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Monday, September 15, 2008

How to Configure Verizon FiOS Firewall (Actiontec MI424WR)

After just over a year on my Verizon FiOS connection, I am already on my third verizon FiOS router. Let's just say that the Actiontec MI424WR router, the only choice from Verizon FiOS has been less than reliable. In both cases, the power adapter failed first, followed by the ActionTec router itself.

Each time the router fails, I of course need to setup all of my router and firewall settings again. Frankly, a pain in the rear. Each time I attempt to re-configure the router, it seems that I have to learn the process all over again. For this reason, I put together this quick and handy tutorial to guide you (and me possibly at some point in the future) through the process.

This particular example I choose is how your setup RDP or Remote Desktop to run through the Verizon FiOS and Actiontec MI424WR router to an internal machine of your choice. Out of the box, the Verizon FiOS custom configuration on the Actiontec MI424WR supports a lot of different services (all listed below), so in many cases you do not need to know the various TCP and UDP inbound and outbound ports for the services you want to enable. Great news for those of you who are not too network savvy.

Here is the process to enable an application service to go from the outside (Internet) into your home network. There are many use cases for this including gaming, VoIP phones, and setting up servers on your home network.

1. Log into your router, the default IP address internally is 192.168.1.1, and the default username/password combination if you have not changed it (shame on you) is admin/password.

2. Now on the main screen, click on the "My Network" icon at the top of the screen to access the "Enable Applicaitons" link for the device you want.
Now on the main screen, click on the

2. Find the machine or device name for which you want to enable an application -- for me, it was a device in the list named SERVER2008 -- and click on the Enable Applications link next to that device.
Find the machine or device name for which you want to enable an application -- for me, it was a device in the list named SERVER2008 -- and click on the Enable Applications link next to that device.

3. You are brought to the screen called "Port Forwarding" where if you have not added anything there should be one default entry. Now click on the Add link in red.
You are brought to the screen called Port Forwarding where if you have not added anything there should be one default entry.  Now click on the Add link in red.

4. As a first step in the Protocol drop down, choose the Show All Serivice option in red. The screen will refresh and populate with the entire list of available services.
As a first step in the Protocol drop down, choose the Show All Serivice option in red.  The screen will refresh and populate with the entire list of available services.

5. Choose the Networked Computer / Device in the drop down -- in my case the name was SERVER2008, choose Remote Desktop from the services list -- the screen will refresh and then click on Apply.
Choose the Networked Computer / Device in the drop down -- in my case the name was SERVER2008, choose Remote Desktop from the services list -- the screen will refresh and then click on Apply.

6. The ActionTec router will now save the settings and then your port should be open from an outside internet connection. Congratulations, you have added port forwarding to your Actiontec MI424WR - Verizon FiOS router.


