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Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 1:13 PM

AirTies 4971 Ethernet Backhaul?

Does the 4971 support wired, Ethernet backhaul? I understand Ethernet can be used to pair the device to the router. That's a different use case from wired backhaul, which reduces WiFi traffic and latency.

Also, is the 4971 the only current WiFi extender available on the AT&T store? It's not clear which model I'm adding to my shopping cart.

Thanks!

tonydi

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1 year ago

I wish someone from AT&T with knowledge would pipe in.

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JefferMC

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1 year ago

I would not trust the indications that Smart Home Manager makes about how a device is connected.

How does the Device List page on the BGW 320 shows the Extender, and anything that should be connected to the extender?

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1 year ago

From 5 months ago, regarding Smart Home Manager, "If it's showing as wired, and you have wired backhaul, I would interpret that to mean it is coming to the Gateway via the backhaul and is thus connected to the Extender by Wi-Fi."

So, SHM can't be trusted?

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1 year ago

Yes, I suppose we shouldn't trust SHM.  But I do trust the status lights on the front which show that the device will not connect to the gateway via ethernet when it is out of Wi-Fi range.  As soon as I move the extender within Wi-Fi range it works.

It irks me that this device has a web interface but the login is unknown. SHM  also does not show what firmware it is running so I have no idea if it's up to date. I'm prob  going to send everything back, and try to get the simplest gateway I can and just bridge to devices that I own and manage my own network. 

JefferMC

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1 year ago

From 5 months ago, regarding Smart Home Manager, "If it's showing as wired, and you have wired backhaul, I would interpret that to mean it is coming to the Gateway via the backhaul and is thus connected to the Extender by Wi-Fi."

That's an example of how the Smart Home Manager information has to be "interpreted."  If you see this, and you know it's not directly connected via Ethernet, then that's clearly an indication its coming via wired backhaul.  However, I wouldn't necessarily assume the opposite.

JefferMC

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1 year ago

I'm prob  going to send everything back, and try to get the simplest gateway I can and just bridge to devices that I own and manage my own network. 

I'd keep the Gateway, but returning the extenders, turning off Wi-Fi in the Gateway and getting your own Wi-Fi solution sounds like a good way to retain your sanity.

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dburk1979

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1 year ago

This is the closest I have been able to find of a manual.  Supposedly from the FCC original reports.  But who knows.  

User-Manual-5008832.pdf (fccid.io)

This is a link to the image above, but also has links to a few other notes about the original fcc testing I believe.  

If I am wrong, someone please correct me.  Thank you

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dburk1979

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1 year ago

this is the closest I can find to a user manual.  Not much out there, but this is more than At&t is willing to tell us.  

User-Manual-5008832.pdf (fccid.io)

Travis_Lloyd

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11 months ago

@SouperSalad Default Login: Admin
Default Password is found on the blue label on the end of the box after the designation W/P:
It will be a combination of numbers, letters and other standard keyboard symbols. You can change the password after you access the internal (infernal?) interface but I'd recommend copying the password in your browser for pasting later, as you're tinkering with it, because it may take several tries and you don't want to have to enter that God-awful long password by hand every time. I'm having other connection issues unrelated to this, but that should answer your basic question.

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10 months ago

I was able to do it and I made a YouTube video about it.

https://youtu.be/nbDQcxeODtQ

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