How To Set-Up Your Verizon FiOS Router
Setting up your own router with Verizon FiOS is easier than you might think. If you follow the steps in this article and already know that your router is one of the compatible Verizon FiOS routers, then you are already are on your way to getting your router up and working. This is what you need to do to set it up.
- The first thing to do is to connect the router to your Optical Network Terminal. The ONT box is how the fiber enters your home so the router will need to be positioned where it can be attached to the box. You should do this with an Ethernet cable to the WAN port on the back of your router. Once plugged in, the router’s lights should come on.
- If you had cable through Verizon before switching to FiOS, make sure that you call Verizon and tell them to switch your service to Ethernet. Then, that should be disabled and you can proceed with your FiOS setup.
- The next few steps are what to do if you already had a router setup with Verizon FiOS. You will have to disable it first before you can attach a new router. Open up a browser on your computer. The address should be http://192.168.1.1, but it should have been listed on your router’s packaging. This will take you to a login screen to access the settings of your router.
- Sign into the router’s settings. The login information should have come with the router, but it is usually something like “admin.” Use whatever the default login information is in order to get into the settings screen. If you have changed the login information, then you should use whatever login information that you have.
- On the admin page in the router’s settings, you will want to go into My Network. It should be at the top of the screen. Then, navigate to Network Connections.
- Look for the Broadband Connection next and go into Settings.
- Locate the DHCP Lease section and select Release. This will disable the old router and let you proceed with setting up the new router. Click Apply and then unplug the old router.
- Now, with the new router, plug the Ethernet cable from the WAN port on the router to the ONT box. Turn on the new router and give it a few minutes to boot up.
- Plug your computer into the new router. This will allow you to set it up. You might be able to do it over WiFi as well but check with your new router’s instructions to know.
- Locate the login information for the new router and head to that IP address in the browser. Use the default login information and then you will be able to configure the router to your needs. Part of this will be changing the login information to something completely unique in order to keep out the potential for malware.
There are a few exceptions to these steps. If you have cable TV through Verizon and are now getting Verizon FiOS, you will need a MoCA adapter so that you can still use your cable service but get the high-speed fiber internet. Likewise, if you had a cable connection for the internet and are now switching to Verizon FiOS, you will need to remove the coaxial setup before you can proceed.
The most important thing to remember is that you must get a router, not a modem for Verizon FiOS. Fiber internet does not use modems so having even a combo unit is not going to work for you. Instead, you need to get a router-only setup. Most routers will work with fiber without issues, but it is best to still check that there is not a potential for compatibility issues with any new router that you buy.