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I was reading a piece in Wired recently about security and the Internet of Things, and the discussion included router vulnerabilities and how the UPnP settings on one’s router leave the it vulnerable to attack.
That led me on a hunt through my files and I discovered this tidbit I saved back in 2014.
Paste this URL into the Address line of your browser once you have accessed the Actiontec settings and it will open up a hidden page where you can disable the IGMP Proxy.
I found an Actiontec video on YouTube discussing setting up UPnP for devices like the Xbox. The video mentioned this hidden page on the router.
When I input the first URL, I found that the IGMP Proxy was enabled; something which may have happened when Verizon updated the router firmware. I am tempted to disable it again.
When I went to the second URL, UPnP, I found the box checked for <Allow other network users to control wireless broadband router’s network features>
And ditto for the box checked for <enable automatic cleanup of old unused UPnP services>
Before I do something I will regret, I’d sure appreciate some advice from some of the sage old hands here.
UPnP should always be disabled unless you have a specific need for it, such as having multiple game...
UPnP should always be disabled unless you have a specific need for it, such as having multiple game consoles in the house.
IGMP proxying should be left enabled unless it causes problems. This allows the router to convert Multicast traffic into Unicast traffic, allowing for the network especially wireless devices, to work more efficiently.
Is there any way to lock down my FIOR router's Wi-Fi passwords so that it is NOT shared with the Verizon website in CLEARTEXT? This seems like a HUGE security flaw. There is no reason why my personal router Wi-Fi passwords should be shared to my account page. If y Verizon account gets hacked, then that opens up my entire home network to the world. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of having a password anyway? I see no reason to keep the router password on the website at all.
@adelphi_skywrote: I agree that the website has a secure login, but since when did that matter be...
I agree that the website has a secure login, but since when did that matter before when information was stolen from a corporate DB? Having wi-fi passwords on the site just adds another unnecessary layer of risk in this era of weak security practices. This qualifies as a weak security practice by ANY password viewable in an account. If my account gets hacked, they don't need my wi-fi passwords too. lol Especially since my name and address are also online.
Any suggestions on a non-verizon router that is compatible with the gigabit speed package I have.
I use a very expensive Netgear Nighthawk R8500 retail now $300-$400 USD
but there are cheaper ones out there by Netgear, Asus, Archer etc. I would look for ones with external antennas and beam forming. An ac/a/b/g/n
i don’t know what service you have. I am a customer helping a customer. However if you have tv and phone from Fios you either use the Fios router in bridge mode to use your set top boxes. Or a MOCA adapter. If internet only and on ethernet then you can use any router you wish. This link here can walk you through using and setting up your own router https://www.dslreports.com/faq/verizonfios?
Look at section 3.1 General Networking
I would like to fully disable WiFi on my router, which includes both gateway box and Wireless Access Point box. Using the 192.168.1.1 configuration settings accessed via ethernet through the WAP box, I turned off both wifi radio frequencies. However, I am still able to connect via WiFi. Turning off the gateway's WiFi is the only approach mentioned online and in the router's PDF manual on the Verizon support web site.
I am using a Wireless Access Point (WAP) nearby, and the wireless connection LED light is green and blinking, which means there are still devices connecting to it via WiFi. I could not find any configuration setting to disable the WiFi on the WAP. The WAP is connected via coaxial cable to the gateway. After configuring the gateway to disable the radio signals, I tried using the WPS buttons to synchronize the WAP with the gateway. That did nothing, so I unplugged the gateway's power cord and plugged it back in. Now I see the 5G radio signal in wifi but not the 2.4G radio signal.
How do I fully disable WiFi on both the gateway and the Wireless Access Point? I disabled it on the gateway through the 192.168.1.1 router settings, but how do I get the WAP WiFi to stop also? How do I get the settings to synchronize between the gateway and the WAP?
The wireless access point is assigned its own IP address so you look under your device list and you...
The wireless access point is assigned its own IP address so you look under your device list and you see what is assigned to it. After you have the IP address you log in via the address in example 192.168.x.xx the manual or quick start guide tells you the login and password for the unit.
The gateway is the the garage and has its own wireless signal. The WAP is inside the house and has its own wireless signal. I connect via ethernet to the WAP -- it's a router box. The WAP connects to the gateway via the in-wall coaxial cable.
I want to turn off the Wi-Fi signals from both the garage gateway box and the indoor WAP router box. Disabling Wi-Fi via the 192.168.1.1 control panel apparently only disables the signal from the box in the garage.
How do I do this?
We just installed FiOS. It supposedly came with free HBO & Showtime. We have a smart Samsung TV. We go to Info, where is HBO, Showtime or even Amazon Prime?
I don't understand your answer. I found Amazon Prime but I had to use my Samsung remote and to use ...
I don't understand your answer. I found Amazon Prime but I had to use my Samsung remote and to use the 'Smart Hub' button. I found Showtime/HBO thanks to a Fios rep that said to use 'On Demand'. My issues resolved.
In Fall of 2017, I switched over to Fios because they were offering a $250 Gift Card. I am a 20+ year customer of Verizon Wireless as well. After 90 days came and went, and I didn't receive my card, I called to see what's up. It took two weeks of being sent and transferred to every department under the sun to finally get an answer. This does't include the chats i started online with customer service as well. And the "disconnected calls" and the "someone will get back to you" were also experienced by me. I finally get connected to a "supervisor" and he tells me that I'm not going to get the gift card. When they sent me the email confirming my order and installation date, there is a section at the bottom in small print that mentioned rewards. Since that reward section didn't indicate that there was a gift card, and i accepted the email, then they do not have to honor that promotion. And when I told him that i was not happy about that and what could they do to make it right, the only thing he could offer me was a $5 discount for the month.
