Which devices other than mobile phone can tether internet from a SIM card to WiFi enabled devices?

Dr.Sunil Vaswani May 26, 2013

Which devices other than mobile phone can tether internet from sim-card to wi-fi enabled devices?

  1. Drsunil V
    October 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm


    The ebay link which you mentioned seem to tell readers for transferring data like contacts from sim to phone

    Please tell , do the readers also tether internet from sim card and that too , as wifi hotspot ( because the sim card readers on link are seen as usb modem to plug in for transferring contacts data to computer )

  2. Susendeep D
    September 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    As far as I have seen,whenever you insert a SIM into a new device,it automatically receives internet settings from the carrier which you need to save it.Usually,you can do is to insert the SIM into mobile phone and note it.Else,you can call customer care for settings.
    The below article(start reading from configuring part) can give you a rough idea about setting up 3G dongle in a router.

    Configure D-Link 3G router for Dongle (USB – Stick)

    • Drsunil V
      September 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks. I understand. If mobile has to be manually configured for internet on the sim , then how would sim be configured on a sim reader?

    • Susendeep D
      September 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Generally,if you buy a reputed or good SIM reader,then it also comes with a software which allows you to secure configure and do everything that is intended by users.

      If you can name the brand of the reader,then I can answer more specifically.

    • Drsunil V
      October 2, 2013 at 6:37 am

      Please recommend a reliable and yet a comparatively inexpensive brand and model , to buy from http://www.ebay.in or any suggested online portal.

      Preferably automatically or easily configured

    • Susendeep D
      October 2, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Usually,SIM card readers are like normal card readers.You might have seen some of them which can even read SD cards in addition to SIM cards.

      Ebay lists some of the tips and how to use them -

      Buying Guide

      How to use it

      If you have seen the top listings,some of them comes with installation CD and usually,Dekart's one is one that integrates and works with low level of hardware which ensures that it can work with any SIM management software.Dekart also allows you to buy only its reader and not the software,which like every other software only manages contacts.

      Dekart's online site

  3. Susendeep D
    September 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Regarding your query -
    "......on inserting sim card , do the sim card readers automatically tether internet from sim? or what is the process of configuring net on sim card?......."

    Whenever you use a router which has facility to provide internet via wired and USB dongle,it prefers wired ones first.Then in the case if the wired one gets disconnected,a fallback feature comes to play in which the router checks for connectivity in USB dongle after regular 30 mins of interval.

    Regarding configuration,if you choose a router of reputed brand,then you can configure the 3G dongle without much hassle as some has the ability to automatically connect it.Usually,they have web based configuration.

    • Drsunil V
      September 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks! You mentioned about usb dongle. But please can you tell about setting ( auto or manual? ) from sim card

    • Susendeep D
      September 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Now,to understand,consider a device -

      Netgear MBRN3000 3G Mobile Broadband Wireless-N Router

      It supports many dongles and has ability to plug and play i.e. configuration is done automatically by the router.It doesn't requires CD to configure internet.

      Also,TP-LINK TL-MR3020 Portable 3G/3.75G/4G Wireless N Router

      This router requires one to go to web based configuration page and set it up manually under 3G section.

      In short,you can assume that as the router is priced so its the ability of ease of configuration depends.

    • Drsunil V
      September 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks. I have read your answers carefully and understand the points which you are making. But please note that the point regarding sim card has not been clarified , as asked earlier : "You mentioned about usb dongle. But please can you tell about setting ( auto or manual? ) from sim card"

  4. susendeep dutta
    May 30, 2013 at 7:44 am

    When for the first time a device tries to connect for wifi to tethering device,it's asked to input password provided by the mifi hotspot device.So,it's password protected connection.

    Since,I haven't used such kind of devices and since it works similarly as mobile internet tethering,so you won't need to have to juggle with SIM configurations.

    The hotspot device would get heated but not beyond not being able to touch it.

    • Drsunil V
      August 4, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks for so elaborate answer

      Please tell which device can in addition to which you mentioned can also tether internet from sim card as well as from Photon Plus?

    • Drsunil V
      August 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Not photon's own hotspot , but device which can has both sim slot and usb slot for tethering internet , similar to the two devices but addtion of internet dongle

    • Susendeep D
      August 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      I think you are referring to a device which do have SIM card slot and USB port for dongle support.I couldn't find any such device.

      Searching for such type of device gives some other routers too like -

      TP-LINK TL-MR3020 Portable 3G/3.75G/4G Wireless N Router

      DWR-113 3G Wi-Fi Router

    • Drsunil V
      September 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks. Adding a subquestion based on your reply : Please tell that on inserting sim card , do the sim card readers automatically tether internet from sim? or what is the process of configuring net on sim card? as on phone also while using first time , the internet is to be configured with sms settings install etc

  5. susendeep dutta
    May 27, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Are you referring to -

    Beetel 3G Max

    Micromax MMX 400R

  6. Oron Joffe
    May 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    3G (or 4G if relevant) mobile broadband routers. There are many such devices, from well known companies like Netgear as well as "no name" devices. Some of them are very portable (like a mobile phone), and others much bigger and requiring mains power.

    Finally, you can also use connect a 3G dongle to a computer and share the internet via that computer.

    • Mike D
      May 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      You have all types of Web sticks that uses sim cards to connect to computers or laptop for WiFi or wireless.

    • DrSunil Vaswani
      May 31, 2013 at 5:36 am


      How to configure the sim’s gprs and 3g settings on device?

    • Oron Joffe
      May 31, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      DrSunil, That depends on the device and on the 3G/4G provider!

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