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Sierra Wireless AirCard USB Modem User Guide

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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. 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 that 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.

Safety and Hazards

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

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 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.

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AirCard USB Modem User Guide

Patents

This product includes technology licensed from QUALCOMM® 3G. Manufactured or sold by Sierra Wireless Inc. or its licensees under one or more patents licensed from InterDigital Group.

Copyright Trademarks

© 2010 Sierra Wireless. All rights reserved. AirCard® and Watcher® are registered trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Sierra Wireless and the Sierra Wireless logo are trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Windows® and Windows Vista® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Macintosh® and Mac OS® are registered trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. QUALCOMM® is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Used under license. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact Information

Sales Desk:

Phone: Hours: E-mail:

1-604-232-1488 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time sales@sierrawireless.com

Post:

Sierra Wireless 13811 Wireless Way Richmond, BC Canada V6V 3A4 1-604-231-1109 www.sierrawireless.com

Fax: Web:

Consult our web site for up-to-date product descriptions, documentation, application notes, firmware upgrades, troubleshooting tips, and press releases: www.sierrawireless.com

Revision History
Revision number 1.0 2.0 3 4 5 Release date November 2009 April 2010 July 2010 September 2010 October 2010 Changes New document Applied new template Updated Mac OS X information Updated Patents section, added AirCard 312U Added AirCard 312U to Regulatory information for EU countries

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .and side-loading models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Frequency band support . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 About the AirCard USB modem . . . . . .5 AirCard USB Modem features . .8 Launching Watcher (Mac) . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Environmental specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Using the microSD card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Connection management software. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Software installation does not start automatically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Using AirCard USB Modem Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Attaching the lanyard . . . . . . . . 10 Windows . . . . . . . 10 Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 LED operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Technical specifications . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Your account and coverage area . . . 11 Back-loading models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Using the extension cable and clip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Removing the SIM card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Contents Sierra Wireless AirCard USB Modem User Guide . . . 16 Care and maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 End. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 The Windows Installer fails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Rev 5 Oct. . . . . . . . 19 Radio frequency and electrical specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Connecting to the network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Reinstalling the software . . .10 3 . . . 17 Modem is not detected after AirCard Watcher installation completes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Launching Watcher (Windows) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Regulatory information for North America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 4 2131232 . 21 Safety and hazards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AirCard USB Modem User Guide Regulatory and safety information . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Regulatory information for EU countries . . . . . . . . . 23 Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

10 5 . you may already have an account and a SIM card. You must have an account with a GSM service provider to use the AirCard USB Modem. you are given a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card containing account information. 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). or you may need to purchase it separately. you can obtain service only if there is a roaming agreement between your service provider and the network operator. your retailer should be able to give you the names of companies that provide these items. connect to a corporate network or virtual private network (VPN). your AirCard USB Modem uses the fastest available service. your modem may include an installation CD. send and receive email. • • Network coverage —You must be within the network coverage area. Otherwise.) When you obtain your account. When you set up your AirCard USB Modem. Your account and coverage area Note: If you purchased the modem from a GSM service provider. all the required software is available on the modem. (Depending on your service provider. To use the AirCard USB Modem’s 3G capability. the software is installed on your computer. the SIM card may already be inserted. Depending on your service provider. a microSD card may be included in your package. You do not need an installation CD. (Depending on your service provider. You must insert the SIM card into the AirCard USB Modem before you use it. The AirCard USB Modem connects to a Type A USB port on your computer. HSPA+ or UMTS service. Rev 5 Oct.Sierra Wireless AirCard USB Modem User Guide About the AirCard USB modem The Sierra Wireless AirCard® USB Modem enables you to connect to the Internet. or view streaming video without the need for a network cable. Service provider —If you are within the coverage area of a network that is not operated by your own service provider.) When establishing a connection. If the AirCard USB Modem is TRU-Install enabled. (The AirCard USB Modem is backwards compatible with 2G service. your account must be with a service provider that offers HSPA.) The AirCard USB Modem has a built-in antenna and may have a slot that accommodates a microSD external memory card.

AirCard USB Modem User Guide • • Account provisions —Your account may restrict your usage to certain networks or limit the amount of time you can use the network. and LEDs varies depending on your modem model. Most service providers have coverage maps on their web sites. See page 13 and page 14 for details. AirCard USB Modem features The AirCard USB Modem has a USB connector and slots for a SIM card and (on some models) a microSD external storage card. LEDs on the front of the AirCard USB Modem provide status information. 6 2131232 . The placement of card slots. Data LED Power LED Power LED Data LED SIM card slot SIM card tray microSD card slot microSD card slot Data LED Power LED microSD card and SIM card slots are located under the back cover. regardless of roaming agreements or account provisions. Frequency band —You cannot connect to networks operating in bands not supported by your modem. connectors.

GPRS. LED Power State Off Indicates Indicates one of the following states: • The AirCard USB Modem is not inserted in the computer. the AirCard USB Modem is working normally. The firmware is being updated. The AirCard USB Modem is unable to detect 2G or 3G service. • • Solid Blue Blinking Blue Blinking Amber Solid Amber The computer is off or in “suspend and resume” mode. HSPA. The AirCard USB Modem has detected a 3G network (UMTS. GSM) and is ready to connect. The AirCard USB Modem has detected a 2G network (EDGE. The AirCard USB Modem radio has been turned off using Watcher or other connection management software. The AirCard USB Modem is connected to a 2G network and is able to send and receive data. Data Off Blinking Amber Solid Amber Blinking Blue Solid Blue Rev 5 Oct. Contact your service provider.LED operation The AirCard USB Modem has two LEDs that show the current status of the modem. The power is on. Do not remove the AirCard USB Modem from the computer. The AirCard USB Modem is searching for service (initializing). The AirCard USB Modem is connected to a 3G network and can send and receive data. HSPA+. Error—either the AirCard USB Modem is having a problem initializing (searching for service) or is offline because of a failure.10 7 . DC-HSPA+) and is ready to connect.

