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Madrona had trouble on 05 Jul 2010
I downloaded SWW (2845) from the Sierra website for my Sierra USB 598. It was the only version of Watcher available for Mac OS (10.6.4) and Sprint.

Apparently what I've ended up with is some sort of "lite" version of Watcher. It has no Tools menu. The whole reason I pursued Watcher instead of Sprint Smartview is because I'm trying to find some way of forcing the 598USB card to connect at EVDO speeds only.

I'm in a fringe area where the 1x signal is stronger than the Rev A signal. My previous Sierra modem, a USB 597, came with a version of Sprint Smartview which allowed you to set it for Rev A only. With that setting, my old 597 connected at the high speed all the time. I loved it. But it died of old age after more than two years of daily use. I thought the 598 would be the same only better, but there is no way to get a fast connection. The new Sprint Smartview software no longer allows you to force the connection to EVDO only, and the only version of Watcher available from Sierra for the Mac doesn't even have any Tools menu.

Various forums and even the Sierra customer service people keep on saying that Watcher offers this EVDO-only setting, and they direct me to go to the "Tools" menu. But there IS NO Tools menu!

I'm about ready to sell my 598 on ebay and just buy another 597 from someone. It's really demoralizing to connect at speeds where just trying to get to Gmail is so slow that the page times out, and trying to download an iTunes AUDIO podcast produces messages like "14 hours remaining" on the iTunes download page!

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