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AT&T related help: Learn about Wi-Fi extenders



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Friday, April 19th, 2024 4:07 PM

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Hello all, Are there non ATT wireless extenders that work with the BGW320 Modem/Router? I thought I saw a list somewhere but can no longer find it. Thanks, Leo

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ACE - Expert

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29 days ago

Yes, there are non-AT&T extenders that work with the AT&T Gateway, but there is no list of such as AT&T doesn't officially support any.  Choose an extender from a reputable name brand (Netgear, ASUS, TP-Link) and you should be fine.  I will also say that since the Wi-Fi on the Gateway is not all that good, adding an extender which will depend on connecting to the AT&T gateway's Wi-Fi may not be the answer to your situation. 

I would instead suggest that you get an access point (i.e. something you can connect to the Gateway with an Ethernet cable) or an extender that has wired-backhaul (which means that it's acting as an Access Point and not really an Extender) and connect it using a cable.  This will normally give you a better solution than just throwing an extender at the problem.   Also, if you have a large home you can get a Mesh system to handle all the Wi-Fi needs and connect it to the Gateway.

If your home is such that you cannot run Ethernet to the remote area that needs better Wi-Fi connectivity, then I would simply remind you that the Extender must be placed in such a way that it is in a good coverage area from the Gateway so that it can communicate with it, and can extend the Wi-Fi further out from that point to where it needs to be improved.  Too many people try to place the extender out where there is poor Wi-Fi coverage (because that's where they need better Wi-Fi) and the situation is not improved because the extender struggles to link up to the Gateway.  Perhaps place the Extender half or two-thirds the distance from the Gateway to the problem area.  If your situation is that you have a multi-story home and a floor away from the Gateway has an issue, this is a very tough nut to crack.  There are solutions, but I won't stretch out this post unless that applies to you.

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3 Messages

27 days ago

Yes, was able to connect a dlink I think and it was OK.  It also can act as an AP so I might go that route.   Thank for the reply 

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3 Messages

24 days ago

I have an ATT extender that was hooked up to my original fiber modem via ethernet cable. I upgraded to 5ghz fiber and the extender stopped working. Got the flashing green light syndrom. I talked with tech support. Followed all their instructions and nothing. They finally told me that the extender was not compatible with the new modem. Only solution from them was getting a new etender  from AT&T for 10 dollars a month for as long as I have it. So question is, which source besides AT&T Extender would anyone recommend that is compatible with the 5gz fiber modem?

ACE - Expert

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35.5K Messages

23 days ago

Pretty much any wireless extender from a reputable company (TP-link, Netgear, D-Link, ASUS) should work. 

ACE - Professor

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23 days ago

Just to add a little more, I’ve personally never had success using extender specific devices.  A proper wifi system with satellites that can run in access point mode as was suggested earlier is a proper way to go.  More advanced power users can configure the device for use in IP passthrough, but generally not required for most.  

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