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3G USB dongle, netgear wifi router, 2 LAN cards & 4 pc's

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January 17, 2014 5:00:10 AM

Hi there,

I currently have a LAN with 4 pc's successfully connecting through a netgear wifi router. I am not using the wifi yet. I have just bought a 3g usb dongle. There is no usb port on the router so i have to connect direcly into the pc. I have tried ICS but does not work. Ip range is from 192.168.0.1 to 50. I have also installed a 2nd LAN card in one pc that connects to a hub. I have tried connectify but it has messed up the LAN. Can someone assist as i would like to share the 3g internet across the LAN, have wifi setup so that my cell phones can also connect and not have to switch on and off constantly.

Thanks in advance.

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a b X LAN
January 17, 2014 5:14:36 AM

You should be able to get ICS to work. As long as the 3g device presents itself as a network adapter you can share it. The general problem is ICS like to be the router and if you have a real physical router you have to many time change ICS settings in the registry or better run your router as a AP and let the ICSbe the router.

Still in the long run you will not be real happy using your PC as a router. You must leave it on all the time and if you run the wrong software you take the risk of impacting the traffic flowing though the ICS connection.

Used to be very expensive to get a router that would allow you to plug a broadband modem in but the cost has come down a lot. Both Asus and tplink ...and a number of the other vendors.. sell router that support many dongles. First thing to do is dig though their list of supported modems. It is important to match both the exact modem as well as the cell company. Some cell companies intentionally make their stuff incompatible to force you to buy their router solutions.

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January 17, 2014 5:25:25 AM

bill001g said:
You should be able to get ICS to work. As long as the 3g device presents itself as a network adapter you can share it. The general problem is ICS like to be the router and if you have a real physical router you have to many time change ICS settings in the registry or better run your router as a AP and let the ICSbe the router.

Still in the long run you will not be real happy using your PC as a router. You must leave it on all the time and if you run the wrong software you take the risk of impacting the traffic flowing though the ICS connection.

Used to be very expensive to get a router that would allow you to plug a broadband modem in but the cost has come down a lot. Both Asus and tplink ...and a number of the other vendors.. sell router that support many dongles. First thing to do is dig though their list of supported modems. It is important to match both the exact modem as well as the cell company. Some cell companies intentionally make their stuff incompatible to force you to buy their router solutions.



Thanks, for the response Bill001g. I'll give it another bash and clear the registry. Cant the modems be jailbroken to stop the monopoly? (chuckling silently).

If all else fails, I'll give it to my 7 year old to sort out. He'll break it quick enough so that I'll have to buy one of those new routers. :) 

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a b X LAN
January 17, 2014 5:34:26 AM

It isn't a registry clear. Even changing simple things like the IP range it wants to use or the DHCP pools are all set by registry variables and there is not command or gui to change them. It is a extremely old tool that was invented to share dialup modems.

It isn't the jailbreak. There is no real standard for the communication between the dongle and the OS. This is why you have to load the driver from the vendor. It can be simple things like how they want you to pass userid and passwords if they require them in the first place. This is all non standard and if they do not release information for the router manufactures there is little they can do. Its not like you can load the PC driver they provide into a router.
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