Originally Posted by obthomas
So educate me....I have a Verizon Midi Wifi hotspot on my boat with the name of my boat as the SSID.....I have an IP camera and an wifi printer and neither will commuicate with the hotspot. Both want a wireless router connected by cable to a computer and the internet to set up the IP page. I do not have this router nor a internet connection other than the hotspot. I can't seem to do what you say you are doing.
OK, the problem might be in your MIFI hotspot. If it does not allow interdevice communication, and or if it uses IP pass through then you'll probably have a problem.
The IP pass through just means that your laptop will aquire a IP address directly from your carrier. There can be limitations on how many devices, etc... Do not use IP pass through unless you have a specific technical reason for doing so.
I solve these issues by using a router that uses a MIFI as its internet gateway. The router then assigns IP address on its Lan subnet and uses PAT to allow devices to access the internet. Then you have a true LAN on your boat.
One guaranteed for sure way to make this work is to buy a router that can utilize your MIFI as its internet gateway. This can be either from plugging your MIFI directly into the router, if its a USB MIFI, or if its a hotspot only mifi having your router use WIFI as its internet gateway. In this case your router would associate with your MIFI hotspot.
IMHO, and having done this for a very long time, the best, cheapest, easiest to use devices to create a local area network with a cellular gateway are made by cradlepoint, www.cradlepoint.com
. I have the model MBR1200 on my boat and the MBR1400 at my home business. While I typically greatly prefer Cisco IOS based products, I really like the Cradlepoint solutions for MIFI access.