PowerBook Mac OS X Directions To Use Sierra AirCard 580

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Wednesday, 13 April 2005
EVDO is hot! Apple provided support for the PC 5220 EVDO. This article will descibe how to get the Sierra AirCard 580 to work with your PowerBook on Verizon's BroadbandAccess and 1xRTT network.

We also have directions to get the Aircard 580 working on Sprint's EVDO network.

NOTE: These are instructions are for advanced users who know what they are doing only! These directions work under Mac OS 10.3.5 - 10.4.5.


  • Remove the Sierra AirCard 580 if it is already inserted.
  • Log in as an Administration user.
  • Open the Terminal application.
  • Go to the IOSerialFamily kernel extension PlugIns folder by executing the following command: cd /System/Library/Extensions/IOSerialFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns/
  • Execute the ls command to view the directory, and you should see amongst the other plug-ins one called AppleVerizonSupport.kext and the other called AppleVerizonSupportKicker.kext. If you do not see these directories, then you are probably not running Mac OS X 10.3.5 or later, as they are installed by default (you can download the Apple Drivers and then start over)
  • To enable support for the Sierra AirCard 580, we need to change the Vendor ID number in the two Info.plist files contained within the two kext's above. You can use pico, but any text editor will do.
  • Type sudo pico AppleVerizonSupport.kext/Contents/Info.plist
  • Scroll down until you see a line that says idVendor
  • In the line underneath, you should see 3901
  • Replace the number with 4505 (which is the vendor ID of the Sierra AirCard 580)
  • Scroll down until you see a line that says idProduct
  • In the line underneath, you should see 274
  • LEAVE this field alone, (which is the product ID of the Sierra AirCard 580)
  • Save and exit the editor
  • Repeat process for the AppleVerizonSupportKicker.kext plist file
  • Rebuild the kernel extension cache by executing these two commands:
  • sudo rm /System/Library/Extensions.kextcache
  • sudo kextcache -k /System/Library/Extensions
  • Restart your Mac (you can do this from the command line with a
  • sudo shutdown -r now command)
  • Insert the Sierra AirCard 580
  • When the dialog box pops up asking you if you want to configure it, click OK
  • Click OK and it will create a new profile in your Network system preference called "AirPrime CDMA Wireless PC Card"
  • In this new profile, enter the following:
  • Service Provider = Verizon
  • Account Name = (replace xxx's with your Verizon Phone Number)
  • Password = vzw
  • Telephone Number: #777
  • Be sure the Verizon (PC 5220) modem script is selected
  • Be sure that wait for dialtone option is NOT CHECKED
  • Hit the Apply Now button

  • Congratulations, your Sierra AirCard 580 is now working in your PowerBook!

    Based on the hard work of a handful of people, we were able to get the Novatel V620 working with PowerBooks under Mac OS X. You can read the EVDO Forums Thread that shows you how we got it working.

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