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bloort

join:2012-11-09

3801HGV is mislabled. Should be 3801SUX

If all you do is surf the net and email. This will probably do fine for you as a home router. If you do any slightly more advanced networking, requiring computer name to ip resolution, the 3801HGV thing is a train wreck. Don't even bother. You are going to need to add another router of your own for your internal network to function.

Hardware Version: 000778-004
Software Version: 6.3.7.23-enh.tm



ILpt4U
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join:2006-11-12
Lisle, IL
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Do you have AT&T U-Verse?

If yes, that is an old firmware version for the device -- surprised it still works


bloort

join:2012-11-09

Thanks for the heads up.
Do you know if the latest firmware is any better in handling name resolution? This one is rented from sasktel.

Are the versions dependent upon the isp? which are you running?



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If by name resolution you mean DNS, no not really.

Is this for local network ip resolution? or WAN?

If local, I'd recommend a 3rd party router behind the 2Wire/Pace and let the 3rd party device run your LAN

I didn't realize other Telcos were using the 3801 -- good to know


bloort

join:2012-11-09

Ya the local DHCP or DNS gets confused if you change a computer name, or ip address. nslookup can report 2 identical ip addresses for the same computer name, one valid, one of course not. It is interesting, the home page will show the computer name with the working ip, but a ping will resolve a different non working ip address.



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Yeah the 3801 does not seem to like name changes of devices that are already logged. There is a LAN device list reset inside the management gui (192.168.1.254 on AT&T 2Wire/Pace models -- not sure for Sasktel if the same). A factory reset (hitting & holding the red reset button on the back for about 20 seconds) would also clear the current device list

The device also doesn't like devices that have the same device name with different mac addresses -- have run into issues where multiple iDevices (typically) have the same device name & then have trouble reconnecting

My first recommendation still would be to use a 3rd party router for your LAN. Set up your 3rd party router into the "DMZPlus" mode to pass the public IP to your router, and then run your LAN as you wish

I don't think this would be a WAN issue at all, but if you want, you can download a program called "uvrealtime" which will give you stats on your broadband link & connection, and it has some LAN information as well. uvrealtime.com is the site for that.


bloort

join:2012-11-09

To clarify, it was holding two ip address for the same computer name and mac. I guess i shouldn't be too hard on it. it's fine for basic internet access. I suppose I was expecting it to handle home networking as well, or as simply as the Dlink or Linksys commonly used in homes. I guess as a gateway it's been fine. The wifi seems to be good. Just the internal networking part isn't very good. At least there's no noisy fans!



ILpt4U
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said by bloort:

To clarify, it was holding two ip address for the same computer name and mac. I guess i shouldn't be too hard on it. it's fine for basic internet access. I suppose I was expecting it to handle home networking as well, or as simply as the Dlink or Linksys commonly used in homes. I guess as a gateway it's been fine. The wifi seems to be good. Just the internal networking part isn't very good. At least there's no noisy fans!

Pretty good summation, and I agree


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said by bloort:

Thanks for the heads up.
This one is rented from sasktel.

Are the versions dependent upon the isp? which are you running?

AT&T U-Verse, and 6.3.7.50-enh.tm

bloort

join:2012-11-09
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I thought i had the problem resolved by adding a Dlink router behind the 2wire. apparently not so. _IT SEEMS_ like about the time when a computer dhcp lease is renewed or after it awakes from sleep mode - or just after an amount of time, the 2wire will assume the role of returning computername.gateway.2wire.net as old ip address, or non existent.

So what i 've resorted to is manually specifying on the Dlink, the WAN side DNS server ip to that of my ISP - rather than use the 2wire dhcp provided dns - which would be the 2wire itself. With that done, now everything, so far ... is acting normally, and reliably like my home network has for years. Pings work well, rdp by name, and mapped drives, network printers, internal intranet etc. All good so far. I'll stop back if i discover anything else.