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Using a new Airport Extreme with FIOS

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Jun 19, 2013 10:31 AM

I am contemplating the purchase of an Airport Extreme Router to use with Verizon FIOS. I want to take advantage of the new Airport Extreme 802.11ac for use with planned future Apple Product purchases such as a MacBook Air along with the inevitable upgrades to other products such as Apple TV of which I already have the 3rd Generation and will definitely purchase the next if it is higher speed compatible.  I just upgraded my internet service to 50/25Mbps and the current router is a speed bottle neck. While my speeds are almost 60 Mbps download and over 30Mbps upload with a LAN connection to the router/modem, my download speed only increased to just over 21 Mbps from the former 15Mbps using WiFi. I have read articles on using the AirPort “bridge” setting etc but my question is will I be able to connect AirPort Exteme 802.11ac to my Verizon modem/router and take full advantage of the faster internet speeds when using 802.11ac compatible equipment. I do not wish to change from COAX to Ethernet at the Optical Network terminal and use AirPort's modem as it would be too much hassle dealing with Verizon.

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  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,865 points)
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    Jun 19, 2013 10:47 AM (in response to czvet)

    The AirPort Extreme has a Gigabit Ethernet port....1,000 any speed limitations that your network might have will be imposed by your FIOS modem/router....not the AirPort Extreme.


    As far as Internet connection speed is concerned, the AirPort Extreme will only be as fast as the signal from your FIOS modem/router provides.......60 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload......according to the information that you have provided.


    We can't predict the actual wireless performance that you might achieve in your home with obstructions in the signal path like walls and ceilings, but Internet wise, your connection would be no faster than 60 Mpbs down and 20 Mbps up.


    Realistically, you might expect something like 50 Mbps down and 17 Mbps up if your computer is close to the AirPort Extreme. The speed will drop as you move further away from the AirPort Extrme or the wireless signal encounters any obstrucitons.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,865 points)
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    Jun 19, 2013 11:43 AM (in response to czvet)

    You would connect an Ethernet cable from one of the LAN <-> ports on the FIOS modem to the WAN "O" port on the AirPort Extreme.


    AirPort Utility will pretty much walk you through the installation with guided steps.


    In general, you will configure the AirPort Extreme to "create a wireless network", name the network, assign a password, etc.  The wireless security will be set at WPA2 Personal, which is the most secure setting for home use.


    As a final step, the AirPort would be configured to operate in Bridge Mode, since you already have another router "upstream" on the network.


    You can connect wired devices to either the FIOS modem/router or the AirPort Extreme. If you turn off the wireless function on the FIOS modem/router, all of your wireless devices will connect to the network generated by the AirPort Exteme. The signal will be passed on to the FIOS modem/router through the wired Ethernet connection.

  • Rainmaker1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 20, 2013 8:56 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)

    Bob, I am wondering if you might be able to offer some advice...we just had Verizon Fios installed yesterday and now we cannot get our WiFi network back up. We have an Airport Extreme and Airport Express. I've plugged the ethernet cord from the Verizon modem to the port on the Airport Extreme without success. Am I missing something here? Thanks for your help, Bernie in Texas


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