How do I get quicker broadband using 3G?
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 www.snipca.com/27319, 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 www.snipca.com/27316), 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.