruc­
tions on it.
1. Slide the front panel off the AirCard 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 modem.
Insert the battery into the AirCard USB modem.
3. If you have not inserted your SIM card, proceed to the next
section, ”2. Inserting the SIM card”. Otherwise, gently
slide the front panel onto the AirCard USB modem until it
clicks in place.
For additional battery information, see page 40.
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2. Inserting the SIM card
Note: To prevent the SIM card
from becoming jammed in its
slot, ensure the edge of the card
is smooth before inserting it. Do
not attach labels to your SIM
card as this may also cause it to
become jammed.
1. If your SIM card is attached to a larger card, detach the
SIM card and remove any fragments stuck to it.
2. Slide the front panel off.
3. Slide the SIM card slot cover to the OPEN position and lift
the cover.
4. Insert the SIM card with the gold contact points facing
down (as shown in figure 2-6 belore).
Figure 2-8: Inserting the SIM card in an AirCard USB modem
5. Close the SIM card cover and slide it into the LOCK
position.
6. Slide the front panel onto the AirCard USB modem, and
push it gently until the panel clicks in place.
3. Installing the 3G Watcher software
Note: Users of Windows 2000
must be logged in with adminis­
trative privileges. Users of
Windows XP may require admin­
istrative privileges.
Note: If you are running Windows 2000, Windows Installer Redistrib­
utable 2.0 must be installed. This is available on the Microsoft web
site, www.microsoft.com.
Note: You may require your Windows CD.
Note: If you are running
Mac OS X, please refer to the
Watcher Quick Start Guide for
the Mac OS X 10.4.x found at
www.sierrawireless.com/mac
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1. If your package does not include an installation CD,
proceed to “5. TRU-Install” on page 26.
2. Insert the installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. The
CD should AutoRun and display a menu.
If the CD does not AutoRun, select Start > Run and enter d:\setup.exe where d is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive.
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3. From the CD start-up menu, select your language, then
installation, and then click the link under software installation
to launch the installer.
4. Use the Next and Back buttons to navigate through the
installer.
5. To close the CD start-up menu, click the exit option in the
lower right corner of the window.
4. Inserting the AirCard USB modem
1. If the battery and the SIM card are not already inserted in
your AirCard modem, insert them. (See ”1. Inserting the
battery” and“2. Inserting the SIM card” on page 23.)
2. Insert the AirCard modem into the USB slot:
a. Slide the lever on the back of the AirCard modem in
the direction indicated by the triangle to release the
modem's USB connector.
Figure 2-9: USB connector
b. Adjust the USB connector to the desired angle. The
USB connector is adjustable to a 90, 135, or 160 degree
angle.
Figure 2-10: USB connector adjustments
c.
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Gently insert the modem into the USB slot. (Alterna­
tively, you can attach the docking cradle to your
computer’s USB slot, and insert the AirCard modem
into the docking cradle.)
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Note: Do not forcefully insert the
AirCard modem as you may
damage connector pins. If you
have more than one USB slot,
you may obtain better signal
strength using the top slot.
Figure 2-11: Correct way to insert the AirCard modem
Note: If your computer’s USB slot is vertical, use the docking cradle.
Do not insert the AirCard modem into a USB hub or a USB slot on a
keyboard.
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Warning: If the orientation of your computer’s USB
port or the thickness of your computer are such that
pressure is applied to the modem’s end or side (as
shown by the red circles in the drawings below), you
may damage the modem or your computer. In such
cases do not insert the modem directly into your
computer’s USB port; use the docking cradle
instead..
Figure 2-12: Incorrect ways to insert the USB modem
5. TRU-Install
Note: Skip this section if your AirCard modem comes with an instal­
lation CD.
Note: If you are running
Mac OS X, please refer to the
Watcher Quick Start Guide for
the Mac OS X 10.4.x found at
www.sierrawireless.com/mac
TRU-Install is a Sierra Wireless feature that installs the
necessary software the first time you insert the AirCard
modem into your computer. An installation CD is not
required.
1. Insert the SIM card into your AirCard modem as shown on
page 23.
2. Insert the AirCard modem into the computer.
3. The installation process starts automatically.
If it does not, select Start > Run and type d:\setup.exe (where
d is your TRU-Install CD-ROM drive letter).
4. Follow the onscreen instructions.
The AirCard modem is ready to use once the software is
successfully installed.
