How to Share & Connect 3G / 4G Mobile Hotspot To WiFi Router Tutorial

Hello friends and welcome again to our channel,
“The Teacher”. In this tutorial, we are going to learn about how to share a Cellular
or Mobile Hotspot connection through a Wi-fi Router. Before continuing with this video,
I will advise you to also watch our previous video about Wireless Distribution System for
more detail information. Before I explain you how to share your Mobile
Hotspot connection through a Wireless Router, the first question could be that why would
you need this kind of configuration, when you can easily share Cellular Internet Connection
using Mobile Hotspot option, which nowadays is available on all most all the Smart Phones.
Those, who are not familiar with the term Routers, let me explain you that the Routers
server as a Central Point between the Local Area Network and Wide Area Network, which
is The Internet. Most of the time, Routers often connect to a cable or DSL modem for
the WAN or Internet uplink, and create a local Wi-Fi and Wired Ethernet network for all the
local devices in a home or work environment to connect to and share this upstream internet
connection while maintaining your local networking. A smartphone creating a “Personal Hotspot”
is doing the same, acting as a router and sharing its cellular WAN i.e. Internet Connection
with other nearby devices. In this tutorial, we are going to create a
kind of Wifi as WAN connection, where your router will connect to an external Wifi network
upstream i.e. your Cellular Hotspot Connection and at the same time create a private Wi-Fi
Network downstream for your local devices to share that connection. This allows all
of your home or office devices to always connect to the router instead of directly connecting
them to the Private Hotspot. From past 8 years, I was using a Broadband
Internet Connection in my office and was sharing this connection through a wireless router
with all the other PCs and Mobiles in my office with peer-to-peer networking infrastructure.
A month ago, because of poor ISP services, I have to switch from Broadband to 4G Mobile
LTE connection. The new 4G Connection is much faster and reliable than the broadband connection
but the problem was how to share this cellular internet connection with other devices in
my office, while maintain the networking as it was before. If I directly connect all the
devices using the Hotspot sharing option of new 4G Mobile connection, then it only be
sharing the Internet alone but what about the peer-to-peer networking configuration.
All the other PCs will be then connecting to the 4G internet connection but not to my
local LAN. So, I decided to use Wireless Distribution
System option of my router and this is how I configured it. Open your router’s configuration
page and you can find the instructions in the documentation or at the back side of your
router with the IP address and default admin and password. My TP-Link requires to use the web address to open the configuration page. After entering the
name and password, find the Wireless Settings option and here I have the WDS which is Wireless
Distribution System option. Make a check mark on this option and then click the Survey button
to let the router find the nearby Wi-Fi internet connections. I have already configured and
turned on Hotpsot options of my 4G Mobile and you can see the same Hotpsot connection
name here. Click the Connect button and it will then automatically fill all the require
information. Change the Security option and then fill in your Hotspot password that you
have configured in your mobile. On top you can configure the name of your Wi-Fi Network
and Country and this name and network will be used by other devices in your home or office,
instead of connecting all of them to your Hotspot connection directly. Click the Save
button and you will be warned that the Hotspot and Router’s channel must be the same and
you might have trouble accessing internet if both connections are operating on different
channels. You can download a small utility called Wifi Info to know the correct channel
of all nearby wifi connections and the link is given in the description. The good thing
for me is that my router can automatically detect the channels and can configure both
the hotspot and router on the same channel automatically.
Now, click the Wireless Security option and choose a security type and then fill in the
password for your new wireless network. Click the Save button and then open the DHCP server
settings. When using Wireless Distribution System, you have to disable the DHCP Server
because your 4G mobile will now be providing the IP addresses to the connected devices.
That’s it. Now, reboot your router and you are ready to connect all of your devices through
your Router instead of Hotspot and this configuration will be sharing your Hotpsot internet connection
through the router and you can also maintain the peer-to-peer networking infrastructure.
The advantage of this configuration is, that there will be no limit that how many devices
can connect to your wireless network, whereas if you directly sharing the hotspot connection
then there might be a limitation, just like in my mobile, the maximum allowed connections
are 8 for hotspot sharing. Another advantage is that I am now having internet access on
all my devices and they are still connected to a single network and can share files and
printers as they were doing before. Now, you can ask people to connect to your router’s
Wi-Fi connection instead of directly connecting them to your Mobile Hotpsot connection.
The only disadvantage of this configuration is, disabling the DHCP server. You don’t
have the access to control the IP addresses and you cannot apply fixed IP addresses according
to MAC addresses and therefore you also lose other functionalities like Bandwidth Control.
If you want to apply Fixed IP Addresses and want to control Bandwidth Usage and other
options like MAC Address Filtering, then here is the solution. Everything that I explained
in this video can be applied to share a Cellular Internet Connection except enabling the DHCP
Server. There are a lot of benefits of using DHCP Server and having permanent IP Addresses.
You can watch our previous video to know how to enable Permanent IP Address and control
Bandwidth Usage while enabling the Wireless Distribution System. So, what I need to do
now is to enable DHCP Server and that is not possible on the same Router where WDS has
been enabled. To enable DHCP Server you have to connect another Router to this router through
the LAN Port and then you can enable DHCP Server option on the newly connected router
and configure other settings as required. You can see this diagram to understand that
how I connected both the routers together. The yellow wire is connected to the LAN port
of Router which is accepting connection from Mobile through WDS option and the another
end of the wire has been inserted into the WAN port of the second router.
Now, I open the configuration page of the second router, which is for this
router and enter the default name and password. I run the Quick Setup Wizard and you can see
that in a second it automatically detected the IP addresses from the root router. The
advantage of connecting the second router using this method is, you can enable DHCP
Server on this router and can then apply Fixed IP Addresses and Bandwidth Control.
For my office configuration, what I did is, I uncheck the option of Enable SSID Broadcast
from the root router which is sharing internet through WDS because I don’t want this router
to broadcast its wireless network name and then I configure the host router with all
the desire security settings and ask everyone to connect to host router’s wireless network.
This way I can easily manage all the connected devices from my Host Router because Fixed
IP, Bandwidth Control and Mac Filtering is enabled on this router.
I hope you might have understood my point. If you like this video then don’t forget
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100 thoughts on “How to Share & Connect 3G / 4G Mobile Hotspot To WiFi Router Tutorial

