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July 24, 2013 1:15:00 AM

Hello all I have an iPad mini that has a built in 4g LTE hotspot internet connection in it.

I have a receipt printer hardwired and plugged into my Asus rt-n12 router in ethernet lan port 1. The Asus router is configured as a "repeater".

When I try to print something to my receipt printer it says printer offline.

Router/repeaters ip address is 192.168.1.1. IPad/hotspots ip address is 70.211.x.x. Both hotspot and repeater are on 255.255.255.0 subnet. Googling this issue finds me with no luck.

I want to know if networking is possible with this set up or if I need additional equipment, such as a wireless bridge.

Thanks guys.
July 25, 2013 3:42:58 PM

Do you know if the router is using the iPad's hotspot? I mean, is the router using that as its internet source like it would a cable or modem connection? Also are you trying to print from the iPad or a computer?
July 26, 2013 12:29:05 AM

Hello tom thanks for replying. To answer your question I believe the router is using the hotspot as an internet source because I can connect a laptop via hardwire Ethernet to the back of the router and get on the net that way.

I am trying to print from my ipad.

Some guy told me the iPad can't act as a cellular hotspot and create a WiFi network at the same time. He gave me no further proof.

Curious question, is my repeater suppose to have the same ip as my hotspot when setup?

Thanks.
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July 28, 2013 5:00:40 PM
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erock619 said:
Hello tom thanks for replying. To answer your question I believe the router is using the hotspot as an internet source because I can connect a laptop via hardwire Ethernet to the back of the router and get on the net that way.

I am trying to print from my ipad.

Some guy told me the iPad can't act as a cellular hotspot and create a WiFi network at the same time. He gave me no further proof.

Curious question, is my repeater suppose to have the same ip as my hotspot when setup?

Thanks.


I'm assuming that this printer usually works with the iPad?? I know a most printers don't natively work with iOS unless they're air print.

Now there's nothing else connected to the router is there?? As far as I know, routers don't usually take a signal, the give out one. But the fact that it's a repeater could do that.. Also (to my knowledge, which may be incorrect) a hotspot IS a wifi network. Right? You could connect your laptop to the hotspot and go online, right?

Another note, your router could still create a wireless network, it just wouldn't have access to the internet. Know what I mean? So you have all these devices connected together, but they can't access the internet.

I'm not sure, but I wouldn't think so. Maybe try to reconfigure the router to an actual router and set up a network that's doesn't have internet connection. The iPad could still talk to the printer over that.
August 1, 2013 3:07:55 PM

Thanks for the answer tom. The hotspot is like a satellite internet connection configured to my iPad and essentially I can have up to 5 users connect to my hotspots internet. I have my iPad setup as a platform to ring up my customers and have the receipt printer to give out hard copy receipts. You are right about having all devices communicate but I do need the internet to be able to use the credit card function.
August 29, 2013 12:55:02 AM

I'm attempting to set up a similar repeater for my iPad mini hotspot. My repeater is a Netgear WGR614v9 wireless router. The setup manual says "The IP address of the repeater must be in the same subnet as the base station (iPad mini)..." "A computer on any wireless or wired LAN segment of the wireless router should be able to connect to the Internet or share files and printers with any other wireless or wired computer or server connected to the other AP (base station)."
http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/WGR614V9/WGR... (page 4-13)

If you get it to work, I would be interested to learn the IP addresses you use.
August 29, 2013 1:29:41 AM

Hey Daniel I kinda gave up on finding a solution cause i exhausted all possibilities. I had both iPad and repeater on subnet 255.255.255.0. But the iPad had a different class of an ip address compared to the repeater. Not sure if this was the problem.

On another note by adding another iPad to my equation I can then connect to iPad #1s hotspot and network with my device printer. I'm trying to save 300+ bucks but this might be my only option.

Good luck.
August 29, 2013 5:27:40 PM

I'm also at a dead end. One would think there's got to be a way to make one of the 5 devices the iPad mini hotspot supports a WiFi access point or repeater (to extend the hotspot). But right now it's beyond me. Maybe some higher-skilled hacker will see this thread and help us with our projects??

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