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Posted 04 January 2014 - 01:35 PM
Posted 04 January 2014 - 04:15 PM
Generally speaking, Jetpack/MiFi type hotspot devices are meant to connected to directly by the each computer (or phone, tablet, etc) using a WiFi connection on the computer, etc. So, the typical way would be to add WiFi to each computer, which is generally easy to do.
It might be possible to put the router into a "bridge mode" that could then connect to the Jetpack, but that will really depend on the router that you have. Not all routers can do this.
If you can return the Jetpack, the potentially better option would be to get a router that is mobile broadband capable. Cradlepoint is one company that makes such routers. I believe some of their routers are capable of using a "wired" broadband solution as the primary connection and then "falling back" to the mobile broadband if your wired connection goes down. And many of their routers have ethernet ports.
There maybe other companies that make similar such routers, but Cradlepoint is the one that I know of.
Posted 11 January 2014 - 10:02 AM
Posted 11 January 2014 - 12:37 PM
IF you can return the Jet Pack without paying that huge fee, I think smax's idea is far better. CradlePoint's routers will fall over to 3G/4G when the broadband fails and when it senses it reconnect it will switch back, automatically. And provides wired and wireless connections. BUT I would call CradlePoint to make sure you get the router that is right for you. Just a quick look some you had to provide the 3G/4G equipment and others it's built in.
If not you could get usb wireless adapters for each PC - figure around $20 per and yes some are WAY cheaper but you get what you pay for so I dunno if I'd rely on a $7 dongle.
Hope this helps
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