Share Internet from Mobile Hotspot via Router

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bodnid, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. bodnid

    bodnid Network Newbie Member

    Hi all,
    I have a Netgear R7000 Nighthawk with Tomato Shibby installed.
    I have tried a few times to share my mobile hotspot internet via the router but haven’t had much luck.
    Can anyone offer advice or point me in the right direction?
  2. PGalati

    PGalati Network Guru Member

    I use a Netgear 3500L (Shibby) with an AT&T Velocity mobile hotspot via USB with no issues. You are using usb, correct? The only change I needed to make was to enable 4G/LTE in the WAN Type. Make sure the hotspot is using a different IP range as this will be creating a double-NAT. I usually reboot after changing the WAN setting. You may need to play with the network type once you select 4G/LTE, but the defaults work for me.

    Good Luck.

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  3. bodnid

    bodnid Network Newbie Member

    Hi PGalati,
    Are you USB tethering from the mobile?

    I managed to get the hotspot repeated via the router, using Wireless Ethernet Bridge mode.
    All sorted now :)
  4. PGalati

    PGalati Network Guru Member

    Yes, I am USB tethering which eliminates the Netgear from halving the wifi signal when sending to and from the hotspot. The clients only see the router's wifi and the hotspot's wifi is off since it is sending its LTE traffic through the usb port. Your router may certainly be more powerful and contain multiple radios but this solution works for the equipment I have.
  5. bodnid

    bodnid Network Newbie Member

    Ah excellent!
    I'll give that a try shortly.
    I was considering picking up a second sim for my old handset, with this in mind,
    as the problem with hotspot tethering is it really works the battery hard.

    Thanks for the info :)
  6. PGalati

    PGalati Network Guru Member

    The Velocity's method of charging is through a micro usb port and apparently the Velocity allows operation and charging to happen simultaneously, and the Netgear's usb port provides power output. So regardless of the battery state when plugged into the Netgear, it will eventually receive a full charge. So I consider that win win.
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