On subsequent insertions of the AirCard modem, TRU-Install
verifies that the correct software is already installed. If it is,
then the modem is ready to use. This process takes a few
seconds.
If you have any problems with the TRU-Install process, please
refer to the Sierra Wireless website at:
www.sierrawireless.com/TRU-Install.
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Reinstalling the software
Note: Skip this section if your
AirCard modem comes with an
installation CD.
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If you need to reinstall or repair the 3G Watcher software, use
the Software Installation Mode.
1.
Open the Control Panel.
2.
Double-click TRU-Install.
3.
Follow the onscreen instructions.
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Note: If you are running
Mac OS X, please refer to the
Watcher Quick Start Guide for
the Mac OS X 10.4.x found at
www.sierrawireless.com/mac
3
Profiles contain account information used by the AirCard
modem to establish connections. At least one profile must be
set up on the AirCard modem before you can use it. The
profile(s) may have been stored on the AirCard modem before
you purchased it. Otherwise, your service provider should
give you all the information you need to set up the profile(s)
you require.
Depending on your service provider, some or all of this infor­
mation must be entered into your profile:
•
User Name
•
Password
•
Access Point Name (APN)
•
Internet Protocol (IP) Address (if the address is not
automatically assigned by the network)
•
Use of IP header compression
•
Domain Name Server (DNS) address or addresses
Your service provider may give you only one APN, in which
case you require only one profile. Some service providers
assign separate APNs for separate purposes. For example,
some service providers supply one APN to use for Internet
browsing and a different APN to use with a Virtual Private
Network (VPN). In this case you must set up multiple profiles.
The AirCard modem allows for up to sixteen profiles.
Most service providers have one or two standard profiles that
all or most of their subscribers are expected to use. Most of
these standard profiles have been pre-defined in 3G Watcher,
allowing you to select a standard profile, rather than creating it
manually.
One of your profiles must be set as the “default” profile. This is
the one that is used if you select the Connect button without
selecting a profile. The default profile is also used if you set the
AirCard modem to autoconnect when 3G Watcher launches,
but only if the connection type for the default profile has been
set to autoconnect.
If you are using the AirCard modem to access a network that
requires you to provide a password each time you connect,
you must set your connection profile to prompt for password
(in which case you must also connect manually).
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Setting up a profile
Determining whether you have a profile
1. Insert the SIM card into the AirCard modem if it is not
already inserted.
2. Insert the AirCard modem into your computer.
3. If 3G Watcher is not running, start 3G Watcher by selecting
Start > Programs > Sierra Wireless > 3G Watcher > 3G Watcher
or by double-clicking the desktop shortcut
.
4. Click Connect.
If 3G Watcher detects that no profile has been set up, you
are prompted, “Would you like to configure a profile now?” Select Yes.
If this prompt does not appear, your AirCard modem may
have been preconfigured. You can verify that you have a
profile by selecting Tools > Connections to access the Profiles
tab of the Connections window, which lists all profiles.
Creating a profile
1. In the Connections window, Click the add button
click WWAN profile.
and
2. If you want to use a pre-defined profile, select the profile
from the drop-down list in the Profile Name field. Then skip
to Step 5.
3. Complete the fields in the General window by entering a
Profile Name (any meaningful description of the profile,
such as the name of your service provider) and User Name,
Password, and/or APN, if applicable.
4.
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Select whether you want to make connections automati­
cally, manually, or whether you are required to provide a
password each time you make a connection:
· If you select Autoconnect for the default profile, a
connection is established automatically whenever you
insert the AirCard modem.
· If you select Manual, you must click the Connect button
on the main 3G Watcher window to make a connection.
· If you select Prompt for Password, you must click Connect
and enter a password each time you make a connection.
Use this option if you have an external device that
provides a time-scheduled secure password for your
corporate network.
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5. Select the Advanced folder if you want to set 3G Watcher to
launch your Internet browser, VPN, or any other program
automatically, or if your service provider specified an IP
address or DNS address(es). Otherwise, click OK and skip
to Step 10.
6.
Select the Launch after connecting field, and from the
drop-down list, select which application, if any, you want
3G Watcher to automatically launch when a connection is
established with this profile:
· None —No application is autolaunched.
· Browser —3G Watcher autolaunches your default
Internet browser.
· MS VPN —3G Watcher autolaunches a VPN connection.
· Application —3G Watcher autolaunches an installed VPN
program, or any other program.
7.
