Adding 3G to a bq Pascal 2 tablet

Hi! 🙂
 
Some time ago I bought a cheap tablet, a bq Pascal 2. Basically, it is just one of those cheap chinese-made Android tablets but with a spanish branding. It runs Android 4.0.3. I only wanted it to read some ebooks, check my email, browse the web and use google maps and I thought a cheap tablet would do it just fine. However, last year I went on a small vacation to Oporto and wanted to use the tablet to quickly browse the maps while visiting the city but it does not have any 3G modem. I began thinking about using a TP-LINK WR703N with a battery and a 3G dongle to make some sort of “3G portable Wi-Fi router” that I could keep in my backpack but it turned out to be much easier and faster than that. 🙂
 
how to add 3G to a bq Pascal 2 android tablet  
The tablet has a USB OTG connection and I decided that before starting putting together the “3G portable Wi-Fi router” I should just get a USB OTG cable and try to plug the 3G dongle to see if it was recognized by the Android kernel. I just went to ebay and bought the cheapest one that I could find: 0.94$ with shipping included! 🙂 First I tried with my 4G dongle from Vodafone, a K5005 from Huawei Technologies and nothing was recognized. Then I tried an older 3G dongle, also Vodafone branded, a K3805-Z from ZTE Corporation and the result was the same: nothing was detected. I was about to give up on the USB dongles and start making the “3G portable Wi-Fi router” when I remembered that I still had another 3G dongle that I got from the TV+Phone+Internet provider that I have at home. It’s a E1550 from Huawei Technologies. I was already expecting the same result but then, suddenly a new icon appeared near the battery icon saying “No internet connection”. Hmmm… something had happened for it to show up. I clicked on the settings icon and verified that I had a new item in the menu in the wireless networks section. Meanwhile, a screen prompting to enter the PIN code appeared. Quickly I concluded that that dongle was actually being recognized and it was just a matter of configuring the connection and voilá! After a few minutes of tweaking the APN settings I was happilly browsing the web using the 3G connection of the USB dongle connected to the USB OTG port of the tablet! Who would guess that a cheap chinese tablet would have the drivers to handle the 3G dongle? 🙂 Below you can see the APN settings that I used for Vodafone:
Name: Vodafone PT
APN: net2.vodafone.pt
Proxy: not defined
Port: not defined
Username: not defined
Password: not defined
Server: *
MMSC: not defined
MMS Proxy: not defined
MMS Port: not defined
MCC: 268
MNC: 01
Authentication type: not defined
APN Type: default,supl
APN Protocol: IPv4
If you have a tablet without a 3G modem, and want to get 3G on it, now you know what to do! 🙂 Just remember that not all 3G dongles work since the Android kernel only has drivers for some of them. Below you can see a few more pictures of the setup 🙂 
 
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 Take care! 🙂

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