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Trying to make the internet not be for porn

November 7, 2011

Updated 14-feb-2012, verified in anger 17-jul-2013

We have Verizon FIOS, and I configured their router to be a bridge to our router, and we use OpenDNS so we can at least erect some speedbumps on the way to internet porn from our network.

Unfortunately, we had some sort of power failure last night weekend nine days ago ago that left the verizon router in a borken state, and I could not unbork it until I had done a factory reset. Having it in default state seemed to interfere with our use of OpenDNS, so I had to restore bridge mode.
That was a pain.

Actually, it may have been the Linksys router that was borked. I have a spare router (doesn’t everyone?) that is a monster upgrade.

The two sets of instructions that seemed to work (that is, after trying A, then trying B, it worked) were these two:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1145636

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r17679150-Howto-make-ActionTec-MI424WR-a-network-bridge

After doing it again, I think the instructions to follow are really at the second link.

Some of the steps seem to be timing dependent, meaning, do them quickly, then check afterwards to see if they took. I’ve included a revision of the second set of steps here:

  1. Connect your computer to the MI424-WR using an ethernet connection if you have not done so. It may help to pre-assign your computer a static IP address like 192.168.1.2. Open your web browser and type in 192.168.1.1 in the URL and press “enter”. The default username and password for the MI424-WR is “admin” and “password”, unless you or the installer changed it. If you don’t know the password, you will need to do a hard reset on the router (hold down the reset pinhole with a paperclip for about 10 seconds).
  2. Once you are logged in to the router, do two steps to before conerting it to a bridge. Since the MI424-WR will no longer be used for routing, go ahead and disable its wireless interface. Click on “Wireless Access Point” in the interface list and then click on “Disable”. You can also disable this in the “Wireless Settings” section. Just in case the MI424-WR will do something wacky, disable the built-in firewall. Click on “Firewall Settings” and then select “Minimum”, then click on “Apply”.
  3. Next, click on “My Network” at the top of the screen. Once you are there, click on “Network Connections” at the menu on the left. You should now see a list of interfaces that exist in the router. To see them all, click on the “Advanced” button below that list.
  4. BEFORE the rest of the configuration you need to release your MI424-WR’s IP from the ONT or you will NOT be able to have your new router DHCP an IP for itself. This is timing dependent, and may not “take” the first time you do it. To do this, click on the “Broadband Connection (Coax)” from the connection list. Then click on the “Settings” button at the bottom. You will now see a bunch of settings for this interface. Make sure the “Privacy” option is enabled. If an IP address is currently assigned to the MI424-WR, click the “Release” button. Next (immediately) change the “Internet Protocol” option to “No IP Address” (default setting is “Obtain an IP Address Automatically”). Click on “Apply” afterwards, then “Yes” (if there’s a confirmation message), then “Apply” again. Go back and check that it does not have an IP address; if it does, try again.
  5. Now you will need to turn the MI424-WR into a bridge. In the connection list, click on “Network (Home/Office)”, then click on the “Settings” button. You will see a list of interfaces under “Bridge”. Check the boxes next to the “Broadband Connection (Coax)” and “Ethernet”, then check the corresponding boxes under the STP column. Uncheck (if necessary) “Wireless” and plain “Coax”. Click on “Apply” afterwards, then “Yes” (if there’s a confirmation message), then “Apply” again.
  6. Verify that the MI424-WR no longer has a connection to the internet by looking at the status information in “Main”. It should have a red light and say it’s on PPPOE right now. The MI424-WR should still have a connection to the ONT. You can check this by going back into “My Network”, then “Network Connections”, then clicking on the “Full Status” button at the bottom of the list. “Broadband Connection (Coax)”. Should say it’s connected still.
  7. Next, disconnect all computers from the MI424-WR. Setup the router of your choice. Make sure your new router’s IP address is something different from 192.168.1.1 or it will conflict! I use an address on a different subnet, 192.168.0.1. Your new router should now DHCP an IP from verizon without any problems.
  8. The only way to access the MI424-WR after this setup is to directly connect a computer to it (via ethernet) and using a static 192.168.1.* IP address. It will no longer DHCP an IP to you. You will also notice that the “Internet” light (may look like a map globe) on the router will now be lit orange and blink red. This is normal. The MI424-WR control panel will also perpetually say you’re not connected to the internet. That too is normal.

    Screen shots below from a working configuration:Verizon main

    Verizon NetworkConnections

    Verizon PropertiesHomeOffice

    Verizon ConfigureHomeOffice

    Verizon ConfigureCoax

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