All, need some help with a Wireless Networking Issue.
I need to increase number of connections that my Hotspot device supports (without rooting or changing current config of the device).
My Current Setup
HotSpot Device -> Android phone that supports upto 8 connections
WiFi Extender -> Netgear EX6150, which connects to Android phone via WiFi, and then extends WiFi to other devices in the household
Devices -> Then I have 10+ devices in the household that connect to WiFi extender, and in turn access the internet. Note, none of these devices is a laptop or computer. They are all either smartphones or smart devices e.g. TV, wifi enabled electrical devices, xbox etc.
Although all devices connect to the wifi extender, the hotspot device still detects all the connections, and blocks the 9th device from internet access.
As the hotspot device (a mobile phone) can only support up to 8 devices, remaining devices in my household cannot access the internet.
What I want to know
1 - If my devices connect to WiFi extender, which then accesses the hotspot, why does the hotspot still detect other devices as direct connections?
Is there a way to hide the additional connections to the wifi extender, so that the hotspot only sees 1 device connected to it, the wifi extender.
2 - If above is not possible, then is there any other way to somehow increase max connections ? (sharing USB connection to a computer, and then share wifi is not an option, as I have no access to a spare computer which can serve as internet distribution point)
Appreciate any help you can offer.