"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by GusHerb, July 24, 2011, 08:21:48 PM
Quote from: JorgeAmely on July 25, 2011, 12:36:56 AMYou can get ATT Uverse with improved Internet service and not have to touch your POTS lines. That's the way we have it set up at home.
Quote from: JorgeAmely on July 25, 2011, 11:31:09 AMGusHerb:All the Internet services, plus bunches of channels that we can't possibly ever watch come over the tip and ring wires of your POTS line. Plus we get to keep the POTS line.Inside the phone utility box next to the house, they have a signal splitter that separates the Internet and TV signals one way and regular POTS the other way. The house wiring for all the phones in my house is connected to the POTS side of the splitter. The other side of the splitter goes to the Uverse gateway, which is pretty much like a router on steroids, because it handles all Internet services inside the house plus wireless access plus it serves the TV boxes (which essentially are internet devices with their own IP address) in the house PLUS 2 jacks for phones. We elected to keep our POTS line, however, if we had decided to use more modern phones, they would be connected to these two jacks. Currently, these jacks are not used. I also elected not to use the wireless router inside the Uverse gateway. I use my own WRT54G router connected to the internet side of the gateway. To disable the Uverse gateway, I turned down the output power to the point where you can't see it anymore. Our internet ready printer is connected to the Uverse gateway, so that everyone in the house can use it. It works very well. I can post some pictures of the installation when I get home tonite.
Quote from: GusHerb on July 30, 2011, 03:41:16 PMwe've never had pay TV before
Quote from: AE_collector on July 30, 2011, 09:05:16 PMQuote from: GusHerb on July 30, 2011, 03:41:16 PMwe've never had pay TV before So you mean that you have never had cable TV or any other provider, just over the air reception?You are going to love Uverse, I'm thinking its going to open upo a new UNIVERSE for you. Are you getting the PVR and more than one box (for more than one TV set)? Terry
Quote from: JorgeAmely on July 31, 2011, 05:29:22 PMHere are some pictures of the ATT Uverse hardware the techs installed in my house.# 1: this gray box interfaces to the POTS line that carries POTS plus the Uverse carrier and separates them. The black and yellow pair carries POTS to the rest of the house wiring, which didn't charge at all in this installation. The Uverse carrier goes to the gateway inside the house over the white shielded cable that exits the picture at 12 o'clock. The blue and blue-white pair is the original POTS line. The red-green pair is what returns from the house alarm and feeds the house wiring. This alarm can "cut-in" anytime it needs to. The rest of the hardware are leftovers from the first DSL installation we had in the house. # 2: The gateway box sits in between a computer and printer. Notice the white cable that arrives from the signal splitter.# 3: The back of the gateway shows the white input cable and another white cable that goes to the TV box. The blue cable provides internet connection to the Dell PC and to the printer on the left. Notice that the jacks for the phones are not used, since we chose to keep the original POTS line. Another jack from the gateway goes to these routers, which in turn provide wireless and wired Internet access to other PCs in the house.# 4: The routers reach the gateway with wiring provided by the builder of the house.# 5: This is the first TV box. It has a hard disk to store recorded shows. It is connected to the gateway and it has its own IP address.# 6: The second TV box is smaller in size because it does not have a hard disk of its own; it uses the hard disk of the first box to store shows. It has its own IP address as well.The advantage of this system is that if you are traveling and forget to record a particular show, you can log in to the ATT Uverse site, locate your box, log in into it and change your show recording choices. We have done that only once.
Quote from: JorgeAmely on August 01, 2011, 12:32:21 PMGus:The ATT techs chose coax because the house is pre-wired with coax that arrives from every room in the house to the box just above the box in picture 1. You can fish the coax cables easily from the phone box. I really preferred this solution, otherwise the choice would have been to have them install coax or Cat5 over the walls and I would have declined the service if that had been the case.