AW12

High Power USB LTE Modem

Our new USB modem is designed to meet all 3GPP and FCC requirements as a Power Class 1 (HPUE) device on LTE Band 14 and Power Class 3 (Standard Power) on other bands. It provides CAT12 data rates up to 600 Mb/s download and 150 Mb/s upload.

Part number: AW12-DE

Assured Wireless Corporation, the leader in HPUE (High Power User Equipment) technology is pleased to introduce the AW12 High Power USB Modem. It utilizes patented HPUE technology to provide significantly enhanced LTE range, coverage, and data speeds.

This USB modem is designed to meet all 3GPP and FCC requirements as a Power Class 1 (HPUE) device on LTE Band 14 and Power Class 3 (Standard Power) on other bands. It provides CAT12 data rates up to 600 Mb/s download and 150 Mb/s upload. The AW12 is FirstNet Ready certified.

The AW12 form factor, power efficiency and thermal characteristics have been optimized for use in OEM devices. It operates from 5-12 VDC and includes a USB interface.

The AW12 provides high power HPUE LTE communications for greater range, higher data rates, and better in-building coverage. Using our advanced patented technology, effective transmitted power is six times greater on FirstNet than any similar device on any other network, extending the range of the LTE coverage by 80% relative to standard power LTE devices ensuring reliable, mission-critical coverage in the most challenging conditions such as cell-edge, basements, parking garages, and urban canyons.

The AW12 provides better connectivity than any other existing broadband LTE device meeting your critical mission requirements.

Enhanced Features
Certifications FCC, PTCRB, 3GPP, and AT&T FirstNet Ready
MIMO 2×2, 4×2
Firmware upgrade Delta firmware over-the-air (DOFTA)
Power +5 to +12Vdc nominal power
LTE
3GPP Release 12+
Output power for Band 14 1.25W (Power Class 1)
Output power for Band 2, 4, 5, 12, (17), 29, 30, and 66 200mW (Power Class 3)
Transmit bandwidth 1.4MHz through 200MHz
WCDMA fallback Bands 2, 4, and 5
Location Aware
Positioning GNSS 72 Channel, GPS GLONASS Galileo
Sensitivity -167 dBm
Antenna support active GNSS
Connections
SIM 3FF Micro SIM card support
USB USB-C
RF connector 4 SMA (3 cellular, 1 GPS)
Environmental and Physical
Operating temperature -30°C to +65°C (-22°F to +149°F)
Dimensions 4.33″ x 3.23″ x 1.26″ (110mm x 82mm x 32mm)
Protection IP68 water and dust protection
Shock and vibration MIL-STD-810H: shock and vibration

What is the AW12?

The AW12 is a complete radio modem device that operates on all AT&T bands and directly connects to PCs, Routers, and other equipment to create a broadband connection.

Does the AW12 operate with carriers other than AT&T?

No. The AW12 has been designed for exclusive use on the FirstNet and AT&T networks on all standard AT&T bands. By US regulations, the HPUE feature is only available on LTE Band 14 which is exclusively used by FirstNet and AT&T.

What is the output power of the AW12?

The AW12 provides HPUE operation (Power Class 1, +31 dBm) on AT&T/FirstNet LTE Band 14 and standard transmit power (Power Class 3, +23 dBm) on all other AT&T bands. The additional power on Band 14 greatly improves the range, coverage, uplink data speeds and overall connectivity of the AW12. Note that the actual output power of the AW12 is always under the full control of the connected cellular network and varies in real time to optimize the signal being received at the base station.

What operational improvements should be noticed when using the AW12?

AW12 users should expect better range, coverage, uplink speeds, and connectivity. The HPUE FAQ section gives more detailed information on the benefits of HPUE in various operational scenarios.

What is the input power for the AW12?

The AW12 operates from a nominal 5-12 VDC supply. Note that standard USB connections do not have the sufficient current capability to power the AW12 in high power modes so that a separate DC power supply (minimum 15W) is required. A 9 ft. vehicle power cable is included with the AW12. The companion AW12-EI is available to power the AW12 from 9 – 36V DC sources or PoE sources. An AC Power Supply (model AW12-DE-ACC) is also available.

What type of usb connection is required for the AW12?

The AW12 uses USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connection to operate at full Cat12 data speeds. The AW12 is compatible with USB 2.0 connections.

Does a PC or laptop connected to an AW12 require any special drivers or software?

Windows PCs will require downloading a free driver that can be found on the support page of our website at www.assured-wireless.com/support. Many Linux distributions natively support the AW12. After the driver is active the AW12 connection status can be viewed through the standard wireless connection manager. After the connection is established the AW12 will operate as would any Wi-Fi or other Internet connection.

What antenna connectors are provided on the AW12?

The AW12 has four standard SMA-type RF connectors. They are labeled as follows:

PRI This is the Primary LTE antenna port for all bands except Band 14
B14 This is the HPUE   port for Band 14 only
DIV This is the LTE Diversity antenna port for all bands
GNSS This is the antenna port for the GPS antenna

When connecting the AW12 to the antenna, always make sure that the appropriate leads from the antenna are connected to the appropriate RF connectors to avoid damage to the AW12 or antenna. See the list of certified antennas on Assured Wireless Support page that we have tested for compatibility with the AW12.

The GNSS SPA Connector provides both the RF and power connection to the external, active GNSS/GPS antenna.

Does the AW12 need its own SIM card?

Yes, the AW12 requires its own 3FF Micro SIM card. Follow the instructions in the Quick Start Guide to insert it. You should contact your FirstNet or AT&T Sales Representative, Authorized Dealer or Reseller for more information.

Does the network know that the connected AW12 has high power capability?

Yes. An HPUE-provisioned AW12 automatically identifies to base stations that it has HPUE capability.

What antennas have been tested and approved for use with the AW12?

We carefully curate antennas to work with AW12. Please see our support page for the latest list of approved antennas: www.assured-wireless.com/support

How should the HPUE antenna be situated compared to existing antennas?

To avoid interference, we recommend that the LTE antenna connected to the AW12 be physically separated by a meter (three feet) or more from existing LTE or LMR antennas on the rooftop of a vehicle.

Is HPUE safe to use?

Yes. The output power of our HPUE devices is 1.25 Watts maximum and is below the output power of 700 MHz LMR radios whose antennas are also often on the roof of Public Safety vehicles.