Router behind router, 3801 RG as modem or in bridge mode?
I have a 2Wire 3801 Uverse router and want to connect a better router for our home network (802.11n with GigE ports). Short rant here… it is very puzzling to me how AT&T continues to provide dinosaur RG units (802.11g with 10/100). Anyone have a good explanation as to why?
I don’t mind getting my hands dirty with all of this – I sell semiconductors to PC OEM’s – but I am not heavily network saavy. So, I have some questions, and I would like a recommended instruction.
There are two broadband ports on the back of the 3801 router – DSL and ONT. Can I (and should I) plug my secondary router’s upstream port into one of these? And, are these really “broadband” ports? I am really hoping to avoid plugging the secondary router upstream into a 10/100 downstream on the 3801. With the new router, everything in the home network will be faster, transfers between PC’s, NAS, wireless, etc., but with only 10/100 upstream all of the internet pipes will be limited.
Now, here’s what I’d like a recommended instruction on: I understand that there are two modes that I can connect these two boxes together in, with the 3801 RG as a modem, or in bridge mode. I’ve seen 2-wire instructions on-line but it looks like AT&T’s GUI/firmware is different. The only choice that even comes close in my GUI is to “enable detection of router-behind-router conditions”. There is also a choice for adding a “cascaded router” on the broadband link configuration page.
How would you recommend I connect the two boxes, and in what mode?
I have a couple of TV’s in our home Uverse network. They don’t physically connect to the 3801, but are HPNA devices on the network. I assume they will not be affected when I put the 3801 into bridge or modem mode, correct?
(By the way, FW version on my 3801 is 184.108.40.206-enh.tm)
Thank you for any help and insight you can provide,