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AT&T 2701HG-B 2Wire Wireless Gateway DSL Router Modem

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  • Greenlight easy-to-use, browser-based configuration
  • Allows flexibility of wired and wireless connections (cable for wied connection included)
  • LED indicators keep you aware of network status
  • Horizontal desktop placement for easy integration into your setup
  • External power supply (included)
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • ASIN: B001W9ASMS
  • Item model number: 2701 HG-B
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,142 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

This is a used for two weeks Built-in Hyperb 802.11b wireless access point, 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and router from 2 Wire AT&T. High-powered Hyperb wireless technology provides faster speeds, fewer cold spots and a high level of mobility. Shares high-speed broadband Internet access, plus files and printers, among multiple computers with or without wiresCompatible with existing 802.11b and 802.11g wireless devices. Supports 64- and 128-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption for enhanced security; professional-grade firewall protects personal information.

Customer Reviews

Don't buy it for more than a few dollars.
student1337
This modem worked okay as a network hub, but it was lousy as a wireless router, with no wireless connectivity available (for no reason) 30% to 50% of the time.
T. Wallace
The first one lasted me 6 months, I haven't even had this 3 months.
Buffee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

144 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Busse on June 19, 2010
These routers come with really poor power adapters that are 1) energy inefficient, and 2) overheat. Notice the reviews for failures; most of them come from power failures. Mine was the same. AT&T oversold it to me when I added a DSL line upon moving to my apartment. The router fried about 1 month after the warranty expiration. The power supply itself is 5.1V ... now, how often do you see 5.1V adaptors out there? As if they couldn't engineer the thing to interchange with a $2.00 5V adaptor instead of shilling for $10 to AT&T for a replacement.

More to the point, the wireless network portion is an 802.11g router - meaning it's an older slower technology. If you're going to buy a wireless router nowadays, you should get a faster 802.11n router, which should be back-compatable with 802.11g hardware. Why are they shipping 802.11g routers nowadays when 802.11n has been official since September, 2009, and widely available since summer, 2007?

Not to mention, for the money you spend on this router, you could purchase an identical one with 1) print-server capabilites (meaning you could attach a printer to the router allowing anyone on your wireless network to attach to the router) and/or 2) a port for Network Attached Storage (a backup hard drive or media disk you can avoid attaching and de-attaching to your computer). It also doesn't have the, ahem, ease of use that dodge most makers of routers. Compare Apple's AirPort to make the router function as a bridge (basically a way to extend a wireless router by using it to relay or boost the signal from another router). On an Apple router, you click a box saying "enable bridge mode," on this, you enter VPI 0, VCI 35, disable PCI search, change the connection type, and disable routing...and remember to press save.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Ray on September 15, 2009
I just don't understand how this thing can be so bad, I have never willingly bought a product that I thought "Hey, it would be great if it lasted a year". When it runs, it runs erratically, cutting out at times, working on some computers but not others. I have never seen such a bad modem. It feels as if the product was carved out of the bowels of hell. First time I replaced it for free as it was within the warranty period. Now I have to pay for a new one. For this price, you are only renting it for a year. If you will buy it, keep in mind that you will have to buy another one at a certain point. If you can avoid this product, Do it!
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By C. Martinez on June 29, 2009
AT&T 2701HG-B 2Wire Wireless Gateway DSL Router Modem I had to replace the first one immediately; it only lasted less than 2 years. Now this new one is failing within the first week. This is a bad product.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alexey Neyman on August 18, 2009
Most of the time, it works. However, there are too many bad things about it that I am going to replace it:
- No UPnP support
- Bad handling of local network DNS: somehow it ended up with two records for the same laptop, now accessing it by the name cannot be done. Laptop gets assigned IP address associated with one record via DHCP, but DNS reports the IP from the other one.
- You cannot edit DNS records - once the device information goes into the router, it stays there forever
- Very convoluted procedure for setting up port forwarding
- For initial set up, you need a Windows application. Don't even look at this router if you're using a different operating system.
- Worst of all, sometimes it refuses to operate wireless. Wired connections are okay, but the wireless network disappears from the list of available networks. Usually it reappears in 10-15 minutes, or if modem is unplugged from AC power for 2-3 minutes.

Bottomline: unreliable, unhandy, unworthy.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By St_Clinton on September 25, 2009
I found that once I got this modem setup, it works great for me. It came free when I opened my AT&T account. I also noticed it was used by everybody around me who has wifi setup.

Here's the problem with the modem. It is designed to last for just over a year so that the warranty runs out, then without warning, bye bye modem. Had to go and buy a new one, and it's not just a simply yank old, put in new and away you go. You must go through the entire setup.

The one problem with buying it through Amazon is the price. $199.99 from Amazon, go into Bestbuy and buy it for $100 and into an AT&T store and get it for $80.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By FaveDave on February 1, 2010
I wish I had believed all the bad reviews here before we bought this modem to replace our dead five-year-old 2wire that worked fine till it finally died. After reading these negative reviews, I thought "well AT&T has millions of customers so these are the ones who just had bad luck. The people who have good working units don't post online."

Wrong! The WiFi on this unit is TERRIBLE. Our house is not large, but we were getting lots of WiFi dropouts. Much worse than our ancient unit, now sadly gone. It was really bad downstairs (modem is upstairs), and the connection is not really useable. Then my WiFi started dropping out when I was sitting three feet away from the modem!

We had to go out and purchase an Apple Airport Express ($99), and set the 2wire to disabled WiFi and let the Airport handle it. Now we have great wireless. But I wish I had bought a different modem in the first place.

BELIEVE these reviews. Do not buy this unit. AT&T tech support will scare you with words like "we don't support other modems." They will support many other brands -- just ask them which brands, then search the reviews here. Go buy one of those, not the craaaaaaappy 2wire.
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