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MiFi and Mesh Networks
krisjnic
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With a MiFi Jetpack as our only internet device, is there a way to set up the new mesh routers? We have slow and dead spots in our home, and have spent a great deal of time relocating our mifi so that it has the strongest signal. Now I want to get that signal to other areas of the house without losing speed (so many things to connect to a wifi these days!!!)

All the mesh routers I've checked with do not connect to a modem or the MiFi with its USB cord. I've set up an Apple product that must have been used as an extender - and it was too slow to use. Suggestions?

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Re: MiFi and Mesh Networks
7e18n1
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Please tell us which Jetpack you have. Essentially, all you need to do is get an Ethernet connection to interface the Jetpack, to the mesh network. You can do this using a Wi-Fi Network Bridge to convert from Wi-Fi to Ethernet. Unfortunately, using Wi-Fi for the bridge may affect Wi-Fi over the mesh network. There may be another option depending on your Jetpack. 

A Jetpack isn't the best device for what you're trying to do. A more appropriate device is the Verizon Wireless LTE Internet and Home Phone, Verizon Wireless LTE Internet (Installed) or better yet, one of the Pepwave or Craddlepoint embedded modem M2M solutions from the 3GStore.

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John_Getzke
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> is there a way to set up the new mesh routers?

That will depend more on the mesh routers you are planning to use and what kind of features they have to offer in this situation.  As long as you configure the new network to act as a client of the Jetpack then it should work.  This process of cascading from the Jetpack to a series of home routers acting as a mesh network of Access Points would treat the Jetpack as more of a Modem in a traditional home network scenario.

> All the mesh routers I've checked with do not connect to a modem or the MiFi with its USB cord.

Correct.  USB connections require drivers which is unlikely a given home router manufacturer is going to develop.  Your best bet is to use normal WiFi for this connection.

> and it was too slow to use. Suggestions?

Speed is dependent on how you configure your environment.  There will be a performance loss when adding any kind of wireless connection between an AP and a Client.  This is the nature of wireless at the moment so a wired connection between APs and the controller is always going to be best.

Speed in wireless is also dependent on the distance and the interference between the AP and the client.  Thus if you are going to repeat or extend the service from the Jetpack over wireless you will want the primary node/router of your mesh network to be as close to the Jetpack as possible, then wire connect the rest of the APs from there.  Minimize the distance and the interference between the Jetpack and the mesh network as much as possible.

Note that because at least one wireless hop is included between the Jetpack and the mesh network that the mesh network performance will always be poorer than that directly from the Jetpack.  However, if you configure your environment carefully enough the performance drop should not stop you from using the new network.

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7e18n1
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Please tell us which Jetpack you have. Essentially, all you need to do is get an Ethernet connection to interface the Jetpack, to the mesh network. You can do this using a Wi-Fi Network Bridge to convert from Wi-Fi to Ethernet. Unfortunately, using Wi-Fi for the bridge may affect Wi-Fi over the mesh network. There may be another option depending on your Jetpack. 

A Jetpack isn't the best device for what you're trying to do. A more appropriate device is the Verizon Wireless LTE Internet and Home Phone, Verizon Wireless LTE Internet (Installed) or better yet, one of the Pepwave or Craddlepoint embedded modem M2M solutions from the 3GStore.

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Re: MiFi and Mesh Networks
krisjnic
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Jetpack MiFi 5510L

We've had the MiFi for quite a while, so unless there is a simple interface that works with this model, it seems like the Craddlepoint is the way to go. Can you advise if it is simple enough to set up? Does it need some sort of coordination with Verizon (beyond having it preset for Verizon), like using the phone number of the jetpack or something?

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7e18n1
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Effectively, you take the 3FF SIM card out of the Jetpack, put it in a 2FF SIM card adapter you get from the 3GStore, and then put it in the IBR600. You should be able to use MyVerizon to change the device from the Jetpack to the IBR600, but if it fails call Customer Service (800) 922-0204 to change devices. You can also order a 2FF SIM card for the IBR600 so just a call to Verizon should get it going. The 3GStore can be more informative about the whole process. 

The 5510L works with most any modern Asus Wireless Router with USB and 3G/4G support.

The recommended product is:

https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/RT-AC1900/

For their return policy, the recommend purchase place is Walmart:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/ASUS-RT-AC1900-Router/50179416

When you setup this router, you have to change its default IP address or it will conflict with the 5510L, because both cannot use the same IP address. I also recommend putting the IP address the Jetpack assigns the Asus in the Jetpack's DMZ so it bypasses the Jetpack's firewall letting the Asus handle it. Since there is no need for Wi-Fi with the Jetpack, turn off the Jetpack's Wi-Fi. Since the plan is to use a mesh network, turn off the Asus Wi-Fi as well. Unfortunately, this setup is high maintenance, a Jetpack really isn’t designed for this kind of operation so it tends to stop working for seemingly no reason. It's up to you to get it back working again.

Re: MiFi and Mesh Networks
krisjnic
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Thanks for such specific details. Very helpful!

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ROYSYVM
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How much is the cost per month

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