3G access via usb dongle

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  1. tonyselon

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    Anyone know if its possible to get A500 to work with a 3G usb dongle?
    I use a Vodaphone usb dongle to get 3G access on a Dell netbook when I visit my dear old mother who doesn't have broadband or wi-fi so was hoping to take A500 and get online when I next visit her
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    BT your wi-fi is sporadic and feeble that is why i prefer 3G which is faster than most of you so called hot spots .
     
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    The A500 doesn't support USB 3G adapters yet. It's probably not much help, but you can use the dongle with a Win7 PC, turning it into a hotspot. Two programs are Connectify and Virtual Router.

    To eliminate the need for the extra PC, look up "Cradlepoint Mobile Broadband Router". There may be a couple of different models, but they accept a 3G dongle.
     
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    I THINK it does, 3G dongle only need power to operate, that is if you payed for the subscription, so plug that bad boy in and should work. Love to see if it works.


    Sent from my A500 using Android Tablet Forum
     
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    Your best bet (what i did) is just use the hotspot feature off your phone. You get the 3g/4g service without the added hardware, 2 devices vs 3, and the cost is the same and your not stuck with a 2 yr contract, you can stop the extra service at anytime.

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    If you root the A500 you can use a 3G USB dongle. The Honeyvillain kernel has the option, although I've not tried this personally.

    Sent from my A500 using Android Tablet Forum
     
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    It is not the fault of the A500 that there is no support for 3G USB dongle. Android hasn't got the drivers because it is a scaled down version of Linux. The manufacturer of the dongle should come to the party and provide drivers and an app for the tablets. But if you really wanted the 3G you should have purchased the A501 which has 3G included.
     

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