From the main Watcher window. GPRS. Watcher launches automatically when you insert the AirCard USB Modem. EDGE. and other network connection parameters Monitor the status of the AirCard USB Modem and GSM service Send and receive SMS messages Enable or disable SIM security that prevents others from using your SIM card if it is lost or stolen Configure startup and exit actions for Watcher and the AirCard USB Modem Create or modify a connection profile For more information about using Watcher. depending on your service provider. or other program may launch automatically anytime you launch Watcher. Watcher enables you to: • • • • • • • Initiate data connections Determine signal strength. your browser. roaming status. but Watcher does provide useful status information. Use this software to manage the modem and monitor your connections. Note: Watcher is compatible with earlier Sierra Wireless modems. or other connection management software. You do not need to run Watcher when you use the AirCard USB Modem.AirCard USB Modem User Guide Connection management software Your AirCard USB Modem comes with Sierra Wireless AirCard Watcher® for Windows® and Mac®. Launching Watcher (Windows) Unless this feature has been disabled. or HSDPA/ HSUPA availability. 8 2131232 . VPN. Depending on how your profile is configured. UMTS. select Help > Help Topics or click the button (Windows) or Help > Sierra Wireless Watcher Help (Mac). view the Online Help that comes with Watcher. refer to the online Help. or Selecting Start > Programs > Sierra Wireless > AirCard Watcher. You can also launch Watcher by: • • Double-clicking the desktop shortcut. For information on Watcher features and using Watcher.

in Watcher: 1. Select AirCard Watcher > Uninstall AirCard Watcher.Launching Watcher (Mac) Watcher starts automatically at login. Follow the on-screen instructions. 2. 2. From the pop-up menu. 4. 2. Select Tools > Software Installation Mode. Reinstalling the software Windows If you need to reinstall or repair the Watcher software: 1. Tips To keep the Watcher icon in the dock: 1. To disable this feature. Follow the on-screen instructions. 2. Insert the modem into your computer. select Keep in Dock. Click and hold the Watcher icon in the dock. Or. Launch Watcher. 3. Go to Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.10 9 . Mac To uninstall Watcher: 1. Follow the on-screen instructions. Uninstall Watcher. go to Watcher > Preferences. Note: Do not remove the AirCard USB Modem until the software installation process is complete. You can also start Watcher by navigating to the Applications > Sierra Wireless folder and double-clicking AirCard Watcher. 3. Rev 5 Oct.

Click OK to accept that profile (or choose another from the drop-down list). see page 9. Windows Once the software is successfully installed and the profile is set up.. Note: If you have a pre-paid wireless account... You need to create a profile manually.. Refer to the Watcher online help for details.. TRU-Install verifies that the correct software is already installed. the AirCard USB Modem is ready to use. The first time you insert the AirCard USB Modem in the computer. When you use the AirCard USB Modem with the same computer.. 1. While the AirCard USB Modem is scanning for a network. • If you need to re-install the software. the profile may already be set up or you may need to create one. a. you’ll need to have credit in your account before you can connect. Required action Click Connect.. Click Connect. it takes a few seconds for it to locate the network. Click Help > Help topics or click the button. 10 2131232 . Click Yes. and your service provider is not included in the drop-down list. the Profile name field is blank. you need to have at least one profile set up on your AirCard USB Modem. b.AirCard USB Modem User Guide Connecting to the network To use your account (and connect to your service provider’s network). • If Watcher opens the Options window Profile pane and pre-selects an appropriate profile (normally the name of your service provider) from the drop-down list. Scenario Watcher automatically detects or creates a default profile. This process may take a few seconds. If Watcher opens the Options window Profile pane. Watcher prompts you to create a data profile. then. Depending on how your AirCard USB Modem is configured. the Connect button is unavailable.

In the Network window. Press it in and then release it.and side-loading models To insert and use a microSD card: 1. as shown in the illustration. Your modem connects to the network. 2. If there is no profile defined. Insert the microSD card into the lower slot at the end of the AirCard USB Modem. Gently remove the non-functional microSD card. the message "New network interfaces have been detected" appears. SIM card slot microSD card slot Rev 5 Oct.. When your computer detects the modem. End.. In the Profiles window. You can copy. b. c.10 11 . b. paste. 2. click Disconnect. The microSD card appears as a USB memory drive when the AirCard USB Modem is inserted in your computer. 3. Click Create a new profile. Click the Network Preferences. a.Mac The first time you run Watcher: 1. click Apply. To end a high-speed connection. If there is a non-functional microSD card installed: a. a message opens asking if you want to create a new profile. Using the microSD card Some AirCard USB Modem models can accommodate a microSD external storage card. Be careful not to insert the microSD card in the SIM card slot. button. click + to create a profile. and drag files to and from it the same way as you can with any other external drive.

Remove the cap. -orIf the microSD card slot is on the side of the AirCard USB Modem. To remove the microSD card: 1.AirCard USB Modem User Guide Or if the microSD card slot is on the side of the AirCard USB Modem. Insert the AirCard USB Modem into the computer. 3. You can use the microSD card without having Watcher installed. Push the microSD card in and then release it. 12 2131232 . Gently pull the microSD card out. insert the microSD card as shown in the illustration: 3. cancel the installation. If the computer does not have Watcher installed. 2. open the flap. you may be given the option to install it. If you do not want to install Watcher.

