How to connect to the internet at home? Alternatives to Wi-Fi

Ask a question

Your home network or Wifi is momentarily unusable, there are other alternatives to connect to the Internet!

Via a mobile device - Network tethering

Did you know that your mobile phone can act as a modem? An effective solution especially with advent the 4G connection (mobile broadband).
  • A device with the network tethering option.
  • A compatible internet data plan (depends on the mobile operator).

To enable network tethering:
  • On Android: Go to Wireless and network Connection Sharing. It is advisable to select the USB mode for sharing, to optimize the connection speed.
  • On the iPhone: Go to the "Settings > Internet Connection Sharing > Personal hotspot.
  • On Windows phone: Go to Settings > Internet Sharing.

3G USB modems

  • This is a small device that allows users to connect to the internet by using telephone operators' 3G networks. The 3G USB key requires a SIM card and a subscription from a telephone or mobile operator.
  • The 3G USB key is a plug & play (USB) device compatible with most operating systems.

Photo : © Maksim Kostenko -
Jean-François Pillou

CCM is a leading international tech website. Our content is written in collaboration with IT experts, under the direction of Jeff Pillou, founder of CCM reaches more than 50 million unique visitors per month and is available in 11 languages.

Learn more about the CCM team