How to get Vodafone USB Modem to work in Windows 8.1


I have been using a Vodafone USB modem at home for years because of the problems it brings have an ADSL in a rural area. It seems that the state wants a lot of speed in the cities but they end up forgetting about areas like mine, where, less than 5 km from an urban center, we are still in the middle of 2014 with less than 3 MB of speed and I consider myself a lucky person because some houses farther from mine still have less.

For mobility reasons these days I have seen myself forced to use Vodafone USB modem with my laptop and when I connected it to the PC it didn’t work. I have a couple of models because I’ve been using it for a long time, but none of them work with the software they come with as standard. The program says something like “Compatibility problem”.

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There are two solutions. The first one is simpler but it forces you to spend money and the second one will help you save money and it is the one that I recommend, it is not that it is very complicated but many people do not know it.

Buy a Wi-Fi base

Without a doubt, the best way to enjoy a USB modem is to buy a WiFi base and save yourself trouble. This allows you to enjoy the Internet as if it were a simple router. In the best case you can also buy a modem that emits WiFi although they have a limited battery life (similar to that of your laptop).

On the Vodafone website you can find a lot of them at good prices, but it doesn’t have to be the brand, there are plenty of alternatives on the market that can work. I recommend one like this TP-Link TL-MR3220.

Install the latest software version

If we go to the Vodafone website we can find the latest drivers to make your USB modem work and in the Windows store you can also find an application for metro that allows us to configure the WiFi base but it does not work well at all and is not compatible with most of them.

On the web we will find two versions (one that claims to be the latest stable version and another compatible with 4G and in RC1 version). That is the version that works and that we must install. I have tested it on Windows 8.1 Update 1 and it works perfectly, for a moment I thought that I would not be able to make it work. You must use this driver. If it doesn’t work, go to the Vodafone help forum and see what the latest driver is, but it will only work from version 10.3.405. It is compatible with the following models.

  • K3565-z
  • K3570-z
  • K3571-z
  • K3765
  • K3765-z
  • K3770
  • K3770-z
  • K3771
  • K3772
  • K3772-z
  • K3805-z
  • K3806
  • K3806-z
  • K4201
  • K4305
  • K4505
  • K4505-z
  • K4510
  • K4510-z
  • K4511
  • K4605
  • K5005
  • K5006-z

I have two of them and it works for me with both but, in theory, it is compatible with all of them. If you have any questions you can use the comments and I will answer you as quickly as possible. I remind you that in the second link you have all the information about Vodafone USB modems and right there you can get a lot of information.

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