So today is my first day with FiOS. Since the builders of this development built this house as “fiber ready” from the start, the Verizon installer found everything needed very easily as the line was already about a foot from the area where the outside box was to go – sweet. The installation went smoothly and even though I am surprised by Verizon’s choice to issues routers with WEP by default with their router, WPA2 is available once you are setup and underway. You simply need to select it yourself from the router UI.
One area of disappointment is the continued reliance of Windows software to setup the connection – thankfully I had my Windows box unpacked already in anticipation of this. But short of that, I can not express just how much better, cooler and just plain FASTER this is than my old Comcast connection. Subscribing to connection rate of 20-up and 20-down, I am blown away at how responsive and more productive I am able to be with this as my connection is no longer coming to a screeching halt during the middle of the day. This is largely why I opted against bothering with a cable based business class connection instead of going with fiber.
As for the provided Actiontec router, I am still feeling my way around with it. At first I figured I might be looking into doing a daisy chain as I preferred my old router for wireless access. However as I use this one, it appears that I am not need to. Perhaps I need to get enough PCs running at the same time in order to really see how much it takes to heat this puppy up? Time will tell I suppose.
Do I recommend FiOS in areas where it is available? Oh my, oh yes, oh yes I do and with great excitement. If Verizon is able to get this launched into more areas, keep their eye on the ball with regard to consistent speeds without throttling their users, cable could be in real trouble. As for alleged privacy issues, I have no problems here. Besides if I was concerned, I would simply using my HotSpot VPN access which has proven to be fast enough for my needs anyway. Besides, being as my banking and email access are all encrypted anyway, I really am not all that concerned about it anyway.
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