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How is the speed of your Verizon FIOS?

Asked by velocity (6points) May 26th, 2008

I recently got Verizon FIOS and I am really disappointed with the speed. Since this is fiber direct to my house and not a shared connection like cable, I thought it would be blazing fast. But it is actually half the speed I was getting from cable. Typical download speed is 300–400k/sec. Upload is supposed to be 2MB/sec but is actually around 100–200K. My 3G cell card is faster than this.

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PupnTaco's avatar

I have no problems with mine, although I don’t have specific numbers handy. The only complaint I have is regarding their crappy Actiontec router. I’d much rather be using an Airport Extreme.

cookieman's avatar

Well I switched from Comcast to Verizon FIOS (basic speed) and while it’s not blazing, it is MUCH faster than Comcast and, most importantly, the same speed any time of day. Also, I’m having no trouble with their router. My iMac G5, Powerbook G4 and Apple TV all share it’s wireless network with zero problems.

swimmindude2496's avatar

My Verizon FiOs is amazing and have never had a single problem with it.

hoxworth's avatar

There is a major difference between “MB”, which means “megabyte”, and “Mb”, which means “megabit.” There are 8 bits to a byte, and as such, a 2Mb transfer speed is roughly a .2MB, or 200KB, transfer speed. With regards to upload speed, your Verizon FiOS connection offers 2Mb upstream, not 2MB. This correlates perfectly with your statement that your connection experiences about 200KB/sec upload.

A “3G” cell card is expected to receive about a 384Kb, or 38.4KB, connection at maximum signal, about five times slower than your FiOS upload. Comcast only offers between 384Kb and 768Kb upload speeds, 2 to 5 times slower than you are reportedly receiving with FiOS.

As for your download speeds, the speed of your download may also be limited by the speed that your source can upload to you. I frequently encounter this limitation with my FiOS connection. Faster sources allow faster downloads.

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