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Can a mobile broadband dongle be used in its USB port to broadcast wifi signal?
- Asked by Mike M
- Jul 7, 2012
1 Answer from the Community
Easy answer if I understand your question is "no".
Most, if not all drivers have it one-way only, from the Cellular Dongle to the Mac. The Mac, at that point, does what it needs to do with it.
SOME drivers, say from Sprint, prefer that you do NOT use the data from their Sierra wireless devices to re-broadcast as a hotspot or through the built-in Ethernet as the Mac is perfectly capable of doing in it's Sharing System Pref. In my experience (and some of my colleagues), it deliberately shuts down the device if it detects any other active IP interfaces (wireless, ethernet, etc.)!
Specifically, I'm speaking of the Mac drivers 2.50.EX and 2.60.EX (EX instead of the single letter as I keep getting a "inappropriate text" warning here if I use the letter alone) as of 7-2012 to my personal knowledge.
The exceptions to this rule are the Verzon "Jetpacks"/"MiFi"'s, or Clear's "Voyager" or Sprint's Tri-Fi Hotspots. These are cellular to wireless devices that don't require a USB connection to the computer (except perhaps to provision the first time).
- Answered by Scott F from Jersey City
- Jul 25, 2012