How to Disable the Wireless on Your AT&T Router

 

Introduction

 

AT&T has terrific residential fiber optic service, if you can get it. Yes, they are a pain to get set up with. They are a pain to deal with in general. You’ll need to schedule an installer to come out to run the fiber optic cable, and then wait for someone else to come out and bury it. I had to mow my yard twice before they were able to come out to my home to bury the cable.

Installation was just average- nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about either. The installer was knowledgeable, but when he was ready to connect to my network, well, I’m just glad he let me handle that part. With pfSense as my main router, and a Netgear Nighthawk as my wireless access point, I was less than thrilled about having to use AT&T’s router. However, if you sign up for U-verse you have no choice. The fiber gets converted to Ethernet using their equipment, which then feeds into their router. You can do what you want with the signal after that point. But, just because you have to use AT&T’s hardware, it doesn’t mean you have to use their services. Here’s how to disable the wireless on your AT&T router (Pace 5268AC specifically).



 

Disabling the Wireless Network

 

I basically only use the Pace 5268AC router AT&T provided me as a fiber to Ethernet converter. If you have your own wireless router, you’ll probably want to use that one instead. The one you have probably doesn’t suck. But that means you’ll have to take a few extra minutes learning how to disable the wireless on your AT&T router to keep from interfering with the wireless you actually want to use.

Follow the slideshow below to get started:


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disable the wireless on your AT&T router

Click on the LAN tab.

disable the wireless on your AT&T router

Next, click on Wi-Fi.

disable the wireless on your AT&T router

Enter your access code then click Submit. The access code is printed on the side of the router.

disable the wireless on your AT&T router

Find the access code on the device itself.

disable the wireless on your AT&T router

If you’re having trouble getting this screen to load, directly connect a cable to the router.

disable the wireless on your AT&T router

Disable the 2.4 GHz radio and User Network.

disable the wireless on your AT&T router

Disable Guest Network.

disable the wireless on your AT&T router

Disable the 5 GHz radio.

disable the wireless on your AT&T router

Click Save.

disable the wireless on your AT&T router

You should see this screen…

disable the wireless on your AT&T router

…followed by this one. Use any wireless device to make sure you don’t see the AT&T router’s wireless networks being broadcasted.







Conclusion

 

If you have a little bit of patience, you can do a one-time setup of AT&T’s router and then forget all about it. Why use their cheap WiFi when you can use something better? Almost everyone I know who has used the WiFi on this router has complained about it at some point. With so many quality choices out there, do yourself a favor and use a brand you can trust. Then disable the wireless on your AT&T router.

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About Adam Bollmeyer

I'm a home technology enthusiast with a penchant for home automation, networking, and computers. My goal is to help others improve their knowledge of how available technology can be used at home.