Use Verizon EVDO Device without VZAccess Manager

Posted May 23, 2011 by Aaron St. Clair in Windows

Verizon EVDO is popular with rural and mobile users. The device comes with VZAccess Manager that is used to connect to the internet via your 3G modem. However, it is more efficent and you will gain a small speed boost by using Windows Dial-Up Connections instead.

If you’ve just received a new modem, you must install VZAccess Manager before you can connect to the internet. The installation process of VZAccess Manager installs the device drivers for your modem. It also activates the device. So plug your modem in, go through the installation process and do a test connection with VZAccess Manager to make sure your device is working. If it connects, you can uninstall VZAccess Manager from the Control Panel and continue with this tutorial, though uninstalling it isn’t necessary.

Make sure your device is plugged into your computer. Go to the Control Panel.

Go to Control Panel

Click Network and Internet.

Network and Internet

Click Network and Sharing Center.

Network and Sharing Center

Click Set up a new connection or network.

Set up a new connection

Choose Set up a dial-up connection and click Next.

Set up a dial-up connection

In the Dial-up phone number field, enter #777.

Dial-up phone number

Enter a relevant name for the connection in the Connection name field. Leave everything else blank and click Connect.

Connection name

You’ll see a screen testing your connection and a progress bar. Wait for it to finish.

Connectiong to

The connection to the Internet will now be ready to use. Click Close.

Connection is ready

Go back to the Control Panel and click Network and Internet.

Network and Internet

Click Network and Sharing Center.

Network and Sharing Center

On the left, click Change Adapter Settings.

Change adapter settings

Right Click your connection and choose Create Shortcut.

Create Shortcut

You will get a pop up message asking if you want to place the shortcut on your desktop. Click Yes.

Desktop Prompt

You can now connect to your EVDO device using Windows dial-up connections instead of VZAccess Manager by simply clicking the shortcut on your Desktop. You should also notice a small boost in speed.


About Aaron St. Clair

Aaron St. Clair is a tech guru studying Computer Science at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. When he's not tinkering with new gadgets, modding systems, or slaving away at the mercy of the Tech-Recipe overlords, you can find him exploring the high country.
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