Complete the appropriate field, depending on the option
you chose in the Launch after connecting field:
· If you selected Browser — in the URL field, type the URL
for the web site you want to view on connection (such as
www.sierrawireless.com).
· If you selected Microsoft VPN —in the Microsoft VPN
(PPTP) connection field, select the VPN connection from
the drop-down list.
· If you selected Application —in the Application field, enter
the path to the program or use the browse button to
locate the .exe file for the software application you want
to autolaunch.
8. If your service provider has given you an IP address, in the
Advanced folder, select TCP/IP. Select Static IP and enter the
address in the field below. Otherwise, select Dynamic IP.
(This is the default because most networks use dynamic IP
addressing.) Use the data compression or IP header
compression fields if supported by your service provider.
Note: Do not select the Use IP header compression field unless your
service provider is using this compression. The AirCard modem
cannot maintain a connection if this is enabled but not supported on
the network.
9. If you have a DNS address or addresses, click DNS Settings
and enter the address(es). (In most cases, it is not necessary
to enter a DNS address.)
10. If you have more than one profile, select Profiles, and in the
Default Profile field choose the default profile from the
drop-down list. (The “default” profile is the one used by
the Autoconnect feature, and is also used if you click
Connect without selecting a profile.)
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11. Click Apply to save the change without exiting the window,
or click OK to save the change and exit the window.
The AirCard modem as a
network card
The AirCard modem can be configured to provide the always
on data connection that an Ethernet card or other wired LAN
card provides. That is, you can set options in 3G Watcher that
cause the AirCard modem to establish a network connection
whenever you insert it, assuming GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS,
or HSDPA/HSUPA service is available. Otherwise, you can
configure 3G Watcher to connect only when you click the
Connect button.
The AirCard modem connection provides access to the
Internet. Once the connection is established, you can open
your browser and connect to any web site available on the
Internet, or access other Internet services such as email.
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3G Watcher is the program you use to manage and monitor
your AirCard modem connections. 3G Watcher allows you to:
• Create an account profile.
• Determine signal strength, roaming status, GPRS, EDGE,
UMTS, or HSDPA/HSUPA availability, and other network
connection parameters.
• Monitor the status of the AirCard modem and GSM
service.
• Initiate data connections.
• Make and receive phone calls. (Availability dependent on
your AirCard modem model and service provider.)
• Send and receive SMS messages.
• Enable or disable SIM security that prevents others from
using your SIM card if it is lost or stolen.
• Set options related to notifications and the 3G Watcher
window.
Note: It takes up to 20 seconds
for 3G Watcher to become fully
functional after launch.
If you set your account profile to autoconnect, you do not need
to run 3G Watcher when you use the AirCard modem, but 3G
Watcher does provide useful status information.
Launching 3G Watcher
Unless this feature has been disabled, 3G Watcher launches
automatically anytime you insert the AirCard modem. You
can also launch 3G Watcher by:
• Double-clicking the desktop shortcut,
or
• Selecting Start > Programs > Sierra Wireless > 3G Watcher >
3G Watcher
Depending on how your profile is configured, your browser,
VPN, or other program may launch automatically anytime you
launch 3G Watcher.
To view the 3G Watcher online help, press <F1> or select
Help > Help Topics.
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The 3G Watcher window
Note: To get help in 3G
Watcher, select Help > Help
Topics. You can also display
help by pressing <F1>.
GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, or
HSDPA/HSUPA coverage
Roaming
Minimize
Compact
view
Close
Signal strength
Indicator area
Profile drop-down list
Figure 4-1: The 3G Watcher window.
Icons and indicators in the main
3G Watcher window:
Table 4-1: Icons in 3G Watcher
Device status. If an icon of the AirCard modem
with an “X” is displayed, 3G Watcher is unable to
detect the AirCard modem. This indicates that
the AirCard modem is not fully inserted into the
computer or the device is powered down.
You may be able to resolve this problem by
restarting 3G Watcher, stopping, ejecting, and
reinserting the AirCard modem, or restarting
your computer.
Signal strength and service status. The
number of bars beside the antenna increases as
signal strength increases, to a maximum of five
bars. The ToolTip that displays when you
position the mouse pointer over this indicator
shows the numeric value of the RSSI (Received
Signal Strength Indication) in dBm.
An antenna with a line through it indicates no
service is available (Not in Service). You are
outside of the coverage area or have insufficient
signal strength to maintain a GSM data
connection.
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Table 4-1: Icons in 3G Watcher (cont.)
