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Bridge USB Tethered Phone to Router thru Linux Mint Desktop

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Im trying to bridge my phone that is USB tethered to my Linux Mint 19.2 desktop and my Archer C2300 router so that I can share my internet connections to other devices in the house. My phone is the only internet we can get.
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Re: Bridge USB Tethered Phone to Router thru Linux Mint Desktop

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Hi TGPB,

If your Archer C2300 hardware router supports USB phone tethering, then attach the smartphone to the router instead of the Linux Mint desktop. If your smartphone supports WiFi hotspot which most do, or you can add an app, then you could connect the router to your phone's WiFi hotspot like you would any other WiFi router in Bridge or Repeater or wisp mode and all other computer or devices can then attach to your router. Of course, if you have the smartphone's WiFi HotSpot active, then all other computers and devices could connect directly to the smartphone's WiFi HotSpot like any other WiFi router or use the Archer hardware router that is connected to the smartphone. Using a router may be better with a smartphone's WiFi hotspot because most phones have a limit to the number of computers and or devices that can connect to its WiFi HotSpot. I prefer that to being USB cable "tethered" because I can then still walk around with the phone.

If your router does not support USB tethering, then you can get one that does for a reasonable price at places like Amazon.com, eBay, etc..


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Re: Bridge USB Tethered Phone to Router thru Linux Mint Desktop

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I am aware of the USB tethering to a router. I tried an Asus router and my carrier is blocking tethering to a router, but not blocking tethering to a computer. They also are blocking me from Hot Spotting to more than one device at a time. This is why I am seeking help to tether in the method I have outlined. The phone is ONLY used for internet so it will always be connected.
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Re: Bridge USB Tethered Phone to Router thru Linux Mint Desktop

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Hi TGPB,

A.) I do not know how your phone carrier or smartphone could block USB tethering to a router but allow it to a computer or how they could differentiate between them. I can "tether" my Android phone using the USB cable to either my WiFi router or my Linux Mint computer. The router would obviously be a better choice as that would easily allow other computers and devices to connect to the router using WiFi (wireless) or wired (Ethernet).

If your smartphone's HotSpot allows even one connection, then you can connect your WiFi router to that using that one connection and let everything else connect to the router.

B.) Another option that may be available would be to tether the smartphone to the Linux Mint computer and create a Linux Mint HotSpot with that connection that your router and other WiFi devices could connect with, but I am pretty sure you would also need an available WiFi adapter.
How to create a wifi hotspot with USB Dongle? : linuxmint
https://www.reddit.com/r/linuxmint/comm ... sb_dongle/

I'm trying to take a 4G LTE cell signal from my phone that is usb tethered to my linux mint 19.1 Desktop PC and rebroadcast the signal via a usb wireless network dongle. In other words, I want to make my desktop act as a wireless router for my usb lte hotspot. I've tried playing with the graphic network manager and following 2 or 3 guides I saw online, but none seemed to work. Any ideas?
create a Linux Mint HotSpot - Google Search
https://www.google.com/search?q=create+ ... e&ie=UTF-8

tethered phone create a Linux Mint HotSpot - Google Search
https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACY ... CAs&uact=5



C.) FYI: There are WiFi routers, small USB WiFi router dongles, 3G 4G Modems, and mobile HotSpot devices where you can put the smartphone's sim card directly into that device's sim card slot and use it. Make sure any of these will work in your country or internationally.

Example: GL.iNet 4G Smart Router, T-Mobile Version, OpenWrt, 5000mAh Battery, OpenVPN Client, a Router That You can Program (EC25-AFFA Module Installed)
https://www.amazon.com/GL-iNet-T-Mobile ... ics&sr=1-3

GL.iNet Spitz (GL-X750) 4G LTE OpenWrt Router, T-Mobile Version, AC750 Dual-Band Wi-Fi, IoT Gateway, VPN Client and Server
https://www.amazon.com/GL-iNet-GL-X750- ... 8JQ9NXJKNR

3g 4g unlocked wifi router with sim card slot - Google Search
https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACY ... CAs&uact=5

unlocked wifi router with sim card support - Google Search
https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACY ... UGhkyrhIs0

