I live in a rural area and I use the Huawei B612 with 500GB/mo plan. I had to spend additional $1,200 on buying a cell signal booster to get enough signal in my house for the LTE hub to function.
After all this set up, I have realized two things. The built in wifi in the Telus hub is not that good. And the 25mbps speed is not enough.
For my first problem, is there a way to get the hub into bridged mode so I can use my ASUS router for better wifi signal around the house?
For my second problem, how can I increase speed past 25mbps? I think Telus throttles the speed to 25mbps for people on the LTE Hub plan. This is ridiculous for me, because after spending $1,200 on the cell signal booster, I can get over 100mbps on my Samsung phone in my house but only 25bps on the hub.
Your Asus router may be able to be easily set up as a Wi-Fi access point, rather than a full router if you wish. There also should be no great problem simply using it as a router in addition to the Telus-supplied device, many have done the same with the T3200M used for copper or Fibre connections.
Faster speeds are not available to the Cellular router.
That seems to be a lot of money to spend to get that to happen. You more than likely could have spent a lot less to import some cell repeaters to achieve the same and not have the Telus artificial limits locking you down to 25Mbit. It is possible to put your modem into bridge mode to use your router. You will more than likely have to do it manually by turning off the right settings instead of there just being a click to put into bridge mode, but it is possible.
I’ve wondered the same thing about getting two smarthubs and bonding the two together. And if the ZTE MF288 is anything like the ZTE MF279, I wound think it has LTE bridge mode! The only thing though is you won’t be able to access the smarthub setting again due to networking issues, private IP address problems from the research I done online.
I think I'll be buying the NIGHTHAWK M5 MOBILE ROUTER (MR5200) as sort of future proofing. It has 4gbps download whereas the Huawei B612 only has 300mbps. As I was driving by the cell tower near my street, I did a speed test on my phone and I got 460mbps down and 200mbps up. Now I gotta figure out how to convince Telus to let me use that tower and remove the download speed limit. I doubt it'll ever happen lol. But at least with that router, it can act as a pass through and I can use my actual router and APs to get decent wifi coverage.
Firstly, there's no guarantee that a third party hub / mobile router will necessarily work on the network. Secondly, bandwidth is capped on smart hub connections and Telus hasn't announced any plans to increase that yet and considering the limitations on many rural towers, it isn't likely to change for some time. The MR5200 would be overkill. 5G likely isn't going to be coming any time soon to rural areas. If and when it does get to rural areas, it will then depend if the towers even have the bandwidth needed to even offer 5G service. I'd expect there to still be bandwidth and data caps on 5G service.
If you're on the rural smart hub service, then you can't use any non-Telus sold and approved modems. Just tried a new Netgear LAX20: it could only get as far as a Telus block page, and after multiple attempts with support, a knowedgeable rep said that the modems they sell have some sort of dedicated chip/hardware (beyond SIM card) and that only those ones will work. Has to do with them not letting people on the rural service port the modem around.