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Old 01-01-2013, 13:14
TonyOther
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I have a Nexus 7 wifi-only. I also have a 3 3g dongle which works just fine on my laptop etc. Before getting this Nexus, I had a Momo Ployer IPS which was configured to use the dongle - there was a list of supported dongles of which mine, a Huawei dongle, was one. However, the Momo was not as good as I wanted so I sold it and got the Nexus instead.

I attached the dongle (via and adaptor), but I had no joy. My question is: is there any way I could unlock 3g capabilty on my wifi-only Nexus so that it will recognise the dongle, or does the 3g-capable Nexus have additional hardware to make a 3g connection possible. I am runnining Androide 4.2.1. Any suggstions and advice most welcome.
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Old 01-01-2013, 13:54
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Depends on your dongle. But some people have apparently had success with some software called PPP Widget.
Not tried it personally though, as I just tether to my smartphone when not near WiFi.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:36
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There is a very good 3G dongle that will easily connect to a Nexus 7. In fact, the connection is via wireless so no cables required and no other complications because the Nexus thinks it is using regular wifi.
The dongle in question is called a MiFi and is marketed by Three. I recommend the Pay-as-you-go option, and you can buy relatively cheap top-up SIMs from Amazon or eBay. (Topup cost is around 12 for 3 months validity).
Look for Mifi model E5331 or E585 in PC World, Amazon etc (manufacturer is Huawei).
There is a BONUS because the MiFi will also allow its wifi signal to connect to 4 additional devices at the same time, so your laptop, ipod etc can also benefit from instant internet wherever you are.
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Old 10-02-2013, 22:15
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There is a very good 3G dongle that will easily connect to a Nexus 7. In fact, the connection is via wireless so no cables required and no other complications because the Nexus thinks it is using regular wifi.
The dongle in question is called a MiFi and is marketed by Three. I recommend the Pay-as-you-go option, and you can buy relatively cheap top-up SIMs from Amazon or eBay. (Topup cost is around 12 for 3 months validity).
Look for Mifi model E5331 or E585 in PC World, Amazon etc (manufacturer is Huawei).
There is a BONUS because the MiFi will also allow its wifi signal to connect to 4 additional devices at the same time, so your laptop, ipod etc can also benefit from instant internet wherever you are.
So I wanted to get a nexus 7 with 3g. Will this be the answer to my prayers ?
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Old 11-02-2013, 00:03
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So I wanted to get a nexus 7 with 3g. Will this be the answer to my prayers ?
If you already own a smartphone then there is a good chance you can use the facility on it to create a hotspot and simply use the wireless connection on the tablet.
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Old 17-02-2013, 17:10
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Nexus 7 doesn't really like ad-hoc WIFI although I have got it to work on other Android phones.

For use with my Nokia E5 it's simpler to just Bluetooth tether it using BlueVPN.
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Old 17-02-2013, 18:39
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I can confirm that PPP Widget works a treat with my 3 USB dongle. The only hurdle was that the Nexus had to be unlocked for the PPP Widget to work, but I managed it and now it works a treat on 3G.
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