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Connecting R7800 Nighthawk to FIOS Router by wifi??

I currently have a cable company (Spectrum, ugh) as my ISP, so I have a straightforward setup with my Nighthawk plugged into the cable modem and my PC plugged into the Nighthawk, all sitting a within a few feet of each other in my office.  The cable modem connects to the outside world via coax cabling in my walls.  My PC doesn't have wifi capability.

 

I'm dumping the cable ISP and have had Verizon FIOS installed.  The FIOS router in my basement gives me a wifi signal, which I can see (on my phone) from my office.  But Verizon tells me I would need to have ethernet cabling installed in my walls, rather than coax, if I want a wired connection to the PC in my office.

 

I want to glom onto the FIOS wifi signal, somehow, and turn it into a wired ethernet signal I can plug my PC into.

 

So I'm looking for this setup:  ---> FIOS modem ---> FIOS router - - - - (wifi signal) - - - -> Nighthawk (??) ---> PC

 

Can I set up my Nighthawk in AP mode to accomplish this?  Or do I need to add a separate wireless access point (like a new WAC510, or the ancient but new-in-box WNHDE111 5 GHz Wireless-N Access Point/Bridge I have laying around) to capture the FIOS wifi signal and feed it to the Nighthawk?  Or do I need to demolish my house and have it rebuilt to be more FIOS-friendly?

 

I'd appreciate anyone who can provide clear non-techy instructions for either of the first two options.  Thanks!

Model: R7800|Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Wifi Router
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Re: Connecting R7800 Nighthawk to FIOS Router by wifi??

you should set your FIOS modem/router in bridge mode and do the Nighthawk do the real work, including WiFi .If you can disable the WiFi on the FIOS that's be great

 

Otherwise, you'll be in a double NAT situation

Routing: NETGEAR R7800 - Voxel Firmware 1.0.2.80SF
Switching: 2x NETGEAR 8-ports (GS108v4) / 1x NETGEAR 16-ports (JGS516v2)
Desktop: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X - Server: Intel Core i7-7700K - NAS: Intel Pentium G4400 - Cruncher: Intel Core i5-7400
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Re: Connecting R7800 Nighthawk to FIOS Router by wifi??

> [...] Verizon tells me I would need to have ethernet cabling installed
> in my walls, rather than coax, if I want a wired connection to the PC in
> my office. [...]

 

   That would be the cheap+easy way.  For more money, there exist MoCA
adapters which can let you use co-axial cable to carry network signals
instead of Ethernet cable.  There also exist Powerline adapters which
can let you use power wiring to carry network signals instead of
Ethernet cable.  A Web search should find details on both types.

 

> [...] My PC doesn't have wifi capability.

 

   That's probably curable, too.

 

> Can I set up my Nighthawk in AP mode to accomplish this? [...]

 

   No.  A wireless access point uses a wired (or equivalent) connection
to the main router (LAN) and provides wireless connections to client
devices.  Neither of which is what you want.


   The R7800 also has a "bridge" mode, which turns it into a wireless
client device, and allows you to connect wired devices to its LAN
Ethernet ports.

 

   Visit http://netgear.com/support , put in your model number, and look
for Documentation.  Get the User Manual.  Look for "Use the Router in
Bridge Mode".  On the bright side, Netgear has not yet revised that
manual to remove all its helpful pictures. I'd save a copy while you
can.

 

> Or do I need to demolish my house and have it rebuilt to be more
> FIOS-friendly?

 

   Minor damage should be all that's needed to run an Ethernet cable
through most modern construction, but circumstances vary.

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Re: Connecting R7800 Nighthawk to FIOS Router by wifi??

Thanks for your response.  I ended up attempting a totally different option, installing a wireless extender with ethernet ports that will be supplied and supported by Verizon with promise of seamless integration with FIOS router.  I guess my Nighthawk will be going on Ebay.



 

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Re: Connecting R7800 Nighthawk to FIOS Router by wifi??

Thanks for your response.  See my reply to antinode below.

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