Verizon FIOS internet and Cisco PIX/ASA Security appliance
I spent a couple of hours on support with Verizon FIOS support over a chat session last evening trying to get my Cisco device to connect to work with the Actiontec router.
I noticed when the tech was out doing the install the demarc box has coaxial connection and ethernet also. according to the tech on the they would be unable to route my service through ethernet as opposed to cable because of the television service requirements. Was thinking ethernet would be easier to hook up the ASA5505 instead of bridging the Actiontec router to the ASA.
When I had time warner cable with TV, Phone and internet it was doable. Im sure that verizon can do this also. what are your thoughts?
That's BS. You can use ethernet instead of coax for your internet, in fact higher speeds require ethernet over coax using the actiontec ethernet port. I currently use an ASA on mine and my TV is fine.
If you ditch the actiontec though there are some consequences for the TV side that you need to work around. (Unsupported by Verizon of course). You can get around these issues by buying a MoCA adapter or bridging your actiontec and hooking it up to the LAN side of your ASA. This will essentially replace the LAN that your actiontec is putting out for your STBs.
You can also double NAT the ASA behind your actiontec.
Here is a list of your options basically. There have been many in your situation.
Thanks - i Just talked to Verizon tech support. They stated they could switch the internet over to Ethernet by turning on the Ethernet port at the demarc box which has a Coaxial connection as well as Ethernet. I tried the double NAT with a PIX 501 and had issues with connectivity back to the Actiontec router. They stated the DMZ bridging feature has been disabled in the new routers - although the option to forward from DMZ is there within the web gui. So next steps are - run Ethernet cable and jacks from demarc to comm room and attach ASA5505 to Ethernet and verify through Verizon that MAC address is reaching there ARP table. more to follow.