Share network of Android mobile phone to the router (USB 3G tethering)

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  1. TeHashX

    TeHashX Very Senior Member

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    Posted on Asus RT-N66U FAQ
    Should be included with 3.0.0.4.268 firmware (not yet available) maybe on v3.0.0.4.321 beta?


    Using 3G/4G Tethering allows sharing the Internet connection of Internet-connected mobile phone with other devices connect to the router. Insert the phone with router through USB cable, connection of other devices connected to the router with the phone can be done over wired LAN/wireless LAN (Wi-Fi). The combination of Internet-connected mobile phone and the router thus act as a portable wireless access point for devices connected to it. Noticed that if you connect both WAN and the mobile phone, the default is using WAN to Internet while failover is the mobile phone.

    Step1. Mobile phone settings (Android)
    Before continuing, you will need to set up your mobile phone;
    1. Setting up USB PC connection as Media device (MTP) mode.

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    2. Enable USB Tethering: Settings→More settings→Tethering and portable hotspot→Enable USB tethering

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    Step2. Router settings
    Connect the Android mobile to the router; you will need to set up:
    A. Connect LAN to your computer.
    B. Update the firmware to version 3.0.0.4.268 or later.
    C. Connect mobile device and router via USB port. When use 4G/LTE, using the USB extension cable to have at least 50 cm distance between the router and the mobile for best performance.

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    D. Now using your Android mobile phone as 3G/4G USB modem is working. Launch the setting page http://192.168.1.1, Network Map status is changed.

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  3. got_milk

    got_milk Regular Contributor

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    That's really cool. I'm looking forward to playing with that when it releases.
     
  4. DTS

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    Now that it is 2015, which Asus (or other brand) routers support this? When I checked the Asus FAQ for the RT AC87U it lists only 8 supported devices; none are phones. So, will a phone work anyway? Which is the best Asus router for this feature?
     
  5. RMerlin

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    That FAQ only lists modems. Android tethering is a separate feature, which should have been working for years now as the first post of this thread indicates.
     
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    Thanks...

    Here are my core questions that remain unanswered. I've been reading a lot of forums, but I haven't been able to connect all the dots. I'm sure I'm just not seeing the forest for the trees ;-)
    1. Which Asus (or other brand) routers support using a 4G phone as the WAN connection?
    2. Will the RT AC68U support using a 4G phone as the WAN connection out of the box? Is it as simple as the first post of this thread (minus the firmware update)?
    3. Same question for the RT AC87U...
    4. Do all recent versions of dd-wrt support this?
    5. What are the steps for getting this working with dd-wrt? (I assume you'll probably tell me that the last question belongs on the dd-wrt forum, but I already asked it there and got no reply.)
    Thanks
     
  7. RMerlin

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    All modern Asus routers share the same firmware, so they will all have the same USB modem support, from the RT-N66U up to the RT-AC3200.

    It's impossible to predict if your particular phone will work or not, as manufacturers tend to do a lot of customizations, and sometimes carriers themselves get involved in ensuring that a device cannot be used for tethering (as they would rather see you pay for a separate connection).
     
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    Thanks for answering. In my case I pay for tethering on my phone and it has that capacity without requiring any 3rd party apps. (It is a T-Mobile LG G3.) So I should be fine with any new Asus router. I'll pick one that has good dd-wrt support (maybe the AC68U).

    Do you happen to know anything about enabling this functionality when using dd-wrt? Ultimately, I want to run dd-wrt if I can have the feature described in the first post of this thread.

    I appreciate your replies. I'm not getting replies yet elsewhere.
     
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    No idea, I haven't used DD-WRT for years (and I've never tried to tether a phone on any firmware at all - until recently my plan was giving me a mere 200 MB of monthly bandwidth anyway).
     
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    Sorry for grave digging such an old thread. I got a samsung galaxy s5 and according to this list. the previous models of galaxy have been supported for mobile tethering.
    Do you guys think it would work to mobile usb tethering from a galaxy s5 with 4G to a "Asus RT-AC51U" as an example? or what router would you suggest that I get?
     
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    Do you happen to know anything about enabling this functionality when using dd-wrt? Ultimately, I want to run dd-wrt if I can have the feature described in the first post of this thread.



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