As some additional info to Mandy's post let me add that this router thingy currently has a fiber optic input and APC battery power back-up source. It has sufficient ports to support 3 LAN and 4 phone lines. The phone lines use traditional 2 wire indoor telecom connectors (ie old school phones). Whoever installed this thing appears to have been sloppy or lazy because they they have tied all of the household phone lines together into a single line on one port. The wiring job is for shit, but that is just my low tolerance for half-assedness.
My big questions are:
- The router does not have a co-ax output, but the 426 page incomprehensible instruction manual suggests that it may support digital video. Does that mean that the video feed is through the LAN and there is a converter box to hook up to the TV? How does this typically work?
- To get a wireless network from this system would one simply buy a wireless bridge to connect to one of the LAN lines?
- How do people feel about the VoIP phone service? Other than extended power outages where you run through your backup, what are the other issues?
- Rather than restoring our phone system and DSL service with the unused telecom hardwire, should we switch to this VoIP Broadband service? It looks like it may be cheaper to switch if we can return the POS router that AT&T made us buy.