If you have AT&T UVERSE with 3801 2Wire gateway/router and you experience intermittent connection issues wirelessly, the problem is more than likely a limitation built into the router that you won’t find documented or told about except in some forums. I would check the logs and see constant messages like the one below whenever I tried connecting (under LAN then Statistics).
[note note_color="#e7e7e4"]STA “MAC Address”: disassociated hostapd: wave0: STA b8:3e:59:0d:ac:ed IEEE 802.11: associated hostapd: wave0: STA “MAC Address” IEEE 802.11: deauthenticated due to local deauth request hostapd: wave0: STA “MAC Address” IEEE 802.11: disassociated[/note]
If you have a large number of wireless devices (anymore than 6 or so connected at the same time), the router simply does not allow more devices onto the internet. Looking at the router settings, you wouldn’t know there was any problem. It still will have plenty of IP addresses to allocate. Changing the power output, wireless channels, the enencryption settings, Mac filtering, or wireless speeds do nothing. You can contact customer support . They will undoubtedly ask you to restart the router. After doing so, it might work for a bit. But you will keep having issues down the road.
What’s the solution? You need to create a wireless access point to bypass the 3801′s wireless altogether. Turn the 3801′s wireless off after you have set up your access point.
For my access point, I used a Ubiquiti Networks UniFi AP Enterprise WiFi System, which is incredibly easy to set up. Once I got it running, I have not had any connection issues and needless to say haven’t had to reboot. I’m glad I don’t have that headache anymore.
AT&T really should provide better equipment if they market their services to families who will likely all have phones, ipads, xbox, and computers that connect wirelessly. It’s ridiculous that I had to go out and buy my own equipment just to enjoy the service that I already pay for.
Hopefully, this will help someone with similar issues.