Solved Bridge Linksys WRT54G router to FIOS Actiontec router

August 16, 2013 at 14:19:16
Specs: Windows 7, Intel i73.4GHz/12GB DDR3
Hi,

I switched to FiOS 2 years ago and like it a lot. I have been struggling with poor wireless connection for a laptop, Ipad as well as wifi for the cell phone. I literally have to be in the same room where the FiOS router is installed to get decent range. I have a Linksys WRT54GS wireless-g router I used when I was on Time Warner and the coverage was great. I was on a PC at the time that had PCI slots. I now have a Dell XPS8300 that has PCI Xpress slots. The adapter I have is PCI but do I need a PCI adapter for the router? I read several articles on how to use the Linksys as a bridge but I don't understand how to bring up Linksys's page to change the default gateway. When I type in 192.168.1.1 in the browser, it brings up Verizon's page. The article suggested I change the default gateway's last number to 2, or something other than 1.

Has anyone ever accomplished using a Linksys as a bridge with FiOS? How did you do it? Verizon prefers to have their subscribers change the service to pay higher fees but I think there has to be a way to use the Linksys. I appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks!


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#1
August 18, 2013 at 16:58:17
Just connect any PC to the linksys router separately. Then when you enter 192.168.1.1 , you'll get the linksys page. Change the IP address & connect it back to the network. Disable DHCP on it too.

Edit: I thought of something else. If the actiontec is too close to the floor raise it. Sometimes it just has to be moved a few feet.

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#2
August 19, 2013 at 06:01:16
Hi guapo,

Thanks, I will try this when I get home from work. Once I change the subnet mask on the Linksys, is it just a matter of connecting the actiontec router into the Linksys and connect the Linksys to the LAN port on the PC? Thanks!


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#3
August 19, 2013 at 07:11:36
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Once I change the subnet mask on the Linksys, is it just a matter of connecting the actiontec router into the Linksys and connect the Linksys to the LAN port on the PC?

Before you do anything to the Linksys, connect to the Actiontec router's management interface and check the DHCP scope. Typically it will be something like:
DHCP Scope = 192.168.1.100 through to 192.168.1.199

You want to choose an IP address that is outside this scope (ie: not between 100 and 199) so as to avoid possible IP duplication. I would recommend you assign something like 192.168.1.10 to the Linksys.

Once you've changed the LAN IP of your router you need to connect it. You have two choices. You can connect it wirelessly in "Bridge mode" or with a network cable. My preference would be the network cable if at all possible. This is more reliable and easier to setup. You would simply plug a network cable from a LAN port on the actiontek to a LAN port on the Linksys.

If you're going to connect wireless, you have to use Bridge mode providing your Linksys has that setting.

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#4
August 23, 2013 at 16:10:04
HI,

I was able to update the IP address last night and disabled DHCP. Here is a stupid question. When you say, plug a network cable from a LAN port on the actiontek to a LAN port on the Linksys, the Linksys has a port labeled Internet and then 4 ports numbered 1 to 4. I take it the ports are what you mean by the LAN port? Do I plug anything into the "Internet" port?

Thanks for everyone's help!


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#5
August 24, 2013 at 07:25:09
Yes, the ports numbered 1-4 will be the LAN ports.

No, do not use the "internet" port.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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