Friday, February 17, 2012

ATT Uverse Internet boost

So I feel its my duty to tell some of you about ATT Uverse internet. Just to get this out of the way, I dont hate it and it wont be a bashing session at all. In fact it works great and is just as good as internet from Cable Companies. In fact it runs over fiber. Fiber is awesome and the best option you have for the price now adays. However it all depends on if your house is wired with Fiber. If not you will see a speed decrease, so paying for premium internet might not be the best idea and you should probably do speed tests so you know what speed your home can max out on.

Anyhow the main part of this article is talk about ATT's gateway/internet. Better know as a 2wire.  Att gives you this 2wire to basically be the hub of your home. It runs your TV, Internet/wifi, and Home Phone depending on what your plan is. A lot people do not know that their 2wire setup only broadcasts it's wifi in B and G. Its my opinion and my opinion only that if your a gamer and/or a heavy movie streamer that you need N network. So after countless attempts of using bridges and repeaters and switches I decided to add a router. The model I choose was Cisco-Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router. But by doing this I had to make the 2wire gateway a Switch or a Bridge, To put this in terms that cable people can understand, essentially I needed to turn the 2wire Gateway into a modem.

Please keep in mind you can't break this thing. You can always reset the 2wire to factory settings. Give yourself some time while doing this because while your making these changes and restarting or saving, your TV and Phone connection could go down.

How did I do this. Well here you go

If you have an existing router, start of by resetting it to its factory settings. This makes life a bit easier. If you have a brand spanking new router than you can skip that.

Make sure your router WAN interface is set to DHCP. This way your 2wire will see your router.

Plug an ethernet wire into one of the WAN slots of the router. Plug the other end of the Ethernet wire into the LAN interface of the 2wire.

Plug the power cable into the wall and let if boot up and get a DHCP address

Log into the 2wire. Go to the settings. From there the Firewall. Then Applications, Pinholes and then DMZ

Select the your router.

Click the DMZPLUS button

Save all the changes you have made.

From there restart the router or move it to your desired location.

Log back into the 2wire. Go to settings,firewall, advanced config.

Uncheck the following unless already unchecked.

Stealth-mode, Block Ping, Strict UDP Session Control. Almost all of these were already checked for me.

Check everything under Outbound Protocol Control EXCEPT Netbios.

Uncheck Netbios under Inbound Protocol Control.

Uncheck all the Attack Detection checkboxes. Again I didnt have these previously checked.

Save the settings.

Your all set from there. The great thing about this setup is that you can still use your Gateway as a switch. Now you have the ability to run a N network along with Dual Band frequencies for better overall network performance. Unfortuneltly there is not one button to check to get these settings. I wish Att and 2wire would recognize that B and G wireless is old tech and they need to offer something better or give you control over the device.

Good Luck

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