Coverage. The icon indicates the fastest service that is:
- Available in your current coverage area.
- Supported by your AirCard modem.
•
GPRS icon—General Packet Radio Service
(GPRS)
•
EDGE icon—Enhanced Data for GSM
Evolution (EDGE)
•
3G icon—Universal Mobile Telecommuni­
cations System (UMTS)
•
HSDPA icon—High-Speed Downlink
Packet Access (HSDPA)
•
HSUPA icon—High-Speed Uplink Packet
Access (HSUPA)
•
HSPA icon—concurrent HSDPA and
HSUPA
When only the letters are displayed, (for example
), you are
within the coverage area, but have not yet acquired the service.
When the indicator has an outline (
), you have acquired service
and are able to establish a data connection.
When the indicator is filled (
wireless service.
), you have a data connection on the
Roaming. You are connected to a network
other than your local service provider's. There
may be a surcharge for roaming service. (This
service may not be available.)
New SMS message. Click the icon to open the
SMS Express window and read your messages.
When your SIM becomes full, this icon flashes
and turns red. (Supported only on selected
devices.)
Indicators in 3G Watcher
Data transmission. When the modem is connected to the
network, the main 3G Watcher window shows you the amount
of data received and sent.
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View options
You have these options for the 3G Watcher window:
• Enable/disable “Always on top” from the View menu. When
enabled, the 3G Watcher window always appears in front
of other application windows.
• Switch between the full 3G Watcher window and the
compact window from the View menu or by using the
Compact View button:
Compact view
Minimize
Close
Compact view
• Use the Minimize button to close the 3G Watcher window
but leave the program running.
Status icons
These icons appear in the system tray (usually in the lower
right corner of your screen).
Watcher cannot detect the AirCard modem. Ensure
that the AirCard modem is inserted properly and
powered on.
You do not have an active high-speed connection.
You have an active high-speed connection.
You have new (unread) SMS messages.
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Turning the radio on and off
This option allows you to conserve your computer’s battery by
turning off the AirCard modem’s radio transmitter/receiver
when you are not using it.
To turn off the radio:
1. Select Tools > Turn Radio Off.
When the radio is turned off, the menu option switches to Turn
Radio On and the message “Radio is off” is displayed in the 3G
Watcher window.
To turn on the radio:
1. Select Tools > Turn Radio On.
Frequency band and network
selection
3G Watcher has two options that affect your ability to obtain
GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, or HSDPA/HSUPA service:
• The frequency band you want to use.
• The network you want to use, if you are within the
coverage area of more than one network.
Frequency band selection
Every GSM network operates on one set of frequency bands.
(See“Frequency band selection” on page 37). The AirCard
modem is designed to change frequency bands automatically
to obtain network service. You can also change frequency
bands manually from the Network tab of the User Options
window (Tools > Options > Network).
Note: Unless your service provider specifies otherwise, it is recom­
mended that you use the Automatic setting.
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Network selection
This option is set in the Network pane of the User Options
window (Tools > Options > Network > Network Selection Mode).
Depending on your location, you may be within the coverage
area of several networks. Your ability to obtain service on each
network is dependent on your account.
Your options for network selection are:
• Automatic —The AirCard modem automatically selects a
network based on your account and network availability.
• Manual —The AirCard modem scans the area and displays
a list of detected GSM networks.
If you select a network on which you cannot obtain service
the message, “Failed to register with network” appears. Choose a different network.
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AirCard Modem
5
As with any electronic device, the AirCard modem must be
handled with care to ensure reliable operation. Follow these
guidelines when you use and store your AirCard modem:
• Do not apply adhesive labels to the AirCard modem or
SIM card. This may cause the AirCard modem or SIM card
to become jammed inside the slot, or prevent it from being
inserted properly.
• When not installed in your computer, store the AirCard
modem and SIM card in a safe place.
• The AirCard modem should fit easily into your
computer’s PC Card/ExpressCard slot or USB port.
Forcing the AirCard modem into the slot/port may
damage the connector pins.
• Protect the AirCard modem from liquids, dust, and
excessive heat. (See the Environmental specifications on
page 53 for the maximum tolerances.)
• For AirCard modem with external antennas, optimal
signal strength is usually obtained when the antenna is
pointing straight up. The antenna should bend easily at
the hinge. Do not forcefully bend the antenna.
Figure 5-1: Proper positioning of the AirCard modem antenna for the
AirCard 850/860 modems.
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Battery
Note: This section only applies to AirCard USB modems.
