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Thanks Vader. You know I actually restored the 2Wire back to factory defaults (held the little red reset button on the back for 30 seconds until it clicked), then had to hardwire it to my PC via ethernet (because the 2Wire turns off wireless when at factory default), re-enabled the wireless, forced it to Channel 4, and so far so good... it's been stuck on Channel 4 for three days now (knock on wood) and my reception has been good. No slow/dropped connections due to interference from the microwave or others in the area.

Now I'm wondering if something just got FUBAR'd on the 2Wire which caused it to behave like the wireless channel was on AUTO no matter what channel you put it on.
 

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Ooops spoke too soon, 3 days later and my 2Wire has decided to ignore my specific wireless channel selection (4) and use it's own again (8)

 

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Frustrated with the 2Wire picking it's own wireless channels, I just hooked up my WRT-160N router and internet is working. I have to test my home network next (ie, WD TV Live Plus).

Is this correct?
- I have firewall on Linksys turned ON, and on the 2Wire I set the firewall to the DMZ Plus Mode.
- I have DHCP on my Linksys WRT160N left to auto?
- I am plugging the Ultimate TV PVR box into the 2Wire, but my WDTV and further devices if needed into the Linksys?

I have read something about setting the lease timing on the 3rd party router, but I don't have that option (perhaps because only stock firmware is available for the WRT160N)
 

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DD-WRT is available for WRT160N... but yes, you have to issue ipTables command to set the lease connection reset since it will disconnect every 10 minutes...

Ultimate TV satellites should be directly connected to the MTS box, as since these are basically clients for the TV. In my case, I had the PVR connected directly to a network port in the MTS box, and the two other boxes are using the Coax... then one port goes to my Linksys E2000 (which was originally a WRT320N I upgraded to E2000) and the E2000 is now basically serving my local area network... your WDTV is basically a LAN client so it should go to the WRT160N... any devices connected directly to the MTS box should be outside your LAN mapping...

It is wise to leave the settings for the subnet of the WRT160N (usually 192.168.1.xxx) and your MTS box (which is usually 192.168.100.xxx) so as to avoid DHCP conflicts
 

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Thanks Khulit!

I had searched for a long time for the DD-WRT for my router and it was always "in progress" but maybe they have one now (or perhaps it wasnt for my hardware revison (2)).

As of today, things are going ok, things seem to be working pretty much leaving things at stock settings on my WRT160N. The only things I changed was to turn off wireless on the 2Wire, set the firewall on the 2Wire to DMZ Plus Mode (which I think is basically OFF), and that's it. My WRT160N router settings are all stock (except I set my own ID name and WPA2 password)
 

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Here is the updated image.... every TV Box is now connected directly to the 2wire gateway.
Hi Vader - why did you decide to go this route? Have you seen any benefit? I was planning to have a switch or two between the 2Wire and VIP boxes. My network is all gigabit.

Thanks!
 

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jmorgan, I don't know the specifics but their installation standards are that the STBs are only to run directly off the 2Wire. I heard that the video stream has priority on the 2wire, or something like that. So I'm guessing that by introducing a switch or two in between would probably screw that up. It might work fine, just sayin' :)
 

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jmorgan, I don't know the specifics but their installation standards are that the STBs are only to run directly off the 2Wire. I heard that the video stream has priority on the 2wire, or something like that. So I'm guessing that by introducing a switch or two in between would probably screw that up. It might work fine, just sayin' :)
Thanks for the reply, Macman. When I plugged the VIP1216 into the switch, it appeared to broadcast a ton of traffic across the entire network. When I plugged it directly into the 2Wire, the traffic disappeared, so clearly the 2Wire is doing some filtering of the traffic.

I've also tried plugging the VIP1200s into the switch. They will work fine for 5-10 seconds, and then always say that the TV signal has been lost. I'm not sure why this is. When I plug them back into the 2Wire via coax (as the installer had it), they work fine. Well, except for some serious pixelation issues when playing recordings on one of the VIP1200s, which I may have to call MTS to look at. Unfortunately I never confirmed that the installer did the HPNA tests on the coax!
 

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If you had the means to do it, the 1200s can run on cat5 off the 2wire. Very limited though, as there is only 4 ethernet and 1 is for 1216 and at one for internet (included in installation).

Could be a bad cable end, hidden splitter or splice, junk cable, bad STB, bad 2wire hpna system. This is why we have to run the test. Even if everything looks mint, it could still have problems.

I have a weird issue that I want to figure out. I have RG59 at my 2nd TV, which is over an enclosed ceiling. Sometimes while browsing the PVR list, it'll disappear then slowly repopulate. Strange...
 

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Hi Vader - why did you decide to go this route? Have you seen any benefit? I was planning to have a switch or two between the 2Wire and VIP boxes. My network is all gigabit.

Thanks!
Sorry for late reply... as you figured out, I had problems with that TV box cutting out when I had the Linksys wireless device in between the 2wire and the 1200... especially when someone started using the wireless network. Not smart enough to figure out why, so I plugged all of the cat 5e runs straight from the 2wire into the 1200's.
 

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Thanks Vader - I also had lots of issues. First off was the line itself, which MTS fixed. Then if I plugged my STBs into my LAN, recordings played fine, but live TV wouldn't work. If I plugged the STBs into the RG via coax, live TV worked but the recordings were choppy. MTS ended up running CAT5 from the STBs directly to the RG and all seems to be fine now (fingers crossed).
 

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I just had my MTS TV and internet installed. They gave me a 2wire 3801hgv gateway.

I'd like to know if it's possible to do this:

Hook a wireless router up to the 2wire and be able to use two different wireless access points - one from the 2wire and one from the router. The reason I want to do this is to get the wireless router permanently hooked to the internet through a VPN service like Witopia or privateinternetaccess. That way I can connect use the router to access the U.S. version of Netflix among other things and still have the 2wire wireless connection available if I need to do something that requires a Canadian IP address.

My primayry concern is trying to determine if this is even possible. Does anyone know? If if it is possible, I'd appreciate if anyone has any tips or know where I could find some instructions.

My router is an Asus WL520GU that is currently running Tomato v1.28 firmware. I'd be willing to get install different firmware or get a new router if necessary.

Thanks.
 

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I have a wireless router attached to my 2wire... but ultimately it's still polling the same IP address - the one that is assigned to the 2wire.
 

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To resurrect an old post, can a LAN be utilized just using the 2-wire MTS modem?
MTS seemed to think so but said i should consult an IT guy?
Is there a useful 101 for doing this with the 2-Wire?
I just want communication between 2 or 3 Home PC's for file sharing without any extra equipment if possible?
Nosmo.
 

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Yes, the 2wire can be used as a modem-only. Connect all your computers, devices, etc to your other router like normal. Connect the uplink to the 2wire and you are done.

Note: any Ultimate TV boxes should still be connected directly to the 2wire. While there are reports of them working when connected off other routers this is a highly unrecommended and definitely unsupported configuration.
 

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I would just put a switch in behind the router and make sure all of your computers are connected to the switch.... would not mess with a separate router unless that is all you have :)
 
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