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Verizon just turned up our 10M fiber line.  It terminates to a 9145e Conoga Perkins.  I have been given static IP addresses.  It has a "customer" ethernet port, do I need a router and if so, what type of router would I need.  Verizon does not seem to be able to answer me.

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Chris
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by:joefreedom
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I would suggest installing a consumer grade router that supports NAT (network address translation) or a firewall appliance at the very least directly from the Verizon provided Hardware.  This will allow you to have more control over what type of traffic you allow into and out of your network as well as allow you to share your connection to other workstations.  If you do not install any networking appliances and plug a workstation directly into the Ethernet port you are essentially placing your workstation directly on the public network and subjecting yourself to a plethora of vulnerabilities.
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this is just a test network for now.  We are just trying to get the line working, but am not sure I need additional equipment.
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For testing purposes you should be fine for now if you just want to verify that a connection can be established.  I wouldn't recommend placing any unsecured equipment on the line for an excess amount of time though.  A properly configured Router/Firewall will block inbound attacks automatically when configured properly whereas you will be at the mercy of your device's security (think vulnerabilities) without one.
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I ended up needing a layer 3 device because of vlan tagging.
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received the answer from Verizon
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