E4200 Question: Verizon Mobile Wireless Tether?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Coronach, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Coronach

    Coronach Networkin' Nut Member

    Hey guys, I have a question. But first, I'll start off with a few admissions and apologies. ;)

    I'm new to this, and I tried to do my due diligence and look stuff up myself, but my skill level is at the level of doing the most basic setup and configs for wirless networks with no complications. Most of the discussions on here are several levels above my head, and I know it. So, if I missed something obvious, I apologize.

    Also, I dropped this topic into the Tomato Firmware forum simply because that's where the vast majority of E4200 threads are located, and I have some hope that either Tomato or DDWRT will enable me to do what I want to do. Which is ...

    I want to connect my LAN router (E4200) to the internet via a Verizon mobile hotspot or a wireless tether from a cell phone (Droid Bionic).

    Reason: I live waaaay out in the sticks, and the only internet available is dial up, satellite, or cellular (no cable, no DSL, nothing). Since the cellular speeds were the quickest and much cheaper than satellite, we've been connecting to the internet via the wifi tether on our phones and using a LAN for internal file sharing and printing. That worked acceptably well, though it is a PITA to have to switch networks back and forth. Now, there is a new service from our TV provider that we want to use, but our router needs to be hooked up to the internet for it to work. So, I figure it is time to see if I can do that, and solve two problems at once.

    I have read about people using DDWRT to set up a wireless bridge to essentially use the wifi hotspot as the modem for the LAN. I'd like to do something like that, but I don't know how, or if the firmware/router combo is even capable.

    Here's what I have:

    E4200 router. At present, I only use the 2.4 band. I'm rural enough that no other wireless network even shows up if you search for them, so signal overlap should be a non-issue...plenty of channels to play with.

    I also have a retired old wireless B router, can't remember the model. It's a Linksys that looks like the WRT models, but I don't think that's it. There is NOT a DD-WRT firmware available for it (if it is any use, I can get the model number).

    We have several laptops and devices with wirless (tablets, etc) that would utilize the network. We also have a NAS (WD Mybook Live) that is connected directly to the E4200 via ethernet. It acts as our central media repository and backup for data, etc.

    I eventually want to add some cameras for security to the network, but I haven't done that yet.

    Anyone able to give me some advice on how to proceed? Any help you can give me (sending me to a FAQ or already-written tutorial is fine) is much appreciated.

    Thanks for your time,


    PS Also, I dunno if it matters, but no terms of service were violated in using the Bionics as wireless routers. I know some sites can be twitchy about giving advice advocating that you break the ToS from your cellular provider. We're paying for that functionality (grandfathered unlimited data is nice)
  2. kk22

    kk22 Networkin' Nut Member

  3. Coronach

    Coronach Networkin' Nut Member

    Yeah, but then I wouldn't have a phone when I was online, right? I realize I didn't specify that, but yeah, I need the phone to be functional as a phone, too.

    As a fallback, though, I could look at 3g modem service, I guess...
  4. Coronach

    Coronach Networkin' Nut Member

    Hmm...the Bionic does have USB tether, too. Would that work? I don't know how closely that mimics conventional USB modem service.
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