Stupid FioS broadband tricks

Stupid FioS broadband tricks

Summary: 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."'s speedtest cooked up the following results:


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. says:


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


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). says:


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:


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 blogging on a laptop in a tree. Oh well gotta run. Calling Comcast to bid farewell.

Topics: Laptops, Broadband, Hardware, Networking

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  • Fix your typo

    I've had 15 kbps since the early 90's.
    Michael Kelly
    • LOL

      Ah, the bad old days, eh?
      Hallowed are the Ori
    • Typo STILL up on ZDNet News homepage

      Oh well - it got me to peek at the story to see why someone was crowing about 15kbps...
    • and 15Kbps is good?

      Why do you bother to mention this?
      If all I had was 15Kbps, I would change carriers.
      Oh, right, I did already, and have about 2200Kbps.
      And, at the same price.
  • So where is this?

    Those numbers are nice and all, but really of little value without knowing where you're getting this service. Little Rock, AK? Tijuana? Ontario?
    • fixed

      and added to story
      Larry Dignan
    • Still hasnt reached me.

      I'm still on DSL, 1.5mb still fast enough for me to play online games, download my usenet, etc.
      I live in Idaho, about 30 miles away from Oregon, and the capital, Boise.
    • Little Rock?

      It is 100% certain he is not getting FioS service in the Little Rock location you mentioned. Give it some thought while noting that Little Rock, Arkansas is Little Rock, AR. Do us all a favor and make absolutely sure you never work for the US Postal service, Federal Express, or UPS.
  • I thought of FIOS...

    But to be honest (and i know this is unusual), my cable company is doing quite well.

    My typical download speeds are 27mbit/sec and uploads are around 2.1mbit/sec.

    Now, if Verizon had a low cost package, say 2mbit/512k, I would put it in as a secondary backup for sure.
    • Cable at that speed???

      I have never heard of any cable service higher than 10mbit down, where are you located? Here in Fort Lauderdale, Comcast tops out at 8mbit down ( and you pay an extra $10 a month to go up from 6 to 8 ie $42.95 to $52.95 ). I wouldn't even think about doing it as I only get close to 6 down like at 7am Sunday mornings, most of the time, I am lucky to get about 3.5 down.
    • Cable speeds?

      I also have NEVER heard of cable speeds like that. I have 2 cable companies in my town, (Paramus, NJ) OptimumOnline and Cablevision and neither one goes over 7 Mbps D/L & 2 Mbps Up.
      I would like to see the results tested and posted at DSLREPORTS.COM. TAhere must be an error somewhere.
  • Are you still required to use THEIR router?

    I need my own router and total control over it due to work requirements/vpn's, etc...
    • They provide router - you control it.

      They provide a very nice wireless gateway and hub. You get total control. Verizon initially sets your admin account and password, but they allow you to change it to whatever you like and then reconfigure as needed.
    • Required to use their router ??

      I've been on FIOS internet for about 2 years.
      I got the entire package six months ago - I was never required to use their router.

      I've a dLink AirPlus XtremeG -
    • G router to N router

      The router is both wireless and has Ethernet hard wire ports which is much faster. The verizon router is a "G" router so I hardwired their router (required) to my Linksys "N" router and get terrific performance.
      • Beware of double NAT

        It sounds to me like you are doing a 'double NAT'.

        If I were you, I'd see my other post and just use the N router.
    • FIOS router question...

      Required - I don't think so (in my area anyway). If they required it, I would think they would somehow 'lock' the MAC address - which they don't.

      Using the VZ provided router's config, I released the IP address. I then pulled the VZ provided router and installed my (much higher end) dual WAN router. Fired it up and renewed the IP.

      It's been working flawlessly ever since.
    • No, any configurable router will work

      They give you a full 10/100 Mb wall jack. You can plug in any hardwire router. You need to have it "login" with the account name they give you, evn if it is a blank password. Sort of like the old @Home cable setup where you had to change the router MAC Address to match the MAC address of the first computer you set up on @Home. I run my Vonage Motorola modem closest to the wall so it can run QOS and then I have the wireless router plugged in behind it. I just let it get a DHCP from the Motorola, so essentially I have a short two port DMZ. Been that way for 18 months. Left Comast becasue of the tremendous slowdown on the local net from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM Barely can get DSL level service at that time of day. The killer is the numerous router logic outages in Beaverton, OR that Comcast would suffer. Drops out once, maybe twice a month, for no reason. Seemes like it always has to pick a night when I am working VPN to the office. You can ping the upstream router, but it goes nowhere. Only one Verizon relate servcie drop in the 18 months vs about 30 drop for Comacast in the prior 24 months. Still have Comcast TV, Verizon does not have a State/County approved franchise out here yet. If their suit aganst Vonage suceeds, I guess I'll just move over to Voice Wing.
  • Pooh! How about 40 Gbps internet connection?

    I actually sent L. Dignan an email about this - presumably while the FIOS guy was doing the install. Pure happenstance.

    • Ha.

      That's some nice speed for sure, but I'll worry about that once I get used to this.
      Larry Dignan