FiOS Quantum Internet is FAST

By on May 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Through the years, I’ve had nothing but great service from Verizon FiOS, which is the exact opposite of my time spent with Comcast. I couldn’t wait to switch from Comcast when FiOS became available in my area over 5 years ago now. Recently, I decided to switch to the 75/75 FiOS Quantum internet plan. In no way was my internet slow before when I had the 50/50 tier, but now it’s surprisingly fast. With most companies, you are lucky to get the rated speeds you pay for. With FiOS, at least in my area, that is not the case at all. They state you get speeds “up to 75/75″ but in reality, the speeds they give well surpass that. I have run various speed tests, as shown below, to give a general idea of the speed I get with my upgraded service: As you can see, I get above the rated speeds from servers in various locations. Once you start to have internet speeds in...

FiOS vs. Comcast, Latency Test (Part 1)

By on Mar 9, 2009 | 3 comments

In my last blog post, Juanus had some questions regarding latency concerns with FiOS. I said I would do some simple ping tests for now to try and give some answers regarding the FiOS latency. At work (a few miles from my house) we have Comcast business services, so I ran a quick comparison of the ping times on 3 of the speedtest.net servers. My location is Pittsburgh, PA. I would like to do some more testing, but these are just my initial ping results. I will also post the speed test results below. These tests were all done 3 times on each server and averaged. As you can see below by the initial ping tests, all of them are in favor of FiOS. This is just a simple test and definitely not 100% acturate but they give a general idea. To get optimal results it would have been best for me to think ahead and get some results from my home before I canceled Comcast. But like I said before, my...

Finally switching to Verizon FiOS

By on Feb 27, 2009 | 0 comments

I am happy to say that in a few days I will be Comcast free. FiOS has been around for a couple years in my area (Pittsburgh) and I have been holding off from making the switch.  I figured now would be a great time to finally drop Comcast. In a few days Verizon will be here installing all of the new services. I got the triple package, phone, internet and tv. I got the 20Mbit down and 5Mbit up internet tier. As for the tv plan, I got the extreme HD package along with one home media dvr and 3 HD boxes. Comcast has become so far behind in terms of service and price that it would be dumb not to switch. The package deal I got takes off over $50 a month. It also helps that Verizon locks your price in for 2 years and is currently giving $150 cash back.  I will post my experience this upcoming week of the entire install process.

Wow Comcast, I’m Surprised

By on Jul 15, 2008 | 0 comments

As mentioned in one of my blog posts about a month ago, Comcast has been planning on doing some upgrades to the system here around Pittsburgh. Well, I checked this morning before work and they actually did it. Not only did they actually give us what they said they would, but they did it on the date they said the whole time also. This is big news here. Comcast never does what they say they are planning to do in any timely fashion. I”m still waiting on the new guide that they told us was being launched back in February. But anyways, for once Comcast came through. Enjoy the new channels everyone. You should see some lineup changes along with about 5 or 6 new HD channels.

Comcast, just a little greedy?

By on Jun 14, 2008 | 1 comment

About a month ago I started hearing about changes Comcast planned on making in the Pittsburgh area. At the time I was all for it, because any time I hear about HD channels it tends to make me happy. But now that it is apparently happening officially I have some mixed feelings. As stated in the article linked above, yeah we will be receiving more HD programming. But they are really screwing over some people by switching some of those other stations to digital plans only. I mean, MSNBC? Come on…. I wonder if any of those changes have anything to do with the summer Olympics? Is Comcast really crazy enough to purposely move a station such as MSNBC to purely digital just to get some people to switch so they can watch Olympic programming? Or do they just totally want to screw over MSNBC for other reasons? Anyways, what brought up the whole idea of me posting this blog was my telephone...

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