I am a noob at networking and in desperate need of help. I just got FIOS installed for phone, TV, and internet. I am at my wits end, and the wife wants me to return it all and get cable back. The internet connection they set up is via coax, and I was given the Actiontec modem/router. Since my issue is complex, and I know people will need all the info to help me, I’ll try and break this post down.
My problem: I need to use my Linksys WRT600N wireless router. All of my laptops have draft n cards, and I also need to connect my (networked) hard drive to it (the Linksys supports a usb connection). I also have many things I need to connect to it. FIOS said I could do this when I called to order, but the techs who arrived said they didn’t know how.
My set up: I have 4 wired electronics, 1 network USB hard drive, Vonage, and several wireless g and n devices that I need to connect to the router so I would really like to keep mine. However I am willing to buy a new item (bridge or access point) if anybody knows one that will definitely work and meet my needs (4 LAN ports, a usb port, and n access). Somebody suggested the “D-Link DAP1522 Xtreme” claiming it won’t have any of the problems I am facing now. If anyone can confirm that please let me know.
What I have done so far: As suggested earlier, I just plugged my router into one of the LAN ports but that didn’t work. So then I tried making the FIOS router a bridge, and that ended up making the TVs not have guide data, or widgets, or VOD (but my router worked). I also followed the directions here… ( DSL REPORTS TOPIC: www.dslreports.com/faq/verizonfios/3.0_Networking#16077 ) but nothing has allowed me to use my router, and keep the TVs getting the guide, widgets, and VOD. It also resulted in me having to call FIOS b/c even after restoring the router defaults, I couldn’t get back online and they had to “reissue me a new ip”. I don’t know what else to do, or even what I’m doing wrong. I have read so many conflicting posts and would just like step by step “noob-ish” instructions that can solve my problem. (Or if anybody knows something I can buy that will just work when I plug it in).
I have been told FIOS won’t support this and not to bother calling tech support. I’m extremely mad that they lied to me to get me to agree to the install, then only told me this router info after all my lines have been cut. I am posting my FIOS router info below, along with the Linksys router. If anybody could help me, or send me in the right direction id be forever grateful.
My FIOS info is:
Firmware Version: 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.3
Model Name: MI424-WR
Hardware Version: D
Physical Connection Type: Coax
Broadband Connection Type: DHCP
My Linksys Router:
Linksys WRT600n info located here: LINSYS ROUTER: www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/support/WRT600N
Thanks in advance-
I believe you need to turn off dhcp on one of the routers so only one is distributing ip addresses, I would also turn off the wireless on the actiontec so your linksys is distributing the wireless signal (g and N). I"ll have to check tomorrow, but I thought you take lan out of the actiontec to the wan port of the linksys...Another option: If your modem is close enough to the Ont or you can run an ethernet...have the Ont programmed to use the ethernet port and run it to your router first. Here is a good post which shows exactly what I mean.
1. Disable ActionTec wireless.
2. Connect LAN port from ActionTec to Linksys' WAN port.
3. Connect to your Linksys LAN port from another computer.
3a. Change Linksys IP to use 22.214.171.124 instead of 192.168.1.1.
3b. Change Linksys subnet to use 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52 instead of from 192.168.1.2. (so it does not conflict with ActionTec's 192.168.1.2 range)
That should be it, your laptops/other devices connected to Linksys will get IP ranges from 184.108.40.206 while you still get VOD/Guide through ActionTec.
When you want to remote to your Linksys again, use 220.127.116.11.
02-13-2009 08:33 AM - edited 02-13-2009 08:38 AM
Here is how I would set it up.
Since you already have your linksys router setup the way you want and some of the equipment may have static IP's I would change the ip of the Actiontec.
Your linksys is most likely 192.168.1.1 which is the same as the actiontec. Change the IP of the actiontec to 192.168.2.1. You now have two networks so to speak.
You plug the wan of the Linksys into one of the LAN connections on the actiontec. Your linksys now should get an ip like 192.168.2.2 on the wan side and hand out 192.168.1.x ip's on the LAN side. The linksys doesn't care where it gets its WAN ip from. You will most likley have to reboot any STB's so they get a new IP from the Actiontc.
I had to do such a setup when I was setting up an Xbox for someone who also had a home medical business. They had a firewall that wouldn't let the Xbox connect to the outside world and no one knew how to configure it. I hooked up a linksys wireless router before the firewall and had the xbox connect to that. The new linksys then fed the firewall.
I would also disable the wireless on the actiontec just because it may interfere radio wise with the linksys. Also do not disable DHCP on any of the routers with this setup.