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Sun, Mar 15, 2020 1:16 PM

ATT Router Problems (static IP? get my own router? mesh?)

Hi ... I have had ATT Fiber 1000 for 1.5years now w/ PACE ATT equipment. For the most part has been fine. I certainly don't get the 1000 speed (closer to 300 on wifi) but hasn't been an issue until late. We have used a TP-Link to extent which has been a little more challenging, while dual banded it typically defaults to rebroadcasating only one band. Recently every morning we have been having to restart the whole system - while all lights blinking fine, poor to non existent connectivity for devices.

Questions:

- we have a lot of devices, should we be thinking about assigning IP addresses for static devices (computers, printers, video cameras)

- should we think about our own router (increased performance/security)(other forum posts indicate not too complicated)

- for extension should we be looking at an extender or the mesh systems?

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rmcmanus

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3 years ago

300 on wi-fi is the 802.11n standard, so you're looking good there. To get anything close to 1000, you'd need a gigabit Ethernet-equipped device connected directly to the router (1000 is best-case what someone would measure between their router and the AT&T switch). The idea with 1000 is more around having multiple bandwidth hogs connected simultaneously than about getting 1000 on any single device. 4K streaming only uses about 25 mbps. As for your questions, I don't think you'll gain much speed by getting your own router (I tried a pass-through setup for kicks and went back), but it does open some doors you can't open with AT&T equipment. Static IP addresses for your devices won't do anything for performance. Once a device gets an IP address via DHCP, the overhead is complete. To the outside world, though, you can get some measurable, if not always noticeable, improvement in performance by using a different DNS provider (1.1.1.1, Google, etc.). You can't override DNS in most AT&T equipment, but you can on most individual devices. As for extender vs. mesh, you seem like someone who'd be happiest with mesh. Extenders are a lot cheaper, but don't provide seamless coverage, can be hard to configure, and can be glitchy. If you go mesh and continue to use the AT&T router, I'd set your mesh devices up in access point mode.

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@rmcmanus thank you for the thoughtful response. a couple of follow ups

- I was under the impression if you have a bunch of devices coming on and off the the WIFI, switching between bands, switching between extender and main router it can get “confused” - hence my thought on assigning IP addresses

- any thoughts on what is jamming us up and forcing us to reboot? all lights appear good, the devices just seem to not get a connection to the outside world (Does the router need a firmware update? Or is it the extender messing with it all)

- I didn’t follow your point on DNS

- Potentially all I need to do is drop the extender and add a mesh set up

rmcmanus

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Easier one first...every time you hit a site on the Internet, something has to resolve the name to an IP address. DNS does this, and AT&T’s isn’t as fast as services like 1.1.1.1 or Google DNS.

As far as fixing IP addresses goes versus using DHCP, it’s still the router assigning the IP address, and we have to keep how often reconnects occur in perspective. Three or four times a minute would make us tear our hair out, but it’s no big deal for a router. Extenders are repeaters, not routers, so it’s still the router doing the work, as it would be for a mesh network configured in access point mode (AT&T router wireless radios turned off).

Hard to say what’s up if your devices connect to the router through the extender but not the Internet (I assume that’s what you’re experiencing). Could be your router’s firewall, could be a legit issue between your router and the outside world. Extenders being just repeaters...they don’t have a ton of smarts. You’d need to take the extender out of the equation to see where the issue really lies. Unplug it, connect your devices only to the router and see how it goes. If everything works, the extender is the likely culprit. If not, something’s up with your router.

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@rmcmanus thank you again. read more about mesh last night. will work with ATT to check current modem/router, etc but def going to move from extender to a mesh network.

JBayudang

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3 years ago

Connection speed depends on the number of devices connected to the internet. If you have the AT&T Internet 1000 but only getting 300Mbps, you may wanna call AT&T at 800-ATT-2020 and seek for further solution.
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