How to Share a USB Mobile Broadband Connection

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How to Share a USB Mobile Broadband Connection
USB mobile broadband devices connect to the computer using a USB "A" port. (usb image by Edsweb from

Sharing a USB mobile broadband connection lets you get multiple computers online using a single mobile broadband device. In order to share such a mobile connection, you must have one computer serve as a host, which broadcasts a wireless signal to which other computers connect to get online. Sharing the USB mobile broadband signal is facilitated by the Internet Connection Sharing utility included with Windows Vista and Windows 7, and the ad hoc networking abilities of Windows allow you to broadcast the signal for other devices to use.

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Things you need

  • USB mobile broadband device

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  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and click "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Click "Network and Internet" and then "Network and Sharing Center."

  3. 3

    Click "Manage network connections," located in the left pane of the control panel window.

  4. 4

    Right-click the name of the USB mobile broadband connection you want to share, and then click on "Properties" in the window that appears. Type your administrator password if asked for it.

  5. 5

    Open the "Sharing" tab and check the box next to "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection."

  6. 6

    Click "OK" and then close the control panel.

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and type "Network and Sharing Center" in the search box at the bottom of the menu.

  2. 2

    Click "Set up a connection or network."

  3. 3

    Click "Set up a wireless ad hoc network" in the window that pops up.

  4. 4

    Click "Next."

  5. 5

    Enter a name for the network on the configuration page. Type this name in the Network name field. This name can be anything of your choosing.

  6. 6

    Select a security type for the ad hoc network. You can WPA2 Personal or WEP to secure the network. WPA2 is more secure, but WEP is compatible with more devices when sharing a USB mobile broadband connection.

  7. 7

    Create a security key for the network. It must be between eight and 63 characters long.

  8. 8

    Click "Save this network" if you want to be able to restart the ad hoc network quickly in the future. This is helpful if you must regularly share your mobile broadband connection.

  9. 9

    Click "Next" to save the network and begin connecting other devices to the wireless network used to share your USB mobile broadband connection.

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