Verizon's FiOS-Optimized 802.11N Router Soon
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.
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