How to change MoCA connection to router to Ethernet cable
agent_smith1
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I have a verizon Actiontec MI424WR router that has a coaxial connection to the Motorola ONT.

I want to change the connection to an Ethernet cable.

I've already run the Ethernet cable and will continue to use the MI424WR router (for the time being).

What needs to be done to configure the ONT to use the Ethernet port instead of the coax port??

Also, I have TV (one DVR and two other STB - all coaxial connections) and phone as well as Ethernet - will any of these services be affected with the change over??

(I tried to post this in 'Ask the Expert' but the link on the expert page would not allow a post)

Thanks

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gs0b
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As dexman said, just contact VZ support and they will do the switch in a few minutes.  No charge.

You will still need to maintain a coax connection to the router for the set-top-boxes.  The router creates a MoCA LAN that they use.  This is independent of the coax WAN connection you're switching to Ethernet.  You'll now have coax and Ethernet connected to the ONT and router.  The advantage is you can upgrade to speeds above 100Mbps without a Verizon visit to install an Ethernet cable.  If your ONT is BPON, they will have to visit to upgrade it; but that should be free.

If you plan on using a non-Verizon router, know that you will have to add a MoCA bridge for the set-tops and learn how to configure and maintain the settings needed to allow the set-tops to work.  Between this and the lack of Verizon support for non-Verizon routers, most TV customers stay with a Verizon router.

The router has nothing to do with phone service.  Phone is handled entirely within the ONT.

Whatever you do, take that ancient Actiontec out of service ASAP.  It's a security risk as it hasn't received updates in many years.

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dexman
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Verizon Customer Service can switch the Internet feed from coaxial to Ethernet.

The 424 is long past its prime. Consider replacing it sooner rather than later.

The 1100 is still supported, but it's likely approaching EoL.

Consider the 3100 to replace the 424.

gs0b
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As dexman said, just contact VZ support and they will do the switch in a few minutes.  No charge.

You will still need to maintain a coax connection to the router for the set-top-boxes.  The router creates a MoCA LAN that they use.  This is independent of the coax WAN connection you're switching to Ethernet.  You'll now have coax and Ethernet connected to the ONT and router.  The advantage is you can upgrade to speeds above 100Mbps without a Verizon visit to install an Ethernet cable.  If your ONT is BPON, they will have to visit to upgrade it; but that should be free.

If you plan on using a non-Verizon router, know that you will have to add a MoCA bridge for the set-tops and learn how to configure and maintain the settings needed to allow the set-tops to work.  Between this and the lack of Verizon support for non-Verizon routers, most TV customers stay with a Verizon router.

The router has nothing to do with phone service.  Phone is handled entirely within the ONT.

Whatever you do, take that ancient Actiontec out of service ASAP.  It's a security risk as it hasn't received updates in many years.

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