I currently have Verizon DSL. A router is plugged into the phone jack and wireless connects to my laptop (and iPad and anything else.) I don't have anything physically connected to my computer for internet. I want this situation to continue with FIOS.
The only reference I found on this says that you can connect to the FIOS router wirelessly but it isn't recommended. Which sounds ridiculous. Many homes have something wireless. And I can't find anything that says you don't need to have a wire into one computer. You don't, right?
A lot of modems are modem/router combinations that you can connect to wirelessly. If the new modem is not, you can always hook it up to a wireless router via ethernet and use that router as an internet gateway.
I wouldn't worry about it too much. I guess only the provder could give you a definitive answer as to the capabilities of the modem you'll be using, and whether or not you need an additional wireless router.
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Verizon said yes. And I'm sure you can. But they routinely give misleading information. So I'm trying to get to something I can point to in case the tech comes and claims to have to run the wire through my entire apartment to get to the computer.
The modem would have to be a pretty outlandish bit of hardware if it absolutely had to be connected via ethernet directly to a PC
I actually do prefer wired networks. I installed 10GBASE-T CAT6 ethernet first thing when I bought my house. Every room has at least one dual 8P8C wall outlet, which all terminate in a patch panel installed in a utility closet downstairs. In fact I just installed a new gigabit managed switch in preperation for my new NAS that I hope will be shipped next monday.