I've spent a lot of time searching for an answer to my question below, but I'm still not quite sure how to go about it. I have a few ideas, but Iâ€™m hoping to get feedback.
I have two internet connections available to me. I have a wired connection which has latency issues (4G technology) and a cable internet connection only available via a wireless router too far away to run an Ethernet cable to my room.
I currently access the cable internet connection through a Hawking HWREN1 300N Wireless Extender. That works fine most of the time, but the connection isn't very well managed (outsourced IT department that isn't actually on site except when it breaks), and it goes down too frequently for me to rely on it for school projects\Xbox live. I have thus purchased a 4G (clear.com) connection as well.
I'd like to combine the two connections and have a router manage them. For gaming I obviously need to use the cable connection due to latency on the 4G connection. If however the cable connection goes down, I'd like the router to pick up the 4G connection.
My thoughts are:
Cable Modem -> Router -> Wireless Extender -> Wireless Bridge -> MULTI-WAN ROUTER <- 4G Modem
The Wirless Bridge is where Iâ€™m confused. I found a Multi-Wan Router that claims to accept Ethernet and Wireless connections (www.workman-engineering.com/elephant.html
). It is however out of my price range. Do you all know of any technology similar to it? If not, will a wireless bridge be able to transfer the internet connection to a multi-wan router via an Ethernet cable? The only thing I see wireless bridges being used for are printers, DVRs, gaming consoles, etc. I have never seen one used to feed a router an internet connection.
Sorry for the length, but I wanted to be as detailed as possible. If anyone has any ideas, Iâ€™d greatly appreciate it. Thanks!