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Which is faster ?

Discussion in 'ASUS AC Routers & Adapters' started by Denna, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. Denna

    Denna Senior Member

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    I'm trying to connect an Asus RT-AC88U to a mobile hotspot for Internet access.

    The hotspot supports USB 2.0 and 802.11ac up to 433 Mbps.

    Which should be faster ?

    USB connection from the router to the hotspot.

    Connect the router to the hotspot through a wireless media bridge/extender via 5 GHz.​
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2017
  2. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    The router''s USB can't be used for hotspot tethering.
     
  3. Denna

    Denna Senior Member

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    thiggins,

    Currently, the router running the current version of Asuswrt-Merlin is connected to the hotspot via USB and is working.​
     
  4. Zirescu

    Zirescu Very Senior Member

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    What mobile hotspot are you using?
     
  5. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    My apologies for my error.
    Leave it alone. USB 3.0 will not limit your speed and will be more reliable than WiFi
     
  6. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Read earlier in the thread
     
  7. Zirescu

    Zirescu Very Senior Member

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    I meant, what make/model of mobile hotspot. Might be nice to have as a backup solution for home.
     
  8. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    He is using an LG tablet that has a hotspot feature.
     
  9. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    Asus supports Android tethering, however your result might vary based on your actual device.

    Wifi-based tethering (also known as "wireless client mode") is not supported.
     
  10. Denna

    Denna Senior Member

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    It's an LG V521WG aka LG G Pad X 8.0.