I would like to share my 4GLTE within my home network by tethering from my phone through USB. The reason is because I have other devices that need to communicate with each other without the need for Internet.

The following setup works without a problem: Android USB Tethering >Windows PC>Router WAN port

Now, I would like to do the same thing on the raspberry pi so it's as follows:

Android USB Tethering>Raspberry pi USB port---Raspverry pi eth0>Router WAN

The problem seems I don't know how I can share or simply allow traffic from USB to eth0 to pass through.

I followed a lot of tutorials and none of them worked.

The best I found that I understood involved installing bridging utils and setting up the br0 interface but that doesn't work either. I'm thinking the RPI3 has to dish out IPs.

Also, the router [Linksys 4200] does have a USB port and is running DD-WRT but I hear the USB support is for USB modems only. It doesn't work.

  • So from the Pi are you able to browse the web over your 4g connection? Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 22:49
  • Yes I can access the internet.
    – chx101
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 23:37

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Ok. I was able to get it to work.

Things to note:

  • With current version of Raspbian (JESSE/LITE), the use of /etc/network/interfaces is obsolete. But keep it as it is used by if-up and if-down scripts.

My Setup

  • Gave Raspberry Pi's eth0 a static IP address, connected to router's WAN port.
  • Gave router a static IP address on the same network with the Raspberry Pi as the gateway.
  • Installed dnsmasq [sudo apt-get install dnsmasq] on the Raspberry Pi.
  • Configured packet forwarding [net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1] in /etc/sysctl.conf
  • Configured routing using iptables
    • sudo iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o usb0 -s -j MASQUERADE. usb0 is the source interface. One can add a post-up script in /etc/network/interfaces to automate this.

Configuring the static IP address static in /etc/dhcpcd.conf

interface eth0
static ip_address=
static routers=
static domain_name_servers=
  • Also don't forget to enable IP forwarding.
    – chx101
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 19:39
  • Doesn't bridging do essentially that?
    – SDsolar
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 2:04
  • I've been having trouble with the latest Raspbian version (Pixel). I asked in the forums and it turns out you have to use dhcpd.conf for that.
    – chx101
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 2:18
  • did you disable DHCP server on the Router and used one on the Raspberry Pi instead?
    – Rho Phi
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 18:19
  • Gave router a static IP address on the same network with the Raspberry Pi as the gateway. Did you do this in the (http?) configuration of the router? Should I expect all routers to accept a setting for what to use as gateway?
    – Rho Phi
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 18:23

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