I may be assisting someone with a changeover from their FIOS router to a different router as they have complex home needs.
We have BellFibreOP in my location so I am not completely familiar with the service in your area. The FAQ was most illuminating specifically options 6-8, »Verizon Online FiOS FAQ
»What are the tradeoffs between the various router configurations
My question is would a managed switch between the ONT and the Router do the trick instead. An option not really discussed there I dont think. Setup woud be ONT via cat 5e to managed switch. Cat 5e from switch direct to STBs and Cat5e from switch to User Router (for internet).
The caveat would be the switch has to be capable of
a. 802.1q vlan traffic applying tags and setting up vlan ID
b. 802.1p being able to pass AND Tag with qos 4 for example.
The reason being that in our service, the ISP has created an internet VLAN which you have to use to join (VLAN 35), as well the supplied Actiontech Mac address is associated with your account so it needs to be cloned in a replacement router. VLAN 34 is designated as the vlan for IPTV. The tricky part here is that it needs bridged no nat access between their ISP server and the Stbs. The actiontech is programmed to be able to do this but 99.9 of other routers cannot.
In addition, to assigning VLAN 34 to incoming packets from the STBs the action tech also tags them with 802.1p level 4 (as anything lower is not accepted by the ISP server). The way this works is that the STB when turned on searches for the ISP server on VLAN34, talks to the server, gets assigned IP address and firmware updates etc. When you tune a channel it then accesses a multicast stream.
Okay long winded but just laying down why the switch.
Does this approach have any applicability to your FIOS type setup?
Does anyone know how the FIOS works to this level of detail?
(tis for FIOS in the fairfax county area).
Just for general info, for our specific brand of Bell FibrOp FTTH, a fellow developed a firmware branch of code for the Asus N56U that mimics the action tech functionality. He provides two selections within the firmware:
a. Asus does NAT and acts as main internet wifi router in which case, ports 1-3 are standard internet, port 4 is reserved for IPTV.
b. Asus only does IPTV in which case port 4 is again reserved for IPTV and port 3 is a passthrough port that you can attach to the Router of your choosing for the main router -all internet stuff, nat etc.--
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