I don't know why this is getting all this attention.
If you want to keep your old, obsolete router, then want you to pay extra.
If you want to get a new, modern, router for no charge, then you pay nothing. You then magically get higher speed data.
Source: I have the new FiOS router. I pay nothing extra for it. I am now getting 50+ megabits for no extra charge. I am also able to get 1 Gigabit service. I am using my existing DD-WRT router with full inbound/outbound access.
Reading comprehension is not a crime.
This is not a problem for anyone and it costs nothing.
You call Verizon and they send you a new FiOS router.
You plug in your existing router (say it's DD-WRT or whatever) into the new FiOS router.
You set your existing router (DD-WRT or whatever) in the DMZ or pass-through setting in the new FiOS router, just like you did before.
Your existing router (DD-WRT or whatever) has full inbound/outbound internet access with no restrictions.
No extra costs apply. Your speeds get faster. You gain the ability to sign up for a 1 Gigabit internet connection.
This article has generated some seriously bad Slashdot knee-jerk coverage here. I have the new FiOS router. I do not pay more money. I am using the same DD-WRT router I have been using for years which still has complete inbound/outbout access.
I also now have 50+ megabit for no extra charge.
This affects nobody. You can use any router you want, and you do want to use the new FiOS router to get the highest speeds over the MoCa connection.
You merely set the router you want to use to be exposed to the internet using the "DMZ" feature. I have the latest FiOS router and it works perfectly with DD-WRT just fine. I have full inbound/outbound control without restrictions.
A long time ago I was working with GPS applications and their internal representation of longitude meant our Null Island was in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 0 north, 180 west.
We figured out the conventions of the mapping application we were using (no Google Maps yet, and the documentation was vague) by trial and error. Our first attempts to plot GPS fixes from a drive along a local freeway showed a blank area with no freeway, nor much of anything else. We found that we were drawing a map centred on 49 degrees north (correct) but 123 degrees east, out in the middle of nowhere near the border between China, Mongolia and Russia. Nearest town Harbin, China...
Yeah, especially when their content producers are dishonest about how they "earn" that money.
They probably linked some of the money to the Clinton Foundation and don't want to get in trouble.
Step 1: Apple introduced the iPad and everybody was desperate to get one because it was the trendy item to have.
Step 2: people started figuring out what they could do with a handy portable computer.
Step 3: everybody who had a use for a tablet had one and the sales dropped off to replacement level.
Any remotely interesting new product is going to grow at unsustainable levels until the market is saturated. Then the growth stops.
If you want to use less air conditioning, don't live in Dallas. Or Phoenix. Or Las Vegas.
Heh, and how many times did Google change how they do SMS in Android / ChromeOS ?
* SMS app
* Buys Grand Central and allows people to use Google Voice for SMS via web and app (I still use this today, mostly)
* Messages app
* Hey, maybe SMS integration in Google+ ? Oh, wait, no one really uses it.
* Hangouts app gets SMS integration on both web and app, and Google kinda starts deprecating all of the above.
* Hangouts app loses SMS integration, now you should use the Messenger app
* Oh, I guess people still use Google Voice, I suppose we might start maintaining it again until we decide to kill it for good.
3654617? Kids today...
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