How to Configure Verizon FiOS Router to Give Network Control to Airport Extreme

Introduction

Bart Busschots of http://bartb.ie helped me figure out this configuration that so many people are requesting. Bart’s diagram shows the end condition. The screenshots in the tutorial are from an Actiontec router supplied by Verizon running firmware version 40.20.7 in 2013.

In this tutorial we’re going to:

  • Turn off Wireless on the Verizon router
  • Change the IP range that the Verizon router serves out to start at 192.168.1.10
  • Enable the DMZ on the Verizon router and set it to 192.168.1.2
  • Set the Airport Extreme to static IP and assign it to 192.168.1.2

This combination of steps will allow the Airport Extreme to control your home network serving out IP addresses, and to execute port forwarding (without having to also do that on the Verizon router).

Introduction

Log into Verizon Router at 192.168.1.1

User Name and password are taped to the side of the router

Log into Verizon Router at 192.168.1.1

Select Wireless Settings

Select Wireless Settings

Under Basic Security Settings Turn Off Wireless on the Verizon Router

Under Basic Security Settings Turn Off Wireless on the Verizon Router

Select Advanced

Select Advanced

Proceed

Proceed

Select IP Address Distribution

Select IP Address Distribution

Select Action next to the Dynamic IP Range

Select Action next to the Dynamic IP Range

Change the Starting IP Address to 192.168.1.10

Change the Starting IP Address to 192.168.1.10

Click on Firewall Settings

Click on Firewall Settings

Proceed

Proceed

Enable DMZ Host IP Address

  1. Click the checkbox
  2. Set DMZ Host IP Address to 192.168.1.2
  3. Click Apply
Enable DMZ Host IP Address

Open AirPort Utility

Click on the image of the router or the name to reveal the Edit button

Open AirPort Utility

Click Edit

Click Edit

Select the Internet Tab

Select the Internet Tab

Set the APE to a Static IP

  1. Select Static for Connect Using
  2. Change the IP address to 192.168.1.2 (as we set up in the DMZ on the Verizon router

don’t click Update just yet

Set the APE to a Static IP

Select Network Tab

And change router Mode to DHCP and NAT and click Update

Select Network Tab

Ignore Double NAT

You will get a warning (a red circle with a number in it) that if clicked will say Double NAT. This can be ignored by clicking on the router, hovering over Double NAT, Clicking and selecting Ignore. You are now free to play about the Internet.

Ignore Double NAT

17 thoughts on “How to Configure Verizon FiOS Router to Give Network Control to Airport Extreme

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  2. Anonymous - April 30, 2017

    Worked! Amazing!

  3. Anonymous - April 30, 2017

    Thank you!

  4. annie - May 27, 2017

    will this work for the quantum gateway router?

  5. Seamus - September 10, 2017

    This has been and continues to be a god send!! Annie, yes, I use it with my quantum router with the new Gig speed from Verizon. Still waiting to see any kind of speed increase but I am also not ready to give up my Airport.

  6. Ed - September 23, 2017

    I hope you realize that by creating a DMZ you are opening and exposing all your Udp and tcp ports to the internet and you now have a very high risk of being hacked.

  7. Henry - October 19, 2017

    Hi Ed, how to avoid being hacked?

  8. Anonymous - November 29, 2017

    I agree with Ed. yes this would work but at an extreme cost to security.

  9. Allison Sheridan - November 29, 2017

    I missed Ed’s comment back in September. His statement is false. This design does not expose any UDP or TCP ports in my network. To prove it, I just ran a port scan on Steve Gibson’s Shields Up tool at grc.com (https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?rh1dkyd2).

    Here’s a screenshot of the port scan of my home IP:
    https://tppr.me/8XuVX

  10. Anonymous - January 19, 2018

    Excellent Allison, I agree and even if that was the case better 1 PC than the whole network which is the purpose of the Demilitarized Zone and you can definitely isolate it even if it’s vulnerable. Make it a Honey Pot if you want and designate/assign a 2nd DMZ behind a 2nd firewall and close out the unnecessary ports.

  11. Pat - January 19, 2018

    WiFi connected but no LAN … Followed steps, what am I missing?

  12. Dave Mansueto - January 30, 2018

    I was having the same issue as Pat. My Airport router was reporting no DNS addresses. However, I double checked the screen shots and noticed that I had blank spaces for DNS Servers on the “Internet” tab of Airport Utility. The screen shot above shows 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 below it. I just entered those values and hit apply and it started working.

  13. podfeet - January 31, 2018

    Excellent, Dave. BTW, those DNS settings are Google’s servers which are fine. There’s also a new service called Quad9, which is 9.9.9.9. Quad9 gives you some protection against becoming part of a botnet and more. You can learn more at: https://www.quad9.net

  14. Alli - June 2, 2018

    I can’t believe this worked for me. I’m thrilled! Thanks for making it so clear.

  15. Allison Sheridan - June 2, 2018

    Yay Allie!!!

  16. Mario - June 10, 2018

    Hello, The problem I am having is every time I have a power outage the current Verizon Actiontec MI424WR router loses the config. I have the ethernet port on the Verizon ONT connected to a PC running Untangle UTM. I now have a Verizon Gig service and the Quantum Gateway router. I can not figure out how to put a static IP on the Quantum Gateway. I would like to bypass the Verizon Quantum Gateway Router all together. I am told the Verizon Router needs to on the network for the FIOS menus to work. Thanking everyone in advance for their assistance.

  17. podfeet - June 11, 2018

    I’m not sure I 100% follow your last two sentences. The Verizon Quantum Gateway Router probably does have to stay there. The method above allows its existence but it just passes things along with no intelligence added.

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