3G support in Windows 8 for netbooks

One of the most important features of my Sony Vaio X netbook is it’s built-in 3G/HSDPA WWAN card, allowing me to go online everywhere I am. With windows 7 I used the Sony OneClick internet application to go online. I also used the network connection center to enable and disable my WLAN/WWAN and bluetooth.

Does 3G work in Windows 8?

Not with the built-in 3G modem, windows doesn’t detect the 3G modem and won’t install drivers. Installing the Windows 7 driver doesn’t seem to work either. I’ll try some more things and post more info when i know more.

In my Vaio X netbook it’s a Qualcomm Gobi 2000 Wireless HS-USB Modem 9225

However, my T-Mobile 3G USB Modem is detected and works. Windows sees the 3G modem as a mobile network connection, and can establish a connection without using the T-mobile application. The great thing is that Windows knows it’s a metered connection and you can prevent apps from updating while this connection is used. I’m sure there are more things you can configure, but my short trainride didn’t allow much further investigation.

I think we have to wait for Qualcomm/Sony to supply a driver for this 3G modem, if you found a working driver, please let me know by commenting below.

Update: There are some Lenovo Qualcomm Gobi 2000 Windows 8 Beta drivers available, but the 9225 isn’t in the list, althought I tried them all, none of them can’t start.

8 thoughts on “3G support in Windows 8 for netbooks

    • A lot of manufacturers still have to develop Windows 8 drivers, did you try to install the windows 7 driver manually?

  1. Extract the drivers’s package for Windows 7 from Sony’s website and install these using the Device Manager. The 3G worked out of box on my Vaio SA but sometimes the device is not completely loaded (only HS-USB QDLoader is shown in Device Manager), solved when I restart on Windows 7 and restart the WWAN using Vaio Smart Network. Better than nothing in any case.

  2. I think so the device is called “Qualcomm Gobi 2000 USB Composite Device 9225″ in Device Manager. Awkard it doesn’t work for you, I used it in mine yesterday. It works fine with the integrated 3G management of Windows 8 (no need to install OneClick, no need to enter APN, just enter the PIN code in the Network Charm and that’s it).