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Do I have to use a Verizon router?
psm
Newbie

Looking at getting FiOS into the house.  I currently have a cable modem from which I have my own router which allows three separate networks, one of these being wireless using an Apple Time Capsule hooked into the router.  I physically have a wired and wireless network with a couple of hubs coming off the wired network.  I can't find any documentation on Verizon website that describes exactly how the computers get connected to the internet.  I want to remain in control of how the networks are set up in the house or am I going to be forced into using Verizon's router? 

Cheers for your answers.

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Re: Do I have to use a Verizon router?
TimSykes
Specialist
If you get fios TV then Yes, but you can add your own as a secondary one, if you only get internet you can use your own. 
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Re: Do I have to use a Verizon router?
psm
Newbie

Thanks, Tim.  Yes, we shall be getting FiOS TV too.

Any there any restrictions placed on my own router, or the type of router I can have coming off the Verizon one?  I am picking up a new router from work which will allow me to have three separate networks, (work use, Voice IP and private use - Apple wireless) through it so was wondering if the Verizon router would restrict that capability.

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Re: Do I have to use a Verizon router?
TimSykes
Specialist
no you should not have any issues. but you will want to turn off DHCP on your non verizon router. Or at least setup IP pools in different groups ir verizon = 192.168.1.3 - 1.100, second router 192.168.1.101 -1.200. If you dont they will kill each other and make a loopback.
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Re: Do I have to use a Verizon router?
prisaz
Legend

Yes yes yes. 

You can add your router as a secondary one if you plug your routers WAN port into the LAN port on the Actiontec. No address conflicts should occur if you do this. Providing your router is set for a different network address. Router 1 being 192.168.1.x and router 2 being 192.168.0.x. Remember anything behind the second router will not be seen by the Actiontec. The Actiontec could be seen by anything on your router. I had my printer and wireless on the Actiontec. With all my other computers on my second router. All my computers including the wireless could use the printer, but nothing on the Actiontec or wireless could see my computers. More secure setup for my PCs. There are many ways to configure routers. You could even use your router as the primary and then the Actiontec pluged into it. Here is one link I have refered people to before.

http://www.verizonfioswiki.com/index.php/Using_Your_Own_Router

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Re: Do I have to use a Verizon router?
TimSykes
Specialist

@prisaz wrote:

Yes yes yes. 

You can add your router as a secondary one if you plug your routers WAN port into the LAN port on the Actiontec. No address conflicts should occur if you do this. Providing your router is set for a different network address. Router 1 being 192.168.1.x and router 2 being 192.168.0.x. Remember anything behind the second router will not be seen by the Actiontec. The Actiontec could be seen by anything on your router. I had my printer and wireless on the Actiontec. With all my other computers on my second router. All my computers including the wireless could use the printer, but nothing on the Actiontec or wireless could see my computers. More secure setup for my PCs. There are many ways to configure routers. You could even use your router as the primary and then the Actiontec pluged into it. Here is one link I have refered people to before.

http://www.verizonfioswiki.com/index.php/Using_Your_Own_Router



The reason the devices on your second router could not be seen is because you set it up with a different subnet. if you have router 1 as 192.168.1.1 and second router as 192.168.1.2 and turn off DHCP/Firewall on the second router you will be able to see everything. It sets up your second routers a a dummy, or pass though router. 
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Re: Do I have to use a Verizon router?
prisaz
Legend

@TimSykes wrote:

@prisaz wrote:

Yes yes yes. 

You can add your router as a secondary one if you plug your routers WAN port into the LAN port on the Actiontec. No address conflicts should occur if you do this. Providing your router is set for a different network address. Router 1 being 192.168.1.x and router 2 being 192.168.0.x. Remember anything behind the second router will not be seen by the Actiontec. The Actiontec could be seen by anything on your router. I had my printer and wireless on the Actiontec. With all my other computers on my second router. All my computers including the wireless could use the printer, but nothing on the Actiontec or wireless could see my computers. More secure setup for my PCs. There are many ways to configure routers. You could even use your router as the primary and then the Actiontec pluged into it. Here is one link I have refered people to before.

http://www.verizonfioswiki.com/index.php/Using_Your_Own_Router



The reason the devices on your second router could not be seen is because you set it up with a different subnet. if you have router 1 as 192.168.1.1 and second router as 192.168.1.2 and turn off DHCP/Firewall on the second router you will be able to see everything. It sets up your second routers a a dummy, or pass though router. 

WAN to LAN and I wanted A different subnet. I guess there are many ways to do this. I did not want my wireless to see my PCs but only my printer. Verizon Actiontec subnet acting as a type of DMZ. My other stuff was behind the second router for reasons. I have never tried the WAN port as a bridge, will it work that way if you turn off firewall and DHCP? Now I am running all on IP Cop with the Actiontec LAN, COAX, Wireless bridged and the WAN and DHCP turned off. Seems to work fine with the lan to lan on my switch to the IP Cop box. Nice to be able to view the routing tables and see all the connection tables. no NAT filling up here.
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