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Sharing 5g data from phone using USB on router

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three5G
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Hi is there a way to set up USB tethering from my 5G phone on three network to the vodafone home broadband THG router?

 

Thank you

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KeithAlger
16: Advanced member

Your router is basically a box running Linux, but just as with everything else, USB sometimes needs a hand.  Using the suggested Mobile dongles probably forces the router to act in a slightly different manner to normal.

 

So from what I've seen elsewhere.  With a third party router, it can be as easy as: Turn the WiFi off on the phone, give the phone a static local IP, and here's possibly the tricky part on the VF router - set the local IP of the phone as the Internet gateway.  That should be about it.

 

*On some third party routers, this is so automatic that plugging in a device that uses a USB port as a Network interface can be problematic - such as trying to use a Raspberry Pi Zero (no WiFi) for PiHole, and initially finding all your network traffic is routed to PiZero rather than the WAN port!

 

**Does not work on either a Moto E4plus or Poco F3 and my Asus RT-AC86U router.  The router appears to be happy, but the phones refuse to teather in an appropriate manner.

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AnnS
17: Community Champion

Hi @three5G 

 

There shouldn't be any problems setting up a hotspot using your 3 phone. You should be able to do this direct from your phone, any problems speak to 3.

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three5G
2: Seeker

Hi thank you for that I can wifi tether on my phone. I would like to know how to USB tether via the Vodafone router. Thank you  

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AnnS
17: Community Champion

Hi @three5G 

 

You are a 3 customer, you need to ask them this question, 3 will have their own website guide.

 

This is from the Vodafone site here: How do I set up a mobile hotspot? if your phone is listed on device guides, it will be the same method. 

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three5G
2: Seeker

 

Thank you again but I may not have made myself clear. Will try  better now. On my Vodafone THG3000 router ( I am a Vodafone home internet customer) there are 2 USB ports . The USB port on the side can be used for sharing ( a harddrive for example). There is also an option to have back up 3G/4G internet using a dongle.

 

on any android phone you can USB tether and use your internet.

 

Now if you plug your android phone with USB tethering enabled you should technically be able to share the data from phone via the router. I have a 3 sim in my mobile phone. Is there any setting that needs to be enabled on the router for this. Thank you

 

Please also see the attached screenshot

 

 

 

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Jayach
16: Advanced member

I have to say I have never heard of anyone tethering to their phone via USB.

I suspect, if it is possible to do what you suggest, then the firmware of the THG3000 will only try to use the 3G/4G (or 5G) via the USB if the DSL signal is not present. Have you tried with the DSL disconnected?

Why are you attempting to do this?

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three5G
2: Seeker

Good call, haven't tried disconnecting the DSL. Will try tonight.

 

I tether my phone via USB all the time to my laptop to use the internet that way my phone is charged up and no security issues of someone hacking my wifi.

 

Just trying out to see if it works with the router especially that vodafone broadband Pro offers mobile data back up if DSL fails

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Jayach
16: Advanced member

@three5G wrote:

Just trying out to see if it works with the router especially that vodafone broadband Pro offers mobile data back up if DSL fails


Let us know if it does work. It would probably a better way of using the phone's internet connection if the land line broadband goes down, rather than have to tether all the devices to the phone by WiFi.

It's likely to use a lot of the phone's data allowance.

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three5G
2: Seeker

Indeed as the phone wifi only allows 5 devices to tether at any given time.

 

Will report back after trying when the kids are off to sleep.

I suspect if it does not work vodafone might not help with the settings as they would want you to sign up to their Pro broadband at extra cost rather than use the mobile data you already have 

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Cynric
12: Established

If it doesn't work this kind of thing may be of some use https://www.techadvisor.com/test-centre/internet/mobile-wifi-3656619/  but I don't know how (or if you can) to integrate it with your LAN.

 

However this one https://www.tp-link.com/uk/home-networking/3g-4g-router/tl-mr3020/ does provide an ethernet port too, so perhaps there is some hope. 

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three5G
2: Seeker

Just disconnecting DSL did not do the trick unfortunately. There must be some settings that need to be changed on the router. Or may be I will try using a 4G phone as the setting specify 3g/4g only. will report back the results in due course. May be some one with vodafone pro internet might be able to check their settings and provide a screen shot what needs to be changed

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three5G
2: Seeker

Thank you for that , i did have a look at standalone mobile routers but that stops me getting my phone calls through . Also would like to make use of the equipment I already have rather than creating more electronic waste by buying more gadgets - if possible that is.

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KeithAlger
16: Advanced member

Your router is basically a box running Linux, but just as with everything else, USB sometimes needs a hand.  Using the suggested Mobile dongles probably forces the router to act in a slightly different manner to normal.

 

So from what I've seen elsewhere.  With a third party router, it can be as easy as: Turn the WiFi off on the phone, give the phone a static local IP, and here's possibly the tricky part on the VF router - set the local IP of the phone as the Internet gateway.  That should be about it.

 

*On some third party routers, this is so automatic that plugging in a device that uses a USB port as a Network interface can be problematic - such as trying to use a Raspberry Pi Zero (no WiFi) for PiHole, and initially finding all your network traffic is routed to PiZero rather than the WAN port!

 

**Does not work on either a Moto E4plus or Poco F3 and my Asus RT-AC86U router.  The router appears to be happy, but the phones refuse to teather in an appropriate manner.

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three5G
2: Seeker

Thank you for that will try it and report back. Never done anything like this before but will give it a go

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