When I asked him to give me the mailing address so that I could send a letter of complaint, he only directed me to the website and the contact us section. Told me to send an email. I hope to send an email when i find the correct email address. This seems like textbook Bait n Switch to me. I thought that because I had a great and long time relationship on the Wireless side, that I would be ok. I was wrong and I will be doing something about that. Fool me once...
But if anyone on here has good customer service contacts (emails, phones to real supervisors, or mailing addresses) please respond. Thank you.
I need support to repair a sorely deep gouge my bedroom wall sustained during an install by a Verizon professional installation technician.
I just purchased a FIOS Gateway Router and a FIOS Network Extender and am having a problem with Wi-Fi signal strength. Currently my router is located in a bedroom at one end of the house because that's where the ethernet cable comes in to the house. (I have a single level ranch home...approx 2000 square feet.) I'm trying to set up a home office at the other end of the house where the network extender is located but the Wi-Fi signal in the office is very weak or non existent on both my phone and my computer.
Currently I use my laptop at a table in the middle of the house and the Wi-Fi signal strength is fine. There are currently 4 coax outlets in the house: #1 is the in the same bedroom as the router. #2 is in another bedroom on the other side of the wall from the router location. #3 is in the living room in the center of the house. #4 is in the home office at the other end of the house where the network extender is located.
Does anyone have any ideas/suggestions to increase the Wi-Fi signal strength in the home office? I can't move the router to the middle of the house because the ethernet cable isn't long enough. I could move the network extender to the middle of the house and connect it in the living room using a coax splitter.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I know your post was from 2017 and you probably have solved your issues already but today’s date is...
I know your post was from 2017 and you probably have solved your issues already but today’s date is 4/5/2018. Once you plug your office #4 coax in the Wall then plug the other end into your extender then plug in your power cord.... you should then see( after a minute or 2) your extender name (home- blah blah blah) on your phones or computers setting a list of networks around you. One of them should be Home- blah blah blah...click on it then put in your password( on the back of yyour extender). Now on its own your extender will sync up with your router automatically. That’s it...your signal should be good. Btw when it does sync you will no longer see your (Home) network listed. It will now be your routers name. I hope you are all set.
I have a Actiontec MI424WR Gen 2 router/modem.
I want to use Google DNS. I had read that even if I enter the Google DNS that Verizon will overwrite them and use their own DNS. Is that true?
An option would be to diable the Verizon DNS and enter Google DNS in each computer/component. Would that be better?
No you can use whatever DNS you want. Entering DNS settings in the Verizon MI424WR route...
No you can use whatever DNS you want.
Entering DNS settings in the Verizon MI424WR router to opt out of DNS AssistanceNote: The Verizon MI424WR router screens may vary slightly from those shown below, depending on when you purchased your Verizon router and the version of firmware loaded on it.
- Open a Web browser and enter http://192.168.1.1 in the Address bar at the top of the screen.
- Enter your router user name and password into the login screen.
- Select your time zone in the Time Zone field.
- Click OK.
- Click My Network.
- Click Network Connections.
- Click the Edit icon for the Broadband Connection type that has "Connected" in the "Status" column. Don't confuse the Broadband Connection with the Network (Home/Office). In the example below, "Connected" is displayed in the Status column for the "Broadband Connection (Ethernet)," so the Edit icon would be clicked in the Action column of that row.
- When the Broadband Connection Properties screen displays, look about halfway down the screen for the DNS Servers information. Write down the DNS server addresses, and then clickSettings at the bottom of the screen.
- Find the DNS Server area about halfway down the screen.
- Change the last octet of the Primary and Secondary DNS Server addresses to 14. For Example:
You look up the DNS information and the server numbers are:
- 188.8.131.52 Primary DNS
- 184.108.40.206 Secondary DNS
- 220.127.116.11 Primary DNS
- 18.104.22.168 Secondary DNS
- Click Apply.
- Click Apply to confirm that you won't be able to connect to Verizon while the DNS server information is saved.
- Review the updated Network (Home/Office) DNS settings to confirm your new DNS settings have been saved.
- Click Apply.
- Close the Verizon MI424WR router setup window.
- Restart your computer.
- After your computer restarts, open a web browser and enter http://www.verizon.com/ to test your new DNS settings. The Verizon home page should display.
We have the guest network, a 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz network up and running. Our Brothers WIFI printer is on the 2.4 ghz netowrk. It seems I can't print from the 5 ghz network to the printer on hte 2.4 ghz network. All the networks are setup with unique SSIDs.
Anyone finding similar things?
On residential accounts does Verizon Fios block any incoming or outgoing ports?
READ HERE / UPDATE / ANSWER TO INVESTIGATION. Bottom-line-up-front: THERE IS NO AUTOMATIC INBOUND ...
READ HERE / UPDATE / ANSWER TO INVESTIGATION.
Bottom-line-up-front: THERE IS NO AUTOMATIC INBOUND PORT BLOCKING on Verizon's network (unless applied by one's own router,,, or possibly special rule).
...Ugg,, I wish I could take my previous post down,, not to avoid the embarrasment, but more importantly not to confuse the rest of the world.
I just a had a huge heaping slice of humble pie... So, what was the ultimate problem?!
.. The ports in fact were/are NOT blocked.. there were simply not replying because nothing was LISTENING in order to allow/deny/drop traffic. SO,, because nothing was listening except for port 53 (listening both on my computer and router), there was NO OTHER port listening & responding (either open or closed),, so it appeared from the various tools that I was using that my ports were "Blocked", when in fact there simply was nothing on those ports.... I feel dumb.
In the end, we confirmed (as it was already understood), that there is apparently NO port blocking / filtering going on beyond one's own router (from the ONT upstream). So, my apologies to the community for the bad assumptions in my previous post.