  1. excellent sir you have done the procedure in the easiest way possible with having the desired settings.I have searched a lot for whats the reason for disabling the dhcp server and i got he answer thank you sir

  2. Please inform whether connecting the JIOFI 3 modem by USB cable to USB port of the TP link router will work

  3. I have a new Android Auto head unit in my car (JVC KW-M845BW). I would like to mirror my phone's screen on the head unit. I would like to use my Google Pixel 2 XL as the lte hotspot and screen mirror so that I can stream it on my new android auto head unit. Google stopped Miracast support and DLNA support for mirroring your screen. They also stopped supporting MHL HDMI support and do not support USB-C video out. This is very frustrating. Pretty much, all you can do to stream video from your phone is using Chromecast.

    Now that I have all of that out of the way, your video describes using a TP-link wifi router as a mobile hotspot extender of the lte connection from a phone. Do you know if I were to install a tp-link router in my car and enable the WDS bridge as described in your video for my phone to share it's lte connection, is it possible for a chromecast connected to the HDMI port of the display to work off of the router connection and stream video from your phone to the display using the router/chromecast configuration I described? In other words can the router act as a gateway to sending video to the chromecast and the phone act as a hotspot to the same router?

  4. plz help
    great work sr ..but when i disabled the dhcp server….after that i am unable to get my login page where i do configuration of my router …i have tried ipconfig to get gateway and use gate way ip to go to login page but it doent work….plz help

  5. This is a fantastic explanation, I was looking for this kind of solution, thanks a lot from Costa Rica!

  6. Omg comee on punjab its really not that hard and the way u explain it makes it confusing and u take way to long

  7. Thank you for the amazing and simple video of connecting mobile hotspot to WiFi router. My problem is that my laptops WiFi is broken and the only way i can connect is through Ethernet cable from the WiFi router. It used to work perfectly when i had broadband connection. Now i have mobile hotspot and i have done everything as mentioned in the video but unable to access internet on laptop without WiFi through Ethernet cable. please help. TP-LINK router

  8. Hey same router, no way that I can't understand it. And also have captions that can understand more

  9. I'm trying to let my daughter connect to my hotspot. In the settings it ask for number of devices allowed that is set to 0. I can't find anyway to change it to 1 so she can connect. Can anyone pls help me.

