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Friday, October 10, 2008

Surfing the internet via USB Dongles :: Demystified

Did you know that you could surf the World Wide Web a.k.a. internet using a small usb device called a Dongle? Most of us still associate an internet connection to be fast and reliable only when we have a physical wire that connects to our PC / Laptops (usually via a router / modem). This assumption or myth is especially true when we think of a broadband experience.

But, I would like to demystify that assumption of yours today. Well, you could use a very small device like the one featured in the graphic above - called a usb dongle to surf the internet. The usb can provide you speeds that one usually can compare broadband too. Technology has come a long way from the dial-up internet connections that I used to use half a decade ago to the advent of mobile internet to broadband via cable and now we have broadband via a dongle.

A usb dongle is usually the size of a pen drive and packs in a internal antenna and the DSP chip in a very small package. Once connected to the PC/Laptop - you can be up and surfing the internet in a few minutes or even seconds. The usb dongle internet device has become quite popular with the laptop excutives on the move and also with general laptop users.


  1. Raghav said,

    But the USB modems available in India provide speeds only upto 153 kbps right??? (Except BSNL which boasts of 2mbps at EVDO enabled networks which i have never tried)...

    We are still lagging behind soo much...

    on 10/13/2008 9:46 PM

  2. Jason S said,

    I don't think so Raghav, coz Reliance and Tata Indicom boast of 750kbps+ speeds using their dongles (I haven't personally tested though) here in Bangalore.

    on 10/13/2008 10:07 PM

  3. Anonymous said,

    *sigh*, if they only had a dongle that worked with the Mac.

    on 10/19/2008 1:20 PM