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Verizon ups FIOS routers to give 175Mbps, more

updated 02:20 pm EDT, Wed July 23, 2008

Verizon FIOS Router Boost

Verizon today said it has upgraded the custom-modified routers for its FIOS fiber-optic Internet service to prep them for the future as well as to give users more control over their home networks. The new versions of the firm's Actiontec and Westell routers support local connection speeds of as much as 175Mbps (up from 75Mbps) that makes sure devices inside the house can make the most of the connection. Each device also supports as many as four Wi-Fi access points at the same time that can be used for public or private networks.

The new upgrades also let computers, consoles, and other devices share media with each other across the local network if they support either DLNA or Universal Plug and Play. With dual-core processors, the routers can also handle a task of their own aside from managing the home network, such as locking down the router itself or monitoring the home.

Verizon plans to introduce the routers to new customers during the summer, but hasn't mentioned if or when it will let existing customers upgrade to the new models. New routers will be necessary for the company's eventual plans to move to 100Mbps for FIOS.

by MacNN Staff



  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Same Company, But...

    Why is it that Verizon's FiOS service is so good, yet their wireless service is so awful. It's like they are two completely different companies. Their cell services is more like comcast.

  1. pt123

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Verizon wireless

    Verizon wireless is the best in the San Francisco bay area. I switched from AT&T and I am never going back.

  1. wymer100

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No FIOS

    I'd rather see them extend service. I'd love to have it, but it's not in my area.

  1. Johnny Niles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tiny fios coverage.

    Yeah. Verizon, work on expanding your fios coverage before making it faster. It's hardly available anywhere. I would have gotten it instead of cable, but of course it wasn't available. It's not available in Los Angeles or Las Vegas, although I would understand if you hadn't heard of those places, I mean who has, really?

    Expand coverage first, make faster later.

  1. winterspan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    USA broadband initiative

    Actually, FIOS is indeed available in many parts of Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I know this because I moved away right as it was coming in to my neighborhood!

    Anyways, Verizon can't wire the whole country. That's going to take a national broadband initiative which unfortunately will never happen because of the USA's corrupt politicians and the FCC, who's only purpose is to pander to the giant telecom companies and help them keep s******* consumers.

    Also, the idiotic republican party would no doubt filibuster any type of large spending bill actually used to ENHANCE the countries technical infrastructure and future competitiveness. If the funding is not for the military, corporate welfare, Big Oil subsidies, or "faith-based services", then the right-wing troglodytes won't vote for it. Not that the idiots that keep these people in office don't deserve what they get.

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