WELL ... am I happy I found this Topic
I've been trying for awhile to set up this very thing ... and even went as far as paying Verizon the $90 Service Tech visit Fee just recently, only to have them send out a SUB-contractor that told me NONE of this was possible and/or at least he certainly had NO CLUE about how to go about setting it all up and configuring the routers properly, what a waste.
Anyways, here's what I have going .... FiOS triple play service (FiOS TV, FiOS Digital Phone, 50/25 Mbps Quantum FiOS Internet) in Los Angeles FiOS area.
Original old WESTELL A90-9100em rev. B wireless Router that Verizon provided 5 years ago when I started w/ FiOS.
A 2nd old WESTELL A90-9100em rev. A wireless Router that I got FREE off E-bay.
The NEWER Actiontec MI424WR rev. I Gig-E wireless-N Router that I got from the Verizon FiOS Accessories Store for $100.
I have 3 locations w/ TV's and FiOS Set Top Boxes, in a spread out Ranch style home, that is NOT wired with CAT5 ethernet just Coax Cable lines.
- BEDROOM #2 / OFFICE, (at far end by garage & ONT box) has Old CRT TV w/ StdDef QIP#2500 FiOS STB and the Actiontec MI424WR rev. I Gig-E wireless-N Router, conecting to my Main Desktop Computer and Printer via the Ethernet ports.
- BEDROOM #1, (at opposite end of house from Bedroom #2, about 150 feet) has Old CRT TV w/ StdDef QIP#2500 FiOS STB, this is My Bedroom and I like to use My Cell Phone and a tablet here, but I'm unhappy with the WiFi signal range, often just 1 bar and sometimes it drops off completely and I will lose connection all together. So I NEED some WAP (WiFi access point here ? but would also like the option of additional ethernet ports in the room to connect a Gaming console to the net, and a laptop and printer ?
- LIVINGROOM, (middle of home) has New 60" LED LCD Smart HDTV that needs internet connection (has built-in WiFi, but I'd prefer it hardwired) w/ FiOS QIP#7232-P2 HD DVR STB, and Smart HUB Blu-Ray player that needs ethernet connection.
Something like this ....
IF in my research I've been reading and understanding things correctly, I SHOULD be able to take advantage of FiOS and MoCA to set up a simple Home Networking soultion with the 3 routers I already have, some coax splitters, and the pre-existing coaxial cable inside the walls, and NOT have to install new cat5 ethernet everywehere, and NOT lose the FiOS STB programing Guides and VOD functionality ... is that CORRECT ? The WESTELL A90-9100em's are MoCA capable routers as well aren't they ?
IF YES to ALL Above, then the next part is HOW to properly 'configure' the 3 routers to accomplish this ? I assume the Actiontec MI424WR rev. I Gig-E wireless-N Router is the NEWEST and Most POWERFUL of the Routers I have, and thus should remain the MAIN or PRIMARY ROUTER in Beroom #2 / Office and connected to the computers and gaming and used as the FiOS communications bridge between the ONT and STB's/DVR ? and then use the 2 remaining WESTELL A90-9100em's as MoCA LAN Bridges and WAP's at the other 2 locations in the house, allowing me to A.) hardwire connect all the devices into the ethernet ports, and B.) have a Strong WiFi signal across the entire house ?
Issue I've bumped up against, in attempting to replicate most of what I've read on the DSL Reports forums and FiOS FAQ's is that I can't seem to get the router "configurations" set-up correctly or at all really as I always seem to get 'orange' NO INTERNET access on the secondary routers each time I've tried setting up things this way.
I will read through this thread completely over the next couple days, but in the meantime ... Any advice on a Step-by-Step Youtube video or how-to ?
OR/ would I be better off not using the Westell's, and get something like the Actiontec #WCB3000NK01 Dual-Band Wireless MoCA Network Extender Kit (http://www.amazon.com/Actiontec-Dual-Band-Wireless-Extender-WCB3000NK01/dp/B00FF8ZRR8/) and/or an Actiontec #ECB3500T01 Home Theater Coax Network Adapter (http://www.amazon.com/ACTIONTEC-Theater-Network-Adapter-ECB3500T01/dp/B00CZ6WC3A/) instead ? Though that's another $200 to $300 I was hoping I didn't have to spend and I could accomplish using my existing Westell's and Actiontec routers.
Edited by LA Kings Fan - 12/10/13 at 7:50pm