Tom Diehl on 23 Nov 2009 10:46:54 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Fios users.

On Mon, 23 Nov 2009, Carl Johnson wrote:

I agree on all accounts with the actiontec being better served as a
doorstop. What are you using to do the MoCA (coax-ethernet bridge)
stuff then? A NIM?

No MoCA here! When I signed up for FiOS, TV was not available in my
area. I am in a kind of unique situation in that I run my business from FiOS
but my TV and phone are from other providers.

As a side benefit, since it is Internet only, I do not pay sales Tax
or any of the other usual Verizon add on fees. The price they quoted me for
the service, is what I write the check for every month. It will be interesting
to see what happens to the price, when my contract expires in January.


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Subject: Re: [PLUG] Fios users.

On Mon, 23 Nov 2009, Carl Johnson wrote:

Does anyone out there use any type of linux router successfully with
fios service? I've got some odd dhcp issues after putting the vz
supplied actiontec box into bridge mode.

Yes, I have been using a linksys WRT54GL running openwrt for almost 3 years.
I have it hacked to use fwbuilder ( to configure iptables.

Works flawlessly most of the time. A couple times a year it gets confused
and needs a reboot. Right now it has been up for 127+ days.

Many people have problems with the Actiontec routers supplied by VZ. As far
as I can tell they are junk. I never ran mine long enough to tell. I took
one look at the GUI and figured any router that has advertisements in the GUI
is not something I want to waste time on. In addition, I have 29 static ip
addresses and the actiontec GUI is less than intuitive about how to configure
that many ip addresses. The manual was not much help either.

Hope this helps,


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