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Default How to bridge a 4G LTE wireless hotspot to a wireless router?

So I am trying to setup a rural house that has Verizon 4G LTE as its only source of broadband to a home network.

Here is what I am thinking:

Verizon Thunderbolt 4G LTE phone with hotspot feature
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Wireless bridge
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Wireless router (home network)

I have to use the thunderbolt (can't use a mifi)


Any suggestions on other setups?

Will this setup even work?
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Well, I found my answer!

The MBR95 is exactly what I need.

Wifi as WAN (WAW): One of the most exciting feature differences between the new MBR95 and the older MBR900 is the addition of support for WiFi as WAN (WAW). Simply put, WiFi as WAN means that the router can receive WiFi from an external source (for example, campground WiFi at an RV park, free WiFi at McDonald's, or even the hotspot feature from a smartphone like the iPhone) and create a private network that you can access securely through the MBR95 (either via WiFi or ethernet, however you like to connect to your router). Even if you have your own internet connection, the ability to use the MBR95 for WAW can come in VERY handy. WAW is great in the event of an unexpected internet outage - if your primary connection goes down and there is an open WiFi network in range, or if you have a smartphone that can be used as a WiFi hotspot (like the iPhone, EVO, Epic, and many others), the MBR95 can be configured to quickly connect to WiFi and your network will be back online in moments.
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Yep, Cradlepoint makes good mobile routers. We reviewed their entry level model.
Cradlepoint MBR900 Mobile Broadband N Router Reviewed
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I've used cradlepoint's CTR500 (travel router) and the MBR900 - for 2 years. Excellent. Feature set is well beyond mass market consumer routers.
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So I am trying to setup a rural house that has Verizon 4G LTE as its only source of broadband to a home network.

Here is what I am thinking:

Verizon Thunderbolt 4G LTE phone with hotspot feature
to
Wireless bridge
to
Wireless router (home network)

I have to use the thunderbolt (can't use a mifi)


Any suggestions on other setups?

Will this setup even work?
If possible, please don't use the thunderbolt as a full-time WAN connection... it's not meant for it, and you won't be happy in the long run...

it's nice as a emergency hot-spot, I've done that myself, and it works ok, but...

Consider the Verizon LG-VL600 USB modem with a Cradlepoint MBR95 router - very nice combo...

http://www.cradlepoint.com/products/...s-4g-3g-router

good stuff...
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Also, Verizon and most others charge a fee for hotspot (wireless tether) capability. For my Android phone (VZW) I once used a $5 shareware program that connects the phone's USB port to a laptop/PC as a wired tether to share the 3G service. I don't use it though... I use the cradlepoint CTR500 on the road or in hotels. And you can share with others via LAN or WiFi as you authorize.
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