John BORIS on 3 Sep 2012 11:56:08 -0700

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

That gets four noses on the pinocchio scale. I have been a nj verizon
customer since isdn days. Ran a wireless router for years on our dsl
connection. Also used my own router.  You have to remember that the
first level support probably gets a commission on getting upgrades. If I
remember correctly a consumer does not have to use the verizon modem so
it could be swapped out fo r a linksys (enter your favorite brand). I
think they ould just plug a wireless router into the dsl modem and set
it up. They would enter their login and password and it should work. To
verion it is just a device requesting an ip from their dhcp server. 

Fios is a bit more complicated as the router they give you also handles
some sort of tv function. I amabout to see about using a different
wireless router at home as the one the provide doesn't have good signal
strength in my house. Good for security but a PIA when i want to use my
ipad in the back of the house. 

John Boris

>>> "Eric at" <> 09/03/12 6:05 AM >>>
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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

They called Verizon to ask about setting up wireless access for their
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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