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General Tech Support / Re: U-verse comments and support here
« Last post by mike101 on December 30, 2012, 08:33:38 pm »
When transitioning from AT&T DSL with a static IP package to U-Verse, is it still possible to remain the same static IP addresses as allocated for the DSL service?
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Up time on the pfSense has been 9 months with the AT&T Static IP Addresses without an outage. WE'RE not using AT&T QOS.. pfSense deals with that real nice.
We've had to restart Apache, IIS and the mail servers more then anything else. But not as often...
We did have a small error we had to deal with in pfSense with pfBlocker which was user error and took a couple days before I realized I had loop in pfblocker causing a crash in the blocker only. That was back in June.
As far as we can tell the forum spam and email spam is next to nuttin...
Our email server deals with over 36000 legit emails a month
Prior to pfSense even with using spam controls we had over 76000 emails that included spam and about 20 emails that included viruses that the server had to deal with. If 4 viruses get cleaned out I'd be very surprised..

We did notice that allot of spam that run through USA server run from HOSTING NOC out of Ohio.. Seem's like they don't care. so we found all there IP blocks from Spamhaus and added it to pfBlocker and thats all stopped..
I would give these blocks out here but they'd probably go out and buy some more.

All the control you'd ever want and all coming threw a 10 year old P4 with a Fresh HD and gig of memory.
Swap on the hardrive runs between 1 to 5%... Memory use runs about 18% at most.
Of course now that I said something we'll probably get hit by the infamous ugly karma  ::) 
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As site admins we have the ability to monitor which articles here on the forums are looked at...  This is particularly useful when you try to provide content that the users of the forum might find the most interesting...

I bring this up because it is very evident by the number reading Dan's articles here that information about AT&T's Uverse internet connections are in need. If you have come across this forum in an attempt to set up your Uverse connection we welcome you and thank you for stopping by. If you need further help or just want to comment, feel free to sign up and post here. Signing up is free and easy...

Feel free to share your experiences and suggestions as well.

 :)
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News for Broadbandnuts & DSLnuts / Re: Bonding DSL Circuits
« Last post by chpalmer on May 26, 2012, 01:50:50 pm »
Please- if you an ISP or have knowledge of an ISP that provides this type of bonding, sign up and share.    ;D
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News for Broadbandnuts & DSLnuts / Re: NEW AT&T Email settings
« Last post by Buggyman on May 02, 2012, 09:13:53 am »
An added info just so you'll know.  ;)
I was finally affected by this change on May 1 2012.
The ATT website said this...
"but if you are using the old server settings (pop.att.yahoo.com and smtp.att.yahoo.com), they will continue to work. You do not have to change them at this time."

Wrong,
Mine was through yahoo and that old setting delayed my e-mails over 12 hour  :as:
Made the change to the new setting and it's working normal so far  ;)

Buggy ;D
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This article also helps get around some of the weird..
Its written by By Bill Petrey, Realtor. I figure if you came here you might want to see this article that worked out that has the negative title.. With just cause. 
http://www.agentharvest.com/blog/real-estate-technology/att-uverse-for-business-out-of-business-it-did-for-us-anyway/

I can't remember if I mentioned this but we recently moved our directv behind the pfSense firewall to utilize the FreeBSD 8.1 OS which seems to handle the connection even better with even more balance. AND since Directv loved using 2 IP addy's.. The Static IP we assigned and an additional IP the DVR decides it likes to try and grab this eliminated the DHCP requests of the DVR or at least we blocked it  ::) Its working even better.
 
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Small update to all of this.
We've had the connection for 30 days now.
SSH to our router inside the network and getting to both the 2wire and pfSense has been working great.
But a couple of things to mention.. AND its not real important but for some it might be.
If you plan on using SSH back to your server for any reason you'll have to use a port other then 22
That's blocked by the 2wire..
Also if you use Traceroute from inside your network through a router. The 2wire will not let the packets answer back to to pass back to your connection.
It seems AT&T read a small article on how that can be a security risk and blocks it at the before the DMZ-plus..
They also do a couple of things that other ISP's have recently enabled was black hole's everywhere to not advirt there network as easily.. Covad, now Mega path is doing the same thing.
Comcast is thinking of doing it and with business SMC routers putting that particular cable modem in Bridge mode is a pain and your better off using the DMX in the SMC.
Keep in mind DOCSIS3 aint all that yet.. they only use it for download and not uploads yet

So far we're happy with our results..
We're still MYTH-ED at why it had to take almost 6 months of phones calls to get this all done.
AND one day I'll bring myself to telling that story.. They haven't made it as easy and requires pateints for 12 and 24Mb connections.

