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If Verizon FIOS hookup is brought to a condo building but the old copper wire is used inside does that obviate FIOS?

Asked by anartist (14730 points ) October 31st, 2010

In other words, is the service only as fast as the slowest link in the chain and therefore a waste of money if a line is not pulled for would-be subscriber in the building?

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jrpowell's avatar

Short answer is NO. Don’t worry, any copper or wifi will give better throughput than what you get.

I would use details if I was sober. ipod is playing Journey

mrentropy's avatar

Yeah, I don’t think so. At my last apartment I know it had fiber up to the building and then copper in the building. I know this because the installer’s device was saying I was three miles away from the box (I was a few hundred feet) and the problem turned out to be a three inch long piece of copper wiring that had a problem.

mrlaconic's avatar

It wont be true Fiber Optic because of the copper, but you should not notice a speed difference.

dabbler's avatar

It’s not hard to get high speed over a short bit of copper. If they are building it out well, the cable modem will probably be the gating item in a lot of cases.

anartist's avatar

@mrentropy—rhe real question is how many nanoseconds were you away on that 3” of copper?

anartist's avatar

Grace Hopper, Navy computer guru, used to pass out “nanoseconds” [a six-inch piece of copper wire” at lectures.

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