The 2wire doesn't seem to have a lot of security built in (if any). No user/password to log in? That is very odd. I have security doubts
It does prompt for a password if you try and change some system settings, like enabling the WiFi. The password is on the sticker on the back of the 2wire, and it says "wireless key" or something.
I currently have my 1000baseT/wireless N router and an 8 port 1000baseT switch on my network. I'm pretty sure (unless the 2wire is special) I could still use my router as a front end and treat the MTS 2wire device as a DHCP enabled internet access point. Essentially acquiring an IP address from the 2wire via DHCP, and keep my firewalled router the access point for my devices on the network. I doubt the security and routing services (PVN, VoIP) on my router would continue to work properly if it was setup as just a switch. Thoughts?
If I'm understanding that correctly, I don't think you can use the 2wire downstream of your router. It is basically the "modem" for your internet, so it handles the DSL connection, which I've never heard of that being connected downstream of a router
Their webpage with generic instructions on reconfiguring 3rd party routers says to do the following: Turn off DHCP server, Change router IP to 192.168.100.200 (to retain functional access to your routers interface), and move the internet wire from WAN port to a LAN port. Not good if all your LAN ports are in use
In case it wasn't mentioned yet, the 2wire is only 10/100. No gigabit here
On an installation note, if I were to build a shelf close to my router in the basement, can I request that the 2wire device get installed there? I would prefer it rather then have it behind my TV. I’m wanting a very visibly minimalistic home theater setup (less is more, and there is no more room where the games system is hidden). The main TV (future location of the VIP1216) is directly above the location of the router and file serving equipment.
I can't see it being a problem. They actually want the 2wire at the demarc/service entrance, but this isn't always possible. And as long as that location is easily serviceable (or already serviced) with the following:
a) cat5 line from your phone "demarc"
b) coax line from your main coax splitter (since the VIP1200's are fed on coax using HPNA technology)
c) cat5 line from your computer or router (you say your router is there anyway, so that sounds like a moot point)
I don't think the installer will do it if they have to run a new coax line just to get the HPNA working off the main splitter. It's usually what is most convenient/least amount of wiring.
When the installers go to an ultimate installation, the installation only really includes 2 cat5 lines. One from the 2wire to the VIP1216; and one from the 2wire to ONE computer (or existing router). Anything else, they will probably consider it extra and advise you how much it costs (unless there's existing wiring).
To hook up any "unserviced" TV's (no existing coax) is $25/TV added to your next bill (if you choose to get them to do it).
To hook up any additional computers via cat5 are extra, but I think this is a grey area. Their website might not explain it properly either, I think. It says the following:
" 'Wired' Connections (cable already in place) – using MTS Professional Wiring, $99.95 per connection."
THIS MAKES NO SENSE TO ME. Why would they charge $99 when there's a wire there already?! I think they mean to run a new cat5. I've also heard it might be charge per foot, so I can't say for sure.