Eric at on 3 Sep 2012 03:05:17 -0700

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[PLUG] Strange networking (or Verizon marketing) question.

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On Saturday Shirley and I visited some friends for a wonderful day of fellowship and swimming, as well as great food and drink.

In the course of our wide-ranging conversations they asked me a strange networking question.  I have my suspicions (as revealed in the title of the email) but I just HAD to ask you folks.

Background:  They -
  live in Burlington County New Jersey.
  have a single computer.
  use Verizon as their ISP.
  have the "slowest" DSL available as they are not big Internet consumers.

They called Verizon to ask about setting up wireless access for their network.
The Verizon person said that they could not set up wireless without switching to FiOS.
  the DSL they have was "too slow" for wireless
  the higher speed DSL is no longer available on their street
  therefore, FiOS was the only option if they wished to have wireless.

I called "BULLSHIT" and told them that the use of a wireless router was independent of the speed of their connection.

Am I correct?

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