09-30-2008 04:03 PM - edited 09-30-2008 04:03 PM
After talking with the Verizon rep I don't see why I would need the Actiontec router. I have a LinkSys 600N router and see no reason to move to something that seams (from reading emails) less secure and error prone. Is there any reason that I won't be able to plug FIOS directly into my existing equipment? I also don't want Verizon (any) software on my machine and if FIOS is just a network drop I don't see any reason to do otherwise.
As you can tell I haven't been installed yet but it is scheduled.
Here is a excellent source of information:
You can also find lots of other sources of info by using google and searching for 'replace Actiontec router'.
When I had internet only, I didn't use the Actiontec router at all. I simply ran CAT5 to my Linksys DDWRT WRT150N router, requested that Verizon change my ONT connection from coax to ethernet and performed the steps mentioned in the previous link.
Once I added FIOS TV, I had to put Actiontec back in service, but I did it behind my primary Linksys router. The Actiontec (and its MoCA coax connection) is needed to allow the STBs and DVRs to retrieve Guide data, Widget info, VOD and PPV functionality as well as to communicate with each other (e.g. via Home Media).
Note: Although the steps involved are fairly straight forward, it is not for the faint of heart. If you mess things up along the way, you can easily find yourself without Internet, phone or TV service. Leave yourself plenty of time and make sure you comfortable with the steps and diagnosis required.
Alright final words, if your totally set on ditching the Actiontec, i would purchase a NIM-100 on ebay or try to get verizon to give you one. Then just hook it up the old way by connecting the coax in to the NIM and then plugging that into on of the ports on your new router. Whilst the cat5 is plugged into your new router. It's how mines set up with an AirPort Extreme (Which i love for its 802.11n capabilities.) only set back is i have to reset it after 5 or so VOD orders but thats no problem.
Hope i helped.