  10. Any one please… will your mobile phone be connected to the same final network when hotspot is on? What happens when hotspot is turned off on mobile phone? Thanks.

  11. Can the router that is sharing hotspot also be connected to the ethernet WAN at the same time so that users can use either of the two connections, whichever is up.

  12. Teacher can I use the TP-Link N300 Wireless Wi-Fi Router – 2 x 5dBi High Power Antennas, Up to 300Mbps (TL-WR841N) for the set up? it is the newer version of your router

  13. do you know this problem: when WDS bridging of iPhone6 4G hotspot is enabled with correct channel, as soon as you reboot the root-router, the hotspot WiFi changes the channel number. So the DHCP service of iPhone is never giving the WDS router any IP-Adress. It stays in default IP.

  14. Do any tp link router have this feature, I am planning to purchase TP-Link TL-WR841N 300Mbps Wireless-N Router?
    TP-Link TL-WR841N 300Mbps Wireless-N Router

  15. some people are saying that only some routers can support mobile hotspot, so I need to see which ones can support it.
    Also, do you have to keep doing this everytime you shut off the mobile hotspot or shut off the phone? Or will it automatically connect with the router and all the devices using that connection to receive internet?
    Thank you in advance!

  16. Hi Again, I purchased the tp link TL-WR841N router,
    It had a WISP Mode which I used to configure, should I disable DHCP Server, because it seems to be working fine?

  17. Hello Mr. Teacher, can I share/connect a wifi router to a Verizon "Jetpack" ?Reason is, I have one device (weather station) that has to connect via Internet Cable (RJ45).  The Jetpack has no port for a cable connection.  Hope you can help me. Thank you, Rick

  18. Why would I want to connect a hot spot to my router? I want to run my home network with unlimited data. Unlimited data is provided by the hotspot to my home network. My smart devices are connected to the home network. My ISP Verizon modem has a 10GB data limit. There is no cable or DLS available. The Sprint hotspot provided unlimited data.

  19. One problem here,,,,if mobile is switched off for some reason , the channel changes and you wont be connected to AP
    so need to switch off hotspot till the channel gets locked

  20. Thank you for taking the time to solve a problem that has stumped me for weeks. This configuration is particularly helpful for food-truck operators using a Point-of-sale system that requires a LAN attached to the Internet. Kudos!

  21. Hello Teacher. Can you tell me how I can access the router set up page after I have reconfigured per your video. I cannot open the router page, is the only way to reset the router ?

  22. Hey, I have TPLINK MR 3220 Router, I am following same instructions but after reboot my router doesn't pick IP address like yours, Whereas if I connect any other device with my mobile hot spot it gives IP in same kind of range i.e. Can you tell me what to do? How I can configure this. I have disable DHCP on router but still now getting IP.

  23. MIPAK commenting: Great video to show how to use your phones mobile hotspot to share home devices via an ethernet connection instead of wirelessly (or both). Since some of my devices require an ethernet connection (via a 16-port switch) then this is fabulous for these older style devices (and even my video phone relay service). I really have to try this soon and will update this comment when I get it done (probably by Monday the 1st as a pair of matching routers will arrive Sunday via Amazon that I can test it on before possibly whacking out my working router!). I don't know if newer TP-Link TR-WR940N routers will work as did these TP-Link TR-740N routers that were used in this example above but it's worth a try (easy to return if not). If it works I'll post a video of my own sometime by 15th!

  24. awesome! i'll try it now.

    PS: I can't stop thinking about this guy moving his head side to side while speaking.

  25. After enabling WDS Bridge, I could only access to the admin page of Mobile Hotspot. How can I access to the admin page of TP-Link router. Of course, the DHCP is already disabled.

  26. Hello i tried connecting my router to mobile jio hotspot, followed all what your video says, still unable to connect to internet, in WDS status its showing Init.(WDS connection is down)

  27. I want to know that Will the router remain connected to my mobile hotspot even if I shut down my laptop after configuring these settings.
    And Best vedio on YouTube on how to connect mobile hotspot to the router,explaining in the simplest way.

