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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:23 am    Post subject: Compass 597 EVDO USB Rev A Modem

UPDATE:Sprint Compass 597 USB EVDO modem is now FREE with 2year contract

Our Full Sprint 597 Review is now available: http://www.EVDOinfo.com/compass

... and check out our 'video review' on google video:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2455467408672363877




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VANCOUVER, March 4 - Sierra Wireless today introduced the latest, and the smallest, addition to its USB modem product ine. Scheduled for commercial availability early in the second quarter of this year, the Compass(TM) 597 USB modem combines high-speed mobile broadband ccess to EV-DO Revision A networks with a microSD card slot for convenient storage, all in a cleanly designed USB stick that is smaller than any available today.


The Sierra Wireless Compass 597 USB modem is remarkably small and yet feature-rich, with TRU-Install(TM) software installation to simplify setup(*)and a microSD memory card slot for expanded functionality. The Compass 597 USB modem is also the only product in its class to include a connector for n external antenna, allowing users in remote areas or fringe network coverage to extend and strengthen their connection to the network.


"The Compass 597 USB modem combines high-speed mobile broadband and expandable storage in an attractive device that installs its own drivers and software and is small enough to hide in the palm of my hand, making it an easy choice for customers looking for a practical, simple way to work or stay in touch while on the go," said Trent Punnett, senior vice president, Marketing and Corporate Development, for Sierra Wireless.

Sierra Wireless Compass 597 USB Modem

* Potential data speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps (megabits per second) on the downlink and 1.8 Mbps on the uplink, on the latest
EV-DO Revision A networks, but also backward compatible with earlier network technologies for seamless connectivity in areas yet to be upgraded
* Built-in GPS antenna design and Sierra Wireless TRU-Locate(TM) technology to support mobile operator Location Based Services (LBS)for accurate and fast time-to-signal fix
* TRU-Install software installation technology steps first-time users through quick installation of the drivers and full software client
directly from the modem, with no CD required
* Convenient, flexible usage options, with an external antenna connector for users working in remote or network fringe areas, and a lanyard loop to allow the modem to be clipped to the inside of a bag.

KEY FEATURES

* Wireless download speed up to 3.1 Mbps and upload to 1.8 Mbps
* Familiar USB connection
* Small, durable, fixed design
* microSD™ memory expansion slot
* TRU-Install automatic software installation

KEY BENEFITS

* Portable from desktop to notebook computers
* Wireless connectivity in more places than Wi-Fi, offering greater mobility
* High-speed access to transfer large files easily
* Solid product reliability so users can work efficiently on the road

Sierra Wireless will showcase the Compass 597 USB modem at CTIA Wireless 2008, to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 1 to 3. Please visit the company's booth (No.249) for more information on solutions for mobile broadband connectivity in a variety of consumer, enterprise, and M2M applications.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:37 am    Post subject:

I found a spec sheet that lists the 597U as being 62mm x 30mm x 10mm, but i can't figure out how thats accurate unless they aren't measuring the cap. its definitely not just twice as long as it is wide to my eyes.

here are a couple of composites showing the franklin CDU680, which is 33mm wide which means its wider than 597U, so i've scaled it that way in the pictures. looks to me, the 597U has to be longer than they say it is.





we'll take "real" comparison shots once we see a 597U in real life, maybe at CTIA.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:42 am    Post subject:

"The Compass 597 USB modem is also the only product in its class to include a connector for n external antenna"

I wonder what this is supposed to mean
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:59 pm    Post subject:

I personally believe its a typo. "an" seems more likely than "n".
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:21 am    Post subject:

I agree that it is a typo on the 597U press release.

An "N" connector is huge and wouldn't fit on something that small (or it would look look very stupid having a "n" connector on something that small.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:40 pm    Post subject:

Jim_in_VA wrote:

I wonder what this is supposed to mean


It means they don't think the UM150 is in its class. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:44 pm    Post subject:

...or the CDU680...as if an external antenna port is "cutting edge"
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:04 pm    Post subject:

For more info on the new Sprint Compass 597, including pictures... check out:

http://www.evdoforums.com/thread8894.html
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:58 am    Post subject:

The Compass 597 for Sprint is officially launching on 4/20/2008 (this Sunday), we should be getting them in a day or two early Smile

We are excited about this device, because:

- it is compatible with all CradlePoint Routers (right now)
- we have antenna adapters
- it fits in a MacBook Air
- it has software 'built-in' for all Macs (SmartView for Mac)

We will be having a full review and posting lots more pictures over the next few days.

