November 10, 2010

New Software Update Boosts Performance for Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless

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Users of the award-winning Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot from Sprint will experience a boost in performance with the release of the latest firmware update (version 2.23), available beginning Wednesday, November 10, 2010.
Overdrive creates a connection between the Sprint 4G network and virtually all of the hundreds of millions of Wi-Fi® enabled electronics devices owned by or available to customers today. Overdrive connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously – including laptops, gaming devices, cameras and even smartphones from other carriers – through a single connection (via Wi-Fi), to a network that is up to 10 times faster than 3G service1 – all on the first wireless 4G network from a national carrier.
The latest update greatly improves the user experience in the following ways: 
·    Improved Wi-Fi stability: Significantly resolves Wi-Fi disconnect issues on the device when idle (including improvements specific to iPad™).2
·    Improved Connection Stability: Greatly reduces random 3G/4G disconnects.
·    Improved Device Stability: All known freeze-ups and lock-ups eliminated.
·    Improved 4G Rescan timer - Allows end-user to modify how frequently the device scans for 4G when currently in 3G (from 1-15 minutes). Allows users to trade off battery life for improved 4G scanning performance. Previously, the Overdrive was pre-set to 10 minute scanning periods.
For example, if the user sets the 4G rescan timer to 8 minutes, depending on the device power configuration it will rescan at these intervals:
i.     Battery: Every 8 minutes
ii.     USB: Half of that, or every 4 minutes
iii.            AC Power: Half of that, or every 2 minutes
·    New Over Temp UI Indications: Provides more comprehensive indication of charging and temperature.
a.  If the device’s internal temperature goes above the charging shut-off threshold, the battery indicator will display the current charge with an exclamation point next to the charging level. The user should unplug the device until the temp indicator goes away. 
b.  When the device cools enough to begin charging again, the battery indicator will show normal charge indication
·    4G Automatic Update Feature: Allows Sprint to push new software updates going forward to the device.
·    Enhanced Start Time: Estimated 20% faster boot-up time (10-12 seconds faster)
Customers can obtain the new firmware upgrade on the device via two methods:
1. Over the Air
·   Power on your Overdrive and connect your computer to it via Wi-Fi
·   Open your browser and type either http://overdrive/
·   On the homepage, enter the admin password (default is “password”)
·   Click on Advanced Settings and go to the Device>Basic tab and select “Check updates now”
·   Click Update Options
Note: You MUST be plugged into your AC power to perform an update
2.   Manually update by:
·   Download the update file from http://shop.sprint.com/en/software_downloads/mobile_broadband/sierra_overdrive.shtml
·   Power on your Overdrive and connect to your computer via Wi-Fi
·   Open your browser and type http://overdrive/
·   Click on Advanced Settings and go to the Device>Basic tab
·   Select Choose File option under the Update Firmware from file
·   Select update to proceed
Note: You MUST be plugged into your AC power to perform an update
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[1] “Up to 10x faster” based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary by plan or based on other factors. Sprint 4G is available in over 60 markets. 
2  iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc.

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