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    OK, so I've been using CLEAR's wireless hotspot to get internet access while at work (work network is heavily filtered), and while it's working like a charm, I'd like to share with more than 7 of my coworkers. The CLEAR device that I'm using only allows 8 connections, so I thought a router would work perfectly. I'm just not able to find a router with a wireless WAN connection. Anyone heard of one? Or is it just a setting and any wireless router will work?
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    Re: Completely wireless router (even the WAN connection)?

    You have a few options

    1. If your sim is removable, buy a 3g router that supports a sim.
    2.buy a router that supports simultaneous client and AP mode.
    3. Get 2 routers that support either client or AP but not simultaneous and connect them via cat 5.
    4. Buy a cheap 3g/4g USB dongle and plug it into a wireless router that supports 3g USB dongles.
    Last edited by bolagnaise; 01-14-2013, 06:42 PM.
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      Re: Completely wireless router (even the WAN connection)?

      Originally posted by bolagnaise View Post
      You have a few options

      1. If your sim is removable, buy a 3g router that supports a sim. It's not.
      2.buy a router that supports simultaneous client and AP mode. See below.
      3. Get 2 routers that support either client or AP but not simultaneous and connect them via cat 5. See below.
      4. Buy a cheap 3g/4g USB dongle and plug it into a wireless router that supports 3g USB dongles. Won't help with my CLEAR service.
      So, any recommendations for a router that supports simultaneous client and AP mode? I've never used AP mode. I'm assuming that's Access Point mode? So, AP mode enables the router to get its WAN connection via WiFi?
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        Re: Completely wireless router (even the WAN connection)?

        http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006DEBXD0/..._am_us?ie=UTF8

        This is what you want. Operate in WISP mode and you'll be GTG.
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          Re: Completely wireless router (even the WAN connection)?

          It sounds like you need a wireless access point to bridge the connection. Try something like the below product or anything that can serve as a bridged access point.

          http://www.amazon.com/ZyXEL-Wireless...s+access+point
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            Re: Completely wireless router (even the WAN connection)?

            Before I buy something, I have an old Linksys WRT54G laying around somewhere. Can I make that work somehow?

            If so, how do I make it get its WAN connection from a wireless signal?
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              Re: Completely wireless router (even the WAN connection)?

              You'd probably need to use a custom firmware like DD-WRT. I would check on the DD-WRT forums to see if the 54G supports router-to-router bridging first.

              Here's the guide on bridging two routers wirelessly using DD-WRT: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Client_Bridged
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                Re: Completely wireless router (even the WAN connection)?

                Sorry for the late reply.

                As Acreo said, the stock firmware on the 54G may not support client mode. You can put DD-WRT on the 54G and configure it to run in client.
                You will still need a second router to act as the access point, Connected to the 54G via Cat5.

                Be aware , this method will cause you to triple nat, so if you use programs that require an open nat they might not work, for 99% of web browsing you will be fine.
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