By Mari Silbey
Posting in Cities
FiOS user snubs former ISP, shows how to get 300 Mbps out of his home Internet connection with no bandwidth caps in sight.
Proving that too much is never enough, a Verizon FiOS user posted recently on DSLReports about his successful experiment squeezing speeds in excess of 300 megabits per second (Mbps) out of his Internet connection. The user is apparently bonding two 150 Mbps FiOS lines together to get the insane downstream speeds, and says he is paying a little over $400 per month to do it. Upstream speeds are reportedly maxing out at 150 Mbps.
In a U.S. market where the average broadband service from most providers tops out somewhere between roughly 4 and upwards of 15 Mbps (depending on whose data you believe), 300 Mbps is beyond most users’ comprehension. Not only that, but broadband caps being what they are, most consumers would hit a monthly bandwidth ceiling in a hot minute if they ever actually achieved said Internet speeds. Verizon FiOS, however, is an outlier among Internet service providers (ISPs). FiOS still offers unlimited Internet, meaning subscribers can stream and download content to their hearts’ content without ever getting charged for overages.
As the speed demon in question so eloquently put it when comparing FiOS to his former ISP Cox Communications, “Screw your caps Cox. I will take my FiOS thank you very much…”
Meanwhile, if you want to test out bonding FiOS lines yourself, consider that there are some equipment requirements. The FiOS user posting on the DSLReports forum notes that he has a router with an Intel Core i3-2120T processor. Other commenters on the boards speculate he is bonding the FiOS connections using a virtual private network.
Apr 2, 2012
FIOS in your home network uses coax (best because of electromagnetic transference grounded shielding on the outside of the cable) and/or supposedly CAT cable, of which I have no experience. One concern to those who know about these things is first that the router is of prime importance to the whole network; never, never power it off, it receives updates that have to do sometimes with whether you get a connection or not to Verizon. They will NOT tell you this. So you might think that the coax, for example, has to go to the router first and then to the TV, well good for Verizon, it does not. My system comes out of the box coax and first splits. One leg goes to the STB (Set Top Box) for the TV and the other leg goes to the router. Very good. Except one thing. You can verify this from electronic engineers who teach about splitters on the internet on Youtube. A signal splitter, you would think, reduces the signal to each: the router and the TV down to 50% of the original signal. It does not work that way, not intuitive. The split signals are reduced to something much less, probably about 25% or if you have a really good quality splitter maybe as high as 40% of the original signal. Verizon is not trained to know this as they are not electrical engineers. The amount of reduction is written cryptically on the back of the splitter BTW, and you can find out from Professor "splitter" on Youtube from MIT. Make sure the splitter has only as many "outs" as you are using or the reduction is more. How much signal do you need? On my system the signal in Amps comes in high enough. This depends are how far away the source on your street or the next, how much loss per foot of cable. After splitting I know that our router has just enough to function as well as the STB for the TV. If you didn't know, the fiber optic cable comes into the inside box. Only Coax or CAT cable goes out, which is fine. Be aware of one thing with fiber cable. Verizon's is incredibly small diameter: you can NOT bend fiber at too much of an angle at a point; it must bend gradually. Such is the reason for the nice wind up in the back of the correct FIOS large white box mounted internally. The last tech (after 8 others) redid the cuts and made perfect cuts at the ends of the fiber cable. This is also of great importance to signal and speed. To a physicist the reason not to bend is because light in a fiber has what is called "an angle of internal reflection." Past that angle light does not transmit. I've said enough. Good install is imperative. The variations that you hear in speed are because of distance of fiber cable from your in neighborhood source and the clean cuts on the end of the fiber and the bending of the fiber cable. Knowledge makes your life easier, learn to be patient and read if you are considering FIOS. In my case I needed to learn more about the system than their techs (except for the last one out of 9) for it not to be messed up.
FIOS is cheaper if you sign up on the internet. They are seemingly pushing everyone to deal with them with no real people. Can you imagine if I had to deal with the incompetence I experienced without talking to real people? On line, to get a cheaper rate sign up as a new customer with no history and you will. You will have to change your phone number though if you are getting phone over the internet with them. You will also need to disable or ask not to have the answering service which is ridiculous...you have to set up a phone call from it when you get a phone call (message, sound silly?) and the number of key strokes to get the message, even if it is a telemarketer is way too many. On our home voicemail system it lights up and we push one button by comparison. duh. Only accept an install if you get the large white all in one box, with everything in it for triple play and the back space has a round wind up area for excess fiber optic cable. It must be mounted to the wall. If your wall is concrete block or brick, I would only accept the use of a masonry drill bit and the screws are blue with two sizes of paired threads if they are the correct screws for masonry. Very important. Hope this helps you all. God bless.
BTW. With a $79.99/month FIOS system...when you add all the charges and current Maryland administration taxes the price is actually about $102. If you stay completely away from any on demand or many other services which add to your bill. Which is what they are counting. We contribute to homeless people and others in need, which has gotten worse in the past 5 years so we keep our cost to a minimum and bargain.
Verizon broadcast TV still in 1280 x 720. On your new 1920 x 1080p television. I am a chemist and electrician and even with my help it took THEM 9 service calls to get FIOS working. In the end they were installing the WRONG hardware. Finally the last guy was very smart and professional. The first crew came out and pieced together 3 pieces of separate hardware all dangling by the coax and station cable we installed when we built the house in 2007. And then multiple white hardware on the floor of a master bedroom. Finally, the nice single box, that everyone who got the correct hardware is familiar. Don't bother telling stories to the person answering the phone unless it is tech support (a number you need to keep when they give it to you); the customer service do not communicate any notes to the installers and sometimes service people coming out. It is luck if you get a tech who is professional enough to carry the right parts for any situation. Just the truth. I can verify all this which happened for the entire month of January 2013. Triple Play. Remember, the TV broadcast is not 1080p, it is 720. Don't be disappointed. In two years I suspect they will make all of us pay more for Quantum when the speed upgrade is not necessary. I requested something for our trouble. Can you image telling your boss you need 9 days off for FIOS install? They gave us HBO and Cinemax free for 1 year. If you are out of work or get lucky its not a bad system, actually good. If you can stand watching 720 movies on your new Samsung 1080p. The speed, of course is faster when you consider it is only 720, not 1080p. The math is also X squared remember as far as the data rate so it is a reduction that is exponential, not linear. The internet is good enough and has to broadcast at 1080...as the webpages are, and higher. Internet is slower because.
I just got upgraded to 20 Mbps at home and I'm fine with that, but man would it be nice to be 100+ Mbps download and upload!
speedtests online can't even keep up (700mbps) http://www.speedtest.net/result/1508061229.png
I just measured 51.89 Mbps download and 11.09 Mbps at 06:00 AM on my Comcast business cable connection for which I pay $244.00 per month.