If you do not want to install Watcher. 2. Remove the back cover from the modem. cancel the installation.Back-loading models To insert and use a microSD card: 1. You can use the microSD card without having Watcher installed.10 13 . Insert the microSD card in the slot as shown in the illustration. you may be given the option to install it. If the computer does not have Watcher installed. Rev 5 Oct. 3. Replace the back cover and insert the AirCard USB Modem into the computer.

slide out the SIM card tray and lift out the SIM card as shown in the illustration. remove the back panel and slide the SIM card out of the slot. see the printed guide that came with your product. 14 2131232 . To remove the SIM card on AirCard USB Modems that have the SIM slot behind the back panel. If you slide the tray completely out of the AirCard USB Modem. To remove the SIM card from the modem: 1. Do not dispose of the tray. To remove the SIM card from the AirCard USB Modem. Some AirCard USB Modems have a SIM card slot with a “push to insert/push to release” design. Pull the SIM card out of the slot as shown in the illustration. carefully reinsert it. Push the SIM card in to release it. Some AirCard USB Modems have an internal tray for inserting and removing the SIM card. 2.AirCard USB Modem User Guide Removing the SIM card For instructions on inserting the SIM card.

use only the supplied extension cable and notebook computer clip. Connect the other end of the extension cable to the USB slot on your computer.Using AirCard USB Modem Accessories Depending on your carrier and your modem model. other cables and notebook computer clips should not be used. Note: Do not insert the AirCard USB Modem or the USB extension cable into a USB hub or. Note: To meet FCC (regulatory) requirements. Place the modem in the clip holder. Place the clip on top of the notebook computer. if your keyboard is separate from your notebook computer. Connect the extension cable to the AirCard USB Modem. a USB slot on your keyboard. your AirCard USB Modem may come with a: • • USB extension cable and clip Lanyard Using the extension cable and clip The extension cable and clip should be used if you have difficulty inserting the AirCard USB Modem because of the orientation of your computer’s USB slot or the thickness of your computer. Rev 5 Oct. The clip fits on the top of your notebook computer and holds your AirCard USB Modem.10 15 . 4. 3. To use the extension cable and clip: 1. 2.

as shown in the illustrations.AirCard USB Modem User Guide Attaching the lanyard To keep everything together. thread the lanyard through the cap and the AirCard USB Modem. 16 2131232 . Depending on the cap design. you can also attach the lanyard to the cap.

3. dust.) Troubleshooting This section describes possible problems and solutions for Windows users. open the Win folder and double-click Setup. Under Devices.com/support. The modem should fit easily into your computer’s USB port.sierrawireless. This may cause it to jam inside the slot. If you have a problem that is not described in this section. (See the Environmental specifications for maximum tolerances. Double-click the installer package. Rev 5 Oct.Care and maintenance As with any electronic device. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the software. store the AirCard USB Modem and SIM card in a safe place. or prevent it from being inserted properly. Mac OS X If you do not see the AirCard Watcher window: 1. Double-click My Computer (Windows XP) or Computer (Windows Vista.10 17 . 2. When not installed in your computer. and excessive heat. visit the Sierra Wireless support page at www. Follow these guidelines when you use and store your AirCard USB Modem: • • • • Do not apply adhesive labels to the SIM card. Protect the AirCard USB Modem from liquids. Open Finder. Windows 7) on your desktop. 2. Forcing the AirCard USB Modem into the port may damage the connector pins. click AirCard Watcher. Software installation does not start automatically Windows If Watcher installation does not start after you insert the AirCard USB Modem: 1. Click the TRU-Install drive.exe. Under the TRU-Install drive. the AirCard USB Modem must be handled with care to ensure reliable operation. 3.

but Watcher does not detect the AirCard USB Modem: 1. If the AirCard USB Modem still is not detected.exe If any of these processes are running on the system: 1.exe · IsUninst. 4. 2.AirCard USB Modem User Guide Modem is not detected after AirCard Watcher installation completes You successfully complete the automatic installation process. Click End Process. 2.com. 1.exe · idriver. Double-click TRU-Install. 3. connect to the Internet using another method and go to www.exe · ikernel. Check the running processes for any of these names: · setup. Error code: 1601) appears.exe · Uninst.exe · msiexec. 2.exe · isetup.com/support for assistance. 3. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del and select Task Manager. 3. the message Windows Installer is not accessible (for example. Go to the Processes tab. To fix Error 1601. Click Start. 18 2131232 . first see if another installation process is running. If the installation is not successful.exe · IsUninst. Try to run the Watcher installation again. Wait for Watcher to detect the AirCard USB Modem. 5.sierrawireless. The Windows Installer fails When you try to install or uninstall Watcher. When you are prompted to switch to modem mode. click OK. connect to the Internet using another method and check Sierra Wireless Knowledge Base articles at sierrawireless. Select each process. and then click Control Panel.

and Australia North America Europe.Technical specifications Radio frequency and electrical specifications The radio frequency bands that your AirCard USB Modem supports will vary depending on your region and your model. Australia. Asia.10 19 . Transmit GSM 1900 (PCS): 1850 – 1910 MHz GSM 1800 (DCS):1710 – 1785 MHz EGSM 900: 880 – 915 MHz GSM 850: 824 – 849 MHz WCDMA 2100 (Band 1): 1920 – 1980 MHz WCDMA 1900 (Band 2): 1850 – 1910 MHz WCDMA 850 (Band 5): 824 – 849 MHz WCDMA 800 (Band 6): 830 – 840 MHz WCDMA 900 (Band 8) 880 – 915 MHz GSM 1900 (PCS): 1930 – 1990 MHz GSM 1800 (DCS): 1805 – 1880 MHz EGSM 900: 925 – 960 MHz GSM 850: 869 – 894 MHz WCDMA 2100 (Band 1): 2110 – 2170 MHz WCDMA 1900 (Band 2): 1930 – 1990 MHz WCDMA 850 (Band 5): 869 – 894 MHz WCDMA 800 (Band 6): 875 – 885 MHz WCDMA 900 (Band 8) 925 – 960 MHz Receive Frequency band support Technology 2G Bands 850 MHz (cellular band) 900 MHz (EGSM band) 1800 MHz (DCS band) 1900 MHz (PCS band) 3G WCDMA 850 (Band 5) WCDMA 800 (Band 6) WCDMA 900 (Band 8) WCDMA 1900 (Band 2) WCDMA 2100 (Band 1) Location North America Europe Europe and Asia North America North America. and New Zealand Japan Europe. Asia. and Australia Rev 5 Oct.

