Originally Posted by Dockhead
Well, the Huawei B593 is a pretty heavy duty router in its own right. It has 4 Ethernet ports
, USB for a remote
hard drive, and even a built-in VOIP card with two phone ports
I think I might be able to plug
the Bullet directly into it via Ethernet and I think Internet
access will then be available anywhere on the network.
I don't think I need to worry about switching between Bullet and mobile phone
data, as they don't conflict with each other. I would just disconnect from the mobile network if I had a good WiFi
connection and vice versa.
Anyone see any problem with this? Any nuances of setup?
I see no problem with this. I would use the Wan port of the router. Allow the router to act as it would at home with a traditional landline isp. This way there is less set up to do. You can still access the bullet or cell data device through the router. If you didn't plan on switching back and forth, I would allow the bullet to act as the router/DHCP server with the other router acting as a switch and access point. I have no experience with the mobile hot spot devices, not sure if they have the capability or not to act as a router.
Originally Posted by Dockhead
The bigger problem (if all my assumptions are right) is boat network data. It would be nice to have this on the main network, since tablet computers
can't connect to more than one WiFi
network at a time (it is otherwise with my PC). I think the Navico
system will work without the proprietary GoFree router -- meaning I could skip the GoFree module and plug
directly into the Huawei router -- but I think there are some complexities in the setup, and I'm a little nervous about having the boat network merged with the Internet
This gets tough. It really depends on how your nav gear
handles IP addresses and DHCP. I had some luck with my Raymarine gear
. Since the master MFD assigned IP addresses, but not to non-raymarine equipment
, I had to use static IP addresses. The bullet plugged into the wifi router through a regular lan port. DHCP was turned off on the router to avoid conflict. Computers
and such were then manually assigned IP's with the default gateway set to the bullets IP. I used Google's dns servers (126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52). It worked ok, but at the time, I had a roku which was my main reason for the wifi, but I couldn't set manual network settings on it, so it didn't work. The other downfall was how I wired the system power wise. The wifi router was the switch for my Raymarine
gear (radar, second display). I wired it so the switch came on with the MFD's so the two would be connected always. So to use the wifi, I needed to have my MFD's on as well. I have since abandoned that setup, the two systems are no longer linked. I tried combining the two using static routes and other advanced settings in the routers, but it was unreliable. Raymarine has just updated there firmware to allow the units with built-in wifi to connect to access points. So it looks like I will finally be able to bridge the two networks through the MFD when required. I have not updated the firmware yet though, being a blizzard and wintery outside now!
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