We are taking orders for it now, it only costs $19.99 (after $50 mail-in rebate).

More info posted over the next few days.
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 11:43 pm    Post subject: Compass 597 Issues with Vista

We have had some issues with installing these usb modems on customer's computers on 2 occasions. The first on our own in store lap top, after installing drivers and having the device fully installed, we restarted as asked and now 2 weeks later are still unable to boot the computer up. It's "fried". Today, we tried installing the device on a BRAND NEW out of box Acer lap top running vista. I plugged the device into the usb port, followed the install wizard, watched patiently while it installed all the drivers and Sprint's software and restarted when asked. Once we got the computer to boot back up, the device is no longer detected. We can't get the MSL to take when we click activate because the device isn't being detected. In addition to the modem...we can't get ANY usb device to respond. It will not recognize any device with the ping noise or even an alert on the bottom. Has anybody heard of anything like this with these devices??? 2 small mysteries now with the compass...
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 12:08 pm    Post subject:

Wait a minute! You're saying that this device caused hardware damage to two different computers?

Please follow up.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Compass 597 Issues with Vista

mstell01 wrote:
We have had some issues with installing these usb modems on customer's computers on 2 occasions. The first on our own in store lap top, after installing drivers and having the device fully installed, we restarted as asked and now 2 weeks later are still unable to boot the computer up. It's "fried". Today, we tried installing the device on a BRAND NEW out of box Acer lap top running vista. I plugged the device into the usb port, followed the install wizard, watched patiently while it installed all the drivers and Sprint's software and restarted when asked. Once we got the computer to boot back up, the device is no longer detected. We can't get the MSL to take when we click activate because the device isn't being detected. In addition to the modem...we can't get ANY usb device to respond. It will not recognize any device with the ping noise or even an alert on the bottom. Has anybody heard of anything like this with these devices??? 2 small mysteries now with the compass...


Oh my lanta. We had the same the happen to us. We have a hp laptop with windows xp and installed the smartview and everything and it was running fine for 1 month and 2 days i believe. Someone pulled the plug out without disconnecting it and our computer is sitting at bestbuy running diagnostics on the operating systems with a $200 receipt attached to it for backing up software and running diagnostics. The start page scrolls down when you click on it instead of appearing right away and programs take like 10 minutes to open. I really want to know what happened so I can try to get rid of the $200 bill. Please reply!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:45 pm    Post subject:

I had problems with some of the software that it installed on xp. Once it went blue screen and reinstalled that previous version (Can't remember what it was) it works fine.

The only thing is that it gets real hot, it doesn't do it attached to the router but just the computer.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Compass 597 Issues with Vista

mstell01 wrote:
We have had some issues with installing these usb modems on customer's computers on 2 occasions. The first on our own in store lap top, after installing drivers and having the device fully installed, we restarted as asked and now 2 weeks later are still unable to boot the computer up. It's "fried". Today, we tried installing the device on a BRAND NEW out of box Acer lap top running vista. I plugged the device into the usb port, followed the install wizard, watched patiently while it installed all the drivers and Sprint's software and restarted when asked. Once we got the computer to boot back up, the device is no longer detected. We can't get the MSL to take when we click activate because the device isn't being detected. In addition to the modem...we can't get ANY usb device to respond. It will not recognize any device with the ping noise or even an alert on the bottom. Has anybody heard of anything like this with these devices??? 2 small mysteries now with the compass...

I had a similar experience. I received my Compass yesterday, and installed the Sprint software on my HP Tablet. After I was prompted to restart, my computer wouldn't even POST. I removed the battery, and held the power button to drain the power from the system. I reinserted the battery, and it booted. I tried to activate the Compass, but it kept failing. I found an updated version of the Sprint software on their site, and installed it. I rebooted again when prompted, and now my laptop will no longer POST. I spent a couple hours on the phone with HP and now I have to send it in for repair Sad

I'm very leary to try the device on any of my other computers since I don't know if it's a defective device or bad software. My laptop had been running perfectly since I got it a year ago, so it seems a little too coincidental that it would just die immediately after this install.

I have not had time to call Sprint yet, but I'm sure they won't do much to help me.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:07 am    Post subject:

Are you sure your computer is not just trying to boot to the USB device? Most computers these days will allow booting from USB memory sticks. Of course the USB EVDO card, while containing memory for the drivers, is not bootable. If that is the case it could be something as simple as changing the computer's boot order.
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