This simple guide gives you a detailed understanding of how to use your own router with Verizon FiOS service. By using your router, you can avoid the rental fees and get complete control over your router network. So, if you're having FIOS internet service without TV, you can easily swap the routers.
However, if the FIOS service covers TV then you'll have one additional expense that includes a MoCA adapter to utilize internet TV services such as guide, On Demand, and the DVR.
Part 1: Set Up The Network
Step 1: Check how the router is connected to the Optical Network Terminal (ONT). If the Verizon router shows an Ethernet cable connected to its WAN/internet port and the port's light is on, you're all set to proceed.
But if the router is connected to the ONT via coaxial (cable TV) cable, not via Ethernet then you have to perform extra steps.
Step 2: Optionally, you can switch to Ethernet to use a coaxial connection. In case, you are connected via Ethernet, then skip to the next step. Else, perform the given steps to use Ethernet.
Step 3: Buy a MoCA adapter if you're using the FIOS TV service. But if you have TV service via Verizon FIOS then switch to a new router to prevent internet-specific TV features like Guide, On Demand, and the DVR. Generally, a MoCA adapter makes your TV service work the same as before.
You might lose the ability to program your DVR remotely as you will use your own router with Verizon FiOS.
Step 1: Remove the coaxial cable from the Verizon router. If you call Verizon for switching to Ethernet, then ensure that you can access the internet once the coaxial service is deactivated.
Step 2: Launch the web browser and visit http://192.168.1.1 which is the default gateway address on your Verizon router.
Step 3: Login to the router using the username (admin) and the password must be printed on the router's sticker.
Step 4: On the admin page, click My Network in the top-left corner.
Step 5: In the left side menu, click Network Connections.
Step 6: Click Broadband Connection and then Settings.
Step 7: Move down and select "Release under the "DHCP Lease" option to disconnect the router from the internet.
Step 8: Select Apply to disconnect the router. Also, unplug both the power and Ethernet cable from the backside of the Verizon router for few seconds.
Step 9: Connect the Ethernet cable to your new router's WAN/Internet port. This is usually the same end of Ethernet cable that was once plugged into the Verizon router.
Step 10: As you switch on your new router, you will get a Verizon FIOS IP address from the ONT.
Step 11: Now, you can connect your computer to the internet using a new router. If your router is compatible with Wi-Fi, then connect that way. While if you are connected via Ethernet then connect Ethernet cable from your computer's network port to LAN ports on the router.
In case the new router was configured with another network, then you will have to do a full router reset. Simply press the end of a straightened paperclip into the small hole labeled "Reset" at the back of the router.
Step 12: You can connect the MoCA adapter and restore access to full TV. Using the listed steps, get your TV set-top box back online:
Hope this guide greatly works to use your own router with Verizon FiOS.