So I have Verizon FiOs, which came with the Verizon Router/Modem. Will Airport replace this modem? And what other products will expand the range?

WiFi expansion? Can I connect 4 computers and an Xbox 360 from all over my house including the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors? Please help..

  • Asked by Nukem S from Hopkinton
  • Nov 24, 2009
QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

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2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    The Airport Extreme wouldn't replace your Verizon modem since that is your gateway. You could simply attach an ethernet cable from the LAN port on the Verizon modem to the WAN port on the Airport Extreme and create a new/stronger/more capable network. While you're at it you may want to disable the wireless network on your Verizon modem by typing in 192.168.1.1 into your browser then entering admin and password1

    Next you can go to Advanced Wireless Setup and click the disable button under the Wireless.

    This way you won't have two wireless networks in your house and will essentially be using your Verizon at an ethernet gateway and your new airport as the wireless access point. Then you can utilize the USB port for wireless printing or sharing a hard drive.

    As far as expansion- you could create a WDS network by adding extremes/expresses to relay the signal but this will slow down your network speeds. Ideally, you should position your router in your home for optimal coverage.

    • Answered by Nathan C from Tampa
    • Nov 24, 2009
  • The Airport router will not replace the modem. But if it is also a wireless router then you should disable that feature. Then simply plug the Airport into the ethernet port.
    The ability to expand to all parts of your house depends on location, interference, etc. I have a FIOS modem connected to an Airport router in my downstairs office. I extend the network via a second router upstairs in my wife's office. I then use a couple of Airport Express to route music to my audio system and a Bose wave radio.
    Works great.

    • Answered by Jeff H from Newark
    • Nov 24, 2009