How to stay connected with 3G on the go
One way of staying connected to the Internet when travelling on business is by WiFi, but some companies restrict or block access to their WiFi networks if you’re a visitor. You could use a public hotspot, but there may not be one nearby and finding out how to access them isn’t always easy. Therefore for anyone who travels regularly, wireless connectivity via a 3G mobile phone network, can be a simpler, more convenient alternative.
Here’s what you’ll need....
3G Broadband Dongle
Some laptops and tablets come with a 3G interface built-in, but for most of us, a 3G “dongle” like the 3.75G HSUPA USB adapter (DWM-156) is all you need to get started. These simply plug into the laptop to connect it to a 3G, mobile network.
You’ll also need a SIM card, but this can be from any provider as the adapter isn’t locked to a particular network. It can also be used with both pay-as-you-go and monthly contract SIMs, that support Internet access.
Just slide off the cover, insert the SIM card as you would into a mobile phone, and you’re good to go.
The dongle itself is pocket-sized and very portable. In fact, it’s little bigger than a USB flash memory stick and can actually be used as one to carry important documents, presentations and other files around with you, simply by plugging in a MicroSD card next to the SIM.
Connecting to a 3G network is quick and easy, not least because all of the drivers and other software needed are already there on the dongle itself. All you have to do is plug it into a free USB connector, and the first time you use it, follow the on-screen instructions to get it working. It can be used with Windows and Apple Mac laptops and even supports multiple languages.
Once connected you can browse the Internet and send emails in exactly the same way as when connected by WiFi or the local network back at the office. Performance will depend on where you are, the type of network and the strength of the signal. However, with support for the latest High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technology, this adapter can transfer data at up to 7.2 Mbps and automatically step down to slower rates to handle earlier technologies, when needed.
It’s quick, it’s easy, and if you can get a mobile signal, you’re more or less guaranteed to get Internet access. And when you’re done, simply unplug the dongle, slip it into your pocket ready for next time.