Test duration of 60 minutes for each axis. 2 times Drop 20 2131232 . ambient -40°C to +85°C. 96 hours (-40°F to +185°F) 85%. 1 m on concrete on each of 6 faces. for a total test time of 3 hours (non-operating). 10 to 1000 Hz.AirCard USB Modem User Guide Environmental specifications Operating temperature Storage temperature Humidity Vibration 0°C to 35°C (32°F to 95°F). non-condensing Random vibration. nominal 6 G RMS in each of 3 mutually perpendicular axes.

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.Regulatory and safety information Notice Because of the nature of wireless communications. In such areas the modem can transmit signals that could interfere with this equipment. The modem is capable of transmitting signals that could interfere with various onboard systems and controls. transmission and reception of data can never be guaranteed. Such areas include gas stations. have errors). or metal powders. death. chemical transfer or storage facilities. fuel depots. Power off the modem when instructed to do so or when you suspect that it may cause interference or danger. in particular: • Prohibited areas Obey all signs and notices and follow all rules and regulations. • Near medical or life-support equipment Medical equipment may be susceptible to any form of radio interference. Some airlines may permit the use of cellular phones while the aircraft is on the ground and the door is open. Data may be delayed. Failure to observe this instruction may lead to suspension or denial of cellular telephone services to the offender. • • In areas where blasting is in progress Where explosive atmospheres may be present Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are not always clearly marked. • On board aircraft In addition to Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) requirements. including but not limited to personal injury.10 21 . or both. or for failure of the Sierra Wireless modem to transmit or receive such data. and any other area where you would normally be advised to turn off your cellular phone or vehicle engine. The modem may be used normally at this time. corrupted (that is. or be totally lost. • While operating a vehicle Rev 5 Oct. Safety and hazards The modem MUST BE POWERED OFF in all areas that may be susceptible to radio interference. areas where the air contains chemicals or particles such as grain. or loss of property. 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. Sierra Wireless and its affiliates accept no responsibility for damages of any kind resulting from delays or errors in data transmitted or received using the Sierra Wireless modem. legal action. dust. many airline regulations state that you must suspend wireless operations before boarding an aircraft. areas where blasting is in progress.

Safety Code 6. use the provided extension cable and clip to ensure a safe distance between the modem antenna and users or bystanders. For details. and electromagnetic fields (up to 300 GHz) • • • Caution: The Sierra Wireless USB modem must be 1 cm or more from users during operation. construction. use only the supplied USB extension cable and laptop clip. U. 1999. and thereby your authority to use this equipment. IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields.S. to satisfy FCC / IC RF exposure requirements. This USB modem must not be used with any other antenna or transmitter that has not been approved to operate in conjunction with this modem. -1986. Note: The Sierra Wireless USB modem is approved for normal-size notebook computers only (typically with 12 inches or larger display screens). and international standards bodies: • ANSI/IEEE C95. For notebook computers with a display screen smaller than 12 inches or if the orientation of the USB slot does not allow for at least 1 cm between the modem and the user or bystanders. using such communications devices while in control of a vehicle is an offence. could void compliance with regulatory rules. other cables and laptop clips should not be used.AirCard USB Modem User Guide The driver or operator of any vehicle should not use a wireless data device while in control of a vehicle.1-2005. 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. and electrical and RF characteristics. Doing so detracts from the driver or operator's ability to control and operate the vehicle. 22 2131232 . Note: This USB modem must not be used in any unapproved configurations. 3 kHz to 300 GHz National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) Report 86. Inc. 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. The design of the Sierra Wireless modems complies with U. magnetic. contact Sierra Wireless. Guidelines for limiting exposure to time-varying electric. Biological Effects and Exposure Criteria for Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields Health Canada. In some countries. The Sierra Wireless USB modem has been tested for compliance with FCC / IC RF exposure limits in the notebook computer(s) configurations with horizontal and vertical USB slots and can be used in notebook computers with substantially similar physical dimensions. To meet FCC requirements.S. Regulatory information for North America Note: Regulatory information in this section applies to these models: Compass 888 USB 306 USB 308 CAUTION: Unauthorized modifications or changes not expressly approved by Sierra Wireless.

there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.227-7013 for Department of Defense contracts. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in an appropriate installation. may cause harmful interference to radio communication.227-19 for civilian agency contracts or any successor regulations. 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. and as set forth in Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FARs) Section 52. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception.10 23 . it is your responsibility to ensure compliance with such regulations. Regulatory information for EU countries Note: Regulatory information in this section applies to these models: Compass 888* Compass 889* USB 306* USB 307* USB 309* AirCard 310U* AirCard 312U** Sierra Wireless hereby declares that the Sierra Wireless USB wireless modem conforms to all the essential requirements of Directive 1999/5/EC: ** * 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 Suite 6.These devices comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions. and can radiate radio frequency energy and. However. 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: • • • 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. This equipment generates. Fowler Avenue Farnborough Business Park Farnborough GU14 7JP United Kingdom Rev 5 Oct. uses. it shall be subject to restrictions as set forth in subparagraph (c)(1)(ii) of Defense Federal Acquisitions Regulations (DFARs) Section 252. If further government regulations apply. The Hub. Operation is subject to the condition that these devices do not cause harmful interference.

