Can I use a 3G data card as a modem to connect to a WLAN?

By Kelpers ·
I have a 3G data car and a USB modem, the ones you insert the sim card in. Can i use any one of them as a modem to connect to a WLAN?

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by TheChas In reply to Can I use a 3G data card ...

3g and i presume your other card is a cellular modem operate on different frequencies and protocols then are used for any of the wireless LAN specifications.

A hardware hacker may be able to load new code into either modem if the chips can be reprogrammed.

However, if your laptop does not have a wireless adapter, you will need to find a wireless adapter for either the USB port or the card slot (PCMCIA or Express card) on your laptop.


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Not really needed.

Your 3G card is by definition a "wireless modem", so you only need to load
the drivers to access the carrier's 3G network. If you're wanting to connect
to an existing wireless access point, you'll need some sort of wireless transmit/
receive device to plug into the PC either via USB or PCI slot, then load the
drivers for the wireless. It may be that your USB modem does have wireless
capability, if so, you just need to find and load the appropriate drivers.

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