Who here has personally integrated a Telmex Thomson MediaAccess TG788vn v2 (the current DSL modem/router they hand out) into an existing LAN?
I'm struggling with this. With my Cablemas modem, I was able just to switch on the router, use it as a modem only, and have my own (much better) router handle everything. I liked that. I have a house-wide LAN with multiple powerline ethernet wireless access points that actually allows wifi to work throughout the house and grounds, as well as a number of devices connected to the LAN that I need to be able to access and manage from afar - thermostats, timers, and such.
With the Telmex device I haven't been able to do that. I don't want a double NAT situation. I really prefer to have my own gear manage NAT, DHCP, port forwarding, etc. Right now the only solution I see is to disable most of my own router in order to let the Telmex device manage all that stuff and just use my router as a wireless access point. I don't like that.
I'm also trying to find a way to manage the device from the WAN, and so far all I see is a setting to allow one-time access that expires. I just found what I think is the proper manual that suggests there might be a non-obvious setting that will do what I want, but it also suggests different companies enable or disable different settings.
Port forwarding on this thing seems weird. That's not usually challenging at all, but I haven't been able to get any set up that actually work.
I appreciate that people may have technical experts whom they recommend highly, but I very much want to avoid having someone else do this. In part that's because I need to learn what I've been missing or misunderstanding. In part it's because I always end up needing to go in and manage things so I need to have a full understanding of how things are set up and why.
Any advice from anyone who has done this?