Earlier versions of Windows require users of wireless broadband cards to install third-party software, which is difficult for IT administators to manage, especially considering that every wireless broadband provider has different software. Users also must be trained to use the software and must have administrative access to install it, preventing standard users from easily adding a wireless broadband card.
With Mobile Broadband, Windows 7 provides a driver-based model for wireless broadband cards. Now, users can simply connect a wireless broadband card and immediately begin using it. The interface is built into Windows and is the same regardless of the wireless broadband provider, reducing the need for training and management efforts. With Windows 7 Mobile Broadband, connecting to the Internet with wireless broadband is as straightforward as connecting to a wireless local area network (LAN).