ATT Router Problems (static IP? get my own router? mesh?)
Hi ... I have had ATT Fiber 1000 for 1.5years now w/ PACE ATT equipment. For the most part has been fine. I certainly don't get the 1000 speed (closer to 300 on wifi) but hasn't been an issue until late. We have used a TP-Link to extent which has been a little more challenging, while dual banded it typically defaults to rebroadcasating only one band. Recently every morning we have been having to restart the whole system - while all lights blinking fine, poor to non existent connectivity for devices.
- we have a lot of devices, should we be thinking about assigning IP addresses for static devices (computers, printers, video cameras)
- should we think about our own router (increased performance/security)(other forum posts indicate not too complicated)
- for extension should we be looking at an extender or the mesh systems?
3 years ago
300 on wi-fi is the 802.11n standard, so you're looking good there. To get anything close to 1000, you'd need a gigabit Ethernet-equipped device connected directly to the router (1000 is best-case what someone would measure between their router and the AT&T switch). The idea with 1000 is more around having multiple bandwidth hogs connected simultaneously than about getting 1000 on any single device. 4K streaming only uses about 25 mbps. As for your questions, I don't think you'll gain much speed by getting your own router (I tried a pass-through setup for kicks and went back), but it does open some doors you can't open with AT&T equipment. Static IP addresses for your devices won't do anything for performance. Once a device gets an IP address via DHCP, the overhead is complete. To the outside world, though, you can get some measurable, if not always noticeable, improvement in performance by using a different DNS provider (126.96.36.199, Google, etc.). You can't override DNS in most AT&T equipment, but you can on most individual devices. As for extender vs. mesh, you seem like someone who'd be happiest with mesh. Extenders are a lot cheaper, but don't provide seamless coverage, can be hard to configure, and can be glitchy. If you go mesh and continue to use the AT&T router, I'd set your mesh devices up in access point mode.
3 years ago