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5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with this., March 25, 2014
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This review is from: NETGEAR N900 Dual Band Gigabit Wifi Router (WNDR4500v2) (Personal Computers)
First and foremost this is NOT capable of physically terminating a DSL connection. It can perform the authentication and terminate the PPP session. However you ABSOLUTELY do need another device to pysically terminate your DSL connection coming from the service provider, there is no RJ11 port on this router. The bright side is, that can be done with a nice cheap device that operates in what is called bridge mode.

I bought this because the piece of crap "router" that AT&T charged me for didn't have anything like routing features on it. This is a fully featured home router and will perform many high end functions that most devices of this class do NOT do. For the price this is an excellent device. It has both a 2.4 and 5 ghz wireless radios, so you can seperate devices if you have any capable of 5 ghz, which will reduce latency in a home using lots of wireless such as mine. I have 2 ipads, 2 iphones, 2 macs, and an xbox. I've got all the apple gear running on 5ghz so my xbox is alone to use the 2.4 channel with no competition.

If you've got any questions about the specifics of this device, feel free to ask. I'm completely happy with it, and it's worked flawlessly from day 1. I went from using AT&T's $100 "router" that constantly dropped the PPP session and wasn't even getting 65% of the advertised throughput with horrible wireless coverage, to using this for the same price and it does everything that the other piece of junk was supposed to do. Wireless coverage is great, I have a largish house. Router is on the first floor and my den is on the second story. It also has a GOOD NAT engine, which if you know anything about gaming or VoIP this is important. Many cheaper devices have garbage NAT engines and will try to "fix up" sessions that they think aren't working correctly. This doesn't do that. You can also disable any of the onboard fix ups that are in place to make sure traffic is getting through exactly as it reaches you.
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Initial post: Aug 18, 2014 11:26:17 AM PDT
whats the bridge mode unit...? My son and i are sick of burning out the Gateway units from ATT...I have DSL at 5 MPS service its close to best speed but constantly dropping son off of Xbox if i"m on Netflix or laptop....Could use help with set up. Xbox is in finished basement with moden but wireless blue-ray and laptops are 1st-2nd floors

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Last edited by the author on Aug 18, 2014 2:01:49 PM PDT
Dusty Wade says:
You'll need to call ATT and get the PPP config for your dsl modem.

Then you can configure this router as your PPP end point, and put the DSL modem in bridge mode.

There should be a PPP user name and password, and a couple config settings that go along with that.

The reason you're having this problem is because the NAT engine on ATT's dumb cheapo dsl modem is garbage and it tries to fix up NAT sessions, which usually isn't a problem except with gaming and streaming services.

Believe it or not your best bet for ATT support is to complain to their twitter account. For some reason that got me directly to escalations. Calling the support line was zero help.

I just noticed you're asking what the bridge mode device I have is, that would be the DSL modem that you get from your service provider, which you refer to as the Gateway from ATT. They cheap and not good for much. Something has to terminate the DSL connection, which this router is not capable of. You'll need to use the ATT supplied device (or buy a DSL capable router of your own which is not worth the effort) to terminate the DSL connection, then the N900 will terminate the PPP authentication which is what ATT uses to validate your user account, and throttle the bandwidth they're supplying to you.

Hope this makes sense.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2014 1:58:44 PM PDT
Dusty Wade says:
I'm not using an additional device this router. I'm not sure what you're referring to.

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