What is this?
This is a guide on how to build your own $130 LTE router that connects as many devices as you like.
Why use this setup?
2 reasons, control, and flexibility. Want to just take the LTE stick for some portable travels? you can do that, plug your stick into your laptop and away you go. Need emergency internet when the whole house loses connection? Problem solved! Don’t want LTE and just want to use your residential internet? Unplug the LTE stick, and plug your modem in! OpenWRT gives your power from their vast array of available packages to download.
- Rogers/Bell Sierra Aircard 330U – $50 @ Ebay
- TP-Link TL-WDR4300 V1.7 – $70 @ Amazon
- 2x 3dbi GSM Antennas – $10 @ Ebay
Test your modem in Windows or Mac, make sure it works, and write down your provider’s APN
Update the Firmware
Download latest firmware (Currently version 141113 (11/13/2014) and flash it on the WDR4300 using the web interface.
No need to do this if you’re already running V141113.
Router IP: 192.168.1.1
Default User: admin
Default Pass: admin
Flash Rooter MultiWeb firmware
*Note that versions of Multiweb older than 2015-01-04 have trouble detecting the Sierra Aircard stick
Go to 192.168.1.1 and login with the defaults (root as username, blank password).
Set Your APN
Scroll down and hit Save
Set Your Wifi
Note: If you have a Broadcomm wireless adapter, uncheck “WMM Mode” as it interferes with connections
Power off your router, then plug in your LTE stick into the “USB1” port on the back of the router.
Wait 1 minute, then check the overview page to make sure the device is detected. The status indicator is near the bottom of the page.
Want console access to your router?
Download a telnet client (or use the Windows built-in one). Download the portable version of KiTTY (a souped up PuTTY fork) from here. Choose the kitty_portable option. Choose SSH and enter 192.168.1.1 as the host. Username is root, and the password will be the one you set up above.