How to Combine a 4G LTE Dongle and Tethered iPhone on Your PC at Once

Alex GizisCombining Internet Connections, How To

Simultaneously Use a 4G LTE Cellular Dongle with a Tethered iPhone for More Internet Speed and Stability

The quest for faster, more reliable Internet is never ending. If you’re in a spot without Wi-Fi Internet but have a 3G / 4G LTE USB cellular dongle together with your trusty iPhone, you can use them together at the same time on your PC. This will get you faster, more reliable Internet.

All you need is a channel bonding (or link aggregation) software app like Speedify. In this article, we are going to walk you through the steps to combine a 4G LTE dongle with a tethered iPhone simultaneously on your PC.

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.

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Don't have a STREAMERGENCY - get Speedify!

Streamergency n. The stressful situation when one's video call breaks down or cuts out unexpectedly

Speedify automatically detects, protects, and prioritizes real-time streaming traffic such as video calls and VoIP calls, live streaming, and gaming.
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4 Steps to Combine a 4G LTE Dongle with a Tethered iPhone on a PC Using Speedfy

Step 1: Connect your USB Cellular Adapter to your PC

Connect your Cellular Adapter to a USB port on your PC. 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.

In order to verify that your cellular connection is active, click on the computer / Wi-Fi icon in the lower right area of the taskbar (systray) and check to see if a “Cellular” tile shows up.

Step 2: Enable Personal Hotspot on your iOS device

A Personal Hotspot lets you share the cellular data connection of your iPhone or iPad with other devices via Wi-Fi, USB, or Bluetooth.

Go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot and flip the switch to on. 
From this screen you can verify the name of the phone (which will be used as the Wi-Fi name/SSID) as well as configure the password.

NOTE: If you don't see the option for Personal Hotspot, contact your carrier to make sure that you can use Personal Hotspot with your plan.

Need help with this step? Visit Apple’s knowledge base to learn more.

Step 3: Connect your iPhone to your PC via USB

First, be sure to install or update to the latest version of iTunes, it contains the drivers needed to enable USB tethering.

Connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC with a USB cable. If you see an alert on your iPhone or iPad that says “Trust This Computer?” tap Trust.

Make sure that you can locate and view your iPhone or iPad in iTunes. If your Windows PC doesn't recognize your device, try a different USB cable.

Your iPhone should automatically start sharing its connection to your PC. If you click on the network icon in the lower right corner of the taskbar, the iPhone should be listed at the top of the network list.

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

Use all of your connections at the same time

Multiple connections, maximum performance

Speedify can bond any combination of 2 or more Internet connections and will intelligently distribute your online traffic between them for optimal performance.

In the majority of cases, Speedify will automatically detect and start using any Internet connections available to your device - but if you need help we have quick start guides available for most common set ups.

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Step 4: 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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