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2Wire 2701HG-B is unreliable in wireless mode
on September 29, 2009
AT&T DSL service only supports and sells this wireless router (wired only isn't offered) for new installations. The ethernet seems to work OK, but the wireless is unreliable. Downloads are problematic -- a 760 MB file may take minutes to over an hour or die with DSL service one below Elite. AT&T support was required to configure wireless with WPA. The wireless worked fine the first few days, but lately internet sessions would drop without warning. Even worst, one internet session supported, a second usually isn't -- you get complaint about URL does not exist. Connection to URLs is slow -- about a minute. Sometimes, restarting solves this, but it's a real pain. The distance between the router and laptop is about 60 feet, and the wireless setting is set for 400 mw (which is the maximum). Other wired and wireless routers I had never had this problem. When I have the time I'll try a different manufacturer for wired with wireless router. 2Wire doesn't have support wrt to setup software for Windows 7 OS same for AT&T setup -- you must http to the default gateway address for setup. The router is a piece of junk, and I paid over $[...] ($[...] + postage & handling). Windows 8 browser is very slow over wireless. Mozilla 5.0 is faster and more reliable.