We recommend that you fully charge the battery for three
hours before using it for the first time.
Use only Sierra Wireless AirCard USB modem batteries
intended for use with your device. Using other batteries and
chargers could be dangerous.
Avoid dropping the modem or battery. If you do drop it,
especially on a hard surface, and you suspect damage, take it
to a service center for inspection.
If the battery leaks or emits an odor, immediately remove it
from the proximity of any exposed flame. The leaking
electrode could ignite and cause a fire or explosion.
Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations.
Supervise children when they use batteries.
Do not:
• let the metal contacts on the battery touch another metal
object. Doing so could short circuit and damage the
battery.
• disassemble, open, crush, bend, deform, puncture, or
shred the battery.
• modify or remanufacture the battery.
• attempt to insert foreign objects into the battery.
• immerse or expose the battery to water or other liquids.
• expose the battery to fire, explosions, or other hazards.
Warning: Improper battery use may result in a fire,
explosion, or other hazard.
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Stopping and ejecting the
AirCard modem
Note: This section only applies to the PC Card/ExpressCard AirCard
modems.
To remove the AirCard modem:
1. Close 3G Watcher if it is open.
2. Click the PC Card icon in the system tray to display the
option to stop the card.
3. Click the appropriate option, depending on your operating
system and the model of AirCard modem.
4. If a dialog box appears notifying you that it is safe to
remove the card, click OK.
5. Push the PC Card eject button beside the
PC Card/ExpressCard slot on your computer to eject the
card.
6. Remove the AirCard modem from the slot.
Figure 5-2: Removing the AirCard ExpressCard modem from the PC Card
slot. Note that you should push the eject button before removing the modem to
avoid damaging the modem.
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Removing a SIM card
The procedure for removing the SIM card depends on the
model of AirCard modem you have.
AirCard 850 and 860 modems
To remove the SIM card, you need a pen.
1. Place the AirCard modem on a smooth, hard surface such
as a tabletop.
2. Position the pen above the eject hole, which is on the top
surface of the AirCard modem, beside the SIM card slot.
3. Press down gently on the eject hole. The SIM card pops out
of its slot.
Figure 5-3: Ejecting the SIM card
4. Gently pull the SIM card from the slot until it slides free.
AirCard 875, 88x, and 88xE modems
To remove the SIM/USIM card, you need a pen.
1. Place the AirCard modem on a smooth, hard surface.
2. Gently insert the pen into the end of the eject slot farthest
from the SIM slot. Slide the pen towards the SIM slot. The
SIM card pops out of its slot.
Figure 5-4: Ejecting the SIM card
3.
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AirCard USB modems
1. Slide the front panel off.
2. Slide the SIM card slot cover to the OPEN position and lift
the cover.
3. Remove the SIM card.
4. Close the SIM card cover and slide it into the LOCK
position.
5. Slide the front panel onto the AirCard USB modem, and
push it gently until the panel clicks in place.
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Information
6
Important notice
Because of the nature of wireless communications, trans­
mission and reception of data can never be guaranteed. Data
may be delayed, corrupted (that is, have errors), or be totally
lost. Although significant delays or losses of data are rare
when wireless devices such as the Sierra Wireless network
card are used in a normal manner with a well-constructed
network, the Sierra Wireless network card should not be used
in situations where failure to transmit or receive data could
result in damage of any kind to the user or any other party,
including but not limited to personal injury, death, or loss of
property. Sierra Wireless and its affiliates accept no responsi­
bility for damages of any kind resulting from delays or errors
in data transmitted or received using the Sierra Wireless
network card, or for failure of the Sierra Wireless network card
to transmit or receive such data.
Safety and hazards
The AirCard modem MUST BE POWERED OFF in all areas
that may be susceptible to radio interference, in particular:
• Prohibited areas
Obey all signs and notices and follow all rules and regula­
tions. Power off the AirCard modem when instructed to do
so or when you suspect that it may cause interference or
danger.
• In areas where blasting is in progress
• Where explosive atmospheres may be present
Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are not
always clearly marked. Such areas include gas stations,
fuel depots, chemical transfer or storage facilities, areas
where blasting is in progress, areas where the air contains
chemicals or particles such as grain, dust, or metal pow­
ders, and any other area where you would normally be
advised to turn off your cellular phone or vehicle engine.
• Near medical or life-support equipment
Medical equipment may be susceptible to any form of
radio interference. In such areas the AirCard modem can
transmit signals that could interfere with this equipment.
