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What's the difference between a Linksys router and an AT&T 2wire gateway?
12-03-2012, 11:50 AM
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What's the difference between a Linksys router and an AT&T 2wire gateway?
Is it just the brand? It costs $100 for equiptment if they send it to me, but do I really need one? I have 2 laptops with wireless capability, a PS3 for online gaming and a desktop, I want the 2wire gateway hard wired to my PS3, what do I need for my desktop to have online access?

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12-03-2012, 11:58 AM
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The 2Wire gateway is a modem plus built in wireless. More then likely you HAVE to have it to run with yahoo. Hardwiring your ps3 to it will cause a lot less lag.

What you will need for your desktop is a network adapter usually around 40 bucks, and your laptops have built in wireless (usually)

Once you have the adapter, search for the wireless network of your 2wire usually something like "2wire130" or something along those lines... and then the network key is on the barcode on the back of the 2wire

something like this " [6541912231]" it will be in brackets



The linksys router is more for cable users whos isp provide a modem only, then we connect the modem to the linksys router and it provides wireless to our home. Some cable companies provide a modem/wireless router however.. and linksys is a really good brand.
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12-03-2012, 11:58 AM
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they're both routers and serve the same purpose - route packets.
You need a router with all the equipment you have. If you dont want wireless then just get a router and a 4 port gig switch. That way nothing is wireless and you don't have to "share speeds" with all the equipment you have. Switches work at layer 1 whereas routers work at layer 3 --- switches don't break up your bandwidth like routers do.

recap: buy one wired router and one 4 port switch. connect all the devices and enjoy. This option is safer too. No wifi signals for those packet sniffers to attach to

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