2 Replies Latest reply on May 20, 2011 12:27 PM by XCore

    My personal VZW 4G home setup w/Linksys router - Solves tons of problems


      So I was having a lot of the same problems as other with trying to extend my network, make it more stable and compatible with other wireless devices. I've gone through three 4G devices (Samsung then MiFi then back to Samsung). Here in Columbia, SC I still don't get a consistent 4G speed but at least I am now fairly stable with my 4G connection at better than 3G speeds so I'm ok with that until something else comes along.


      Here's how I have my home network setup using my VZW 4G Samsung device. Keep in mind that I also have a cable modem that I use for most Internet activity due to the 10GB limitation with VZW.




      What you need:

      • Hotspot (Mine is the Samsung SCH–LC11)
      • Ethernet Wi-Fi Adapter (Mine is a Netgear WNCE2001 from Walmart $50)
      • Wireless router (Mine is a Linksys E2000)


      Why/How does it work?

      The Ethernet WiFi adapter "tricks" the router into thinking it's connected via ethernet to a modem.


      The process:

      1. Connect to your router and turn off WPS (the push-button connection some routers have these days. You will need to set it to use manual connections, be sure to click SAVE) and then unplug the power
      2. Using a wireless computer such as a laptop or desktop with wireless adapter, connect to your hotspot
      3. Setup the Ethernet WiFi adapter according to their instructions without WPS (during this process you will set the adapter up to connect to the hotspot).
      4. Once finished with configuring the Wifi Adapter, connect it to your router's "Internet" port and power on the adapter followed by the router about 30 seconds later.

      At this point your router will typically boot up and obtain the connection information from your hotspot just as if it were connected to any other modem. Now you can connect to your routher via it's wireless connection or one of its wired ports. If all goes well, you are on the internet through your hotspot. If not, you can try powering down the router, waiting about a minute and power back up. If that doesn't work, you will need to connect to your router via your web browser and try a release/renew of the IPs but this is not a typical occurrence.


      Good luck! Oh and be careful! It's easy to forget you are on a hotspot and have a data limit.