FWpurple Setup behind Frontier Fiber Arris NVG468MQ Router
I originally replaced the Frontier Router with the FWP and all worked fine for a few days. Frontier says you are supposed to able to do that w/o consequence, but our service very steadily degraded with bad packet %s in the high 20s by the time service became unusable.
I put Frontier Router into transparent bridge mode and put FWP behind it with wireless wifi (also in bridge) behind the FWP. Bad packets immediately dropped to low single digits and service.
Normally, the frontier router is at 192.168.254.254. But in front of the FWP and in bridge mode, i cannot access it at that IP either through the downstream wifi or be connecting directly to the frontier router’s wifi. I have tried using the “router” IP from withing the FWP’s info and even the router IP I found when I connected directly to the router’s wifi and scanned for IP addresses.
I don’T know that I’ll need to get at it often, but frontier is still saying they can’t “see” their router and suggest that ICMP settings are off, so I’d like to get in and double check that if possible as well as make sure any security setting possible are turned on so the frontier router isnt a hole.
Are you running in Router mode or simple mode?
The best setup for the purple is the router mode and you can see https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/articles/4411167832851-Firewalla-Router-Mode-Configuration-Guide-
Messy, but resolved:
- Once the Frontier Rounter (FR) is put into bridge mode, it is impossible to access it again remotely via wireless. You may be able to access it via Ethernet into a Lan port, but I didn’t have a computer to try that.
- The FR router supposedly has a firmware fix for this but Frontier has not pushed it out.
- Workaround is to simply reset the router when you need access to it.
- Bridge mode works fine on the router BUT, you may experience what I did - the ONT was not passing an IP to the FR for it to pass to the Firewalla (FW). Don’t know that the issue is there, but i found that only plugging and unplugging the cable to the router would “reset” the IP.
- I was able to confirm that the FR had an IP by logged into the routers admin wifi to confirm internet access at the router. In addition to putting it into bridge mode, i also turned off the SSID broadcast for that admin wifi to prevent a hole there.
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