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Most definitely. Using more than one router allows you to put your wireless router's antenna where it will best cover your house or property; allows you to use the printer port; allows you to hard-wire more than 4 ethernet devices into your LAN.
These instructions leave your Actiontec router as primary. Your secondary router will connect LAN-to-LAN (wired) to the Actiontec, so it will simply act as a switch. The Actiontec will handle DHCP. All of these steps use your PC connected wired to the routers. Do not connect the secondary router to the Actiontec until instructed below. Here's how:
First, set up the primary router:
2. When reset, the Actiontec will boot up and ask you to set a password. It is suggested it be something different than password or password1. I use 8 characters in an alpha/number mix. Make sure you can connect to the internet. This verifies primary router connectivity.
3. Click on My Network icon, click Network Connections, then Network (Home/Office), then click Settings button. Change the DHCP address range by scrolling down to locate IP Address Distribution. Verify DHCP Server is selected in the dropdown box. Set the Start IP Address to 192.168.1.11, and leave the Ending IP Address at 192.168.1.254. You can use a different start or end address. I selected .11 because I want to have several, but not too many addresses I can use as static addresses. The secondary router will be one of them.
Click Apply, wait for the Actiontec to reconfig, then click Apply again to make it stick.
4. If you intend your secondary router to handle all the wireless connections, you may choose to disable the Actiontec Wireless. This might be the case if, for instance, your secondary router is Wireless-N. Disable Actiontec Wireless by clicking Wireless Settings icon, then click Basic Security Settings. Click item 1. Wireless Radio to Off. Then click Apply, wait for the Actiontec to reconfig, then click Apply.
5. Verify Internet connectivity, then shut off your PC.
Next, set up your router as secondary
7. You should be able to login with a login and a password. If you are unable to, you may have to resort to a hard reset on the secondary router and use the operator's manual to determine the default login and password.
Please note that routers from different manufacturers will vary in their default settings and interface. If your PC is set to get a LAN address automatically, you can determine your IP address by typing "ipconfig /all" (without the quotes) at a command prompt, then press Enter.
You should be able to log in to your secondary router at "http://192.168.1.1" or by using your LAN IP address with .1 as the last octet.
8. Once logged in, ignore the router's Internet settings because the WAN port is not used. You need to change its Network Settings to set the Router IP address to 192.168.1.2 with Subnet mask 255.255.255.0.
9. Also, it's very important to Disable DHCP Server. On my secondary router after I made those changes, I needed to Save Settings.
Finally, connect secondary router to Actiontec
After the secondary router reboot, reboot your PC. You should be connected to your secondary router and pick up a LAN IP from the Actiontec. Verify internet connectivity.
11. At this point, verify you can log in to the Actiontec at 192.168.1.1, and log in to your secondary router at 192.168.1.2. It will make no difference what router you are physically connected to for administration of both.
12. Any additional changes to primary or secondary routers can be made at this time. Here is where you may set wireless on the secondary router. Any port forwards will be done on the Actiontec. The secondary router WAN port is not connected.
secondary router has a static network address of 192.168.1.2 and DHCP is disabled.
Both are connected with a patch cable from LAN to LAN.
Straight or crossover cable doesn't matter because the Actiontec is self-sensing.
Review more options described here: »Verizon Online FiOS FAQ »What are the tradeoffs between the various router configurations.
Connecting an Access Point wirelessly to the Actiontec using WDS (Wireless Distribution System) is not supported by the Actiontec hardware. The only currently known connection method for an access point is through ethernet wiring to the Actiontec. See this FAQ »Verizon Online FiOS FAQ »Does the Actiontec support Wireless Distribution System (WDS)?
As noted above, the WAN portion of the second router is not used. It should not be necessary to change any WAN settings (NAT, port forwards, etc) on the second router.
Please use the feedback link below only to suggest improvements to this FAQ. If you have questions about this FAQ, please post them in the »Verizon Fiber Optics forum.
Wish I had found these instructions before my headaches. I upgraded to an ASUS RT A66U 802.11ac router config in the 5GHz range. I ordered the 75/35 FIOS and was getting 22/33 consistently. After hours of settings, I'm now getting 83/33. Thing is I didn't disable DHCP on the ASUS, but I did disable the wifi and firewall on the Actiontec. I have only one wired connection to the new router (a PS3). Happy now, but wasn't earlier. The new speed gave my aging computer a reprieve for another 6 mos.
These instructions worked great, with no deviations. I was frustrated with the Actiontec Rev. I router, so I bought a new Netgear N900. Utilizing these instructions, I was up and running in no time. My wireless performance is so good, I upgraded to the 75/35 FIOS plan. My routers are downstairs, and my Mac upstairs gets from 65/25 to 90/40 wireless, depending on the speed test being utilized. Can't complain about that. Very happy! Many thanks for these instructions.
Wow! This worked so perfectly. I bought a cheap cisco Wireless N a few months back and went through 4-5 guides and spent days/hours of debugging and finally gave up, and threw the router in my junkpile. But today, I went through your guide and set it all up painlessly in 5 minutes. Perfect!!
Great information, I was wondering if I do as instructed, can I still use the same network name and password key? I want to keep the Actiontec down stairs and install a linksys e2500 upstairs so the whole house is covered and I don't want to keep entering network names and password keys. Any info would be appreciated.............Thanks
Thank you very much for this clear and complete article. I was able to complete the process in about an hour but I took my time. I had set up my new NetGear 6200 incorrectly yesterday and now thanks to you, I have it set up where my Verizon router is managing IP's and my new high speed wireless is acting like an access point. Thanks again! -Mark
Worked great for me! One suggestion- depending on your wireless router manufacturer, you might need to do step 9 before step 8. On my router (Netgear) once you saved step 8, you lose connectivity to the configuration screen. Had to do an" ipconfig/ release" and then a "ipconfig/ renew" to be able to get back in to the router to complete step 9.
This helped me get my second router working the way it should have been thank you
Thanks for the straight-forward instructions! I followed them to allow me to use my Asus RT-AC66U as my secondary router to supply great wireless range (disabling the wireless on the FIOS Actiontec GigE wireless router). I did not need to follow the step to reset the Actiontec router (I had not configured it, other than changing the admin password - no port forwarding etc. that would have perhaps required a reset). The process was quick and painless which is great since it would not have been easy for me to run a new ethernet line from the ONT to my upstairs home office. Thanks again for the well put together time-saving guide.