How to Connect a 3G / 4G Dongle to Mac

When there's no available Wi-Fi, using a cellular dongle to access the internet from your Mac is a good alternative. The connection speeds providers offer nowadays are more than enough for you to enjoy video streaming and other data-heavy activities. In some cases, a 3G/4G cellular data connection is faster than certain Wi-Fi hotspots! Here are the steps to access the internet by connecting a 3G/4G dongle to your Mac.

Hardware requirements: 3G/4G dongle

Step 1: Connect the 3G/4G/LTE dongle through a USB port to your Mac. Open Network via System Preferences on your Mac and Create a New Service by clicking the + icon. A New Service popup will appear; under the Interface drop-down, choose your 3G/4G/LTE dongle and click Create.

Please note, when Creating a New Service, the Service Name can be customized to your liking. However, the Interface may show a different Mobile Network Adapter name than shown here. If you're unsure of the New Service that you need to create or the Interface does not show a Network adapter, then you should contact your dongle manufacturer or your cellular internet service provider.  

Step 2: Ensure that you are connected. On the left-hand side, your 3G/4G dongle should show a Connected status; this means your Mac is now set up to use your 3G/4G dongle.

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