Upgrade to Wireless-N?

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  1. Kov-Ice

    Kov-Ice

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    Hi all. I've got an AT&T U-verse 2Wire Gateway (3800HGV-B), which has 4 ethernet ports and wireless G. Can I connect a Wireless N router to one of the ethernet ports to improve my signal? And that will give me more ethernet ports to work with (connecting DVRs, etc), correct?

    Thx,
     
  2. strollin

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    That should work OK but you should disable the wifi on the G router.
     
  3. Panama Red

    Panama Red If I'm not here, I may be cruisin'! Staff Member

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    Two routers connected together won't work unless one is turned into a switch by disabling the DHCP control internally. Adding an N router will only improve the speeds INSIDE your house, not over the internet. And you'll need N-rated nic's on all your devices. If all you need is to add additional devices, buy a cheap 4 or 5 port switch.
     
  4. Preston

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    I have a couple of routers plugged into my U-Verse RG, and it works great. One is for Wireless-N capabilities and the other is just for some extra ports at one of my TVs (using an old Linksys router as a switch for a slingbox connection).

    There are two ways you can go. One, use the RG as a "modem" and have your router (the wireless-N router) manage the network.

    The second method is letting the RG manage the network and use your wireless-N router as a bridge and wireless access point.

    I am using the second method. To do this, connect a LAN port on your U-Verse RG to a LAN (not the WAN) port on your new router. The RG is managing the network and your Wireless-N router is basically acting a switch (and wireless access point).

    As the others have said, Disable DHCP on the Wireless-N router and turn off the wireless radio on the RG.

    More info:

    AT&T U-Verse Router guide (Links at the bottom of the page for each method)


    Setting up a Tomato router behind an AT&T 2Wire UVerse Router


    Happy Networking! :D
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2012
  5. Kov-Ice

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    Hey PR. Ya, I just got a USB adapter that's N-capable, and the new laptop we wind up getting will most likely be N as well. Hoping to get a better signal throughout the house...

    Preston, that sounds exactly like what I'm trying to do. Thx for the links!
     
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