I have a RUTX50 and my mobile ISP throttles router bandwidth based on IMEI. I have a spare old 5G iPhone which is not affected by ISP throttling, can I connect the iPhone via USB to the RUTX50 and use the phone as the default 5G modem?
I know I can use the iPhone as a Wifi / WAN source for the RUTX50, but are there any RUTOS / CLI settings I can change to access the phone in USB tethered mode. Thanks!
Has anyone managed to get around LTE ISP bandwidth throttling? I get in excess of 600Mbps on the phone but then aruond 40Mbps on the router. Same SIM card, same cell towers. It’s painful.
So before I let this question die … OpenWRT seems to allow this, and as RutOS is somewhat based on OpenWRT … I guess my question now is there any technical reason why I shouldn’t do this / break RutOS?
Apologies for a late response.
Our SDK includes the
kmod-usb-net-ipheth package, which in theory should allow connecting iPhone via USB to a router and it would be detected as a network adapter. However, this package was last updated for iOS 14, and I did not have much luck using it with iOS 17.3.
It may be worth experimenting with further, however, this package needs to be compiled into the firmware using our SDK.
Lastly, Lightning port available on all iPhones other than 15 Pro/Pro Max only include a USB 2.0 connection, meaning the speeds are limited to 480Mbps (theoretical). In reality, seeing speeds over 200Mbps is very unlikely, thus the best course of action may be to simply try using a different ISP or getting a “home internet” plan.
We understand that this may not be the ideal solution, but this use case is not really intended to work with our devices, thus the lack of other solutions other than WiFi as WAN.
Hi mate – been a while! This info is of great help, many thanks.
I’ll give it a try at some point, it’s great to know I could possibly tether an iPhone in those instances where I need higher-than-throttled-speeds across my entire network. Right now I just plug my phone into whatever device needs the bandwidth (OS updates, or cloud backups etc).
As for USB2 bottlenecks, those speeds are still 4x / 5x what I get via ISP throttling.
If I remember correctly, changing the TTL values on the outgoing packets did not help either for the ISP throttling?
Are speeds better when using your mobile phones hotspot as WAN for the RUTX?
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