• On board aircraft
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In addition to Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) require­
ments, many airline regulations state that you must sus­
pend wireless operations before boarding an aircraft. The
AirCard modem is capable of transmitting signals that
could interfere with various onboard systems and controls.
Failure to observe this instruction may lead to suspension
or denial of cellular telephone services to the offender,
legal action, or both.
Some airlines may permit the use of cellular phones while
the aircraft is on the ground and the door is open. The AirCard modem may be used normally at this time.
• While operating a vehicle
The driver or operator of any vehicle should not use a
wireless data device while in control of a vehicle. Doing so
detracts from the driver or operator's ability to control and
operate the vehicle. In some countries, using such commu­
nications devices while in control of a vehicle is an offence.
Important safety/compliance
information for North American
users
CAUTION: Unauthorized modifications or changes not
expressly approved by Sierra Wireless, Inc. could void
compliance with regulatory rules, and thereby your authority
to use this equipment.
The design of the AirCard 850, 860, 875, 880, 881, 880E, and
881E modem complies with U.S. Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) and Industry Canada (IC) guidelines
respecting safety levels of radio frequency (RF) exposure for
portable devices, which in turn are consistent with the
following safety standards previously set by Canadian, U.S.
and international standards bodies:
•
ANSI/IEEE C95.1-1999, IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with
Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromag
netic Fields, 3kHz to 300 GHz
• National Council on Radiation Protection and Measure­
ments (NCRP) Report 86, -1986, Biological Effects and
Exposure Criteria for Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields
• Health Canada, Safety Code 6, 1999, Limits of Human
Exposure to Radio frequency Electromagnetic Fields in the
Frequency Range from 3 kHz to 300 GHz
• International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation
Protection (ICNIRP) 1998, Guidelines for limiting exposure to
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time-varying electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields (up
to 300 GHz)
These devices are only authorized to be used in laptop
computers that are identical or substantially similar to those in
its grant application.
These devices comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the condition that these devices do not
cause harmful interference.
Where appropriate, the use of the equipment is subject to the
following conditions:
Warning: (EMI) – United States FCC Information –
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits pursuant to Part 15 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 inter­
ference 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
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 receiving antenna
• 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
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
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contracts or any successor regulations. If further government
regulations apply, it is your responsibility to ensure
compliance with such regulations.
Information pertaining to OEM customers
The AirCard 850, 860, 875, 880, 881, 880E, and 881E wireless
network cards have been granted modular approval for mobile
applications. Integrators may use the AirCard 850, 860, 875,
880, 881, 880E, and 881E wireless network cards in their final
products without additional FCC/IC certification if they meet
the following conditions. Otherwise, additional FCC/IC
approvals must be obtained.
1. At least 20 cm separation distance between the antenna
and the user’s body must be maintained at all times.
2. The AirCard 850, 860, 875, 880, 881, 880E, and 881E
wireless network cards and their antennas must not be
colocated with any other transmitter or antenna within a
host device.
3. A user manual with the end product must clearly indicate
the operating requirements and conditions that must be
observed to ensure compliance with current FCC/IC RF
exposure guidelines.
4. The end product with an embedded AirCard 850, 860, 875,
880, 881, 880E, 881E wireless network card must pass the
unintentional emission testing and properly authorized
per FCC Part 15 requirements where applicable.
Note: If these wireless network cards are intended for use in a
portable device, you are responsible for separate approval to satisfy
the SAR requirements of FCC Part 2.1093 and IC RSS-102.
AirCard 850/860 wireless network cards
1. To comply with FCC/IC regulations limiting both
maximum RF output power and human exposure to RF
radiation, the maximum antenna gain must not exceed
8 dBi in the Cellular band and 4 dBi in the PCS band.
2. A label must be affixed to the outside of the end product
into which the AirCard wireless network card is incorpo­
rated, with a statement similar to the following:
• For an end product with an embedded AirCard 850
wireless network card:
This device contains FCC ID: N7NAC850.
• For an end product with an embedded AirCard 860
wireless network card:
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This device contains FCC ID: N7NAC860.
This equipment contains equipment certified under IC:
2417C-AC860.
AirCard 875, 880, 881, 880E, and 881E
1. To comply with FCC/IC regulations limiting both
maximum RF output power and human exposure to RF
radiation, the maximum antenna gain must not exceed
5 dBi in the Cellular band and 4 dBi in the PCS band.