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19 receive frequencies. 16 launching Watcher. 19 environmental. 20 when not using card. 20 L lanyard. 5 P profile. 20 extension cable. 11 frequencies receive. 21 RF specifications. 11 external storage card. 21 SIM card removing. 11 V vibration. 8 Rev 5 Oct. 20 radio frequency. 8 launching. 11 R radio frequency specifications. 19 roaming. 15 C clip. 20 W Watcher introduction. 8 LEDs. 19 M memory card. 5. 15 external memory storage. 11 external SD. 5 F flash drive. 14 specifications electrical. 19 S safety notice. 19 transmit. 19 environmental specifications. 7 T temperature. 19 storage temperature. 5 microSD. 19 regulatory information. 15 connect to the network. 10 coverage area. 10 E electrical specifications. 5.10 25 .Index A account. 5 N network overview. 17 H humidity. 5 notebook computer clip. 20 transmit frequencies.

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near medical equipment.10 1 . Sierra Wireless modems may be used at this time. the Sierra Wireless modem MUST BE POWERED OFF. PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES INCLUDING. corrupted (i. Notwithstanding the foregoing. including but not limited to personal injury. Safety and Hazards The driver or operator of any vehicle should not operate the Sierra Wireless modem while in control of a vehicle. near life support equipment. be in excess of the price paid by the purchaser for the Sierra Wireless product. occurrences. transmission and reception of data can never be guaranteed. When operating.e. GENERAL. regardless of the number of events. in no event shall Sierra Wireless and/or its affiliates aggregate liability arising under or in connection with the Sierra Wireless product. In aircraft. The Sierra Wireless modem can transmit signals that could interfere with this equipment. Do not operate the Sierra Wireless modem in areas where blasting is in progress. Rev 5 Oct. have errors) or be totally lost. or any equipment that may be susceptible to any form of radio interference. or for failure of the Sierra Wireless modem to transmit or receive such data. Limitation of Liability The information in this manual is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of Sierra Wireless. operating such communications devices while in control of a vehicle is an offence. the Sierra Wireless modem MUST BE POWERED OFF. 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. where explosive atmospheres may be present. INDIRECT. 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. or loss of property. In some states and provinces.. CONSEQUENTIAL. In such areas. 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. Note: Some airlines may permit the use of cellular phones while the aircraft is on the ground and the door is open. Data may be delayed. death. or claims giving rise to liability. whether the aircraft is on the ground or in flight. the Sierra Wireless modem can transmit signals that could interfere with various onboard systems.Preface Important Notice Due to the nature of wireless communications. 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. Doing so will detract from the driver or operator's control and operation of that vehicle. SPECIAL. LOSS OF PROFITS OR REVENUE OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR REVENUE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY SIERRA WIRELESS PRODUCT. INCIDENTAL. Do not operate the Sierra Wireless modem in any aircraft. SIERRA WIRELESS AND ITS AFFILIATES SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM LIABILITY FOR ANY AND ALL DIRECT. BUT NOT LIMITED TO.

.sierrawireless.com Post: Sierra Wireless 13811 Wireless Way Richmond.com Fax: Web: Consult our web site for up-to-date product descriptions. Windows® and Windows Vista® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. application notes.com Revision History Revision number 1. Copyright Trademarks © 2010 Sierra Wireless.0 2. firmware upgrades. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. registered in the U. Used under license. Sierra Wireless and the Sierra Wireless logo are trademarks of Sierra Wireless. AirCard® and Watcher® are registered trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Contact Information Sales Desk: Phone: Hours: E-mail: 1-604-232-1488 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time sales@sierrawireless. Manufactured or sold by Sierra Wireless Inc. documentation.0 3 4 5 Release date November 2009 April 2010 July 2010 September 2010 October 2010 Changes New document Applied new template Updated the Mac OS X information Updated Patents section Updated Trademarks section 2 2131233 . QUALCOMM® is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated.sierrawireless. BC Canada V6V 3A4 1-604-231-1109 www.S. Macintosh® and Mac OS® are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.AirCard Data Card User Guide Patents This product includes technology licensed from QUALCOMM® 3G. troubleshooting tips. and other countries. All rights reserved. or its licensees under one or more patents licensed from InterDigital Group. and press releases: www.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 About the Sierra Wireless AirCard Data Card . . . . . . . . . .9 Reinstalling the software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 AirCard Data Card features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Launching Watcher (Mac) . . . . . . . . . . .17 Regulatory information for EU countries . . . . . 14 Environmental specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Connection management software. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Regulatory information for North America . . . . . . . 15 Regulatory and safety information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Safety and hazards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 PC Card slot no longer works after you remove the AirCard Data Card (with PC Card adapter) from the laptop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Frequency band support . . . . . . . . 8 Launching Watcher (Windows) . . . . 5 Your account and coverage area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Care and maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Rev 5 Oct. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 LED operation . . . . . . . .13 The Windows Installer fails . . . . 16 Notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Software installation does not start automatically . 13 Technical specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Radio frequency and electrical specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Removing the SIM card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 AirCard Data Card is not detected after AirCard Watcher installation completes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Contents Sierra Wireless AirCard Data Card User Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Connecting to the network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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your retailer should be able to give you the names of companies that provide these items. Instead. Depending on your computer. your package may include an installation CD. without the need for a network cable. You must have an account with a GSM service provider to use the AirCard Data Card. you may already have an account and a SIM card. Note: When using the AirCard Data Card with an ExpressCard-to-PC Card adapter. it already comes with all the required software. Otherwise. The AirCard Data Card can be inserted into an ExpressCard® slot or a PCMCIA (PC Card) slot on your computer. Depending on your service provider. To use the AirCard Data Card’s 3G capability. your AirCard Data Card may not be TRU-Install enabled.Sierra Wireless AirCard Data Card User Guide About the Sierra Wireless AirCard Data Card The AirCard® Data Card third generation (3G) wireless modem enables you to connect to the Internet. connect to a corporate network or virtual private network (VPN). Your AirCard Data Card may not work properly with adapters that are not specifically designed for your product. send and receive email. the software is installed on your computer. The Sierra Wireless AirCard Data Card will fit in either size slot without needing the ExpressCard-to-PC Card adapter. See your Quick Start Guide for details. the ExpressCard slot is either 34 mm or 54 mm wide.) Rev 5 Oct. (The AirCard Data Card is backwards compatible with 2G service. or you may be instructed to download software for your modem. Your account and coverage area If you purchased the AirCard Data Card from a GSM service provider. use only the adapter that came with your modem. included with your modem. If the AirCard Data Card is TRU-Install enabled. Using the AirCard Data Card in a PC Card slot requires an ExpressCard-to-PC Card adapter.10 5 . your account must be with a service provider that offers HSDPA/ HSUPA or UMTS service. When you set up your AirCard Data Card. or view streaming video.

