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Old 09-17-2014, 12:38 PM
 
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I'm thinking of getting Verizon Fios when I move into my new apartment building. I'm wondering if its worth the hassle to purchase and use my own router to go with the modem/router combo that Verizon supplies.

I can see that there's an additional charge of around $5 to rent out Verizon's own router for FIOS service. That's about $60 per year. I can probably get a decent router for the same price or little bit more and take it with me when I leave.

My rationale is that I may only be staying at new apt for a year and then relocating somewhere else. That new destination may not have FIOS capability, so I would be able to take my own router with me when I move and I wouldn't have spent the extra $5/month for renting Verizon's router.

I would be getting FIOS internet and TV service. I play alot of computer games/playstation, stream movies occassionally, and have wifi devices like ipads.

I've heard that there may be problems with setting up a personal router to work with Verizon's modem/router unit and wonder if its really worth the hassle of doing so. Maybe I should just pay the extra charge and use only Verizon's equipment. I'm not an IT or computer specialist so if the process involves too many steps, I would probably screw it up or something..

Can anyone shed some light on this? Is it worth using your own router vs just going with what verizon provides and paying a fee to "rent" their router?

Thanks
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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The equipment may have changed in the three years since we had FiOS, but at that time you really couldn't have TV without their equipment.
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Old 09-17-2014, 01:17 PM
 
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I was afraid of that..thanks. Guess I'll suck it up and pay the additional $5 per month...
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I'm going to have to check my bill for the $5 a month. Mine is a Actiontec M1424. I don't see why you couldn't buy your own.
Amazon.com: Verizon Actiontec M1424WR FIOS Router/Cable Modem: Everything Else

Some routers only are 100mbit but FIOS overs over 100mbit service, so make sure you get the right one.
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