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Using own router w/ UVerse 2Wire modem; Whole Home problems now appearing

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Lord Vader, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Jan 2, 2013 #21 of 123
    Lord Vader

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    Well, what I was considering doing is connecting my Netgear router via an ethernet (50') that itself is connected to my 2Wire router/modem. For example, the master bedroom, located on the other side of my apt. from where the 2Wire router is, has an ethernet cable running to it. This one is connected to an HR24 receiver. So is it OK to remove that connection and instead connect it to the Netgear router, then from the Netgear, simply connect another (albeit shorter) ethernet cable to the HR24? This would accomplish two things: keeping the HR24 hard-wired connected and boost my wireless signal in the master BR.
     
  2. Jan 2, 2013 #22 of 123
    steve053

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    This configuration will work using the instructions posted earlier:

    HR24 (LAN) connected via ethernet to NetGear Router (LAN)

    NetGear Router (WAN) connected via ethernet to 2Wire Router (LAN)

    The 50' run from router to router is not a problem in and of itself.
     
  3. Jan 4, 2013 #23 of 123
    Lord Vader

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    OK, I finally have some time to try this, but I'm confused as to how exactly to connect my Netgear to my 2Wire. The way the instructions read, they make it seem like I make the changes in my router but the damn thing's not even connected yet. Are they implying I connect directly to my Netgear first, make some changes there, then connect it to the 2Wire? Regardless, to which port on the 2Wire does the Netgear get connected? And the ethernet cable that goes from the 2Wire to my Netgear, into which port on the Netgear does it go?

    I must be brain fried or something, because I'm not sure of what goes where and when. :confused: :grin:
     
  4. Jan 4, 2013 #24 of 123
    The Merg

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    If you just want the Netgear to act as a simple wireless access point for you for your network, this should do it for you:

    Your 2Wire will still handle DHCP and and all other aspects of your network. The Netgear would just be used as a switch for devices hard wired and an access point for wireless devices. There might be a setting on the Netgear when you go into the setup to specify it is just an access point.

    - Merg
     
  5. Jan 4, 2013 #25 of 123
    Lord Vader

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    I actually WOULD prefer my Netgear to be my sole wireless instrument (there would be possibly one or two items connected to it hard-wired, though). However, my Uverse 2Wire would serve as the main modem, into which are connected several items, from a DirecTV receiver to an Ooma telo to my PC and to a multiport switch.

    Do your instructions above allow for such a configuration?
     
  6. Jan 4, 2013 #26 of 123
    The Merg

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    So, you would still have devices plugged into your 2Wire correct? If so, then you'll want to use the directions I provided. That allows your 2Wire to continue to act as a router, however, the Netgear is controlling wireless access to your network. The big thing is to turn off the DHCP server on the Netgear first and if the Netgear has a setting to be designated as an Access Point you need to select that option.

    - Merg
     
  7. Jan 4, 2013 #27 of 123
    steve053

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    I agree with Merg. If you want/need to use the 2Wire router with multiple devices on your network then follow Merg's advice.

    The directions I posted create a quasi bridge mode in your 2Wire router and allow you to use your Netgear router as a router for your network. Merg's advice basically changes your Netgear into a wireless access point with a switch.

    When connecting your Ooma telo to the 2Wire, you may want to log into the 2Wire and put the Oooma in the dmz.
     
  8. Jan 4, 2013 #28 of 123
    Lord Vader

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    OK, thanks. I guess I was primarily double-checking to see if I first had to connect my Netgear to the 2Wire directly to make the necessary settings adjustments on the Netgear, THEN I could move the Netgear to the other room to act as the wireless access point.

    Everything is hard-wired, so the Netgear is really only going to be used to provide better wireless connectivity to one or two wireless devices that are in a room on the other side of my apartment from where the 2Wire is.

    BTW, in the FWIW dept., AT&T stopped by on Wednesday to replace the 2Wire with what they said was their "newer, more advanced" model. It's a 2Wire339, and its wireless signal is as weak and pathetic as the 2Wire559 I had. Even the UVerse technician noticed this. When he went into the master bedroom and did a speed test from his smart phone, he said that when the signal is present, it's strong, but that "the signal keeps dropping." I told him that that was unacceptable. How could a wireless signal 3 rooms (~ 40 feet away) drop so frequently?
     
  9. Jan 4, 2013 #29 of 123
    klang

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    Interference? Have you tried changing the wireless channel?
     
  10. Jan 4, 2013 #30 of 123
    Lord Vader

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    Yup. Didn't help. Remember, too, that Uverse modems are not wireless N capable, just G, not that that would make a world's difference here, though.
     
  11. Jan 4, 2013 #31 of 123
    houskamp

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    do you live in a faraday cage? :lol:

    my 2wire reaches well outside my house even tho it's in my basement..
     
  12. Jan 4, 2013 #32 of 123
    Lord Vader

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    No; it's just that this 2Wire modem/router SUCKS!

    Yet another reason why I miss Comcast as my ISP.
     
  13. Jan 4, 2013 #33 of 123
    Lord Vader

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    OK, this is where I'm confused now:

    How do I do #1 on my Netgear?

    #2 is simple.

    Regarding #3--how do I let my Netgear get an IP address via DHCP?

    And Merg said to not use my router's WAN port, but the above referenced instructions tell me to connect my Netgear to my 2Wire via the Netgear's WAN port.

    Damn. I wish I was of a generation that understood all this computerspeak better. :lol:
     
  14. Jan 4, 2013 #34 of 123
    The Merg

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    When you connect to the Netgear and change it to be an Access Point with the DHCP server turned off, it will automatically obtain an IP address via DHCP from the 2Wire. There will probably also be an option to turn the WAN port into a LAN port. If you do that you can use the WAN port. As an Access Point, the Netgear is just like a switch so you don't use the WAN port.

    - Merg
     
  15. Jan 4, 2013 #35 of 123
    Lord Vader

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    OK, but where exactly do I find the section to actually turn the Netgear into an access point?
     
  16. Jan 4, 2013 #36 of 123
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    For what it's worth...some of us are geting some value out of the information posted...
     
  17. Jan 4, 2013 #37 of 123
    Lord Vader

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    Indeed. I definitely am, even if I'm still confused here and there. :lol:
     
  18. Jan 4, 2013 #38 of 123
    hdtvfan0001

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    That's OK....been there, done that. :D

    Still, by exchanging information and even "debating it" to a calm degree...we're learning.
     
  19. Jan 4, 2013 #39 of 123
    Lord Vader

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    True. Now if I can just figure out where I go to on my Netgear to turn it into an access point. :p
     
  20. Jan 4, 2013 #40 of 123
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