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Old 05-06-2007, 09:46 AM   #1
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Verizon will be installing fios for the internet tmow..currently have cablevision in NY ..my question, anyone here go from cable to fios , notice a big improvement on the speed? ..as i read around, some say its pretty much the same as cable..
maybe i should get my speed tested now and then compare it to fios.
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Old 05-06-2007, 01:08 PM   #2
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It depends on the speed your cable provider delivers and what speed you are getting from Verizon. For me, I converted from Charter Cable to FiOS almost two years ago; my cable speed was the lowest tier they offered at the time, and the worst thing was that the speed was extremely erratic and the email very unreliable, whereas FiOS delivers a constant 5/2 speed and the email is always available. My speed now is about 10 times what I had from Charter for approx. the same price.

I suggest you keep the Cablevision service available for a week or two so you can make a realistic comparison, and just in case you decide that FiOS is not for you. I did that when I switched from Charter to FiOS and I could easily switch back and forth, once I was satisfied with FiOS I cancelled the cable.

I most certainly would do a speedtest on what you have now so you can make a true comparison later. Don't measure just once, measure multiple times, using several speed measurement tools, at different times of the day and different days of the week. Pick tools that have a server near you so that you minimize the out-of-network delays that your provider cannot control.

Good luck, I think you will be very happy with FiOS, I certainly am, both internet and TV.
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Old 05-07-2007, 02:41 PM   #3
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I have had FiOS for about a year here in Dallas area. RUN, DO NOT WALK to get FiOS service. I pay for 15M/2M service and several independent speed tests confirm the bandwidth is available. I doubt that the Internet ereally runs this fast, most servers don't.
Speed is constant 24/7, does not sag during peak usage by others as on cable.
Install was a breeze, Original Router/Wireless AP had some issues about 2 weeks later (wouldn't update DHCP automatically). VZ replaced it, and no issues since. I use Vonage for phone service over FiOS, tweaked the router QoS, and everything is great
TV signal is orders of magnitude clearer than former Comcast (now TW) cable, clearer than DirecTV, and certainly better than DISH.
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In Northern New Jersey area the speeds are 10/2, 20/5 and 50/5. Cable can not compare to these speeds. Go with fios.

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Old 05-08-2007, 08:52 AM   #5
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I had Optimum in Suffolk County, I constantly had dropping rates during peak usage and my VPN would never work correctly. I switched to Fios and I am now receiving 20/5 all the time. Also my VPN is as fast as if I am on the LAN at work.
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Old 05-08-2007, 01:43 PM   #6
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comcast in my area just recently bumped mine up to 15mbit/2mbit. i pay 40 bucks a month for it. With that said, id switch to fios in a heartbeat if it was in my area. you can get double the speed if you want to pay for it.
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:33 PM   #7
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It will be interesting to see if that speed is sustained 24/7 or bogs down at peak times, typical of cable systems. Could you report back?
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I agree I have had Fios now here in Wylie for a month and love it came from Charter in Fort worth big differnce for the better
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When I had Comcast, I never got the full 6Mbps I was paying for. With FiOS, I get all 15Mbps of what I'm paying for.

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Old 05-11-2007, 09:08 AM   #10
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I had Optimum for years in Lindenhurst NY. I got FIOS Installed in February. I consistantly get 21.5 dn and 5.5 up. It never changes. It is not a shared network like Cable. I am just waiting impatiently for the tv.
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Old 05-16-2007, 07:17 AM   #11
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have fios about a week now, getting 20777kbps for download

4873kbps for upload


I find its much faster on Mozilla than on Internet Explorer..wonder why?
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:12 AM   #12
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comcast just upgraded my service to 16mbit/2mbit. So it must mean telco's coming to my area soon? I think im screwed on verizon though. Im stuck with att, which isnt going to be as fast as my cable.
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Old 05-28-2007, 03:51 AM   #13
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I had FIOS installed about 3 months ago. The standard offering was 15Mb / 2Mb and 20Mb / 5Mb well I bet you can guess which one I went with can't ya

Since the day I had it installed I have to say that I have not seen any lag whatsoever at any time of the day. I am a Network Engineer and based on what I know about the service I do not expect see any lag like I did on Cable when I had it many years ago. I went with DSL mostly because my cable providers we so unreliable. Now with FIOS I can get a consistent 3Mb / Sec from my Sling Box Pro when I'm at work! So HD is freaking amazing. I haven't bothered kicking it up any higher but it is almost fast enough to play a DVD remotely. It will get there just give it a little while. When I do my speed tests through Speakeasy.net I get 20Mb Down and 4.5 up every single time. No complaints here whatsoever.

I say if you can get it in your area by all means give it a try. I don't know about other areas but here we do not have any contracts or commitments. I only had to pay them $19.95 for the install and I think that had something to do with the UPS.
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I have the triple play and get 5/2. No matter when I check it, it is 5/2. With comcast it would vary widely from 2/0.5 to 6/0.7 depending on the time of day. I also like the wireless router with fios. It gives a stronger signal and my laptop moves faster than with my linksys 54g I used with comcast. Fios is excellent.
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I have both roadrunner and fios, the roadrunner is 10/.5 and the fios is 50/5. Both services run at full speed on a constant basis. The Dlink router that came with my fios service isn't great but it's not the worst I've owned. With roadrunner I have the time warner wireless ambit modem, which is crap but serves it's purpose for xbox live.
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