I'm currently trying to have a second router be set up in my home. However, Verizon's box only has one port that connects to the CAT5 cables in my house. All solutions that I've found don't seem to be giving me answers.
I am trying to understand your question. You want another router so you can have two IP addresses? Or you want more LAN ports? Home connection only allows 1 IP address, I think? You might need to request to replace the current ONT into a two or four WAN ports model. Please reference them here https://www.dslreports.com/faq/16637
Just more LAN ports so I can use the same IP address on two routers.
I just want to clarify that you want only LAN ethernet ports? You don't need wireless connection to be extended?
What equipment do you have on hand? Quantum Gateway G1100? Home Router G3100? Do you have coaxial cables running through your house? Do you have ethernet cables running through the house?
Please reply to these questions so I can better help you.
I have the Home Router G3100. It's connected through the ethernet cable that run through the wall to the box in the basement.
I'd like it to be extended but the wireless extenders I've bought in the past haven't transmitted the speed effectivley. It drops from 200mbps to about 20mbps when I use one. If there's an easier way to get an access point in another part of my house with the equipment I have, I'd love to know!
OK. Let me analyze something first. You have G3100, it has 4 built-in LAN ports. Since you want more LAN ports, I am assuming all of the LAN ports are occupied. Second, you want to extend wireless signal also, so you want to place an access point (or a combination thereof) at a location distant from G3100.
But, I still have the same question. Do you have ethernet, coax, or both, running through the house? Or let me rephrase the question: I am asking whether each of your rooms has an ethernet or coax wall plate.
Given you have a big house, I suggest you to buy some access points that can create a mess WLAN and disable the wireless function on G3100 completely for less interference. The wireless speed drops when you are using the extender may due to devices cannot select the optimal access point between G3100 and the extender.
This recommendation is contingent upon whether you have ethernet, coax, or both, cables running throughout the house. If you only have coax wall plates, then you need to buy MoCA adapters that costs another $100+ if you plan to install at least two access points.
If you want more LAN ports at the same location where you place your access points, you just need to buy some gigabit switches.
If you have more questions, please ask.