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LTE hotspot to Airport to home network

Tom Serkowski
Am looking into using an LTE hotspot for my home internet but I have a couple wired devices in the mix. Am currently using a very slow DSL connection going in to the Airport which gives out IP addresses and provides all my Internet connectivity.

Wondering if the Airport can be set up to route all internet traffic via WiFi instead of the dedicated Ethernet port.

Has anyone done something like this?

Thanks,

Tom

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Re: LTE hotspot to Airport to home network

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On Oct 3, 2017, at 14:26, Tom Serkowski <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> Wondering if the Airport can be set up to route all internet traffic via WiFi instead of the dedicated Ethernet port.

Don’t see how. The airport CREATES a WiFi network, it doesn’t join one.


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Re: LTE hotspot to Airport to home network

Doug Miller
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On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 4:26 PM, Tom Serkowski <[hidden email]> wrote:
Am looking into using an LTE hotspot for my home internet but I have a couple wired devices in the mix. Am currently using a very slow DSL connection going in to the Airport which gives out IP addresses and provides all my Internet connectivity.

Wondering if the Airport can be set up to route all internet traffic via WiFi instead of the dedicated Ethernet port.

​You can try using a device like this in wireless bridge mode: https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Wireless-Travel-Extender-TL-WR802N/dp/B00TQEX8BO/

​I've never done something like you're trying to do, but, though the setup on devices like this can be complicated, it should work. It will connect to the LTE modem using WiFi and bridge the connection to the ethernet port, then you connect that to the WAN port on the Airport (or any other router).

I have DSL at our family's summer cottage, so I know your pain... If only we had good LTE, I might try something like this. (Of course, the bandwidth caps may hurt a bit.)


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Re: LTE hotspot to Airport to home network

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On Oct 4, 2017, at 12:43, Doug Miller <[hidden email]> wrote:

​I've never done something like you're trying to do, but, though the setup on devices like this can be complicated, it should work. It will connect to the LTE modem using WiFi and bridge the connection to the ethernet port, then you connect that to the WAN port on the Airport (or any other router).

You’d also need to put the Airport into bridge mode and let the LTE modem worry about routing and DHCP, or you’ll get a double NAT error on the Airport. You can tell the Airport to ignore this if there is a reason you’d want the Airport to manage a separate subnet.



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Re: LTE hotspot to Airport to home network

Chris Poterala
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An Airport device can also be used to extend another wireless network rather than create a new one.


On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 6:20 AM, LuKreme <[hidden email]> wrote:
On Oct 3, 2017, at 14:26, Tom Serkowski <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> Wondering if the Airport can be set up to route all internet traffic via WiFi instead of the dedicated Ethernet port.

Don’t see how. The airport CREATES a WiFi network, it doesn’t join one.


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Re: LTE hotspot to Airport to home network

David Ross
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To simplify his answer. An airport in bridged mode is basically a bridge between wired and wireless. In both directions.

On 10/4/17 9:35 AM, Rodney wrote:

On Oct 4, 2017, at 12:43, Doug Miller <[hidden email]> wrote:

​I've never done something like you're trying to do, but, though the setup on devices like this can be complicated, it should work. It will connect to the LTE modem using WiFi and bridge the connection to the ethernet port, then you connect that to the WAN port on the Airport (or any other router).

You’d also need to put the Airport into bridge mode and let the LTE modem worry about routing and DHCP, or you’ll get a double NAT error on the Airport. You can tell the Airport to ignore this if there is a reason you’d want the Airport to manage a separate subnet.



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Re: LTE hotspot to Airport to home network

Doug Miller

On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 4:25 PM David Ross <[hidden email]> wrote:
To simplify his answer. An airport in bridged mode is basically a bridge between wired and wireless. In both directions.

Unless you’re trying to let people connect to devices within your network, I don’t think you need to put the Airport in bridge mode at all, and just tell AirPort to ignore the double NAT. I’ve had to do that with my own DSL, as my phone company only gives me a modem/router anyway and it’s a pain to try to put it in bridge mode. And it’s probably easier to manage the network with Apple’s airport utility than with whatever the LTE modem uses. 

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Re: LTE hotspot to Airport to home network

David Ross
Double NAT can cause what seem to be gremlins in networks. I avoid it if I can.

On 10/4/17 4:37 PM, Doug Miller wrote:

On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 4:25 PM David Ross <[hidden email]> wrote:
To simplify his answer. An airport in bridged mode is basically a bridge between wired and wireless. In both directions.

Unless you’re trying to let people connect to devices within your network, I don’t think you need to put the Airport in bridge mode at all, and just tell AirPort to ignore the double NAT. I’ve had to do that with my own DSL, as my phone company only gives me a modem/router anyway and it’s a pain to try to put it in bridge mode. And it’s probably easier to manage the network with Apple’s airport utility than with whatever the LTE modem uses. 

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Re: LTE hotspot to Airport to home network

Rodney
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On Oct 4, 2017, at 22:37, Doug Miller <[hidden email]> wrote:

Unless you’re trying to let people connect to devices within your network, I don’t think you need to put the Airport in bridge mode at all, and just tell AirPort to ignore the double NAT. I’ve had to do that with my own DSL, as my phone company only gives me a modem/router anyway and it’s a pain to try to put it in bridge mode. And it’s probably easier to manage the network with Apple’s airport utility than with whatever the LTE modem uses. 

As someone else pointed out, and I’d forgotten, you can just tell the Airport to extend an existing network, so you don’t need the extra hardware.

If you are using the extra hardware, putting the Airport in bridge mode just means that your other router assigns the DHCP stuff; DNS servers and IP address. You still manage the wireless connectivity with the Airport Utility.




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