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robertt202

join:2012-07-22

[Modem] 3347-02 wireless connection speed

Just got my service installed. My desktop is hard-wired via ethernet cable and have no complaints.

When I check the connection speed of my laptops I get 18-32 mbps - even when in the same room or within 3 feet of the antenna. I used to get 54 mbps reported on my Linksys DI-524 wireless router.

I'm not talking about the speed of the connection going into my modem from the street - just the connection from the laptop to the router - the ATT phone-tech said that as long as I was getting 6 mbps or faster - that's all that was guaranteed - I am a noob so I may not have explained it properly. Shouldn't the wireless connection from point to point be in the 54g range since it is a wireless g router?
Thanks in advance.
Bob

P.S. I have changed the channels up and down from 1-11 without increasing the speed. There are no cordless phones in the house and the microwave hasn't been running so I don't think it is an interference problem.

treyatl2006

join:2012-01-26
Atlanta, GA
If you still want to use your linksys router, you can put the 3347 into bridge mode.


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Another option to treyatl2006's suggestion to bridge the 3347, would be to disable the WiFi radio in the 3347 and use the "Linksys" DI-524 as just a wireless access point (I put "Linksys" in quotes because if the model number is correct, it would be a D-Link product, not a Linksys product).

You can find generic instructions for using a wireless router as an access point in this FAQ: »Wireless Networking Forum FAQ »Using a Wireless Router as an Access Point

I mention this option because putting the 3347 into bridge mode is not as simple a matter as it is for some other AT&T supplied DSL routers, and if you are a business class customer with static IP addresses (and that is AT&T's target audience for the 3347), putting the 3347 into bridge mode and using your DI-524 as your primary router would likely kill your static IP usage.
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robertt202

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reply to treyatl2006
thanks trey and netfixer - and it is a D-link and not a Linksys. Anybody have ideas as to why the 18mbps on the 3347? Another question, can I use one of the 2-wire modems I see on craiglist? Would it be easier to configure and could it handle the 6mbps traffic. I am a home user that bought business service because of there are no data caps.


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said by robertt202:

thanks trey and netfixer - and it is a D-link and not a Linksys. Anybody have ideas as to why the 18mbps on the 3347? Another question, can I use one of the 2-wire modems I see on craiglist? Would it be easier to configure and could it handle the 6mbps traffic. I am a home user that bought business service because of there are no data caps.

As for why you don't see the same connect speed on the 3347 as you did on the DI-524, the answer is different manufacturers use different methods. With some wireless clients, the 3347 might have faster connect speeds than the DI-524.

I wouldn't recommend a 2wire router someone I didn't like.

If you don't have a static IP account with AT&T, then the link below this paragraph will show you how to set the 3347 to bridge mode (although my recommendation would still be to just disable the WiFi radio in the 3347 and use the DI-524 as a wireless access point). There are multi-step ways to put the 3347 into bridge mode from the html menu, but the telnet method in the link below is actually simpler and less likely to brick the device.

»Re: [Modem] How to Setup Netopia 3347NWG-006

You will of course, need to setup your DI-524 to do the PPPoE authentication after the 3347 is in bridge mode.

EDIT: I almost forgot this warning about doing the PPPoE in your own router with AT&T:
It is possible that your DI-524 may not be compatible with the PPPoE method currently in use by AT&T. I used to have two AT&T DSL circuits connected to a dual WAN DI-LB604 with the Netopia 2210 "modems" in bridge mode, then suddenly both of my connections went dead. The problem was that AT&T had arbitrarily changed their PPPoE implementation, and the D-Link DI-LB604 was no longer compatible (they and BellSouth have done this numerous times, rendering multiple routers from multiple vendors inoperable as PPPoE clients).
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