I have an Actiontec GT701 DSL router from Qwest and I'm not particularly happy with its WiFi performance.
I ->believe that I could put the GT701 into bridged mode and then feed any off-the-shelf wireless router that I choose, but I'm not really sure about this.
From my reading, I gather that if I put the GT701 into bridged mode, all it will then do is simply make the router's WAN address appear on its Ethernet port. I would then have to connect a router that would then perform the PPPoA/E login to my ISP, and the new router would also then do all the NAT, DHCP server and other functions that the GT701 now does. Is that right?
If so, does the new router have to do PPPoA or PPPoE to do the logon? The Actiontec currently uses PPPoA, but I'm guessing that the new router would do PPPoE because it's hooked up to the Ethernet port of the GT701, not to Qwest's ATM network. This concerns me because Linksys for one doesn't mention support of PPPoA in their products.
Also, management of the GT701 is currently done via a Web browser talking to its LAN-side address (in my case, 10.0.0.1). When its in bridged mode, it no longer has a LAN address, so how do I talk to it? Via the WAN address? If so, can it tell if the connection is coming from "inside" or "outside"? I'd hate the idea that it was open to the world, protected only by the administrative userid/password.