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Verizon FIOS 50/50 - Which compatible router do you guys recommend to use?

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I am planning to get Verizon FIOS 50/50 for my place and I was thinking of using my own router rather than pay $10 a month to rent Verizon's router.

Which router do you guys recommend to use as a compatible replacement? I don't need anything fancy, just functional. Don't need to forward/block ports or anything like that.

The cheaper the better but I don't want to get a junk router just because it is cheap.

Thanks for any help.

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http://www.approvedmodems.com/verizon.html
Thanks but only two that are approved? Also, are routers nowadays in the +$100 range?
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Thanks but only two that are approved? Also, are routers nowadays in the +$100 range?
There was 3 on that list which seems awfully limited. Only one even worth considering would be the G1100 which had pretty decent reviews. It's a combo modem/router so you're set.
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Thanks but only two that are approved? Also, are routers nowadays in the +$100 range?
Those are the only ones that will work IF you have verizon hook it up via coax...however, you can have them run ethernet from the ONT and use any router you wish...this might effect some TV functions like on demand...lots of info on this subject...google is your friend.
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I am planning to get Verizon FIOS 50/50 for my place and I was thinking of using my own router rather than pay $10 a month to rent Verizon's router.

Which router do you guys recommend to use as a compatible replacement? I don't need anything fancy, just functional. Don't need to forward/block ports or anything like that.

The cheaper the better but I don't want to get a junk router just because it is cheap.

Thanks for any help.
Personally I find their quantum router to be pretty decent and I was able to talk them into giving it to me for free 2 years. I'd try giving that a shot first.
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I don't know if it's because I also have TV service, but I have never (in three homes) had to pay for their modem. They set it up, it remains their property that must be returned, but there's never been a rental fee per month. That's for the regular modem first and then the Quantum Gateway thing.
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Thanks but only two that are approved? Also, are routers nowadays in the +$100 range?
Keep in mind there's a difference between a modem and a router. You need some kind of modem to convert from the coax cable that comes into your house (which is how the vast majority have their FIOS configured) to an ethernet (and Wifi) network. Verizon's modems also have an integrated router giving you some Ethernet ports and wifi signal.

A plain vanilla router you buy from Amazon or Best Buy will not do all of this and would be installed downstream of an existing modem. There are people who buy fancy $200 routers for various home networking reasons, and there are people who use $30 routers in conjunction with their Verizon modem. There are also a ton of people just using the built-in router perfectly well.
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Keep in mind there's a difference between a modem and a router. You need some kind of modem to convert from the coax cable that comes into your house (which is how the vast majority have their FIOS configured) to an ethernet (and Wifi) network. Verizon's modems also have an integrated router giving you some Ethernet ports and wifi signal.

A plain vanilla router you buy from Amazon or Best Buy will not do all of this and would be installed downstream of an existing modem. There are people who buy fancy $200 routers for various home networking reasons, and there are people who use $30 routers in conjunction with their Verizon modem. There are also a ton of people just using the built-in router perfectly well.
That is incorrect the actiontec router is not a modem......as i stated earlier, you can ask verizon to run ethernet from the ONT and use ANY router you wish. Here is an article that explains it.
https://www.groundedreason.com/us...-internet/
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That is incorrect the actiontec router is not a modem......as i stated earlier, you can ask verizon to run ethernet from the ONT and use ANY router you wish. Here is an article that explains it.
https://www.groundedreason.com/us...-internet/ [groundedreason.com]
I think you may be correct that the Actiontec is not technically operating as a modem, but the larger point remains that it is a necessary bridge between what Verizon gives you (a port in the wall) and what you need (an internet connection on a PC/device).

And as I said, the vast majority of folks have FIOS setup with existing coax cable. You may be able to get them to run Ethernet from the ONT, but then you lose on screen guide (or at least you used to?) on the TV. If you're in an apartment or renting a house you're definitely not going to re-wire for Ethernet. That's a really niche use -- I wonder what percentage of FIOS users have it setup with plain Ethernet from the ONT? 0.1%?
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I think you may be correct that the Actiontec is not technically operating as a modem, but the larger point remains that it is a necessary bridge between what Verizon gives you (a port in the wall) and what you need (an internet connection on a PC/device).

And as I said, the vast majority of folks have FIOS setup with existing coax cable. You may be able to get them to run Ethernet from the ONT, but then you lose on screen guide (or at least you used to?) on the TV. If you're in an apartment or renting a house you're definitely not going to re-wire for Ethernet. That's a really niche use -- I wonder what percentage of FIOS users have it setup with plain Ethernet from the ONT? 0.1%?
Its a lot more than .1%, lots of folks use cable cards for TV in devices like TiVO, homerun HD, etc... We dont even know if OP is getting tv service...lots of folks dont want or need it..Therefore their router is not necessary....
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