How to Combine a USB Cellular Adapter and a Tethered Android on Ubuntu Linux

Alex GizisCombining Internet Connections, How To

Get More Bandwidth on Your Ubuntu Linux computer. Bond a Cellular Dongle with a Tethered Android Smartphone

If you’ve got a 3G/4G/5G Cellular USB Adapter and an Android smartphone available, why waste one of them? Use them both at the same time on your Ubuntu Linux computer with a channel bonding app like Speedify.

Speedify can bond any number or combination of Internet connections and will intelligently distribute your online traffic among them for optimal performance. Plus, if you get disconnected from one of your connections in the middle of an important video call or file transfer, Speedify will seamlessly failover to your other working Internet connection(s) without skipping a beat.

NOTE: For best results, use Internet connections from different sources. In general, joining the same upstream network multiple times (such as the same router via Ethernet and Wi-Fi) will not improve performance.

3 Steps to Combine a USB Cellular Adapter with a Tethered Android Phone on Ubuntu Linux Using Speedify

Step 1: Connect your USB Cellular Adapter to your Ubuntu Linux computer

Note: Before purchasing or connecting a USB Cellular Adapter, be sure to verify that it is compatible with your specific hardware and/or operating system. Some devices may require additional software or drivers from the manufacturer.

Connect your Cellular Adapter to a USB port on your Ubuntu computer. It will most likely appear in your System menu as a “Wired Connection.”

Some Cellular adapters require the use of proprietary dialer software to connect to the Internet. Be sure to follow the manufacturers installation and operating instructions closely.

Step 2: Connect your Android device and enable USB tethering

Connect your Android device to your Ubuntu computer using a USB cable. A notification will show at the top of the screen on your Android device - swipe down from the top of the screen > Touch and hold Hotspot > Turn on USB tethering.

Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Connections > Mobile Hotspot and Tethering to enable USB tethering.

Your Ubuntu computer will start using your tethered Android device and you should see it in the system menu listed as a “Wired Connection.”

Please note that when USB tethering an Android phone, if that phone is connected to Wi-Fi, the tethering will share the Wi-Fi connection and not the cellular connection. In order to use the cellular connection from your Android phone into the mix, enable mobile data and turn off Wi-Fi on your smartphone.

Need help with this step? Visit Google's knowledge base to learn more.

Step 3: Download and Install Speedify

Last but certainly not least, download and install Speedify. Once running, Speedify will automatically detect any available Internet connections and combine them for increased speed, security, and stability.

You can manage settings, view statistics, and even apply limits to individual connections by either clicking/tapping on them from the Dashboard or by navigating to the desired connection through the main Settings menu.

Speedify will work quietly in the background to optimize performance including prioritizing streaming web traffic to avoid stuttering, buffering and disconnects.

Whether at home, work, or on-the-go, Speedify is the only VPN that makes your online experiences faster, more reliable, and more secure.

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