We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Verizon FIOS

Is it possible to use Verizon FIOS without using the router that they supply?  I have verizon business FIOS internet with a static IP.  I currently use a Juniper SSG-20, and would like to assign the IP on eth0/0.  I've plugged the CAT5e from the FIOS box on the wall directly into eth0/0.  The right light is solid green the left light on the port blinks green and is then out perminantly.  I setup the IP/netmask/gateway on eth0/0, but it doesn't work.

Am I wasting my time trying to figure this out, or am I just doing something wrong?
Watch Question

Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013
NOT CERTAIN ABOUT THIS but I believe you can configure the Verizon Router to use Bridge Mode which should "pass through" to your router.  I believe the Verizon Router provides the appropriate modem inside it so you MUST use it, but you don't have to use it as your router (I have a couple of clients with in-house IT staff that use FiOS (and cable) and have use Fortinet routers.
Principal Software Engineer
Perhaps Verizon's FIOS bridging setup page has the information required.  This covers bridging these four models of gateway; VersaLink 7500, VersaLink 327W, Actiontec 704WG, Westell 6100.
After some more research and much trial and error I was able to get it to work.  If the connection coming out of the verizon box to the modem/router is a CAT5, you can go directly into your own router.  If the connection coming out is coax, you need to use the FIOS modem/router and set it up as a bridge.


I am including my comment in the solution becuase it completes the answer.  The first comment brought my attention to the ability of the Verizon routers to go into bridge mode.  The second comment gave a link to documentation from verizon on how to accomplish the task.  However, bridge mode is only needed when the connection coming out of the fios box is coax.  In my case, and I assume every case where you are getting FIOS internet and no TV, it was a CAT5 connection.

Explore More ContentExplore courses, solutions, and other research materials related to this topic.