I am moving to an apartment complex that only has two options available to me for internet and both of them are with AT&T. I can go with their DSL service, which I really don't want to do, or I can go with U-Verse.
I have a few questions regarding U-Verse so if someone has it and could help me out, that would be greatly appreciated. I have tried on two occasions to call AT&T and ask, but I can only get sales on the phone, and they can't really answer technical questions. So I figured I would ask people who had it.
As I understand it, and I could be way off on this, all U-Verse services connect through one piece of equipment which they call the 'wireless gateway'
That being the case, can I access the routers configuration settings? Can I put my own password on the router? Can I set up port forwarding or are those features blocked?
I am one year in to a three year Networking Security program at a community college. I like to be able to play around with the things that I learn in class. Plus, being an Information Assurance/Network Security major, I am becoming very security oriented. I was told that I would NOT be able to password protect my router. I have a problem with that.
I have a router of my own that I have been using for a couple of years now. Its just a standard linksys router, nothing special. I had the idea I could just plug my router into their router and not use the wireless functions of the AT&T router. But it seems like that would slow my connection way down. I may be wrong about that though. As I said, I'm still learning about this stuff so please correct me if I'm wrong.
Anyway, I have more questions about it but they all steam from those key concerns.
Any help you could provide me would be greatly appreciated.