How do I get quicker broad­band us­ing 3G?

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Q We have two homes: a park home Mon­day to Thurs­day and a static car­a­van for the week­ends, so in­stead of broad­band we use a mo­bile tar­iff with a 30GB data al­lowance. But this doesn’t pro­vide Eth­er­net con­nec­tions. Is there a cost-ef­fec­tive an­swer? Don Brad­bury

A If your 3G/4G tar­iff is for a phone SIM, you should be able to use the per­sonal Wi-fi hotspot fea­ture in An­droid or IOS to share the con­nec­tion. Once set up on the phone, the hotspot ap­pears as a Wi-fi net­work which your lap­top, for ex­am­ple, can join. If you have a PC with­out Wi-fi, plug in a USB 802.11ac adapter like the Tp-link Archer T2U (£15 from Ama­zon, pic­tured) and it’ll be able to con­nect to your hotspot.

Com­pared with USB 3.0, us­ing Eth­er­net has no ad­van­tage, but you could do it us­ing a por­ta­ble router such as the Tp-link TL-WR902AC (£30 from Ama­zon, set to client mode (see www.snipca. com/27318), to con­vert the Wi-fi sig­nal to a wired Eth­er­net con­nec­tion. Al­ter­na­tively, get a 3G/4G USB don­gle from any UK mo­bile net­work and plug it into your PC or, for shar­ing, into the TL-WR902AC, but this means pay­ing separately from your phone tar­iff.

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