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Symbol SPT 1842 Handheld Computer

Symbol SPT 1842 Handheld Computer

The SPT 1842 replaces the SPT1742. Twice the processor speed 4-8 8-16 memory configurations Improved display Backup battery Voice over GSM worldwide Non-incentive (non-explosive) - US Class 1 Div 2 ABCD.

Rugged Mobility, Efficient Data Management and the Power of Palm

The SPT 1842 of pen-notepad computers offers the most advanced Palm Powered solution for your work force. This family of rugged mobile computers combines integrated scanning, sophisticated wireless connectivity and powerful processing capability with the Palm OS® platform. With 1-D bar code data capture and wireless local area network (WLAN) or wireless wide area network (WWAN) communications, the SPT 1842 is a powerful productivity-enhancing tool, serving the multiple needs of today's growing mobile workforce.

Tackle Tough Environments

Tough enough for use in manufacturing and industrial environments, the SPT 1842 enables the Palm OS to perform practically anywhere. The rugged SPT 18XX housing is sealed to IP54 standards for protection against rain and dust, and withstands 4 ft./1.2 m drops to concrete. Symbol's state-of-the-art scan engine with bright, easy to see scan line, delivers premium scanning performance under virtually any lighting condition–even sunlight or bright artificial light. A high-contrast, anti-reflective liquid crystal display makes data easy to read in low lighting or outdoor conditions. Integrated WLAN or WWAN communication extends the reach of IT resources, enabling real-time information flow between the point of activity and your remote host system, making your business truly mobile.

Empower Your Work Force

The combination of rugged durability, integrated bar code scanning and wireless communication enables users in a host of industries to capture, compute and communicate data anytime, anywhere. As shipments are unloaded, warehouse management can easily record new inventory levels to networked host systems. Service professionals in hospitality can offer curbside check-in at hotels, and hospital physicians and caregivers can have the latest patient data at hand.

Law enforcement officers can scan vehicle registration or drivers' licenses to gather information immediately, and wireless WAN communication enables them to send and receive information from the point of activity. In retail, when coupled with a magnetic stripe reader and portable printer, the SPT 1842 becomes a portable point-of-sale device, and, for scan-intensive tasks, an attachable handle converts the SPT 1842 into an ergonomic pistol grip design.

Mobile Solutions

The SPT 1842 supports Symbol's AirBEAM software suite. This comprehensive set of mobility management tools maximizes the availability, security and effectiveness of your wireless network investment. This mobile client management solution delivers flexibility to meet your needs while dramatically reducing your wireless network operation costs. In addition, industry standard Kerberos provides both user authentication and encryption key management to guard wired networks from all forms of attacks on data in transmission, including interruption, interception, modification and fabrication.

Deployment of the SPT 1842 can help increase efficiency and productivity in your business, and a complete line of accessories and peripherals are available to create a total mobile solution. To learn more about the SPT 1842 or any of our innovative products, contact us at any of the locations listed on the back panel or visit us at www.symbol.com/palm.

SPT 1842 Features

SPT 1842 Benefits

Spectrum24® Wireless LAN connectivity option

Enables full mobility with real-time data transmission to and from network information systems

Wireless WAN connectivity

Extends access to information beyond the enterprise

Supports Symbol's AirBEAM® suite of mobility management tools

Maximizes the availability, security and effectiveness of your wireless network investment

Kerberos security—industry standard authentication, key distribution and encryption

Advanced security with fast roaming for mobile data applications

Rugged housing meets IP54 Standards

Withstands typical workday usage and tough industrial environments

Integrated miniature scan engine

Fast, reliable bar code scanning delivers increased efficiency and accurate data capture

8 or 16 MB of RAM and 4 MB of ROM

Accommodates application needs and memory demands

High-contrast liquid crystal display with enhanced backlight

Offers increased visibility for user comfort and acceptance

Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery plus a 1-hour Ni-MH backup battery

Long battery life enables full workday capacity plus extended backup ensures against data loss*

Supports single-slot serial and modem cradles/multi-slot serial and Ethernet cradles

Flexible host communications conveniently support various network environments

* Actual battery life may vary under different usage conditions.

SPT 1842 Specification Highlights

Physical Characteristics


1 in. H x 3-5/8 in. W x 7 in. L 25.4 mm H x 92 mm W x 177.8 mm L

Weight (including battery):

Batch version: 10.6 oz/300 gm; Wireless version: 12.2 oz./346 gm


3.7 V, 1550 mAh rechargeable Lithium-Ion

Drop Specification:

4 ft./1.2 m to concrete

Environmental Sealing:

IP54 (windblown dust and rain)


High contrast, anti-reflective 160 x 160 monochrome LCD display

Operating Temperature:

-4º to 122ºF/-20º to 50ºC

Storage Temperature:

-13º to 122ºF/-25º to 50ºC


5% to 90% RH noncondensing

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD):

8kVdc air, 4kVdc contact

Performance Characteristics


DragonBall VZ – 33 MHz

Operating System:

Palm OS® 4.X


8 MB RAM / 4 MB ROM 16 MB RAM / 4MB ROM (Batch version only)

Application Development:

AppForge, CodeWarrior, MCL, GCC, and SatelliteForms

Flash Tools:



IrDA 1.0

Decode Capability:

Bookland EAN, Codabar, Code 128, Code 39, Code 93, Coupon Code, Discrete 2 of 5, EAN-13, EAN-8, Interleaved 2 of 5, ISBT128, MSI Plessey, Tri-optic Code 39, UCC/EAN 128, UPC/EAN Supplementals, UPC-A, UPC-E, UPC-E1

Wireless Local Area Network Characteristics

Wireless Local Area Network:

Symbol Spectrum24® IEEE 802.11 airwaves standard compliant / IEEE 802.11b

Radio Transmission Technique:

Frequency Hopping / Direct Sequence

Data Rate:

2 Mbps / 11 Mbps




Open space: up to 1000 ft./303 m Typical: 180 to 250 ft./54 to 76 m


180 to 250 ft./54 to 76 m

Output Power:

500mW U.S.; 100 mW International

Frequency Range:

Country dependent, typically 2.4 to 2.5 GHz

Wireless Wide Area Network Characteristics


CDPD - 900 MHz

Output Power:


Data Range:

CDPD up to 19.2 Kbps



Frequency Range:

CDPD 824-894 MHz

SPT 1842 Peripherals and Accessories


Vehicle, modem, single/four-slot serial, four-slot charge only and four-slot Ethernet

Communication and Charging Cradles:

Serial/charging in terminal battery

Trigger Handle:

Via serial connection, attaches and converts SPT 18XX into a gun style device for scan-intensive applications

Magnetic Stripe Reader (MSR):

Serial connection for MSR readability

4-Slot Universal Battery Charger (UBC):

Recharges multiple batteries; battery adapter: used with Symbol's Universal Battery Charger

Printer Cables


CBL-PT00100-ON1, CBL-PT00100-ON2


CBL-1700-100-MON1, CBL-1700-100-MON2


CBL-1700-100-CTC, CBL-1700-100-ELT

SPT 1842 Regulatory

Electrical Safety:

Certified to UL 1950, CSA C22.2 No. 950;EN60950:1992/IEC950


FCC Part 15 Class B, ICES-003 Class B, European Union EMC Directive, Australian SMA

Laser Safety:

CDRH Class II, IEC Class II

Hazardous Certified:

Certified to UL 913 and CAN/CSA C22.2 no. 157 for use in Class I, Division II, Groups A, B,C,D SPT1800-TRG80400 SPT1846-TKG804US

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