How to Install an HSDPA USB Modem

By Maxwell Payne

An HSDPA USB modem is a small external device that allows a computer with a USB port to connect to high-speed 3G wireless networks. 3G networks are high-speed networks often maintained by cellular service providers to allow cell phone handsets to access the Internet. The modem connects to a computer's available USB port and is sometimes supplied by the cell phone service provider that the user has signed up with for 3G network access.

Step 1

Purchase an HSDPA USB modem. These modems are often available directly from the cell phone service provider, packaged in a bundle pack when a person signs up for a plan that allows access to the network. Modems may also be found at certain electronics stores for between US$50 to $100.

Step 2

Sign a contract or activate a 3G network plan with a service provider. Some companies that provide this service include Vodaphone, T-Mobile and Movistar. The service may not be available in all countries.

Step 3

Turn on the computer and plug the HSDPA modem into an available USB port. If the modem came with a 3G package from a provider, the software is already installed on the device. The device will self-install the needed software on any Windows-based PC. The modem is compatible with Mac OSX systems and Linux systems. Read the included instructions to determine if a download of additional software is needed for non-Windows systems.

Step 4

Use the modem to access high-speed Internet connections through the service provider's cellular 3G network. There is no need to purchase a separate wireless router or modem.