There are tricks in order to use wireless extender on AT&T U-verse router. I am using Netgear Universal WiFi Range Extender (WN2000RPT) for my wireless extender.
Just connecting the extender and complete the extender’s configuration will only give you access to the network, but not the Internet access. This means, you can access the computer within the network, but you can’t access the Internet. This is what I got:
- Go to Netgear configuration manager.
- Turn off DHCP feature on the extender by going to “IP Address Setup” and use static ip address.
On “IP Address” field, specify the ip address you want for the extender. Remember this ip address.
Do note that the “Gateway IP Address” and “Primary DNS” are the ip of your AT&T U-verse router. By default, the AT&T U-verse router’s ip is 192.168.1.254.
- Click Apply button to save the setting.
- Now, configure your computer’s network setting to point its default gateway and primary dns to the extender’s ip address.
- On Windows, open up the network adapter setting.
- Display the properties.
- Properties on “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” or something similar to that.
- Define ip address and dns server address.
On “IP address”, specify ip address you want for this computer.
On “Default Gateway” and “Preferred DNS server”, type in the AT&T U-verse router’s ip address. By default, the AT&T U-verse router’s ip is 192.168.1.254.
- Go back to network adapter setting to restart the connection (disable and then enable again).
Mac users: you can do the same thing: point your Mac’s network default gateway and dns server address (router) to AT&T U-verse router’s ip address.
To access your network setting, go to System Preferences > Internet & Wireless > Network > Advanced > TCP/IP.
The side effect (not sure if it’s good / bad…) of using this technique is your AT&T U-verse router will assign a ‘dynamic’ ip address for the extender. What I meant by ‘dynamic’ here is, the ip address will constantly change depend on what device is making connection to AT&T U-verse router. So for example, you have specify the extender ip address as 192.168.1.1 in the extender’s configuration manager and you have 2 devices connecting to the extender with ip addresses as 192.168.1.5 and 192.168.1.6 respectively, the extender ip address in AT&T U-verse router will change from 192.168.1.1, 192.168.1.5 or 192.168.1.6.
Update 4.19.2011: For those who use VMWare Workstation, please read additional post if you have problem connecting the extender to your router: VMWare Workstation and Wireless Network Adapter Problem.