USB Mobile Broadband Dongles for Laptops – a Real Help for Being Always Online
When there’s no Wi-Fi around, using a 3G / 4G / LTE cellular USB dongle for laptop to access the Internet from your PC is a good solution. The connection speeds mobile network providers offer nowadays are more than enough for you to even enjoy video streaming. Actually, many times a 3G / 4G mobile broadband connection is faster than some Wi-Fi hotspots!
You will be able to use this cellular data connection via the USB dongle on your Windows laptop to access the Internet. You can also combine it with a Wi-Fi, wired Ethernet or tethered phone connection using the Speedify app. Speedify is the only app that can combine multiple internet sources into one bonded super-connection for more stable and secure live streaming, video calling, and web browsing.
With that said, in this article, we are going to walk you through the steps to access the Internet through a 3G / 4G USB dongle from your Windows laptop.
Guide to Setup Your 3G / 4G / LTE Cellular Dongle for Laptop PC to Access the Internet
Step 1: Install your 3G / 4G USB dongle on your laptop 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 USB 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 USB dongle.
Make sure you run the proprietary software to connect to the Internet on your Windows laptop, 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 USB 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.
That’s all there is on setting up your 3G / 4G / LTE cellular dongle for laptop to go online!
Now – feel free to toss this cellular connection into any existing combination of active Internet connections on your PC. Use Speedify for Windows to combine them.