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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Some comments on the issues you've raised.
1. If you're still paying $300+ monthly for 100 GB, then you should switch to one of the new flex plans that were introduced a few months ago. See the thread "New Flex Rate Plans for Mobile Internet" in this forum.
2. You don't mention which RocketHub ZTE model you have, but you can certainly change the IP network from the default 192.168.1.0 on the ZTE 28B model. In any case, you can use any of the other 254 networks in the 192.168.x.0 address space for your internal networks (assuming a 255.255.255.0 mask). You don't have to use the 10.x.x.x address space, but there's nothing wrong with using that address space either.
3. Notwithstanding the static IP issue, you should be able to connect all your remote access devices (to a maximum of nine) to the Ethernet ports and WiFI network of the RocketHub, thus avoiding double NAT. It's not necessary to disable the WiFi on the RocketHub if you're using a downstream internal router. (BTW, I've always assumed that the device connection limit of ten is because of limited RAM in the RocketHub devices.)
4. To avoid the cost of a static IP and the problem of port forwarding, you could set up a computer on your internal network that has access to all your remote devices, and then use Teamviewer (free for personal use) to connect to that computer from the outside world.
5. I have no personal experience with simple range extender devices on my internal network, but I have had no issues with a secondary router, a wireless access point and a switch all attached to my main internal router (which is not an Apple product, so your mileage may vary).
It's true you cannot turn off the NAT on the MF271, but you can avoid double NAT by turning off NAT on the second wireless router and only use the second router as a wireless access point. In that case you have to connect the Ethernet cable from the MF271 to one of the LAN ports of the second router, not the WAN port, and turn off the wireless feature on the MF271. The downside is the MF271's router features are much weaker than most dedicated routers so you might lose some critical functions you depend on. But this is one way to avoid double NAT. The plus side is that you circumvent the 10 wireless user limit and gain a wireless AP with much more powerful signal and range.