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Saturday, December 17th, 2022 5:44 PM

Can a 5268ac be used as an access point behind a BGW210, or behind another 5268ac?

My old 5268ac gateway has been losing some of my Fixed IP Address settings after a few hours or a couple days. Since this feature seems to be failing, AT&T sent me a replacement gateway -- the BGW210. They also said I should NOT return the faulty 5268ac, so I would like to put it to good use until it eventually craps out completely ...

My goal would be to put the old 5268ac in the garage and connect it to the BGW210 with an ethernet cable -- to use as a wifi access point in the garage. Is this possible? If so, I know I will have to:

1- change the ip address on the 5268ac because its default (192.168.1.254) is the same as the BGW210

2- turn off dhcp on the 5268ac so all ip addresses can be assigned by the BGW210

... but what other changes must I make on the old 5268ac (or the new BGW210) in order to accomplish this?

ACE - Expert

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35K Messages

1 year ago

The 5268AC will expect to be able to "phone home" through the WAN port.  As you will not be able to connect the 5268AC's WAN port where the BGW210 is connected, it will not be able to and will be as functional as a small concrete block.  No, you cannot use it the way you want.

In fact, I would not be surprised if you get another communication from AT&T asking you to return the 5268AC or pay $150 for not doing so.  I wouldn't be terribly surprised if you don't (since they're no longer upgrading its firmware), but they're still handing them out and there's nothing else for Fixed Wireless installations to use.

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1 year ago

The faulty 5268ac is already several years old. I think the reason they told me NOT to send it back is partially because of its age, but mostly because it is not working properly any more. They may not want to send it to someone else only to continue to receive the same failure reports I've been sending them.

Even if I could use it as a switch it would at least be somewhat useful for a while longer ... but from what you're telling me, it may not enable any of its typical switch/router functions until AFTER it phones home and connects to AT&T via its WAN port. Is this what you're saying?

From what I recall, it continued to work fine as a LAN router/switch during the several times in the past when it lost its WAN connection to AT&T. Then again, those events took place years ago, so my memory could very well be wrong.

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25 Messages

1 year ago

My memory was correct. After my old failing 5268ac had been plugged in and working properly all morning, I unplugged the green cable from the WAN port thus disconnecting it from AT&T service while leaving it powered on. In this condition it continued to provide wifi and routing on my LAN ... but no internet of course.

ACE - Expert

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35K Messages

1 year ago

Yes, it will work for a while.  And it may continue to work until you lose power.  But once you lose power, then you'll have to repeat the "trick."  Is it really worth that to you?

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25 Messages

1 year ago

No, it's not worth my time to repeat this "trick". I just did that last test to see if my memory was correct.

Community Support

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231.3K Messages

1 year ago

Hello @kengrome. We are more than happy to guide you towards the right direction for configuring your BGW210 Gateway.

 

We recommend enrolling in the Home tech support for additional assistance. This will give you unlimited access to an expert for more troubleshooting options available to you. You will need to scroll to the FAQ under "How do I get technical support from an expert?"

Please let us know how it goes.

 

Tanatswa, AT&T Community Specialist

ACE - Guru

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9.9K Messages

1 year ago

And everyone else here recommends that you not enroll in Hometech.  "Experts"  🤦‍♂️

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