Take Advantage of Wi-Fi and a 4G Cellular Dongle for Faster, More Reliable Internet
Have you ever experienced a bad Wi-Fi hotspot? Let’s go with a strong “yes” on this one and suggest a solution for those moments when you’re working on your PC and the Wi-Fi Internet is very slow or even disconnects: a cellular USB dongle.
But we’re not suggesting using that 4G cellular dongle as a backup connection – you would combine it with the Wi-Fi Internet simultaneously. All you need is a channel bonding (or link aggregation) software app like Speedify.
Read below to see the steps to combine Wi-Fi and a 4G LTE dongle at the same time on your Windows PC.
Four Steps to Combine 4G and Wi-Fi at Once on a PC
Step 1: Install your 3G / 4G / LTE dongle on your PC.
Connect the dongle through a USB port to your PC. If running Windows 10, it’s highly possible it will automatically set up the connection for you. In order to confirm this, click on the computer / Wi-Fi icon in the lower right area of the taskbar (systray) and check if a “Cellular” tile shows up.
If this doesn’t happen, make sure you run the installer program provided to you along with the 3G / 4G dongle. This may be directly on the dongle – check out “My Computer” / “This PC” for any CD / removable drives and run the setup program. You may be required to restart your PC after setting this up.
Step 2: Connect to the Internet using the 3G / 4G dongle.
Make sure you run the proprietary software to connect to the Internet, if that exists. Usually it will be detected by your PC as a cellular connection or a Wi-Fi connection.
If you can’t connect, check to see if Windows installed a cellular adapter. Go to Network Connections (Windows key + X – “Network Connections”) and click on “Change adapter options” on the right. The 3G / 4G dongle should be listed there. If it’s not connected, click on “Diagnose this connection”.
If you still can’t connect to the Internet after troubleshooting this, contact your ISP / network provider.
Step 3: Connect to a Wi-Fi network using the internal Wi-Fi network adapter or an external USB Wi-Fi adapter. See more about how to make sure you have a Wi-Fi card installed in this article.
The network you’re connecting to can be your home Wi-Fi network, a work network, or even a public network.
Click on the computer or Wi-Fi symbol in the lower right corner of the taskbar (systray). If you’re not already connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot, turn on Wi-Fi by clicking on the tile in the lower side of the pop-up menu and select your preferred network. Keep in mind, private networks may require you to enter a password before connecting.
Step 4: Start Speedify on your PC and combine the 3G / 4G / LTE dongle and Wi-Fi connections on your PC. When you launch Speedify, the software automatically detects the two connections. You will see them each contained in a Connection Bubble near the top of the Dashboard.
And presto! You’re combining connections with the magic of Channel Bonding for improved speed, reliability, and security. You are now free to go forth and browse the internet, stream videos, and use your apps as you normally would.
Use Speedify for Windows to combine 4G LTE dongles and Wi-Fi on your Windows PC.