Posted by OutfitterSatellite on 8/22/2015 to Iridium Satellite Phone
Email applications are the most common reason for Windows 7 data connections using Iridium 9555 or 9575 satellite phones.
Common email software packages include Airbus SkyFile, Inmarsat AmosConnect, and GMN XGate or SpeedMail.
Outfitter Satellite's recommended email-over-Iridium solution uses a hardware-based hotspot called the Optimizer that works with SpeedMail email software. The Optimizer lets you connect your Windows 7 with Iridium internet -- simply, elegantly and over Wi-Fi. The Optimizer also supports Macintosh computers, iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.Unfortunately, the Optimizer hotspot requires external power which may be unavailable in the remote locations where our customers are travelling. One way to resolve this drawback is to use an external battery pack with or without a solar chargers. The other is to put the Optimizer aside and just connect the Windows 7 with Iridium 9555 using a micro-USB data cable. Yes, SpeedMail can be used directly from the Windows 7 with Iridium 9555 connected to it. This article tells you how to do it.
Using SpeedMail on Windows 7 with Iridium 9555:This article assumes you already have downloaded SpeedMail and have a username and password. For assistance with that, call Outfitter Satellite at 615-889-8833. The following steps explain how to connect Windows 7 with Iridium phones.
First, go to the SpeedMail program, click the Options menu and select Settings : Connection and make the Default Connection NETWORK CONNECTION and the Type NETWORK CONNECTION. In this mode, any internet connection that your computer has access to can be used by the SpeedMail email software to send email, e.g. the internet connection at your hotel.
Second, create a DUNS (dial up networking service) connection in Windows that will use the Iridium 9555 satellite phone as a modem. Once the DUNS connection is created, you can select it from the Network & Sharing Center list in the tray. Before clicking Connect, wait until you have at least 4 or 5 bars of signal on the LCD screen of the Iridium 9555 satellite phone. When you click Connect, you should immediately see USB DATA CALL IN PROGESS on your phone’s LCD screen. You will have to wait about 30-60 seconds for it to log in. Once the DUNS status indicates CONNECTED, you can run SpeedMail by clicking its START button. At that point any emails previously created and put in the SpeedMail outbox will be transmitted. Any inbound emails waiting for you on the server will be received. When the SpeedMail software indicates FINISHED, you will need to manually Disconnect the DUNS connection.
Below additional appendices have been provided with instructions for the following:
- Installing the Iridium 9555 USB drivers in Windows 7
- Installing a Standard 19,200 bps Modem driver in Windows 7
- Steps for creating a DUNS connection
APPENDIX 1: Installing Windows 7 with Iridium 9555 USB drivers and identifying the COM port being used by the Iridium 9555 satellite phone
- Download the USB drivers by clicking here (30KB). Unzip the drivers and put them somewhere you can find them like C:\Iridium on your Windows 7 computer.
- Power on your Iridium 9555.
- Connect a Micro-USB data cable between the Iridium 9555 and your Windows 7 computer.
- If the USB drivers do not automatically install (which they should) From the Start Button, select “Devices & Printers”. Right Click on “Iridium USB Serial Port” and select “Properties". On Hardware Tab Click on “Properties”. On Driver Tab click on Update Driver button. Click on “Browse my Computer for Driver Software”. Browse to C:\Iridium\VCOMPORT folder and click on “Next”. After the driver is installed, click on OK. Close all windows.
- If you go to the Windows 7 Device Manager (found under Control Panel : System) you can see the "Iridium USB Serial Port (COMxx)" which identifies the COM port being used. Take note of the COM port for later use.
APPENDIX 2: Installing a Standard 19,200 bps Modem driver in Windows 7
- From the Start Button, select “Control Panel” and then “Phone and Modem”
- Select the Modem tab and click the “Add…” button.
- Check the “Don’t detect my modem…” box and click the “Next” button.
- Be patient. You may need to wait 15-20 seconds before “(Standard Modem Types)” appears in the left-hand panel. In the right panel, select “ Standard 19200 bps Modem” and click “Next”.
- Set to “Selected Ports” radio button and select the COM port associated with the Iridium 9555 (see above).
- Click “Next>”. Click “Finished”. Close all windows.
- The Phone and Modem Modems tab should now have a line with "Standard 19200 bps Modem" with the appropriate COM port listed to the right (see below).
APPENDIX 3: Steps for creating a DUNS connection in Windows 7 with Iridium Standard 19,200 bps modem
- From the Start Button, select Control Panel and then select “Phone and Modem”
- Go to the Modems tab and click on “Standard 19200 bps Modem”
- Click on the “Properties” button.
- From the Start Button, select Control Panel and then “Network and Sharing Center”
- Click on the link: “Setup a new connection or network” (see graphic below)
- Click on the link: “Set up a dial-up connection”
- In the Dial Up Phone Number field, type: 008816000025
- Leave User Name and Password fields blank
- In the Connection Name field create an appropriate name for the connection like Iridium DUNS. This name will appear in the Network tray.
- Make sure that the Iridium 9555 has 4 to 5 bars of signal. Click Connect. You should now see USB DATA CALL IN PROGRESS on the Iridium 9555's LCD screen.
- In the future, you can return to the Network and Sharing Center and choose Manage Network Connections to initiate further dial up sessions.
- When you are finished with Iridium internet session, remember to click Disconnect to end the data call.