Back to moving the network room to the cold dungeon and making a new office area.

Thanks   
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General Tech Support / Re: U-verse comments and support here
« Last post by dannjr on April 14, 2012, 11:14:52 am »

Im confused  (easy to do)

So from the iNID outside you have a patch cord from the rj45 to the WAN port of your pfSense router?  Does the pfSense box also have a direct connection to the inside 2wire router?

HAHAHAHA....
We have a Cat6 connected to our pfSense direct from outside at the ethernet port of the provided box (iNID)...
However I tested this with a Cat5 cable inside as well and it worked.. I was also able to get a public and private WAN assigned if I want.
2 WAN NIC cards with one LAN card.. CARP virtual IP's stayed on the public due to there IP assignments and even pass all ACK ARP threw the Realtek card.. We have succsessfully used this inside and out now..
I prefure using the outside ethernet connection only because its closer to the source of the vRAD
In anyevent its still behind the QoS of the phone and TV part of the layer... bUT again its a LAYER that passes properly..
If I had the equiptment here to check RF through it I would
All protocols are passing including as of today and I was really surprised to see IPv6 logging as well.. This was something that the 2wire with this equiptment dosnt show.. Unlike our other U-veres 2wire which allows us to setup IPv6.. The version here justs lets it pass.. So using a different IPv6 might be ok to use..
Note to get even more confusion I was able to use other Subnet mask IP's as well but prefure 255.255.255.248
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General Tech Support / Re: U-verse comments and support here
« Last post by chpalmer on April 13, 2012, 07:41:15 pm »

Im confused  (easy to do)

So from the iNID outside you have a patch cord from the rj45 to the WAN port of your pfSense router?  Does the pfSense box also have a direct connection to the inside 2wire router?

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General Tech Support / Re: U-verse comments and support here
« Last post by dannjr on April 12, 2012, 10:24:56 am »
You need a new electric buggy..  :big:

Your speeds are almost exact to ours here
12 down by 1.5Mb upload

See if you can find a router.. Wired is fine.. Don't nessassarly have to have Wireless in it  ;D
Try the DNS IP's in the all the computers and see how long you go without having to unplug

Informational Ramblings below here  ;D
Bottom line its about 6Mb down and 1.5up with the DVR during a download of a Movie on Demand will pull as much as half the 12Mb over the Quality of Service

The Qos of U-verse is to put your TV and phones first.. Most movies downloaded that you might record for a TV show are done during the time of the show. So if you and the Wifey have two shows and you want to see survivor later on the DVR will pull that show then for viewing later on.
So it really depends on the U-verse network
If they download at 5Mb which I'm still looking into Since we still use Directv
But in any event.. Most movies and TV shows to the DVR will use 5 to 6 Mb
Something thats overlooked is the phones use bandwidth as well
Its about 65 to 90Kb per line and can increase with the use of extensions and thats also reserved in laymens terms to the QoS layer above internet.

Since U-verse is really a Ethernet connection and Fiber in some places is used or Fiber to the VRAD to copper
to the homes.. We have fiber to just past the vRad which I found really strange at 3000 feet and then copper to what they call vDSL or similar but not the same as DSL2... AND thats about as far over most peoples heads I'll go.. Unless someone else wants to go into Fiber channel vDSL ethernet with a Twisted MLPPP bonding connection which of all them terms AT&T says they dont support and I don't blame them from staying away from the topic... 

That all said.. Someone Emailed me accusing me of being a AT&T employee..
NOPE far from it.. Years ago I did some winbacks to bring customers back to AT&T and it was MUCH better to not have to do that..
I also got to know a couple people that worked in the C.O.s  Usually was just ot get a Card turned on and get togehter.. nuttin much more... I also have mixed fealings about AT&T and the way things are being done.
The people that work the phones are great.. Mostley polite and do what they have control over.
The personal running the company need to look at where there going.. Its much easier to setup a Cable connection then U-verse for Static IP's but the Tech support at the cable company STINKS. Along with the Deals they lie about.
Ide rather be be told NO by AT&T at least I know where I stand then be out right LIED to by Comcast..

AT&T is still the better of the evils...

I also figured Since there be rumors floating around about
AT&T selling off there DSL lines that I best do something before we had nuttin here

The pickins be slim..
Covad and speakeasy and others got assimilated by Megapath.
Earthlink is still on leased lines with a few others.
The only real ISP who has really just done there job for us without allot of Tech phones calls has been Cyberonic and they haven't gone without allot of changes.. But it just keeps going..

As for how we kept 2 DSL lines and got U-verse that's a whole other story and won't give out how that was done and would never be done for a residential customer

 
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