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my cable internet went down yesterday and I've been trying to get that corrected. Since my cell phone can also be used as a tethered modem, is there a way to feed my router with the data feed from my phone? I'm really thinking about this more as a kind of emergency option. Even though the cell phone can also be used as a wireless router, I have computers on the system which are hardwired into my current wireless router, so that isn't a complete solution.

So, I guess there are two questions:

  1. are there any wireless routers that support USB->micro USB for a cell phone connection?

  2. are there any cable options that could provide power to the phone and an Ethernet jack back to my wireless router?

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You could connect the cellphone to one of the computers connected to the network, and have that computer act as the internet gateway

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You beat me to it. – user3463 Apr 25 '12 at 17:17
Thanks very much to both of you for your help. I don't often have to think about the network side of things and appreciate the guidance. – darrix Apr 26 '12 at 1:07

Since it's an emergency situation only, I would tether the phone to my desktop PC, and then bridge the Wireless and Ethernet adapters together, so that the desktop would become the new gateway.

I have also sold Netgear routers that have a USB port which allows a standard 3G USB stick for a backup connection. This may be a possible solution too, though I'm not sure how the tethering side would work.

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Wouldn't he also need to enable internet connection sharing and connect his computer to the router via the uplink port? – Lèse majesté Apr 25 '12 at 17:19
Yes, that would probably resolve the "use the router as well" problem. My solution didn't take that into account. – user3463 Apr 25 '12 at 17:21

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