LTE 4G USB dongle into computer for Internet



  • Hi,
    I'm moving to LTE 4G USB dongle for Internet for a smart home.
    pfSense has been running virtualised for years from the cable modem's Ethernet cable into the computer's LAN port.

    Not sure what needs changing on the virtualised pfSense to receive the USB dongle's LTE 4G Internet?



  • In case You need really good internet connectivity (no matter pfSense running in VM or on a separate appliance), better to using good 4G LTE modem (excellent well-reputable MikroTik RBM33G, with two miniPCIe and One USB for 3G/LTE modem) with EXTERNAL antenna.
    And as good bonus to this, You receive good Wi-Fi spot (MikroTik RBM33G have miniPCIe slot for 802.11 wireless card).

    Your 4G LTE usb dongle (as all others USB dongles) get You unstable link with a lot of jitter and big latency, even packet lost.

    So You may doing choice: good and stable connect OR playing with hardware. :)



  • Wow, that looks like 3 SIM ports?
    So, this would mean the network topology would have 11 points of connection (2 more than my idea):
    Internet > SIM card > RBM33G > RBM33G Lan port > Ethernet cable > host computer's WAN port > virtualised pfSense > host computer's LAN port > Ethernet cable > 24-port Switch > Wi-Fi APs.

    I thought with an LTE Dongle with 9 points of connection might be better:
    Internet > SIM card > LTE USB Dongle > host computer's USB port > virtualised pfSense > host computer's LAN port > Ethernet cable > 24-port Switch > Wi-Fi APs.

    Do you still think your idea is better?
    How much? 0 results with Australian retailers https://shop.myport.com.au/mikrotik/ ?

    Internet will be solely for SmartHome devices I'm buying.
    No streaming or other Internet use.
    I use my mobile phone's hotspot for general Internet usage.



  • @eiger3970 said in LTE 4G USB dongle into computer for Internet:

    Wow, that looks like 3 SIM ports?
    So, this would mean the network topology would have 11 points of connection (2 more than my idea):
    Internet > SIM card > RBM33G > RBM33G Lan port > Ethernet cable > host computer's WAN port > virtualised pfSense > host computer's LAN port > Ethernet cable > 24-port Switch > Wi-Fi APs.

    I thought with an LTE Dongle with 9 points of connection might be better:
    Internet > SIM card > LTE USB Dongle > host computer's USB port > virtualised pfSense > host computer's LAN port > Ethernet cable > 24-port Switch > Wi-Fi APs.

    Do you still think your idea is better?

    Strongly sure. Because “dongle” is a toy. Mtik - bulletproof quality.
    Please read documentation and technical specifications about how LTE network working :)

    How much? 0 results with Australian retailers https://shop.myport.com.au/mikrotik/ ?

    ????
    Just by from official page.

    Internet will be solely for SmartHome devices I'm buying.
    No streaming or other Internet use.
    I use my mobile phone's hotspot for general Internet usage.
    Hm, You are right in case Your smarthome

    • have no survivalence cameras to which a You need access;
    • have no climatcontrol system to which You need access;
    • have no distance door locks which You need to control.

    and have only smartfrigde, smart TVs;)

    But I am pretty sure after You start with great internet speed, Your needs grow very fast ;)



  • And You need better hardware to run pfSense, and official pfSense install (in another post I see that You have amazingly old 8(



  • Thanks, if I can buy one of these, I'll do that.
    I use a virtual pfSense router these days on the following hardware:
    [code]
    *-cpu
    product: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1220 v3 @ 3.10GHz
    vendor: Intel Corp.
    physical id: 1
    bus info: cpu@0
    size: 3485MHz
    capacity: 3500MHz
    width: 64 bits
    NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
    sda 8:0 0 111.8G 0 disk
    ├─sda1 8:1 0 1007K 0 part
    ├─sda2 8:2 0 111.8G 0 part
    └─sda9 8:9 0 8M 0 part
    sdb 8:16 0 111.8G 0 disk
    ├─sdb1 8:17 0 1007K 0 part
    ├─sdb2 8:18 0 111.8G 0 part
    └─sdb9 8:25 0 8M 0 part
    sdc 8:32 0 111.8G 0 disk
    ├─sdc1 8:33 0 1007K 0 part
    ├─sdc2 8:34 0 111.8G 0 part
    └─sdc9 8:41 0 8M 0 part
    sdd 8:48 0 111.8G 0 disk
    ├─sdd1 8:49 0 1007K 0 part
    ├─sdd2 8:50 0 111.8G 0 part
    └─sdd9 8:57 0 8M 0 part
    zd0 230:0 0 8G 0 disk [SWAP]
    zd16 230:16 0 30G 0 disk
    zd32 230:32 0 50G 0 disk
    ├─zd32p1 230:33 0 1G 0 part
    └─zd32p2 230:34 0 49G 0 part
    zd48 230:48 0 30G 0 disk
    zd64 230:64 0 8G 0 disk
    ├─zd64p1 230:65 0 8G 0 part
    └─zd64p5 230:69 0 410M 0 part
    zd80 230:80 0 50G 0 disk
    ├─zd80p1 230:81 0 1G 0 part
    └─zd80p2 230:82 0 49G 0 part
    zd96 230:96 0 30G 0 disk
    zd112 230:112 0 30G 0 disk
    zd128 230:128 0 30G 0 disk
    zd144 230:144 0 20G 0 disk
    ├─zd144p1 230:145 0 102M 0 part
    └─zd144p2 230:146 0 19.9G 0 part

    dmidecode 2.12

    SMBIOS 2.7 present.

    Handle 0x0041, DMI type 16, 23 bytes
    Physical Memory Array
    Location: System Board Or Motherboard
    Use: System Memory
    Error Correction Type: Single-bit ECC
    Maximum Capacity: 32 GB
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Number Of Devices: 4

    [/code]



  • May be I make wrong decision. hardware are very well for pfSenece using even You would have 100mb IN/100mb OUT. :)


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