2. A label must be affixed to the outside of the end product
into which the AirCard wireless network card is incorpo­
rated, with a statement similar to the following:
• For an end product with an embedded AirCard 875
wireless network card:
This device contains FCC ID: N7NAC875.
This equipment contains equipment certified under IC:
2417C-AC875.
• For an end product with an embedded AirCard 880
wireless network card:
This device contains FCC ID: N7NAC880.
• For an end product with an embedded AirCard 881
wireless network card:
This device contains FCC ID: N7NAC881.
This equipment contains equipment certified under IC:
2417C-AC881.
• For an end product with an embedded AirCard 880E/881E
ExpressCard wireless network card:
This device contains FCC ID: N7NAC880E.
This equipment contains equipment certified under IC:
2417C-AC880E.
AirCard USB modems
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FCC ID: N7N-MC8775U
IC: 2417C-MC8775U
880U
FCC ID: N7NMC8780U
881U
FCC ID: N7NMC8781U
IC: 2417C-MC8781U
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EU regulatory conformity
Sierra Wireless hereby declares that the AirCard 850, 875,
875U, 880, 880U, and 880E wireless modems conform to all the
essential requirements of Directive 1999/5/EC:
AirCard 875 and 880 Wireless modems
AirCard 875U and 880U Wireless USB modems
AirCard 880E ExpressCard
AirCard 850 Wireless modem
The Declaration of Conformity made under Directive 1999/5/
EC is available for viewing at the following location in the EU
community:
Sierra Wireless (UK), Limited
Lakeside House
1 Furzeground Way, Stockley Park East
Uxbridge, Middlesex
UB11 1BD
England
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LEDs
For a description of LED operation for the AirCard 875, 880,
880E, 881, and 881E modems, please see the online Help in 3G
Watcher.
The following table describes the LED operation for the
AirCard USB modem:
Table 7-1: LEDs for the AirCard USB modem
LED
State
Data
Off
The modem has no power. The
modem is not completely inserted into
the USB slot or the computer is in
suspend mode (which powers down
the modem).
Solid green
The modem has power, has found a
signal, and is ready to connect.
Green,
blinking
slowly
The modem is powering up, or no
service is available. See the online
Help (“Not in Service”).
Green,
blinking
rapidly
The modem is sending or receiving
data.
Off
The modem has no power. The
modem is not completely inserted into
the USB slot or the computer is in
suspend mode (which powers down
the modem).
Red
The modem has power; the battery is
low. The battery recharges whenever
the modem is connected to the PC.
You can continue to use the modem
while the battery is recharging.
Green
The modem has power.
PWR
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Radio frequency and electrical
specifications
Table 7-2: Radio frequency and electrical specifications
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Compliance
GSM Release 5
Transmit
PCS:
1850 to 1910 MHz
DCS1800:
1710 to 1785 MHz
EGSM900:
880 to 915 MHz
GSM850:
824 to 849 MHz
WCDMA2100: (AirCard 850, 875, 88x, 88xE, 8xxU modems)
1920 to 1980 MHz
WCDMA850: (AirCard 850, 875, 88x, 88xE, 8xxU modems)
824 to 849 MHz
WCDMA1900: (AirCard 850, 875, 88x, 88xE, 8xxU modems)
1850 to 1910 MHz
Receive
PCS:
1930 to 1990 MHz
DDCS1800:
1805 to 1880 MHz
EGSM900:
925 to 960 MHz
GSM850:
869 to 894 MHz
WCDMA2100: (AirCard 850, 875, 88x, 88xE, 8xxU modems)
2110 to 2170 MHz
WCDMA850: (AirCard 850, 875, 88x, 88xE, 8xxU modems)
869 to 894 MHz
WCDMA1900: (AirCard 850, 875, 88x, 88xE, 8xxU modems)
1930 to 1990 MHz
Channel spacing
200 kHz (GSM)
5 MHz (WCDMA)
Channel raster
200 kHz
Frequency stability
0.1 ppm
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Environmental specifications
Table 7-3: Environmental specifications for
PC_Card/ExpressCard AirCard modems
Operating
temperature
-20°C to +60°C
(-4°F to +140°F)
Storage
temperature
-30°C to +85°C
(-22°F to +185°F)
Humidity
95%, non-condensing
Vibration
15 g peak 10 to 2000 Hz (non-operating)
Table 7-4: Environmental specifications for AirCard
USB modems
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Operating
temperature
-20°C to +60°C
