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Question We are finally getting gigabit fiber internet from AT&T

Shmee

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Installation should be Saturday! I assume they will provide an ONT, but do they also provide any sort of router? It doesn't really matter, as we have a spare router with 802.11AC, but I am just curious what kind of equipment they provide.
 

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Installation should be Saturday! I assume they will provide an ONT, but do they also provide any sort of router? It doesn't really matter, as we have a spare router with 802.11AC, but I am just curious what kind of equipment they provide.
According to a guy I just bought a router from I think you will get locked in to their provided equipment basically. Not sure if it is one device or what.
 

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When I had mine installed several years ago, they provide an Arris BGW210 modem/router (which you have to use) at least as a modem.

However, the wifi performance/range wasn't good at all in my house, so I immediately added a wireless router and placed the Arris in bridge mode.
 

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There are differences between Geographical Areas, within the same area there is differences between Apt Installation, Condo, or stand alone private Home etc.

The best way is to find someone in your neighborhood that recently installed in similar enviroment.

In general the ONT or ONT/Modem comes with it, then they add a Wireless Router and charge ~$10 a month for it.

If you do not want their Router, make sure that there nothing in the Router that is essential to whatever system you have at Home.

As a general example - when having Verizon FIOS with TV service, the TV service would not work corretly if a Verizon Router in Not on the Network.


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When I had mine installed several years ago, they provide an Arris BGW210 modem/router (which you have to use) at least as a modem.

However, the wifi performance/range wasn't good at all in my house, so I immediately added a wireless router and placed the Arris in bridge mode.
That's almost what you HAVE to do. I've done that in the past when I was using someone's equipment.
 

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That's almost what you HAVE to do. I've done that in the past when I was using someone's equipment.
Before I switched over to AT&T, I had Time Warner Cable (then became Spectrum), and with them I bought my Motorola modem from Amazon and used it instead of using their equipment. My TV service through them worked fine as well.

However, with AT&T and their U-verse TV service, I can only use their provided modem / wifi router combo unit. But since they don't charge a rental fee for it, I didn't mind as long as I could disable their wifi, and use the wireless router I bought.
 

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Update here, the fiber internet is up and running! On Saturday the tech installed the fiber drop to the house, and provided us a BGW320. However, he soon noticed that the fiber signal was very weak, and determined that the problem was upstream on the poles. So another team had to come on Sunday, and go through the pole lines to determine the problem and fix it. They eventually fixed it, and then activated our service.

The BGW320 is a pretty good unit I understand, with Wifi 6 / 802.11AX, as well as a 5GbE port in addtion to the standard 1GbE ports. I have not extensively tested the wifi speed/strength/range, but the wired speed is good. Here is the best speedtest result so far. https://www.speedtest.net/result/12618531430

It was run from my desktop, which is connected with a 10GbE NIC, to a 10GbE port on my switch, which is connected with a 2.5GbE port to the router's 5GbE port. As you can see, with this configuration, slightly faster than 1Gb/s is possible due to AT&T getting us slightly more than advertised, which is possible with ISPs.
 

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