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another fios question - does a computer need to be physically connected

Jeanne Boyarsky
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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?


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Jelle Klap
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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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Jeanne Boyarsky
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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.
Jelle Klap
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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.
Jayesh A Lalwani
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I connect wirelessly all over. My 3 computers, 1 IPad, 1 cell phone and 1 DVD player all connect wirelessly. I have nothing connected directly to the router.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Thanks Jayesh. Now I have proof if someone tries to tell me otherwise. "Well another FIOS customer has it wireless."
 
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