After months of struggling with a flaky MicroCell and Wifi connections going up and down, I finally gave up on the Siemens SpeedStream 4100 ADSL Modem / LinkySys Firewall Router and purchased a Peplink Balance 20 and a TP-Link aDSL modem. (I would have purchased a Pepwave Surf Soho given Peplink’s general reviews, but I’ve got a house full of apple devices and have existing Apple AirPort WiFi routers already.)
After installing last night, everything worked! YES!
After trying a TP-Link SafeStream Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN Router TL-ER6120, which never worked with the MicroCell and then broke in less than a week, I purchased the Peplink Balance 20 after reading reviews. (As far as TP-Link company tech support, I never did reach them–there appears to be zero access via either phone or email and based on later reviews, that appears to be the case for many others.)
So, I’m completely thrilled the flaky problem with my internet connection is resolved and the Microcell automatically connected and stayed connected. :o
Now, I would like to USB tether to the PepLink 20 while I’m home, but it’s clear that my rooted Samsung GS4 does not make the PepLink 20 happy. When plugged in to the USB, it red-lines the CPU load in cycles (50 - 100 - 50%) and never does connect. I tried several Android USB tether apps including the one that works really well for me, PDA-Net+ and FoxFi, but the same issues occurred with every tether app I tried. I understand PepLink likely does not want to support this type of use, so now I want to know if there is a recommended USB WiFi dongle that Peplink knows will work with the USB WAN on the Peplink 20 since I can’t USB tether.
The optimum solution would be for Peplink to create a specific USB tether app for Android / IOS. As a SOHO user, I would happily pay for it! I would expect others would also be happy to pay if they knew they could easily bond to their existing connection.
Help! What is the easiest / most dependable WiFi USB dongle that works with the Peplink Balance 20? (I expect the PDA-Net+FoxFi app will work perfectly as the Wifi hotspot because it has worked with every device I’ve tried.)