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).) When establishing a connection. (Depending on your service provider. regardless of roaming agreements or account provisions. You must insert the SIM card into the AirCard Data Card before you use it. Service provider — If you are within the coverage area of a network that is not operated by your own service provider. your AirCard Data Card uses the fastest available service. the SIM card may already be inserted. • • Most service providers have coverage maps on their web sites. • • Network coverage — You must be within the network coverage area. 6 2131233 .AirCard Data Card User Guide When you obtain your account. Account provisions — Your account may restrict your usage to certain networks or limit the amount of time you can use the network. you can obtain service only if there is a roaming agreement between your service provider and the network operator. you are given a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card containing account information. Frequency band — You cannot connect to networks operating in bands not supported by your AirCard Data Card.

HSPA+) and is ready to connect. • The AirCard Data Card radio has been turned off using Watcher or other connection manager software. The AirCard Data Card is connected to a 3G network and can send and receive data. GPRS. HSPA. The AirCard Data Card is connected to a 2G network and is able to send and receive data. LED Power State Off Indicates Indicates one of the following states: • The AirCard Data Card is not inserted in the computer. Do not remove the AirCard Data Card from the computer. the AirCard Data Card is working normally. The AirCard Data Card is unable to detect 2G or 3G service. Error—either the AirCard Data Card is having a problem initializing (searching for service) or is offline because of a failure. The firmware is being updated. Contact your service provider. The AirCard Data Card is searching for service (initializing). Modem shown inserted in an ExpressCard-to-PC Card adapter. The AirCard Data Card has detected a 2G network (EDGE. Solid Blue Blinking Blue Blinking Amber Solid Amber Data Off Blinking Amber Solid Amber Blinking Blue Solid Blue Rev 5 Oct.10 7 . • The computer is off or in “suspend and resume” mode. The AirCard Data Card has detected a 3G network (UMTS.AirCard Data Card features LED operation Status LEDs The antenna can be flipped up to improve reception. GSM) and is ready to connect. The power is on.

but Watcher does provide useful status information. If Watcher is not included. or other connection management software. select Help > Help Topics or click the button (Windows) or Help > AirCard Watcher Help (Mac). Note: Watcher is compatible with earlier Sierra Wireless modems. Watcher enables you to: • • • • • • • Initiate data connections Determine signal strength. 8 2131233 . GPRS. your quick start guide may direct you to where you can download it. From the main Watcher window. roaming status. or HSDPA/ HSUPA availability. Use Watcher to manage the AirCard Data Card and monitor your connections. depending on your service provider.AirCard Data Card User Guide Connection management software Your AirCard Data Card may include Sierra Wireless AirCard Watcher® for Windows® and Mac®. UMTS. and other network connection parameters Monitor the status of the AirCard Data Card and GSM service Send and receive SMS messages Enable or disable SIM security that prevents others from using your SIM card if it is lost or stolen Configure startup and exit actions for Watcher and the AirCard Data Card Create or modify a connection profile You do not need to run Watcher when you use the AirCard Data Card. refer to the online Help. For information on Watcher features and using Watcher. EDGE.

2. or other program may launch automatically anytime you launch Watcher. You can also start Watcher by navigating to the Applications > Sierra Wireless folder and double-clicking AirCard Watcher. or Selecting Start > Programs > Sierra Wireless > AirCard Watcher.. 2. Launch AirCard Watcher. Go to Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.. 2.. Insert the modem into your computer. Select Tools > Software Installation Mode. your browser. 4. go to AirCard Watcher > Preferences. 3. 2. Uninstall Watcher. From the pop-up menu.10 9 . select Keep in Dock. in Watcher: 1. Launching Watcher (Mac) Watcher starts automatically at login. Follow the on-screen instructions. Follow the on-screen instructions. 3.Launching Watcher (Windows) Unless this feature has been disabled. To disable this feature. Reinstalling the software Windows If you need to reinstall or repair the Watcher software: 1. Tip To keep the AirCard Watcher icon in the dock: 1. Select AirCard Watcher > Uninstall AirCard Watcher. Rev 5 Oct. Watcher launches automatically when you insert the AirCard Data Card. Depending on how your profile is configured. Note: Do not remove the AirCard Data Card until the software installation process is complete. Click and hold the AirCard Watcher icon in the dock. Mac To uninstall Watcher: 1. Or. VPN. Follow the on-screen instructions. You can also launch Watcher by: • • Double-clicking the desktop shortcut.