Storage
temperature
-20°C to +85°C
Humidity
85%, non-condensing
Vibration
Random vibration, 10 to 1000 Hz, nominal
6G RMS in each of 3 mutually
perpendicular axes. Test duration of 60
minutes for each axis, for a total test time of
3 hours (non-operating)
Drop
1 m on concrete on each of 6 faces, 2 times
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Index
Numerics
3G Watcher
introduction, 33
launching, 33
A
account, 12
always-on data connection, 32
antenna
attaching, 16, 24
icon, 34
APN, 29
autoconnect, 30
autolaunch on high-speed connection, 31
B
ejecting a SIM card for
AirCard 850/860 modem, 42
AirCard PC Card and ExpressCard, 42
AirCard USB modem, 43
ejecting the AirCard modem, 41
electrical specifications, 52
envelope icon
main window, 35
system tray, 36
environmental specifications, 53
F
frequencies
receive, 52
transmit, 52
frequency stability, 52
G
battery, install, 22
C
care and maintenance, 39
channel raster, 52
channel spacing, 52
compact view, 36
connect automatically, 30
Coverage, 35
coverage, 35
coverage area, 12
D
data transmission, 35
device not available, 34
device not responding, 34
DNS, 29
DNS settings, entering, 31
driver, 13
E
EDGE
connection status, 35
indicator, 35
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GPRS
connection status, 35
indicator, 35
H
HSDPA
connection status, 35
indicator, 35
HSDPA / HSUPA connection
status, 35
HSDPA / HSUPA indicator, 35
HSPA connection, 35
HSUPA connection
status, 35
HSUPA indicator, 35
humidity, 53
I
I/O space (input/output space), 15
icon
antenna, 34
device status, 34
roaming, 35
signal strength, 34
SMS message, 35
IMEI, 16
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indicator
device status, 34
EDGE coverage, 35
GPRS coverage, 35
HSDPA / HSUPA coverage, 35
HSDPA coverage, 35
HSUPA coverage, 35
roaming, 35
signal strength, 34
SMS message, 35
status, 36
UMTS coverage, 35
installation of software, 15
IP address, 29
entering static IP address, 31
IRQ (interrupt request), 15
L
launch automatically on high-speed connection, 31
launching 3G Watcher, 33
LEDs, 51
M
maintenance, 39
memory required, 15
N
network
overview, 12
selection, 38
notebook PC
inserting AirCard modem, 24
removing the AirCard modem, 41
system requirements, 15
O
online help, 34
P
password
overview, 29
prompt for, 30
PC / Express Card slots required, 15
power options, power up/down, 37
profile
default, 29
overview, 29
setting default, 31
prompt for password, 30
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R
radio frequency specifications, 52
receive frequencies, 52
regulatory information, 45
removing
AirCard modem, 41
SIM card for AirCard 850/860 modem, 42
SIM card for AirCard PC Card and ExpressCard,
42
SIM card for AirCard USB modem, 43
RF specifications, 52
roaming, 13
roaming indicator, 35
RSSI, 34
S
safety notice, 45
service, 35
HSDPA, 35
UMTS, 35
signal strength indicator, 34
SIM card
removing for AirCard 850/860 modem, 42
removing for AirCard PC Card and ExpressCard,
42
removing for AirCard USB modem, 43
SMS messages
indicator, 35
status, 36
software installation, 15
specifications, 51– 53
electrical, 52
environmental, 53
radio frequency, 52
status
concurrent HSDPA / HSUPA service, 35
connection, 36
data transmission, 35
device, 34
EDGE connection, 35
EDGE service, 35
GPRS connection, 35
GPRS service, 35
HSDPA / HSUPA, 35
HSDPA connection, 35
HSDPA service, 35
HSUPA connection, 35
HSUPA service, 35
roaming, 35
signal strength, 34
SMS messages, 35, 36
system tray icons, 36
UMTS connection, 35
UMTS service, 35
storage
temperature, 53
when not using card, 39
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system requirements, notebook PCs, 15
system tray icons, 36
V
vibration, 53
T
technical specifications, 51– 53
temperature, 53
time-scheduled password, 30
transmit frequencies, 52
triangle icon, 35
U
UMTS connection status, 35
UMTS indicator, 35
user name, 29
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W
Watcher
compact view, 36
icons and indicators, 35
main window, 34
Windows 2000
as a supported operating system, service pack, 15
Windows 98
as a supported operating system, 15
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