How to use cellular phone hot spot with a router as a fall back plan?

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 2 years ago
  • Acknowledged
Any suggestions?  Popular links?
Photo of Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

  • 651 Posts
  • 245 Reply Likes
  • ignorant!

Posted 2 years ago

  • 1
Photo of J&J


  • 1788 Posts
  • 1083 Reply Likes
Click Link below.....

This will work if your router has automatic WAN switching in a dual-WAN setup for Internet fallback.
There are others on eBay, just search for Wireless AP client.  

It's the client bridge mode that you need and the thing listens for your phone's WiFi hotspot and supplies Internet to your router as second WAN.  If it (the AP in client mode) won't "lock to AP" (your phone) then hope it has a firewall to blacklist your router's WiFi or there is a slight possibility of a RF loop (shouldn't happen if router isn't listening to second WAN all the time).
That's one method.  Another is when the Internet fails, set your router up for repeater mode and connect to your phone if the normal internet source fails.  If your router has AP isolation, it must be off and your router will be a glorified switch, not a router (if phone has DHCP enabled).
Photo of Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

  • 651 Posts
  • 245 Reply Likes
Thanks.  I'll check this out!  My stepson is wanting to do this.  He wants to use his phone as his ISP.  Don't know, yet, what  brand of router he has or it's capabilities.
Photo of Stephen Rice

Stephen Rice, Champion

  • 2814 Posts
  • 1466 Reply Likes
I've got no clue about that stuff.  I just use my phone as a hotspot when I need it and let my devices connect directly to it.

FoxFi is a good tethering app and it costs $5 on the Google Play Store.

I used it all the time when I was on Metro PCS.

Now that I am on Cricket Wireless, the FoxFi app doesn't work.  I pay Cricket an extra $10 a month to use the hotspot app that is built into my phone.  No complaints here.