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Verizon's FiOS-Optimized 802.11N Router Soon

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Verizon will offer a router for its fiber-optic broadband service that supports the latest Wi-Fi standard.

Broadband Reports recently spoke with Verizon's Bill Kula in regards to a wireless router for FiOS that supports the 802.11N standard.

Current models in use by Verizon--the Actiontec or the Westell--do not support the latest standard. Thus, users are required to connect an additional 802.11N unit to their FiOS router. As Broadband Reports states, a 802.11N would save an outlet and simplify the overall setup.

But that's about to change. According to Kula, an updated router is on the way. "We have a broadband home router in system integration testing now," he said. "We expect it to come out in the July/August timeframe (and) it has the 802.11n radio, and Gigabit Ethernet interface."

For the uninitiated, FiOS is Verizon's high-speed fiber-optic broadband Internet connection. Depending on the area, the service can provide speeds up to 50 Mbps downstream and 25 Mbps upstream. Unfortunately, FiOS isn't available everywhere--interested consumers will need to head here to see if FiOS is available locally.

Most Tom's Hardware readers however, will likely opt for their own preferred routers instead of using an ISP supplied device.

Which router brand do you prefer?

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    scook9 , April 16, 2010 10:12 PM
    About god dam time....the actiontec is a POS

    These (gigabit ethernet and wireless n) should have both been in the original model...
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    Shadow703793 , April 16, 2010 10:16 PM
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    Which router brand do you prefer?

    Fore wired CAT5 at home, I use a Cisco.

    Fore WiFi, I use a ASUS. I don't use WiFi, the only reason for this being at my house is cause my sister wanted to go online with here DS Lite.
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    Shadow703793 , April 16, 2010 10:19 PM
    Just curious, can any one with FiOS post their Speedtest.net results? I'm interested in seeing if Verizon,et al actually delivers all of this bandwidth.
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    mr_chen , April 16, 2010 10:33 PM
    Linksys WRT160NL or ASUS WL-520gU, both routers are supported by dd-wrt. dd-wrt is a much better firmware than what comes by default with routers. I do prefer 3rd party firmware for router (either dd-wrt, tomato, openwrt).

    ASUS WL-520gU is very interesting because it's very cheap and you can configure as a wireless printer server for usb printer.
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    geofry , April 16, 2010 10:35 PM
    I've gotten my rated bandwidth and then some at times (25mbs/10mbps) The worse problem I've had was that the guys using the pizza slicer (looks like a giant pizza cutting wheel) cut my fiber line in half putting in the run for my next door neighbor.



    http://www.speedtest.net/result/784790617.png

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    cknobman , April 16, 2010 10:46 PM
    I have the FIOS lowest tier offering which is claimed to be 15 down 5 up. I just did a speedtest.net test. My results were 15.33 up and 5.4 down.

    So shadow in my experience yes verizon does deliver the bandwidth claimed.
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    Anonymous , April 16, 2010 10:49 PM


    This is for a 25 down 15 up plan.
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    xsupercat8000 , April 16, 2010 11:19 PM
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/784366418.png

    25/25 plan using my own router + their actiontec
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    JOSHSKORN , April 16, 2010 11:47 PM
    shadow703793Just curious, can any one with FiOS post their Speedtest.net results? I'm interested in seeing if Verizon,et al actually delivers all of this bandwidth.

    This is for th 25/20 plan: http://www.speedtest.net/result/784834509.png
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    RySean , April 16, 2010 11:48 PM
    Apple Airport Extreme. For sure. Also, I really wish I had FIOS in my area... I have ATT Uverse's fastest offering (18 mpbs). But sometimes it's not enough, lol.
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    intelliclint , April 17, 2010 12:09 AM
    I use an old Compaq Prolient server running Clark Connect for a router. Offering fully proxy with content filtering and antivirus, OpenVPN, Intrustion detection, Fileshares, UPnP meida server, and anything else I want to run on it. It has a gigabit ethernet card plus the the on board fast ethernet which hooks to my u-verse residental gateway is set to full DMZ to it. I can't wait for FiOS cause I'm only getting 18Mbs by 1.5Mbs and the latancy is higher then my old cable modem.

    I have a Linksys router but only use it for a bridge form wired to wireless, because it is more cost effetive then just an access point.
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    darkknight22 , April 17, 2010 12:10 AM
    I have FIOS here in Tampa 25/25 and it's been the best thing since sliced bread. I'm able to get as rated speeds 24/7.

    I don't really care about the N because I don't have any N devices, but it's still nice to see them progressing anyway.
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    Shadow703793 , April 17, 2010 12:20 AM
    JOSHSKORNThis is for th 25/20 plan: http://www.speedtest.net/result/784834509.png

    Thank you. Good to know you are getting most out of it.
    darkknight22I have FIOS here in Tampa 25/25 and it's been the best thing since sliced bread. I'm able to get as rated speeds 24/7.I don't really care about the N because I don't have any N devices, but it's still nice to see them progressing anyway.

    Thank you too.
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    Anonymous , April 17, 2010 2:24 AM
    FIOS does the job. I'm on the 35/35 plan. No complaints whatsoever.
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/784921851.png
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    sixbone , April 17, 2010 3:58 AM
    35/35 here http://www.speedtest.net/result/784970602.png
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    anamaniac , April 17, 2010 6:15 AM
    Well, I get an average of 16/1. I'm on copper with Shaw (Canadian). Though I am paying $50/month for it.
    I've gotten 25mb/s before, but that's because my ISP was upgrading the equipment in the area and forgot to cap me. =D
    Though my ISP doesn't offer any plan with any realistic upload speeds (however, they are torrent friendly, and even have recommend utorrent settings on their site, granted recommending you don't seed at all).

    I had to pay $150 to get a dual band N gigabit router though. I want one supplied for me. =(
    The signal on my Dlink DIR-825 travels quite a distance, but the actual transfer speeds are quite low, even on 5GHz with the device a foot away.
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    ThisIsMe , April 17, 2010 6:55 AM
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/785063169.png

    I have the basic plain bottom of the barrel Road Runner package, which obviosly won't compete with the FIOS upload speeds, but my download speeds are more than adequate and very stable and consistant. Speed ratings from Time Warner for this package should be at least 384Kb-up/12Mb-down
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    Anonymous , April 17, 2010 7:20 AM
    FiOS is not available in my state, but (ironically) I work for Verizon in their Fiber Solution Center (fancy name for tech support). Verizon's hardware is actually pretty dang good most of the time. The Verizon-supplied routers are required for anyone with a MoCA (Media over Coax) systems or if they have TV services as well. The router has a coax connection on it that allows it to connect to the STBs (outdated Motorola boxes with really bad firmware installed, in my opinion) so that it can receive guide information, video on demand, and a widgets feature (which are all provided through the internet).

    My complaint against Verizon isn't its hardware, but rather the software (and websites). The vast majority of problems that people have with Verizon FiOS services come not from the hardware, but from the software that runs it.
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    raidenfox123 , April 17, 2010 12:53 PM
    http://results.speedtest.comcast.net/result/36927622.png
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/785302678.png

    Two Diffrent Sites, about the same result.

    In all honesty, any Gateway with Propriatory software sucks. Comcast has been doing name brand routers for some time now. Depending on speed package they offer G or N
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    tmc , April 17, 2010 5:03 PM
    Woo Hoo! something to go nicely with that recently reduced speed 15/5.. formerly 25/25, 25/15 or 20/5 depeding upon when you signed up in the past 2 1/2 years..
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