Have gotten quite a few PMs asking for instructions on how to get the Netgear R7000 router going with BellAliant FibreOp so I figured I'd just post them here for everybody who needs them:
Out of the box the router won't work because the outdated firmware that it arrives with doesn't support VLANs, so before you disconnect your current router, download the latest R7000 firmware
from Netgear (I'm using Firmware Version 18.104.22.168.)
Also before you disconnect your current router, log into the Actiontec and make note of the MAC address
. You'll need this for later.
Once you have the latest firmware downloaded to your computer and have noted your Actiontec MAC address, you can log into the Actiontec and click on the "Release" button
to release the IP address. Then unplug it before it has a chance to renew.
Once this is done, connect the R7000 and upgrade the firmware.
On the R7000, go to 192.168.1.1, log in and go to Advanced>Administration>Router Update
, and click the "Browse" button to select the firmware update you downloaded from your computer. Click "Upload" - the router will take a few minutes and upgrade.
Once it's flashed and back up and running, log back into the router at 192.168.1.1, and go to Basic>Internet, and scroll down to the bottom.
You'll see "Router MAC Address". This is where we're going to clone the MAC address of our Actiontec so that it syncs with BellAliant seamlessly. Select the "Use this MAC address" button, and input what you noted earlier from your Actiontec router. Apply.
Then go to Advanced>Advanced Setup>VLAN / Bridge Settings
Here you'll configure your VLANs - first we're going to set up any ports that you wish to be standard internet
Select the button next to the "Internet" row, and click edit. Make it look like this:
Now if you have TV service
, click "Add".
Make it look like this:
You'll notice at the bottom, there are boxes that say "Port 1", "Port 2", etc. These are the ports that you are going to plug your TVs into
. On your "TV" VLAN, you'll want to check off the ports that you want TV service going to. On your "Internet" VLAN, check off any ports you want Internet going to, as well as both wifi bands.
Here's how I have mine configured - you'll see that I've selected port 1 (plus both wifi bands) for Internet access, and have plugged in my TVs to ports 2, 3, and 4.
Click apply, reboot, tada. Everything connected should connect right up.