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May 21, 2013 12:31:17 AM

So here's my issue.
Recently I have been on the go a lot and I have been tethering my phone to my laptop for internet.
However, for personal reasons, I need a static IP and AT&T likes to change my phone's IP every time I restart it.
How would I go about using my household connection as a proxy to have an unchanging IP when using my phone's tethered internet?
Running android 4.1 if that means anything.

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May 21, 2013 12:59:27 AM

set up a vpn between your phone and home computer. But your computer will have to be turned on at all times if you want to do it this way. Or do you have a home server / nas? What router do you have? Maybe you can even put DD-WRT or OpenWRT on that and set up a vpn server.
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May 21, 2013 1:16:54 AM

Currently not at home so I can't check my router but I definitely don't mind the computer being on at all times. I really just need my phone's mobile hotspot internet to have a static IP. Would a VPN allow me to do that? It can't involve remote desktop access or anything bandwidth intensive, just a way to have my home connection as a middleman.
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May 21, 2013 5:59:55 AM

Set up a router! Think about it, isn't that exactly what a router does? It takes your dynamic public IP from the ISP and makes it a local (and if you wish, static) IP. Only problem is that your typical router has a wired WAN port, when what you need is a wireless WAN. To solve that problem, you can either patch a wireless ethernet bridge to the WAN, or purchase a WISP-capable router. A WISP router is the same as any other router, except is can create a wireless WAN connection to some remote AP (in this case, the one offered by your phone's hotspot). Any dd-wrt compatible router is also capable of being configured as a WISP router using "client" (not "client bridge") or “repeater” (not “repeater bridge”) mode.
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May 22, 2013 5:21:23 AM

eibgrad said:
Set up a router! Think about it, isn't that exactly what a router does? It takes your dynamic public IP from the ISP and makes it a local (and if you wish, static) IP. Only problem is that your typical router has a wired WAN port, when what you need is a wireless WAN. To solve that problem, you can either patch a wireless ethernet bridge to the WAN, or purchase a WISP-capable router. A WISP router is the same as any other router, except is can create a wireless WAN connection to some remote AP (in this case, the one offered by your phone's hotspot). Any dd-wrt compatible router is also capable of being configured as a WISP router using "client" (not "client bridge") or “repeater” (not “repeater bridge”) mode.

Man he's talking about his mobile phone connection.

@op, yes you would be able to do that if you set up a VPN connection between your phone and computer.
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May 22, 2013 7:17:32 AM

Well I suppose it depends on what the OP means by "tethered" (he wasn’t specific). If it's over USB or some other proprietary cable, yeah, a router won't help. But if the the phone is available as a wifi hotspot, then yes, a router would work. It’s essentially acting as a proxy. As I suggested, you'd need to connect the router's WAN over wireless to the phone's wifi hotspot. Now his laptop (and other devices) use a local ip, which could be established w/ an infinite lease. And now he essentially has a static IP.

I admit, there are a lot of ifs here given how little information the OP has provided. All we know is he’s tethered (how?) and needs a static IP (why?, remote access?). That’s not much to go on, so all we can do is offer a wide variety of options and hope one fits the bill.
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May 22, 2013 8:44:33 AM

eibgrad said:
Well I suppose it depends on what the OP means by "tethered" (he wasn’t specific). If it's over USB or some other proprietary cable, yeah, a router won't help. But if the the phone is available as a wifi hotspot, then yes, a router would work. It’s essentially acting as a proxy. As I suggested, you'd need to connect the router's WAN over wireless to the phone's wifi hotspot. Now his laptop (and other devices) use a local ip, which could be established w/ an infinite lease. And now he essentially has a static IP.

I admit, there are a lot of ifs here given how little information the OP has provided. All we know is he’s tethered (how?) and needs a static IP (why?, remote access?). That’s not much to go on, so all we can do is offer a wide variety of options and hope one fits the bill.

"Recently I have been on the go a lot and I have been tethering my phone to my laptop for internet."

So i guess it's supposed to be mobile, a router is not. So he can use a VPN connection to use his static IP at home to make his laptop connectable to a static ip for whatever he needs it.

Also @op, you might wanna use no-ip.com as it's way easier.
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May 22, 2013 9:00:36 AM

Again, we don't have sufficient information. Heck, he could use a travel router, which are smaller and often can be USB powered! Again, until the OP lays down stricter requirements, both you and I have are offering viable solutions.
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May 23, 2013 4:18:33 AM

Sorry about not being very specific. When I say tethered I mean using the mobile hotspot function on my phone, not the usb cable.
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May 23, 2013 4:52:18 AM

and what do you intend to do? Why do you need a static IP?
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