The award-winning Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot from Sprint is new and improved with the release of the latest firmware update (version 2.06.06), available beginning Wednesday, June 9.
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 today’s 3G speeds from any national wireless carrier1.
The update provides significant improvements to the device, including:
• Improved device stability, eliminating all known freeze-ups and lock-ups
• Wi-Fi enhancements that improve Wi-Fi stability and eliminate Wi-Fi disconnects and crashes
• Significant improvement in 3G & 4G WAN stability, eliminating most 3G and 4G disconnects
• Some improvement in overall battery life and battery life in poor coverage; for more information on how to improve battery life, see the “Overdrive Battery Tips” document on DSP
• Faster boot-up time (10-12 seconds faster)
• Improved response time when changing the WAN Mode setting - time savings of approximately 1 minute, 20 seconds; no reboot required (includes switching from 3G to 4G and vice versa)
• Tool Tips added to GPS settings screen to help the users understand the GPS settings
• Faster response time after canceling an operation on the Advanced Settings screen (device reset is no longer required; offline time decreased by 1.5 minutes)
• The ability to now enable or disable the microSD card and the TRU-install™ feature in addition to DataLink support
To obtain the new firmware upgrade, either manually check for updates (through the Overdrive browser interface), or download the file from www.sprint.com/downloads.
Following are the steps to manually check for updates:
1) Connect to Overdrive via Wi-Fi (ensure that it is plugged into AC power)
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. Sprint 4G currently available in over 30 markets and counting, and on select devices. See www.sprint.com/4G for details. Not all services available on 4G and coverage may default to 3G/separate network where 4G unavailable.