I'm a total novice on these matters, so I could use some advice, hopefully in plain English.
I have an older FIOS ONT hooked up to a Verizon provided ActionTec Router via coax cable. I have the FIOS triple play but don't use the TV service (never even rented the TV box); only internet and phone "landline."
My service is supposed to be 100bps up and down, but the signal is weak and slow (don't need much speed, even to stream Netflix).
I'd like to replace/upgrade the router at a modest cost but these days all routers receive signals via ethernet. I rather not incur the cost of having Verizon come in and replace the cox with an ethernet cable (not capable of doing it myself since the configuring seems above my pay grade).
Can I remove the ActionTec and install a device (will a MOCA do this) to interface/convert coax to internet so that I can install the router of my choice?
Alternatively, can I leave the ActionTec in place and run an ethernet cable from the ActionTec to a new router? Do I have to disable the ActionTec in some fashion so that it becomes merely a dumb interface to the new router? If so, how do I go about doing this?
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MoCA WAN adapter are old and hard to come by so keep the Actiontec in place and get a wireless access point...
That will be pretty much plug and play. Just connect it to the Actiontec's LAN port and it should have a preconfigured wifi. I would also recommend disabling the Actiontec's wifi to avoid any wifi interference.
Here's what it takes to switch from coax to Ethernet
Note that if you use a non-Verizon router as primary, they will not provide any support past the ONT. Typically not a problem as FiOS is very reliable. But you should know this.
Wow. Thanks. The ONT is in my basement and the router immediately above. I'll have to see if I can thread an ethernet cable through the same how where the coax runs. Do you suggest that I detach the coax first or try to run the ethernet in parallel alongside the coax?
If you disconnect the router from coax before Ethernet is activated, you'll loose internet. It will come back when the cable is run and you contact Verizon to do the switch. Depending on how fast you run the cable and how long it takes for Verizon to respond to your request, it could be rather quick or it could be many hours or more. It's up to you to decide if the downtime is acceptable.
If you want to avoid downtime, run them in parallel. Or, you could temporally move the router to the basement to keep internet active while you replace the coax run with Ethernet.
If this is beyond your skills, either hire someone or do as Edg1 suggested and simply attach an access point to your Actiontec.