Here is the list of complete services that are added by default on the Actiontec MI424WR - Verizon FiOS Router:
Active Worlds
Age of Empires I
Age of Empires II - Age of Kings
Age of Empires III
Age of Wonders
AIM Talk
Aliens vs. Predator
America Online (AOL)
Anarchy Online
AOL Instant messenger
Apple IChat
Asheron's Call
T&T CallVantage VoIP Phone Service
AT&T D-Link DVG-1402M ATA
Audio Galaxy SatelliteAUTH
Baldur's Gate
Battlecom
Battlefield 1942
BAYVPN
Black and White
Blizzard Battle.net
Buddy Phone
C & C (Command and Conquer - Generals, Zero Hour)
Calista IP phone
Call of Duty
Camerades
CarbonCopy32
Citrix Metarame (ICA Client)
Citrix Winframe Server
City of Heroes
Civilization 3
Civilization 4
CivNet
Client Hotline
Counter Strike
CU II Version 3
CuSeeMe
Dark Reign
Dark Reign
Decent Freespace
Deerfield MDaemon Email Server
Delta Force
Delta Force - Land Warrior
Delta Force Delta Three PC to Phone
Descent 3
Descent Freespace
DHCP ALG
Diablo II
Diablo, StarCraft (Battle.net)
DialPad
Direct Connect
DirectX Games
DNS
DNS ALG
Doom (I / II / III)
Drakan
Dune 2000
Dungeon Siege
Dwyco Video Conferencing
EGN V2.0+
Elite Force
Everquest
Everquest 2
F-22 Lightning
F1
F22 Raptor
Falcon 4.0
Fighter Ace Beta
Fighter Ace II
Fighter Ace II DX Play
Flight Sim
Freete
FTP
FW1VPN
GameSpy Arcade
Ghost Recon / Ghost Recon Desert Siege
Gnutella Server
Go2Call
Guild Wars
H.323
H.323 Call Signaling
H.323 RAS
Half Life
Half Life 2
Half Life Server
Heat.net
Heretic II
Hexen II
HomeWorld
Hot Pursuit
Hotline Client
Hotline Server
HTTP
HTTP Secondary
HTTP Web Access
HTTPS
HTTPS Secondary
IBS
ICQ
ICUII Client
ICUII Client Version 4.xx
IKE
IMAP
Internet Phone
IPhone
IPSec
IRC
Iris Phone 2.5
IStreamVideoHP
iVisit
KALI
KaZaA
Kohan Immortal Sovereigns
L2TP
Laplink
Limewire
LIVvELotus Domino
Mechwarrior 3
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
Microsoft Direct Play
Microsoft Windows Network / Samba
Midtown Madness
MIG 29
mIRC Chat
mIRC DCC / IRC DCC
mIRC IDENT
Motorcross Madness
Motorhead Server
Mplayer Games Network
MSN Game Zone
MSN Game Zone (DX 7 & 8 Play)
Myth (Bungie.net, Myth II)
Napster
Need for Speed
Need for Speed 3 - Hot Pursuit
Need for Speed 5 (Porsche)
Net2Phone
NetMech
NetMeeting
Netrek
NetStorm
NNTP
Nox
NTPOKbridge
OKWeb
OKWin
Operation Flashpoint
Outlaws
Pal Talk
PCAnywhere Host
PCAnywhere Remote
PCAnywhere v7.5
PCTelecommute
PhoneFree
Ping
Play-Station2
Polycom ViaVideo H.323
POP3
PowWow
PPTP
Quake Games
QuakeII
QuakeIII
QuakeWorld
Quicktime / Real Audio Client
Quicktime Server
RAdmin (Fama Tech)
Rainbow Six
RDP
RealAudio
Red Alert
Remote Anything
Remote Desktop
Remote Desktop 32
Remote Management
Remote Management SSL
Remotely AnyWhere
Remotely Possible V3.2a
Return of Castle Wolfenstien
Rise of Nations
Rise of Rome
RLogin, RCPRoger Wilco
Rogue Spear
RTSP
Scour Media
Server Hotline
Shiva VPN
Shout Cast Server
SIP
Sling Box
SMTP
SNMP
Soldier of Fortune
Speak Freely
SQL-Net Tools Server
SSH
Starfleet Command
Starsiege Tribes Server
SunRocket VoIP Phone Service
SWAT
Talkd
Tanarus
Team Speak
Telnet
Telnet Secondary
Telnet SSL
TFTP
The 4th Coming
Tiberian Sun
Timbuktu Pro
Total Annihilation
Traceroute
Ultima
Unreal - Master Server List
Unreal Tournament 4
Unreal
Unreal Tournament
USENET News Service
VDO Video
Ventrilo
Virtual Network Computing (VNC)VNC
VoiceWing VoIP Phone Service
Vonage
VoIP Phone Service
VoxChat
VoxPhone
Warbirds
Web Server
Webcam (TrueTech)
Webcam
Webforce Compcore MPEG
WebPhone
Westwood Online
Windows 2000 Terminal Server
World of WarCraft
Worms
X Windows
XBoX
Yahoo Messenger
Yahoo Messenger Chat
Yahoo Messenger Phone
Yahoo Pager
ZNES

10 comments:

Kevin Beatty said...

Hi Ken,

Just a point of clarification on your product list: the MDaemon Email Server is developed by Alt-N Technologies and not Deerfield. Deerfield is no longer a distributor of the MDaemon product.

Thanks,

Kevin Beatty
Director of Marketing
Alt-N Technologies

Ken Hanscom said...

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for reaching out with the clarification on the MDaemon product being distributed by Alt-N. Please be aware that this is the way the "Port Forwarding" is currently named in the Adaptec router provided Verizon FiOS system and not a specific name that I have associated with it. You may want to reach out to Verizon FiOS / Adaptec for them to see about a possible change.

Thanks again,
-Ken

Brad said...

I think you meant ActionTec not Adaptec.

todd said...

Is it possible to forward that port but restrict access to the internally forwarded service to only a few or single external IP Address?

For example, what if I have a website - but I only want to be able to access it from my office and not allow anyone from anywhere else to access it? e.g. set up a firewall rule to restrict access.

ప్రసాద్ said...

Thanks for detailed explanation.

Carl said...

Does this work for wireless connections too?

Ken Hanscom said...

Hi Carl. This should work for any connection, assuming you are assigning a static IP address or reserving an IP address based on the wireless card's MAC address.

-Ken

Richard said...

I am trying to receive SNMP information from this router to monitor my bandwidth. Do you know what the default community name is? Or where to change it?

Citrix Support said...

its to good more then url and technic its here. then we are use to the. try to your home and click this event.

Anonymous said...

The FiOS router has the option of saving the configuration file so you don't have to reconfigure it from scratch each time you get a replacement router. Just restore the backup onto the new router.