the Connect button is unavailable. 3. Click Help > Help topics or click the button...AirCard Data Card User Guide Connecting to the network To use your account (and connect to your service provider’s network). 1. This process may take a few seconds. the message "New network interfaces have been detected" appears. Click Connecta. • If Watcher opens the Options window Profile pane and pre-selects an appropriate profile (normally the name of your service provider) from the drop-down list. Note: If you have a pre-paid wireless account. Your modem connects to the network... Click the Network Preferences. TRU-Install verifies that the correct software is already installed. Click Yes. then.. see page 9. When your computer detects the modem. b. b. • If you need to re-install the software. the profile may already be set up or you may need to create one. Depending on how your AirCard Data Card is configured. button. you’ll need to have credit in your account before you can connect. click Apply. Click Create a new profile. Watcher prompts you to create a data profile. Click OK to accept that profile (or choose another from the drop-down list). a. it takes a few seconds for it to locate the network. a.. 2. the Profile name field is blank. a message opens asking if you want to create a new profile. You need to create a profile manually. Refer to the Watcher online help for details. the AirCard Data Card is ready to use. When you use the AirCard Data Card with the same computer. you need to have at least one profile set up on your AirCard Data Card. While the AirCard Data Card is scanning for a network.. 10 2131233 . In the Network window.. Scenario Watcher automatically detects or creates a default profile. The first time you insert the AirCard Data Card in the computer. Mac The first time you run Watcher: 1.. If Watcher opens the Options window Profile pane. and your service provider is not included in the drop-down list. Windows Once the software is successfully installed and the profile is set up. Required action Click Connect. If there is no profile defined.

click + to create a profile. Slide the pen towards the SIM slot as shown in the illustration. This may cause it to jam inside the slot. dust.c. Care and maintenance As with any electronic device. Gently insert the pen into the end of the eject slot farthest from the SIM slot. If necessary. click Disconnect. remove the AirCard Data Card from the PC Card adapter.10 11 . The SIM card pops out of its slot. In the Profiles window. To end a high-speed connection. Removing the SIM card To remove the SIM card. Follow these guidelines when you use and store your AirCard Data Card: • • • Do not apply adhesive labels to the SIM card. hard surface. the AirCard Data Card must be handled with care to ensure reliable operation. or prevent it from being inserted properly. 3. Protect the AirCard Data Card from liquids. and excessive heat.) Rev 5 Oct. Place the AirCard Data Card on a smooth. you need a pen. Gently pull the SIM card from the slot until it slides free. When not installed in your computer. store the AirCard Data Card and SIM card in a safe place. 1. 4. 2. (See the Environmental specifications on page 15 for maximum tolerances.

Double-click My Computer (Windows XP) or Computer (Windows Vista. visit the Sierra Wireless support page at www.exe. Windows 7) on your desktop. Open Finder. then select the AirCard Data Card. Under Devices. If you have a problem that is not described in this section. In the future. 3. PC Card slot no longer works after you remove the AirCard Data Card (with PC Card adapter) from the laptop If your laptop does not recognize that you have removed the AirCard Data Card with PC Card adapter. 2. 2.AirCard Data Card User Guide Troubleshooting This section describes possible problems and solutions for Windows users. consult your computer manufacturer. 3. you may have to restart your laptop to restore PC Card slot operation. click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the Windows system tray. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the software.sierrawireless. Click the TRU-Install drive. Under the TRU-Install drive. Mac OS X If you do not see the AirCard Watcher window: 1. 12 2131233 . Note: The PC Card is controlled by the BIOS of the laptop. before you remove the AirCard Data Card with PC Card adapter. Double-click the installer package. open the Win folder and double-click Setup. A BIOS update may be available. click AirCard Watcher. If problems with the PC Card slot persist. Software installation does not start automatically Windows If Watcher installation does not start after you insert the AirCard Data Card: 1.com/support.

Click End Process. 4.com. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del and select Task Manager. Click Start. the message Windows Installer is not accessible (for example. 3. 2. Wait for Watcher to detect the AirCard Data Card.exe · IsUninst.exe If any of these processes are running on the system: 1. but Watcher does not detect the AirCard Data Card: 1. To fix Error 1601. and then click Control Panel. 3. Rev 5 Oct.exe · Uninst.exe · idriver. Double-click TRU-Install.AirCard Data Card is not detected after AirCard Watcher installation completes You successfully complete the automatic installation process.com/support for assistance. If the installation is not successful. 3. 2. When you are prompted to switch to modem mode. first see if another installation process is running. Select each process. 1. click OK. Check the running processes for any of these names: · setup. 2. Go to the Processes tab.exe · msiexec.sierrawireless.exe · isetup. The Windows Installer fails When you try to install or uninstall Watcher.10 13 .exe · ikernel. If the AirCard Data Card still is not detected. Try to run the Watcher installation again. connect to the Internet using another method and check Sierra Wireless Knowledge Base articles at sierrawireless. Error code: 1601) appears.exe · IsUninst. 5. connect to the Internet using another method and go to www.

Asia. Asia. and Australia North America Europe. Transmit GSM 1900 (PCS): 1850 – 1910 MHz GSM 1800 (DCS):1710 – 1785 MHz EGSM 900: 880 – 915 MHz GSM 850: 824 – 849 MHz WCDMA 2100 (Band 1): 1920 – 1980 MHz WCDMA 1900 (Band 2): 1850 – 1910 MHz WCDMA 850 (Band 5): 824 – 849 MHz WCDMA 800 (Band 6): 830 – 840 MHz WCDMA 900 (Band 8) 880 – 915 MHz GSM 1900 (PCS): 1930 – 1990 MHz GSM 1800 (DCS): 1805 – 1880 MHz EGSM 900: 925 – 960 MHz GSM 850: 869 – 894 MHz WCDMA 2100 (Band 1): 2110 – 2170 MHz WCDMA 1900 (Band 2): 1930 – 1990 MHz WCDMA 850 (Band 5): 869 – 894 MHz WCDMA 800 (Band 6): 875 – 885 MHz WCDMA 900 (Band 8) 925 – 960 MHz Receive Frequency band support Technology 2G Bands 850 MHz (cellular band) 900 MHz (EGSM band) 1800 MHz (DCS band) 1900 MHz (PCS band) 3G WCDMA 850 (Band 5) WCDMA 800 (Band 6) WCDMA 900 (Band 8) WCDMA 1900 (Band 2) WCDMA 2100 (Band 1) Location North America Europe Europe and Asia North America North America. and Australia 14 2131233 .AirCard Data Card User Guide Technical specifications Radio frequency and electrical specifications The radio frequency bands that your AirCard Data Card supports will vary depending on your region and your model. Australia. and New Zealand Japan Europe.

