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Router suggestions

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by dave13077, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    If I don't make any sense sorry, not an expert. In your setup do you still have a stand alone cable modem? If so, when you connect a computer directly to the cable modem can you access the Internet? If your new setup is also replacing the cable modem do you have to log into your account before it will work? I know with Frontier DSL when I replaced their unit with my own DSL Modem I had to log into my Frontier account through the modem before I could actually use it to access the Internet.
     
  2. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    I'm on FIOS so my internet connection is through the ONT via ethernet cable. I had the Verizon techs set up the ethernet port on the ONT when they were here troubleshooting some issues I had with my internet connection a couple of years ago. The ethernet connection is normally connected via coax to a splitter and then connected to the Actiontek. The router has four ethernet jacks plus the wireless connection for connecting PCs or other networking hardware. Verizon has to activate the ethernet jack on the ONT in order to use that connection.

    I don't have to log on to connect to the internet. Verizon gave me the Actiontek router originally but I replaced it with a D-Link gigabit gaming router when I upgraded my network wiring to CAT6. I connected the WAN port of the Actiontek to one of the LAN ports on the D-Link so it could still receive guide data for the STB in the master bedroom. I also use the Actiontek for wireless connection with a laptop. I have a Dell 24-port ethernet switch connected to one of the other LAN ports on the D-Link router and every other device in my house has a direct connection to the switch.

    When I originally set up the D-Link router I seem to recall that I released the DHCP lease before swapping out the router. When I hooked up the new one it connected and assigned IP addresses to all of my other units without a hitch. I don't recall having an issue getting out to the internet from any PC on the network.

    I did the same thing this time around but just couldn't connect to the internet. The pfsense router is basically a minimalist PC that boots from a hard drive containing a Linux distro and the router software. I just put it together using spare parts I had on hand. I'm using a dual-port Intel NIC and have one port set up for the WAN side and the other for the LAN. When it boots, I can see that it grabs an IP address from the DHCP server on the WAN side and connects to all of my devices on the LAN. It just doesn't want to allow my PCs to connect to the internet for some reason.

    I ran into this same issue when I tried to set up the Asus router so I don't think it's a problem with the router itself. It's been several years since I installed the D-Link router so it's likely something has changed with the Verizon interface that's preventing a quick and easy swapout of the routers. I think it's just having a hard time breaking the lease on the previous router. I'm thinking I could clone the MAC address from the D-Link router and set it up on the pfsense router. I figure it's worth a shot at this point.
     
  3. jano18

    jano18 New Member

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    I replaced my D-Link router with the Apple Time Capsule which is their AirPort Extreme with a built in hard drive to back up your PC or Mac. They are easy to setup & it has worked flawless for me since I have owned it. It is also very easy to extend your network range by adding additional AirPort routers to your network. I extended mine with an AirPort Express. I continue to use D-Link Gigabit switches in my network.
     
  4. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    I was going to suggest that perhaps they had limited the MAC address and you needed to set your new router to have the same MAC as the old one.

    Scott
     
  5. P42

    P42 New Member

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    How did this work out?
     
  6. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    I decided to wait until Friday night to shut things down. The wife left for her sister's this morning so I figured I'd hold off until after she left in case she needed to check her e-mail or the weather before leaving. I'll post an update tomorrow.
     
  7. ShayL

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  8. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Yes, I disconnected the router immediately after releasing the lease. I posted an inquiry in the pfsense forums and, based on a reply I received, there's a chance I may have misconfigured the IP subnet on the WAN side, but I won't know until I get a chance to check it out.
     
  9. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    I finally got the pfSense router configured properly and now I'm connected to the internet. There was a checkbox on one of the configuration screens that's checked by default and I needed to uncheck it to allow internet access. Problem was, I needed access to the online pfSense video tutorials to step me through the setup and I couldn't access the internet with the router connected.

    It was a classic Catch 22 situation. I had to try and remember all of the setup steps and then run it with no guidance. I'm lucky if I can remember what I did five minutes ago let alone try and remeber all of the steps in a complex tutorial.:confused: Fortunately, most of the settings were fairly logical and I had a lot of info written down that I needed to enter manually. Now I just have to keep an eye on it and see how well it works. There's a wealth of terminology and jargon associated with networking that I still need to learn so I've got a lot of reading to do.
     
  10. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    That's where a cellphone comes in handy if your router is down. That came in handy for me when FiOS borked my upgrade to the 150/65 tier and my services were down for almost a week.
     
  11. ShayL

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    Definitely second this. I had a similar situation when I moved the room that FIOS router was in.
     
  12. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    That thought didn't occur to me at the time. I'll have to remember that in the future. I've got a smartphone so I could have easily accessed the internet. The only problem being that the text in the tutorials is pretty small even on a regular monitor. It would have been extremely difficult to read on my Motorola RAZR.

    I do realize that I could enlarge the image, but the tutorials were animated so it would have been easy to miss crucial portions that were taking place outside of the enlarged viewing area. There was no back button to replay the previous screen with the app they used to create the tutorials. The back button on my phone would have taken me back to the original link, requiring that I restart the tutorial from the beginning and step through every screen again each time I wanted to replay a segment.
     

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