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Currently, we all are under the government ordered lockdown and have no other option than staying indoors. Many companies have also asked their employees to do their work from home. But, when all your family members are indoors, there is a huge load on your internet. If one uses a large amount of bandwidth, they may be subjected to their ISP’s Fair Use Policy (FUP) and this may result in a lowered speed.
If you are dissatisfied with your internet speed, you can always use cellular mobile data plans. Many telecoms, like Smart Telecom, have come with a lockdown pack at a reasonable price to help you get through this lockdown.
Here are a few ways to use mobile data on your PC:
In today’s time, all the Android phones, as well as iPhones, support this feature. “Portable Hotspot” in simple words means turning your device into a portable WiFi router. Here are some steps to enable portable hotspot on your phone to use mobile data on your PC:
Let’s say that you are using a PC without WiFi support or you just want to make sure that no one swoops into your connection and use your data. In such a case, you can always connect your phone directly via USB to your computer. Do note that USB tethering is only available on Windows systems. Here are the steps to connect to the internet using USB tethering to use mobile data on your computer:
I personally would not prefer this method over the two mentioned above. This method is simply slower than a portable hotspot or Bluetooth tethering. But, if you want to give this option a try, here are the steps to connected to the internet using Bluetooth tethering:
You can also use special USB devices that connect directly to your computer with a SIM card. This enables your computer to connected to the internet using a SIM without a need for a smartphone. You can put either a GSM or CDMA SIM card to use the internet from the USB dongle. The USB dongle in 3G/4G costs around 1 to 2 thousand rupees.
Moreover, you can also use an external WiFi Modem that uses a SIM card to connect to the internet. Once setup, these WiFi devices can be used just like any other WiFi router. The Wifi 3G/4G device costs around 2 to 5 thousand rupees.
Several business-oriented laptops come with a dedicated SIM card tray nowadays. My own laptop, the Dell Inspiron 5480 has this feature. You simply locate the SIM tray on your laptop, pop in the SIM card and start using it for data purposes. Do note that you will not be able to access any sorts of dialer in your PC. So, be sure to buy data packs before inserting the SIM card on your computer.
These were the various methods to use Mobile Data on PC. Hope that these steps will help you and make your internet surfing seamless.