Any way to tether an iPhone to a Firewalla Gold router?

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    Firewalla

    Wondering if one of the cheaper routers can bridge your wifi + ethernet output to one of the ports to Firewalla.  

    Wifi connect to apple

    ethernet connect to firewalla

     

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    James Willhoite

    I was able to get my iphone to show the blue hotspot connection via USB to the Firewalla Gold. I could not get a ping to go out, but didn’t spend a lot of time with it. (Family doesn’t like it when I tinker with the Firewalla).

    I have in the past used a Netgear WiFi extender with Ethernet ports to connect a hotspot to the extender to provide Ethernet access. That would probably be the easiest and simplest way to do what your are asking.

    If it is due to power failure then get a UPS and connect your essential devices to it. That is what I have set up. My server, switch, AP, modem, and Firewalla are all connected to a UPS to provide power in case it goes out momentarily. It runs all my devices for about 25minutes until which point my server (DNS) turns off and the UPS can continue to provide power for an additional 30 minutes.

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    Jeff Reynolds

    Thanks James, but it is often XFinity that loses power at their side that kills off my net during any power outage that is more than an hour in duration. I already have UPS protecting all of my equipment and a whole-house backup generator. I'm just not familiar with the right way to bridge my iPhone to my Firewalla (running in Router mode). It would be a very nice feature if we could just plug the iPhone into the USB port and have it just work...

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    James Willhoite

    Ahh, for me it’s the other way around. I have issues with power and not xfinity. The wireless extender should work for you.

    When I get some time I’lol mess around with the usb connection. I did get a blue tethered link but could not get it to go out. Firewalla might have to provide a little insight to the routing and all. The iPhone does add a new Ethernet connection via usb (eth4). I might have to add some firewall rules possibly, or @firewalla might be able to chime in.

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    Firewalla

    @james, how did you activate the iPhone tether? (modules or software used:?)

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    James Willhoite

    Installed these three from apt

    ipheth-utils.
    libimobiledevice-dev
    libimobiledevice-utils

    Then plugged in the iPhone

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    James Willhoite

    So installing those packages you can tether a iPhone to the Firewalla. But there is a issue with iOS 14. It apparently broke the Linux side of USB tethering. There is a long list of people having this issue on Apple Forum,

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/251841768?page=5

    I can install those packages, ask for a ip address (dhclient eth4) and I can ping Verizon Gateway with a successful response, but going out into the world (google, 8.8.8.8) there is no response.

    So yes, you can tether a iPhone to the Firewalla Gold as long as it is not running iOS 14 (I can't test thoroughly since all my Apple Devices run iOS 14). As for being able to use all the features Firewalla can provide will be a different matter. Those 3 packages will get you connected, but Firewalla would have to assist you in applying all the rules correctly since there is no Port 4 (really 5 since it starts as 0) to assign as a WAN.

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