non-condensing 15 g peak 10 to 2000 Hz (non-operating) Rev 5 Oct.Environmental specifications Operating temperature Storage temperature Humidity Vibration 0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F) -20°C to 85°C (-4°F to 185°F) 95%.10 15 .

and any other area where you would normally be advised to turn off your cellular phone or vehicle engine. fuel depots. Sierra Wireless and its affiliates accept no responsibility for damages of any kind resulting from delays or errors in data transmitted or received using the Sierra Wireless modem. • • In areas where blasting is in progress Where explosive atmospheres may be present Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are not always clearly marked. The modem is capable of transmitting signals that could interfere with various onboard systems and controls. areas where the air contains chemicals or particles such as grain. Failure to observe this instruction may lead to suspension or denial of cellular telephone services to the offender. or for failure of the Sierra Wireless modem to transmit or receive such data. Such areas include gas stations. Data may be delayed. The modem may be used normally at this time. or both. or metal powders. including but not limited to personal injury. Power off the modem when instructed to do so or when you suspect that it may cause interference or danger. • On board aircraft In addition to Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) requirements. • Near medical or life-support equipment Medical equipment may be susceptible to any form of radio interference. dust. corrupted (that is. • While operating a vehicle 16 2131233 .AirCard Data Card User Guide Regulatory and safety information Notice Because of the nature of wireless communications. transmission and reception of data can never be guaranteed. chemical transfer or storage facilities. death. have errors). Some airlines may permit the use of cellular phones while the aircraft is on the ground and the door is open. 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. in particular: • Prohibited areas Obey all signs and notices and follow all rules and regulations. areas where blasting is in progress. Safety and hazards The modem MUST BE POWERED OFF in all areas that may be susceptible to radio interference. many airline regulations state that you must suspend wireless operations before boarding an aircraft. or be totally lost. legal action. 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. In such areas the modem can transmit signals that could interfere with this equipment. or loss of property.

and international standards bodies: • ANSI/IEEE C95. -1986. Operation is subject to the condition that these devices do not cause harmful interference. Regulatory information for North America Note: Regulatory information in this section applies to these models: AirCard 503 AirCard 890 CAUTION: Unauthorized modifications or changes not expressly approved by Sierra Wireless.S.10 17 . which in turn are consistent with the following safety standards previously set by Canadian. These devices comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. The design of the modem complies with U. 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. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Industry Canada (IC) guidelines respecting safety levels of radio frequency (RF) exposure for portable devices. Doing so detracts from the driver or operator's ability to control and operate the vehicle. U. Safety Code 6.The driver or operator of any vehicle should not use a wireless data device while in control of a vehicle. and thereby your authority to use this equipment. 3 kHz to 300 GHz National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) Report 86. Biological Effects and Exposure Criteria for Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields Health Canada. This modem must not be used with any other antenna or transmitter that has not been approved to operate in conjunction with this modem. Note: This modem must not be used in any unapproved configurations.0 cm or more from users during operation. Guidelines for limiting exposure to time-varying electric. the use of the equipment is subject to the following conditions: Rev 5 Oct. Inc. For details. contact Sierra Wireless. magnetic. could void compliance with regulatory rules. Where appropriate.S. In some countries. ensure a safe distance between the modem antenna and users or bystanders.1-2005. IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields. For notebook computers with a display screen smaller than 12 inches. to satisfy FCC / IC RF exposure requirements. and electromagnetic fields (up to 300 GHz) • • • Caution: The modem must be 1. 1999. Note: The modem is approved for normal-size notebook computers only (typically with 12 inches or larger display screens). using such communications devices while in control of a vehicle is an offence.

227-7013 for Department of Defense contracts. However. it shall be subject to restrictions as set forth in subparagraph (c)(1)(ii) of Defense Federal Acquisitions Regulations (DFARs) Section 252. uses. If further government regulations apply.AirCard Data Card User Guide 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. and can radiate radio frequency energy and. which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on. Fowler Avenue Farnborough Business Park Farnborough GU14 7JP United Kingdom 18 2131233 . If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in an appropriate installation. This equipment generates. there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.227-19 for civilian agency contracts or any successor regulations. Regulatory information for EU countries Note: Regulatory information in this section applies to: AirCard 503 Sierra Wireless hereby declares that the modem conforms to all the essential requirements of Directive 1999/5/EC: The Declaration of Conformity made under Directive 1999/5/EC is available for viewing at the following location in the EU community: Sierra Wireless Suite 6. may cause harmful interference to radio communication. it is your responsibility to ensure compliance with such regulations. if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions. and as set forth in Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FARs) Section 52. the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: • • • 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. The Hub.

14 environmental. 10 Watcher introduction. 14 storage temperature.10 19 . 9 R radio frequency specifications. 14 L launching Watcher. 11 F frequencies receive. 14 T H humidity. 15 W P profile. 14 E ejecting a SIM card. 11 electrical specifications. 15 when not using card. 14 environmental specifications. 9 reinstalling. 11 specifications electrical. 15 radio frequency. 15 transmit frequencies. 14 Rev 5 Oct. 14 removing SIM card. 15 S safety notice. 11 connect to the network. 14 transmit. 11 RF specifications. 16 SIM card.Index C Care and maintenance. 15 temperature. 9 LEDs. 8 launching. 7 V vibration. 10 receive frequencies. removing.

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