Linking a WiFi router to a 4G modem / router

Discussion in 'Computer Networking and Servers' started by Totally_Lost, May 27, 2018.

  1. Totally_Lost

    Totally_Lost Member

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    I have a 4G modem / router. Attached to it, I have an external 9 dB gain omnidirectional antenna, located 7 meters atop a pole, just outside my home. The modem / router receives a 4G signal from an antenna array high up a tower, located 5.02 kilometers from here.

    Anything within a few meters of the modem / router, is fine to connect via WiFi. But, if I want to walk around the yard (5 acres), the WiFi signal drops off quickly. Firstly, because it is inside a building. But, second and most importantly, because the 4G modem / router has a 2.4 Ghz radio, broadcasting only through an internal WiFi antenna.

    What I wish to do is, expand my WiFi signal coverage area, by connecting an external router to this device. Is this even possible? I mean, is it possible to connect a WiFi router, via the USB output port? Do they exist?

    As you can see, there are no RG45, or any other ports for that matter, on this unit.
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    Another concern, even if it is possible to buy a router with a USB WAN port, I had to install a file on the computer, in order for the modem / router to even recognize it via the USB port. So, I am a bit concerned that a WiFi router will even be able to connect to it.

    By WiFi, I can have up to 6 devices connected to this modem / router. Not sure if that includes the desktop connected via the USB port, though. But, if I were able to attach a WiFi modem, I could then transmit the signal all over the property.

    Any helpful input would greatly be appreciated.
     
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    As far as I know there are no routers that have a usb wan. You will most likely have to get a different router capable of doing what you want it to do.
     
  3. Totally_Lost

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    The internet provider has another modem / router, which does have a LAN (RJ45) port on the rear of the unit, in place of the USB port. The only problem is, it is also a slower model. I think it will give me half the connection speed this one has.

    This unit runs between 5 and 6 Megabits down stream, and between 3 to 4 Megabits up stream. Still quite slow by comparison to North American connection speeds, I know. But, in rural "farm land" Cambodia, one can't be too choosy, when having home internet service (at all) is considered living in high cotton.

    Thanks John. I appreciate your input. Maybe they will come out with a new modem / router soon, that will give me the options I want.
     
  4. Intel_man

    Intel_man VIP Member

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    Some of the high end Asus routers have that.
     
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  5. Totally_Lost

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    Thank you. I will have a look at them.
     

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