We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
2,862 Tutorials

How to use a 3G dongle with a desktop PC

Get online in seconds, the easy way

QUESTION I want to connect a 3G dongle to my desktop PC. Will I need to install extra hardware or drivers? Gyula Juhasz

HELPROOM ANSWER Mobile (3G) broadband isn't only useful for getting online on the move, it can also be used with any PC in range of the operator's phone mast. A dongle is ideal for use as a backup on a home PC if your broadband connection is flaky, or if you'd simply prefer not to sign up to a lengthy contract.

You shouldn't need any extra hardware. Simply plug the dongle into a USB port and let Windows install the software contained on the device. This will also be available at the operator's website, provided that you have another means of getting online.

See also: How to fix everything: the ultimate guide to fixing technology

Free tech support in the Helproom Forum

IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals UK: Latest bargains on phones, tablets, laptops and more this...

IDG UK Sites

Tech trends 2015: 3D printing grows up

IDG UK Sites

25 iOS apps turn (Red) for World AIDS Day campaign

IDG UK Sites

Black Friday 2014 UK: Apple deals, Amazon deals & other Black Friday tech offers