03-18-2014 10:00 PM
I currently have Comcast for Internet & Dish Network for TV. My cable modem is hooked up to an Airport Extreme and I also have an airport express to extend my network. The cable modem & Airport Extreme upstairs in the Den with the airpot express & TV/DVR downstairs in the family room.
I am looking into switch Internet & TV to U-Verse, but I'd like to keep my Airport Extreme serving up my internet. The house came wired for internet but I've never used it. There is a network box (USsec tecCenter) in the master bedroom (upstairs) closet and cat5 outlets in all the rooms. I'd like to keep my setup the same as it is now with my airport extreme upstairs in the Den and airport express downstairs by the TV. Can this work?
I am assuming that I can setup the AE to serve up the internet with the instructions in this thread (https://forums.att.com/t5/Device-Setup/AT-amp-T-Modem-Router-Apple-Airport-Extreme/td-p/3607835). Can I have the UVerse RG setup in the network box and have the TV STB connected via ethernet outlet next to the TV to the appropriate port on the RG and then the AE connected to the RG via ethernet outlet in the Den?
I'm assuming that the network box is a standard wiring, but I can attach a picture of it if it would help.
03-19-2014 8:47 AM
I have been using Time Capsule/Airport Extreme Base Station and Airport Express since switching to Uverse without any hitches but I have them set in Bridge mode which is the easiest and most trouble free.
03-19-2014 8:53 AM
thanks for the reply oz_1. sound like using airport extreme with RG should have no problems.
the other thing that I want to find out is whether I can set the RG up in the network box (USsec tecCenter) in the closet and connect to the STB via ethernet outlet next to TV and also to connect the AE via ethernet outlet in Den. this is because I don't want to put the RG next to the TV and have to move my AE next to it. I'd like to keep the AE in the den.
03-19-2014 11:02 AM
There are mixed results using the ethernet port on the STB if this is what your asking but you can purchase a Netgear swith that is 802.1p which will then divide the line between the STB and the AE without interference the 4 ports in the AEBS are not p compliant hence the need for a switch that is.
03-19-2014 1:53 PM
so i guess there are a couple of things that I might not understand.
how is the STB typically connected to the RG? I assumed it was RG-->STB via ethernet. is it connected via coax?
here's the setup that I was envisioning and wanted to see if it would work.
outside cable --> network box --> RG
RG (in network box) STB port --> family room via ethernet jack (or coax may be possible too) --> STB
RG (in network box) WAN port --> den via ethernet jack --> AE
would that work?
03-19-2014 3:20 PM
03-19-2014 7:13 PM
thanks, that is helpful.
yeah, I meant to put RG LAN to AE not WAN.
Thanks for bringing up the wireless receivers. I didn't say how many STB I was getting - I am planning on getting two wired receivers. Is that what you were asking about when you said only hardwired devices? Will each STB need to connect to the RG in some way?
What does it mean when you say "Sync from outside to RG on cat5 cable if FTTN, or Ethernet from ONT if FTTP."?
In terms of setting up the AE to RG, I'm comfortable doing that. What is reasonable to expect for the tech to set up when they come? Can I ask the tech to install the RG in the network box, connect to the 2 STB, and have the internet LAN get sent to the Den via the cat5 wiring? or just set up the 2 STB and have the RG serving up internet wirelessly?
03-19-2014 8:41 PM - edited 03-19-2014 8:45 PM
Fiber To The Premises
Fiber To The Node
Optical Network Terminal
The type of RG is determined on which setup of the two that were listed.
If you set your AE in bridge mode and disable the RG's wireless you will be fine unless you need a router behind the RG ( most do not) in which case you wiil need to put it in DMZ.
03-20-2014 10:47 AM
Sounds like I'm back in the military again with all these abbreviations and acronyms.
03-20-2014 10:51 AM
OMG, the TLA and FLA do abound around here.
03-20-2014 7:09 PM
03-21-2014 3:37 AM
03-24-2014 10:27 PM
I was going to test out the network box to see if the ethernet wiring was active, but when I looked at the network box in my closet more closely and it seems that it is wired for ethernet, but it hasn't been set up. (see picture).
There is one box for phone, one box for cable, and there are white wires (labeled with room names) without connectors at the end which I believe are ethernet. In one of the rooms, there is a plug with dual jack for phone/cable and then another plug with a jack which looks like a cat5 outlet, but no label.
Once I put connectors on the end of the white wires, should I be able to plug the wires into a router and then test the cat5 jacks by plugging a computer and seeing if it picks up an ip address?
03-24-2014 10:43 PM
You need an 802.1p compliant switch with it at least 8 ports unless I miscounted your wires well anyway one port for each wire and a port to go to the lan on your RG which only has four
You can choose whatever brand you like but I have had great luck with Netgears switches.
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