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Jack B. Pollack
11-15-08, 04:58 PM
I'm thinking about getting FIOS and have a few questions:

I live in an apartment building, does the building have to be wired for FIOS
(fiber)?
If it has to I assume they will put a FIOS box in my closet.

From the FIOS box to the computers is the (desired) wiring Cat5e or can it
be fiber?
Same question for TV service, from the FIOS box to the TVs is the (desired)
wiring coax, ethernet or fiber?

Anyone have any experience with how long it takes to have the service
activated & installed?

Is the computer setup the same as with DSL? FIOS box -> router ->
computers

Do I need my own router (what brand/type do you recommend) or is one
supplied by Verizon?

If Verizon supplies, do they provide me with user name & PW etc. so I can
configure it and set up port forwarding?

Thanks

(PeteCresswell)
11-15-08, 07:20 PM
Per Jack B. Pollack:
>I live in an apartment building, does the building have to be wired for FIOS
>(fiber)?
>If it has to I assume they will put a FIOS box in my closet.

They asked me where I wanted mine and put it where I told them
to.

Only problem was that I chose a poor location. The box has a
little gel-cell battery in it that needs attention every couple
years and you want it someplace easily accessible. Mine is in
the crawl space. Yecccchh!. It also needs AC power - so, in
an outage, if/when I am running a generator without a whole house
transfer switch, an extension cord has tb snaked in there.
Significant PITA. I like the closet.

>
>From the FIOS box to the computers is the (desired) wiring Cat5e or can it
>be fiber?
>Same question for TV service, from the FIOS box to the TVs is the (desired)
>wiring coax, ethernet or fiber?
>
>Anyone have any experience with how long it takes to have the service
>activated & installed?
>
>Is the computer setup the same as with DSL? FIOS box -> router ->
>computers
>
>Do I need my own router (what brand/type do you recommend) or is one
>supplied by Verizon?

Verizon supplied a router for me. D-Link, wireless-capable.

They ran Cat 6 or whatever from the FIOS box to the place I chose
on the wall behind my workstation.

The router plugs into the outlet there.


>If Verizon supplies, do they provide me with user name & PW etc. so I can
>configure it and set up port forwarding?

My recollection is that the router had a default PW and I changed
- although I didn't fool with anything else.
--
PeteCresswell

Jack B. Pollack
11-15-08, 09:16 PM
"(PeteCresswell)" <x@y.Invalid> wrote in message
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> Per Jack B. Pollack:
> >I live in an apartment building, does the building have to be wired for
FIOS
> >(fiber)?
> >If it has to I assume they will put a FIOS box in my closet.
>
> They asked me where I wanted mine and put it where I told them
> to.
>
> Only problem was that I chose a poor location. The box has a
> little gel-cell battery in it that needs attention every couple
> years and you want it someplace easily accessible. Mine is in
> the crawl space. Yecccchh!. It also needs AC power - so, in
> an outage, if/when I am running a generator without a whole house
> transfer switch, an extension cord has tb snaked in there.
> Significant PITA. I like the closet.
>
> >
> >From the FIOS box to the computers is the (desired) wiring Cat5e or can
it
> >be fiber?
> >Same question for TV service, from the FIOS box to the TVs is the
(desired)
> >wiring coax, ethernet or fiber?
> >
> >Anyone have any experience with how long it takes to have the service
> >activated & installed?
> >
> >Is the computer setup the same as with DSL? FIOS box -> router ->
> >computers
> >
> >Do I need my own router (what brand/type do you recommend) or is one
> >supplied by Verizon?
>
> Verizon supplied a router for me. D-Link, wireless-capable.
>
> They ran Cat 6 or whatever from the FIOS box to the place I chose
> on the wall behind my workstation.
>
> The router plugs into the outlet there.
>
>
> >If Verizon supplies, do they provide me with user name & PW etc. so I can
> >configure it and set up port forwarding?
>
> My recollection is that the router had a default PW and I changed
> - although I didn't fool with anything else.
> --
> PeteCresswell

Thanks for the info