Creating A Wireless Network With Verizon’s Wireless USB720 Broadband Modem

by on December 27, 2007

Q: We live in a rural area where our only options for getting on the internet are to either use dial-up or use Verizon’s wireless broadband service. Verizon’s wireless broadband service is the faster of the two options but since we have two computers we would like to try to share the connection between them. We talked to customer support at Verizon to see if we could connect the USB720 broadband modem to a wireless router but they said they do not support this. So now we are trying to figure out if it is possible or if there is another alternative that we could try besides paying another $59.99 a month to get another account for the second computer.

A: Verizon is correct in a way. There is no way to just connect your USB modem to a wireless router and have it work because the USB modem needs to be connected to a computer. However, once the modem is connected to your computer you can share the connection using connection sharing.

In order to do connection sharing you must either have an Ethernet card or a wireless card in the computer that has the Verizon broadband card in it. If you have a WiFi card in both your computers then you will be able to setup an adhoc network, which just means the two wireless cards will talk to each other instead of having to spend money on getting a WiFi router.

I am going to direct you over to the Microsoft site on how the exact steps to set this up but it is really easy there are just too many steps to list here. The page you want to visit is and it will walk you though the entire process of setting up your connection so you can share it with others on your network.

9 Responses to “Creating A Wireless Network With Verizon’s Wireless USB720 Broadband Modem”

    there is another/easier way to do this.

    use a specialized 3G router like the from cradlepoint.

    that router accepts input from USB720 and shares the connection via wifi or ethernet cable.

    the EVDO Experts are at


    will this work with my desktop being xp and my laptop vista? only the laptop has wireless connections



    Either option listed will work. The first option is to setup your own network using your computer. The second option, submitted by EVDO, would use a 3rd party product to make the network for you.

    So either option will work great for you.



    somebody also told me that you can get a hub, run it from the desktop to the laptop via an ethernet cable. is this true as well? thanks for all the help!!



    The question we answered here referred to creating a wireless network specifically for the Verizon Wireless USB720 modem.

    If you want to create a network just to connect your two computers using wires then yes a router or a hub with 2 ethernet wires will certainly allow you to network your computers.

    If you want to wire your computers together and still use the USB720 then yes this would still work using the same steps just using wire with a router/hub instead of using a wireless router.

    I hope this helps a little but just make sure to keep the entire objective in view.

    You want a network wired or wireless so that your two computers can talk to each other.

    You want a way to get online via, I assume, the USB720 broadband modem.



    We done the exact instructions per the microsoft page, didn’t work. Got limited access, basically local access and cannot connect to the internet. Reversed the host computer to be the laptop, same thing. Bought a hub, not a router, same thing but with this could sign in to my msn messenger and one other item that uses the internet but could not surf thru msn nor internet explorer. Any suggestions?


    It sounds like you might have a firewall running on the computers that is stopping them from passing information along. Do you have Norton, Symantec, McAfee, or some other software that might have a firewall in it?

    Do you have the windows firewall running? I think the instructions tell you how to get around that though.


    Have McAfee and windows firewall running on both but have allowed it (at least I hope I done it right lol). There are no instructions on microsofts page ref above and I took the hub back. I have been working at this for over 6 months now. It is very frustrating, especially when Verizon will not help on anything. Thing is, my friend hooked an XBOX 360 to his cpu and made no changes, works fine.


    I would look at the firewall settings first and maybe even disable both of them to do the testing.

    If it still does not work I would make sure that both computers have a similar ip address… ie and where only the last number changes.

    I have a feeling that disabling all your firewalls would be where you need to start then enable things until it stops working and you will figure out where your problem is.