You can find Qualcomm's wireless technology in many 3G Internet data cards, offered through many providers. Cell phones and data cards use wireless chipsets and software, similar to how PCs use processors and operating systems. Many companies working in unison develop the hardware and software in 3G data cards, with Qualcomm being one of many major contributors. However, if you own a data card and are in need of instructions on how to use it, you wouldn't go directly to a parts manufacturer. Instead, you should use instructions from the service providers, such as AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, to properly set up your Internet connection.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions to plug the 3G data card modem into the USB port or PC card slot on the computer.
Click "Start" in the bottom-left corner of the Windows Desktop. Type "Network and Sharing Center" in the search box at the bottom of the "Start" menu. Press "Enter."
Click "Change Adapter Settings" in the left-hand pane of the window. Double-click on the icon that represents the 3G modem. The name of the modem will vary between that of the service provider or that of the manufacturer. "AT&T," "Sprint" or "Verizon" are Internet service providers, while "Motorola," "Samsung" or "Huawei" are 3G modem manufacturers.
Type the log in name given to you by your service provider in the "User Name" field in the "Connect" dialog box. Type in your password. Input the provider's access number in the field labeled "Dial."
Click the "Dial" button. Wait while the 3G modem connects to the mobile broadband provider's Internet service. Look at the dialog boxes in the center of the screen and the animated icons on the taskbar to monitor the progress of the connection. Hover the cursor over the icons to find the "Network" icon, which usually looks like the plug of an Ethernet cable on top of a PC monitor. A successful connection will show the name of the 3G modem as well as the words "Internet Access."
Tips & Warnings
- The steps in this article apply to the Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista operating systems.
- You can use the software provided by your service provider instead of using the Internet connectivity functions in Windows.
- You can also tether a 3G cell phone to your PC with a USB data cable and follow the above instructions to gain access to the Internet.