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Using the Old Verizon FiOS Router at Your New Residence

After the Verizon service tech left my new residence with the phone, Internet, and TV running, I promptly unplugged the new Actiontec MI424WR router he installed. I had previously changed the IP address on my old router, using steps given in Change the LAN IP of the Actiontec MI424WR FiOS Modem/Router. Based on reading everyone's messages there, that method no longer works, so I'd rather use the old modem, then the new modem.

Upon plugging in the old router, it never succeeds in connecting and always report "disconnected" after a while. I started comparing the configuration between the old and the new router and couldn't find much of a difference that mattered. Finally, I spotted the "release DHCP lease" button. That triggered memory that the server and the modem is attached. A new modem can't get a lease until the existing lease has expired.

I clicked the "release" button and unplugged the new device. The old device immediately connected itself to the FiOS network once the coax cable was plugged in. The next best thing to clicking the "release" button is to wait until the lease runs out. That is usually a few hours after unplugging the new modem.

Now I just have to get my QIP 2500 STB to recognize a gateway IP that is not '192.168.1.1'. Anyone have a tip on that?

Jake
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 01:53:55 +0400

In the "Change the LAN IP of the Actiontec MI424WR FiOS Modem/Router" thread, Bruno Ruce has provided instruction on changing the IP address of the Actiontec MI424WR router using telnet administration. It works. I've done it a few times, even on the latest router model.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:34:17 +0400

Thanks. I tried that method and it works. I'm using the new router at a different IP address. The Motorola QIP2500 STB recognized the router right away and is able to download the guide and interact with Verizon. Looks like the old router is too old and incompatible with the STB.

Jake
Tue, 03 Jul 2012 10:24:45 +0400

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