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AT&T Uverse router with Apple Airport Extreme?
I have an AT&T Uverse 2WIRE225 3801HGV gateway that operates on the 802.11g wireless protocol. I have two devices cabled into the LAN ports on the gateway: a network-attached storage (NAS) device and a Sonos Bridge. All other devices in the house (e.g., Mac computers, iOS devices) connect wirelessly to the gateway.
I want to move to an 802.11n wireless network. I have a spare Apple Airport Exteme (AE) that I can use for this. From reading articles on the web, I think there are two general ways to do this.
OPTION 1 - Set Up AE As My Only Router
Continue to use the 2WIRE225 gateway as the modem, but turn off its ability to be a router. Run an ethernet cable from a LAN port on the gateway into the WAN port on the AE. Now the AE will be the only working router in the house. (I know I have to make configuration changes on the gateway and on the AE, but I won't go into that here.)
OPTION 2: Use 2WIRE225 As My Cabled Router, Use AE As My Wirelss Router
Continue to use the 2WIRE225 gateway as the modem, and disable only its wireless capability. As above, run an ethernet cable from a LAN port on the gateway into the WAN port on the AE. Now, the 2WIRE225 is still acting as the router for devices that are cabled into the gateway LAN ports, but the AE is acting as the router for all devices that connect wirelessly.
Is my above understanding correct? What are the advantages of going with Option 1 versus Option 2? Thx