Stupid FioS broadband tricks

The Verizon installer just left and I now have FioS--installation took about four hours and it was painless. I'll follow up Monday with all the details, but overall I'm just a bit giddy with more speed.

The Verizon installer just left and I now have FioS--installation took about four hours and it was painless. I'll follow up Monday with all the details, but overall I'm just a bit giddy with more speed. So what do you do with 15 mbps downstream? You gloat. You smile. And you conduct a few stupid tricks.

Here's the old "I'm checking my speed for the 20th time on the PC trick." Speakeasy.net's speedtest cooked up the following results:

speedtestpc.png

But big deal. Those results don't show real world conditions. Why? I never use the home PC since I'm always on the laptop over Wi-Fi. The real FioS experience will be delivered over a Wi-Fi router in Bucks County, PA.

So I conducted the "I'm downstairs typing 'news to know' on the couch" experiment. Speakeasy.net says:

speedtestdownstairs.png

Holy Wi-Fi leakage Batman. So I ran to the home office right next to the PC and got...something worse downstream. Speakeasy.net says:

speedtesthomeoffice.png

But I'm not complaining. After all, I never hit 7 on the PC with the cable modem (assuming service was up) anyway.

After those two tests I decided to up the ante a bit. I went outside maybe 15 yards away to the swing set. I plopped down on the swing (as if I'm coordinated enough to write a post and swing anyway). Speakeasy.net says:

speedtestswing.png

Not too shabby. Next up I went to the farthest corner of my yard behind two trees and almost in a neighbor's flowerbush. Bam:

speedtestbehind-trees.png

Hmm. I wonder if I'd get a better signal if I climbed one of those trees with my laptop? Conclusion: Just an hour into my FioS experience I'm finding new applications...like blogging on a laptop in a tree. Oh well gotta run. Calling Comcast to bid farewell.

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