Verizon sold the territory I live in to Fairpoint. FIOS will never be available where I live (at least not in my life time.)

Comcast has always made be pay for two separate broadband accounts. (2 buildings – pay twice.)

Well. The company she worked for was a Microsoft service provider. When Microsoft suddenly decided not to renew their recurring contract, her employer pretty much closed up shop and she was out of work.

This was a good catalyst to consolidate expenses.

So we’re getting rid of my T-Moblie wireless. My wife’s Verizion wireless, my office Fairpoint land lines, and our home Comcast Phone and internet access.

Step one – 7 Acre Wide Wireless.

I want Hi-Speed wireless access without degradation from the far corner of my office building to across my driveway to the far back corner of the source on both floors.


My new setup starts with adding a really good base wireless hub.


I choose the Netgear Rangemax WNDR3700 Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router

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At over $150 dollars it’s not the cheapest but it’s worth the extra money.

There were about 200 4/5 star reviews on and about 50 1/2 star reviews.

This is a great case of non technical folks (many of whom THINK they are networking experts) being frustrated and blaming the product for their lack of knowledge.

I unplugged all mu networking devices and started from scratch.

I plugged the WNDR3700 into my Comcast Cable modem and then with a physical cable connected the WNDR3700 to a computer.

The first thing I did was update the Firmware to the latest version.

After rebooting the WNDR3700 I set the SSID Names (one for each channel), Password, and DHCP address range as I desired and rebooted the device again.

Pressed the wireless connect – and BANG!

The WORST signal anywhere in the buildings on my property’s 4 bars.

I  connected a  Cisco / Linksys SR2024 24-port 10/100 Switch that I already had to the Netgear router. (Though I plan to upgare to the gigabit version).


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My hard wired connections at peaking at about 30mb down and 3mb up. (Stay tuned – I’m going to improve this soon.)

The WNDR3700 also has a USB NAS feature so I picked up a Seagate Expansion 1.5 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive.


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I plugged this drive in and went into the device options of the WNDR3700’s admin facility to set the network name of the device.

BANG – 1.7 terabytes of NAS easily accessible from all my machines connected to the WNDR3700.

Setup was EASY and everything worked as I expected.

Now for the HARD part.

The router is in my office but I need SOME hard wired connections in the other building (my house).

This means I needed to bridge the wireless signal from my office into a wired hub in my house.

After a good deal of research I selected a Buffalo Technology AirStation Turbo G High Power Wireless Ethernet Converter


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Setting this guy up was a bit more difficult because, even though this device has 4 wired access ports,  I needed to bridge the signal into my home Ethernet wiring system and I wanted to extend it with a combination hub (Wireless / Wired).

Though not really necessary for wireless access since the WNDR3700’s signal is so strong, I decided to add 2 additional wireless/combination routers to my scheme since I already had a couple of good modem routers. (One in the house proper and one in the basement.)

I have two D-Link routers from previous use.


A D-Link DIR-655 Extreme N Gigabit Wireless Router.

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And the slightly older D-Link DIR-625 4-Port RangeBooster Wireless-N Router


The secret to adding these 2 routers trough the is on syncing the configuring settings.

The default device IP address is

First I changed the device IP address to something gin the same subnet as my WNDR3700 but OUTSIDE the DHCP address allocation pool.

Next I configured each of the D-Link routers with device IP Address and DHCP address allocation pools all in the same subnet (making sure there could be no conflicts).

After wiring everything up – they didn’t work 🙂

To solve the last problem I needed to synchronize the wireless channels being used.

On ALL THREE wireless routers I turned OFF automatic channel scanning and set to channel to fix on channel 11 (11 is the default on the Buffalo Air Station) .

In the D-Link routers the admin settings look like this.

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After setting these options and rebooting all 3 modems in my network (and updating the router firmware) – everything is working FINE !

Awesome wireless and hard wired connections available everywhere.


1.) Upgrade my main office switch to GigaBit.

2.) Upgrade my Cable Model (and Comcast Account) to DOCSIS 3

If selected the Motorola SB6120 SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 eXtreme Broadband Cable Modem


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Give it all a try 🙂

Next I’ll tackle phones 🙂