A reader, James, wrote in response to a recent item about Wi-Fi router shopping:
Our AT&T router isn't powerful to get signal throughout our apartment. I went to Best Buy and was told that there are no routers that I could buy that work with AT&T. So we had AT&T come out and replace the router with one that works marginally better. Is it true that I can't get a better router on my own and if I cannot, is there a booster that I could use to solve this problem?
The answer, it turned out, took some tracking down. AT&T typically charges $7 in monthly fees for its gateway/routers, which the company says include 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports. In April, AT&T began offering plans that include the fee as part of the Internet service including a "Triple Play" for customers who also are customers of DirecTV.
The gateway device is a requirement for using U-Verse service; there's no getting around it and you can't connect directly to AT&T's network with your own device. But the company says you can still plug in your own Wi-Fi router to one of the gateway's LAN ports and use that for wireless instead of the Wi-Fi bundled in AT&T's gateway.
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