Networking & Wireless forum

Question

Is TP-LINK TL-MR3020 Wireless Router good for me?

by vivekrm / January 25, 2014 7:31 PM PST

I use a USB 3G modem (Huawei EC156)to connect to the internet. I want to share that connection across these 3 devices.

a) My Desktop (via LAN)
b) My Android Phone
c) My Laptop.

I will have no problem configuring b) and c). The issue will arise when I will try to connect my PC to the internet via a standard LAN cable. I am not sure whether that router supports sharing via LAN. (i.e I know the LAN port can be used as an input - but I am not sure whether it can be used as an output as well)

Flipkart Link to the modem in question - I have not bought it yet.

http://www.flipkart.com/tp-link-tl-mr3020-portable-3g-3-75g-4g-wireless-n-router/p/itmd8fsebcjkr94y?pid=RTRD8FNGAPAKBDPC&srno=b_8&ref=f0e7751c-6fd8-4f9f-8b0f-8a609a460cbf

So, should I buy it? Will I be able to share my internet across these devices?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Is TP-LINK TL-MR3020 Wireless Router good for me?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Is TP-LINK TL-MR3020 Wireless Router good for me?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Clarification Request
Tell why you asked.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 25, 2014 11:48 PM PST

I read " Share 3G/4G Mobile Connections

This portable router not just lets you connect to regular internet connections but also lets you share your 3G or 4G connections."

So while this does not answer your first question, why are you unsure about the second question?

Also, why not try Virtual Router first? Link follows.
http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com/

Bob

Collapse -
This is the reason
by vivekrm / January 26, 2014 1:53 AM PST
In reply to: Tell why you asked.

Quoting myself.

"I am not sure whether that router supports sharing via LAN. (i.e I know the LAN port can be used as an input - but I am not sure whether it can be used as an output as well)"

I just want to know whether that router can share that connection to my desktop (via LAN - not wireless)

I can use virtualoruter on my laptop - I know that. I have done that before, but I can't share the same with my desktop.

Collapse -
Very odd.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 26, 2014 1:59 AM PST
In reply to: This is the reason

A LAN port is both input and output. Your question tells me you are very new to networking so I'm going with this answer. Unless you can get support where you are, don't buy this.

As to the Desktop, I add a WiFi dongle for under 10 bucks here and I'm done.
Bob

Collapse -
Thank you for the reply.
by vivekrm / January 29, 2014 11:49 AM PST
In reply to: Very odd.

Where I am, I don't have easier access to support, even from the reputed brands :).

Anyway, I bought it and your reply helped a lot. I liked the fact that it has a max range of 9 meters (by that I mean that you won't get any signal after you have reached that far away from the router).

By that is enough to provide coverage to my entire house. You have to position it that way. Its very small in size too. Since I never had much experience with routers, I didn't know much about how to configure them. However, my doubts about LAN sharing were cleared up by your reply and that helped a lot.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

FALL TV PREMIERES

Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!