I have a question for you guys who use 3G dongles
My company are looking at adopting this method of accessing the company Intranet via a VPN connection ~ AFAIK this should be 100% OK but need to test as required.
Indeed, what 3G service provider gives the best UK coverage and if all can work with a VPN connection is there one (or more) such providern which is best???
But my question is more for my personal Network situation? If I use the 3G dongle in the house (as is intended i.e. not using my own BB connection) can I still use the laptops own WiFi connection at the same time to connect to my router which is the AP for my wireless Pixma printer i.e. the Pixma is 'served' within the same IP range of the router so any PC wired LAN or wireless LAN can access it. Hope that makes sense? Will it work though?
What prompted me to think it was possible is that a 3G dongle has in fact made the laptop into "phone" whereas the wireless "connectivity" on a laptop is WiFi ~ as such the two are separate protocols and indeed frequency ranges.
If not possible the only way I see I can print out stuff off of the Intranet system and my emails when needed is to used a wired LAN connection and simply point the printer port to that "port" but having said that it wil still be wireless over part of the connection with the AP talking to the Pixma! I think some testing will be required because I am sure when I set the Pixma up it could do either without any changes in the Windows printer setup?
Last resort will be to use the USB cable into the printer. Either way without the wireless I will have to change the way I work at home as I currently work in another room from the printer and go collect a everything I have printed is say the past hour or so!
I would welcome any feedback and obviously those who have actually found this will work would be great to know.
Edited by Routefinder (Sat 09-Jan-10 00:18:25)