Best mobile hotspots for 4G LTE and 5G in 2019: portable wireless routers for traveling
- These work at home or businesses as well.
https://www.techradar.com/news/best-mob ... -4g-and-5g

Unlocked 4G LTE modem wifi router sim card slot | eBay
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R ... t&_sacat=0


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Re: Bridge USB Tethered Phone to Router thru Linux Mint Desktop

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My plan gives me true unlimited data on the phone with no throttling. My Hotspot is throttled to 5mbps plus I can only connect one device to it at a time. I tried tethering to an Asus AC68U and the SIM card would not allow the internet to work. It stumped ASUS tech support.

The reason I was requesting help to tether the phone to my router thru the desktop is to retain un-throttled internet and still share my connection for TV and other devices in the house.
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Re: Bridge USB Tethered Phone to Router thru Linux Mint Desktop

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Hi TGPB,

That's very nice that you have unlimited data on your phone provider plan that is greater than 5mbps. It seems strange to me that using the phone's HotSpot would somehow be limited to 5mbps although that is still pretty fast.

As I pointed out, there are other devices that you can put the phone's sim card into (including some routers, mobile hotspot devices, etc...) that might work very well for this. Most phone providers also have stand-alone "unthrottled" mobile modem hotspot / router devices that you can get from them for what you want to do even though unlocked 3rd party devices may also work. "T-mobile" is now providing home or business Internet service using their phone network which means they must provide some 3G/4G/5G modem - router device for using that.

The option B. in my reply provides information on what you originally requested, but it seems to me that you would need to have an available WiFi adapter to create a Linux Mint HotSpot that your router (& other devices) could connect with.

Good luck.

Keep us posted on your progress.
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Re: Bridge USB Tethered Phone to Router thru Linux M[Mint 19.1 Cinnamon] Hey I just quick tested this on my machint Des

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I got EasyTether to work on the computer.

Trying to follow the instructions from your link
How to create a wifi hotspot with USB Dongle? : linuxmint
https://www.reddit.com/r/linuxmint/comm ... sb_dongle/
it says the following:
Connected the computer to my phone via USB tethering.
Settings >network >wifi >Use as hotspot... to turn on wifi hotspot.
How do I find "Settings >network >wifi >Use as hotspot"?
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Re: Bridge USB Tethered Phone to Router thru Linux M[Mint 19.1 Cinnamon] Hey I just quick tested this on my machint Des

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Hi TGPB,

What is the make and model of your phone?

I think EasyTether is for phones that do not have built-in HotSpot or USB tethering capability or if maybe their service provider can somehow block or limit those options. You may also need to pay $9.99 for their full version to work properly and you would click their application on your phone to use it. If your phone has built-in HotSpot & Tethering functions, ie: on my Android Nokia 1 phone, you can just go to its settings, Network and Internet, HotSpot & Tethering, click either WiFi hotspot or USB Tethering, click to enable it. Sometimes, there are limits to number of connections and mine shows maximum of 6 connections allowed, but if I make one of those hotspot connections using my WiFi router, then I can connect everything else to the WiFi router.

Google Search for "EasyTether"
https://www.google.com/search?q=EasyTet ... 8&oe=utf-8

How to tether Android - EasyTether. Android tethering for Mac OS X, Ubuntu, Fedora, PS3, XBox, Wii, Windows
http://www.mobile-stream.com/easytether/android.html

get around tethering charges easytether android
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/get-aroun ... r-android/

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Re: Bridge USB Tethered Phone to Router thru Linux Mint Desktop

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My phone is a Samsung S8.
I can tether and hotspot with my phone. I am limited to one connection by my carrier. I can not connect to a router like Asus, been their tried that.. The carrier has somehow blocked that. I'm using EasyTether because it works around the restrictions of the Hotspot/ Tether implemented by a carrier. I currently have the computer working with EasyTether. Now I want to try and turn my Linux computer into a hotspot.
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Re: Bridge USB Tethered Phone to Router thru Linux Mint Desktop

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When I follow these directions to turn my internet connection into a hotspot.
https://www.fosslinux.com/15132/how-to- ... x-mint.htm
It did not work.
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