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DSL to FIOS


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#1 MrClose

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 08:32 PM

I am hoping someone can answer these questions before tuesday.

I am upgrading from verizons DSL to FIOS and as much searching as I have done, I can't seem to find answers to these two questions.

First, I am told that it will take from four to six hours for the workers to install, whatever it is (besides) a battery backup to complete the job?

Does this mean that they are going to have to rewire all of my phone jacks?

Do they have to run FIOS cables to every room (5) that has a phone jack or does FIOS run on the same lines as DSL?

My second question involves my two pc's and the netgear equipment.

I run two pc's .. one from the typical westell modem which is also the one connected to the netgear router.

The second pc uses a usb dongle.

Will I have to replace both of these "G" netgear (802.11g 54mbps) pieces of equipment to run at the higher FIOS speed?

Any help will be Greatly appreciated!

Oh yeah .. Is FIOS REALLY better than DSL?

Thanks.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 09:56 PM

FIOS is the latest generation of bundling TV,Internet, VOIP phone FIOS is Fiber Optic.


FIOS is literary a ball of wire that has a thousand of cables at different frequencies that basically connect to your house using Fiber which is light waves.

Fiber is a different animal to work with from normal networking DSL.

1. I think the only thing they have to do is route the fiber into a box and set up as normal. Now only specialize people can cut and terminate fiber cable because its very sensitive. . That why you have 4-6 hour installed time. I don't know if they add a filer for your phones

2. You basically have to switch to the new router to get FIOS. Depending on Tier level internet speeds you may have to upgrade Wireless N and gigabyte internet to see the difference in speed but i would wait until after it setup before I switch out routers and things. You can still be connected at g speed and have fiber internet. the 54mbps is the maximum throughout that you achieve.

Yes FIOS really better than DSL because you are going to make a update from wires to light waves.

Here is some information about FIOS. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verizon_FiOS

I want FIOS but don't live in a city

Edited by coxchris, 11 November 2012 - 10:00 PM.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 10:05 PM

Thank You coxchris

I understand that the modem that verizon supplies is also a router?

That would only leave me with a faster dongle to purchase?

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 10:56 PM

Now I am seeing that my pc has to be hooked up to a coaxial cable?
(FIOS is coaxial?)

I have comcast cable TV in my rooms but is that where the fios will come from?

I am now officially confused!

I, for now am keeping comcast and am only getting internet and phone from verizon fios.

Is that going to be an install for a separate cable for verizon?

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:20 PM

I think that I have it worked out.
The fiber optic will run to the outside of the house.
From there it is converted to digital.
I will not have to change anything as far as the pc goes.

The fios internet and phone will still use the same phone lines.

It is only the fios TV that uses the cable and I am not getting that.
Capeesh ?

Thanks Everyone!

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:24 PM

well ... IT'S DONE!!!
Yaaaa!!!

The tech spent about 5 hours at it and did a great job!

He ran coaxial for the battery backup and pc modem into places that I thought were impossible!
(yes, you need coaxial. Lots of folks were confused about that .. including me.)

He had one problem which he couldn't fix though.

The pc will not connect to the internet .. unless I use the usb adapter which is strange.

The pc is connected to the modem but without using the adapter .. the pc wont connect!?

He (tech) told me that something within the pc is not picking up the signal??

I don't understand that because it shows that there are connections available and shows the modem but the tech couldn't get the connection to work?

So now, I have to use the adapter on this pc and purchase another one for my better half's pc!



I did a lot of 'speed tests', using different speed test sites.

Last night, while still on dsl, my average download speed was around 2.85 mbps.

Today, with FIOS it is now averaging 5.50 to 6.00 mbps.

I don't know a thing about mbps and download speeds but the numbers look a lot better! 8)

I'll probably post about the connection problem under a different topic.

Thanks Everyone!

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:57 PM

Information provided via http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic475035.html/page__gopid__2895632#entry2895632 thread

sorry about that

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