  28. Hi,
    Thanks for the video, helped a lot.
    In the second part after reboot you accessed the router configuration via ip address, I suppose this is your hotspot ip address. But I am not able to access my tplink router configuration. I tried to find the assigned ip address but not getting it. On running ipconfig on my connected desktop I got the Ethernet ip but not able to access tplink configuration with it.
    When I check my mobile for connected users, I found 'Unknown' with my tplink mac id, but no ip address is displayed. Generally when we connect to a hotspot it displays an ip address, but for my router it is displaying the mac id.
    Pls help me this…

  29. Once the router is configured through the modem, can you disconnect the Ethernet cable from the modem and only use your mobile hot spot? I am trying to run my office with ONLY a hot spot and a router for the rest of my devices like it is shown in the video.

  30. Hi, what happens when the mobile hotspot wifi router is not available ? can I still use the access point as usual? like printing from a laptop to the wireless printer on the same network of the access point ? Thanks

  31. Good and useful video.Do you have to change IP address of the router different one from your mobile hotspot?Or is it done automatically?

  32. Hi Thank you very much for your video. I have confusion and totally lost at 8:35. You say root router and host router. You have shown in diagram root router and Extended router. could you kindly explain what is this host router? I have total confusion.

  33. Teacher Bro I will be very much thankful to you if you could solve my issue.
    My TD-W8968 v.3 ,the wireless bridge option is not asking my Mobile hotspot password ,where should I enter my hotspot details.
    It's not even asking my hotspots SSID and password.
    Anyone plz help me.

  34. Once i enable bridging option i fail to connect the modem again to the pc with
    What should i do to connect again with my modem

  35. I have ZTE F609 V3 that doesn't support WDS. The ZTE F609 V1 does, but I already purchased the V3. Is there a way to make the V3 work?

  36. It works fine. Every time I need to reset the router, because after doing this I cant access router page. What should I do? I want to use when I need by same setting. Please help.

  37. with this.. my phone company detects my internet as i'm connected on phone? ( i mean if they "focus" on me they'll see im using data on phone instead on pc/ phones/ tv…

  38. Hey I don't have wireless adapter or Alan card installed in it. Is it necessary to have a wifi card installed in my computer

  39. Hey teacher… thanks for the video though one question still remains unanswered… how can I connect the 4G phone router to a tplink itself like the TP-Link TL-WA850RE and make it boost the network? Please help

  40. … imagine the odds of someone in india having the exact same router as me – well it happened and you, Sir, have been mighty helpfull today. exactly what i needed.
    i forgot to turn the dhcp down and was scratchin my head on wheter to set the router for fixed ip in order to make stuff work.. thanks

  41. Will this work with a mesh system such as the Netgear Orbi? I need to be able to take a wireless hotspot connection a long ways. I think the mesh system would be better that a router and a repeater?

  42. thanks – what if I want to connect the router to a wifi connection that has a username and password instead of a 4G hotspot – where would I enter the username?

  43. This is a good informative video. But there is a one missing piece of information. After the DHCP is disabled, the video connects to the router again. It is connected on How can this IP address be known? It is obviously being assigned by the Mobile DHCP but how can I find it for my mobile connection. (I am using Airtel on MotoG3 mobile phone). Please help. Regards, Bharat

  44. A nice video. I have found another youtube video which is clearly taken from yours at, I thought to let you know about.

  45. This is a helpful video, although I had a problem with it. I connected to the router from a laptop using wifi, I have done all the configurations you mentioned, but after disabling the DHCP, the laptop was able to connect to the TP Link router and the router is connected to the mobile hotspot, but the internet did not work on the laptop.What I found is that the router connection on mobile does not have an IP so was not able to access the router as there is no assigned IP. Still the internet was not actually connected, any help with this?Thanks

  46. what a coincidence i had same model router and was struggling for bridging and after 2 years i found this video out of nowhere…..but the thing is it possible that am i gonna be able to access router login page again in bridge mode

  47. Would like to connect a ethernet security dvr to a wifi gsm hotspot.
    The dvr does not have built in wifi. Can you demonstrate how?

  48. con-fig-ur-a-tion, say it with me now. Good video though, upvoted. Try and pronounce your words more clearly when you are speaking. It helps greatly even for native speakers.

  49. Do I have to install a wifi card or wifi usb to my Windows 10 PC to get wireless wifi internet off the two routers connected to the 4g lte network the imac is connected to via ethernet w/o wifi. The PC doesn't show a wifi enable /disable network icon only an ethernet network icon connection.

  50. I am trying to connect my TP Link WR940N to my Aircard 745S hotspot. I have followed the instructions but I'm still not getting internet via the TP Link wifi. Any advice?

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