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Using the MF271 as a modem with an external router

jramsay
I've Been Around

Hi everyone,

 

I've been trying to set up my rocket hub (MF271) as a modem and then use an external router to broadcast the signal with a better range than the MF271's built in one. But I can't seem to get it to work. When I plug the ethernet cable directly into the d-link router i can't seem to get it to work. 

 

I don't know if there's a way to put the MF271 into Bridge mode or if I have to use port forwarding or something along those lines. Hopefully someone can give me some pointers any help would be greatly apprecieated

 

 

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Re: Using the MF271 as a modem with an external router

Hi @ShakTiburon,

 

 

Thank you for your insight on this situation.
 

Your question regarding running it as an access point means it is the same WiFi? Also For the access point not doing it's own routing, you're correct! @Breeze99 can physically connect a router to the ZTE Rocket Hub via Ethernet, with the router set to access point mode and if it works both devices will be on one sub network. Just keep in mind the ZTE Rocket Hub is not designed to be configured as an access point so it will not change it's sub network. If a router set to access point mode requires the other device / router to be set to bridge mode it may not work properly. Because the ZTE Rocket Hub is not designed to be set to bridge mode. That's where a workaround comes to play, with the help from custom settings (disable WiFi) and troubleshooting this should help with connecting more than 10 WiFi users which, is what @Breeze99 is looking for.

 


Regards,
RogersArthur

Re: Using the MF271 as a modem with an external router

JT85
I've Been Here Awhile

I've been trying to do as much research as I can in anticipation for a move to the country where Rogers is my only option for high-speed internet.

 

After reading the posts in this topic, I'm looking for some clarification on something.

 

My current setup at home is with the local cable company and my third-party router, where the cable internet modem feeds into my router which in turn assigns the IPs and broadcasts the WiFi for my local devices.

 

From what I understand now, and I hope I'm wrong, I wouldn't have the option to connect from the Rogers HUB to my third-party router and have my router do all the work of DHCP and WiFi broadcasting?

Re: Using the MF271 as a modem with an external router

@JT85

Correct. Routing would have disconnects since HUB will do routing as well 😕
You can set your router to not route but just be an access point - But DHCP would be controlled in HUB and Wifi Broadcast can be done by Router (which would act as Wifi Access Point and no Routing).

Re: Using the MF271 as a modem with an external router

JT85
I've Been Here Awhile
Shucks, that's almost a deal breaker for me.
Does the MF271 broadcast at 5GHz ?
Does it have port-forwarding capabilities ?

Re: Using the MF271 as a modem with an external router

Port-forward yes.
5GHZ I don't think so, I can double check...

I think you'll be fine, as long as your router doesn't do routing.

 

Edit:

Yep, doesn't do 5ghz

 

 

HSPA Bands: 1900/850 MHz
LTE Bands: 2100/2600 MHz
Download/Upload Speed: Up to 75/25Mbps
Wi-Fi Version: 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Calling (UMA): No
GPS: No
A-GPS: Yes
Bluetooth: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Data Cable Supported: Yes – USB Data Cable
Infrared: No