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Sunday, February 5th, 2023 2:41 PM

Order Of Operation to set up Passthrough for mesh system

Forgive me for I am ignorant...but I bought a TP-Link 2 pod(total) mesh system and have the ATT supplied BGW210-700 router/modem with Fiber connection.

I am seeing different site that offer install tutorials but it feels like they think I know more than I know. My first question that seems to get skipped...probably because it is obvious to folks that are reasonably savvy...do I do the passthrough procedure before or after I connect and set up my new mesh router? I want to Keep my network name so I don't have to change all of my devices again, but will if I need to. 

Other than that I sort of understand most everything, except the one video I keep coming back to the guy says you need to change the IP address of the ATT provided R/M...is this necessary? 

ACE - Professor

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1 year ago

Hello.  If your system is able to run as an access point, use that method instead.  Easier for you.  Disable the radios in the gateway as well.  

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I am really dumb on this stuff, so not following your response. I don't want to use the att BGW210-700 and my new mesh. Not sure what radios are?

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1 year ago

Hi TitanFan62269, we'd be glad to help you set up IP Passthrough to use your TP Link mesh system.

 

Disabling the radio bands, as gr8sho suggested, will help your mesh system perform at its best. You can learn more about the radios from our article that covers 2.4Ghz vs. 5GHz and improving a Wi-Fi signal. Go to the sections titled Radio Channel and Radio Options & Bandwidth for more information.

 

To make sure that you're configuring IP Passthrough properly, be sure to use our official guide.

 

If you still need assistance, let us know.

 

Aminah, AT&T Community Specialist

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1 year ago

So should I plug in my new system and set it up before or after I do the passthrough portion...I am guessing this is obvious and that's why I nothing comes out and says it.  This is my number one question I can't find the answer to. 

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ACE - Professor

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1 year ago

You will have to set up the mesh system wirelessly using its app. Then connect it to an Ethernet port of the gateway and the wan port of the mesh system. Then go into the gateway and place it in ip passthrough to the mesh router. After doing so, reboot the mesh system. It should have  the same ip address as the gateway. 

Here’s another link to ip passthrough.  

http://www.devonstephens.com/how-to-enable-ip-passthrough-on-att-bgw320-505/

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1 year ago

Thanks, I think this will set me up to try.

Is have the same IP address a good thing? The video I watched the guy changed the IP. I guess the idea is the ATT is being bypassed and the TP Link is the only "active" router using that IP. 

ACE - Professor

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1 year ago

Leave the gateway ip address alone.  The tplink should get its own  lan ip range. 

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That's what I thought! Thank you so much. One last thing...if I disable the wifi on my ATT and something goes wrong most things I have seen say I have to connect the fiber directly to the laptop to re-enable the R/M supplied by ATT...is this the case? Our laptops are Mac's so we don't have that connection point. How would I undo everything should I choose to for some unknown reason. Thanks again for your help!!

ACE - Professor

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1 year ago

If the gateway is factory reset for some reason, you would just follow the ip passthrough setup process. You should not have to do anything with the tplink. It should show as a connected device to select for ip passthrough.  

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1 year ago

Sounds good, you are a lifesaver!!!

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