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Verizon Internet vs Fios Internet

Verizon internet is actually 3 different services that are all sold under the umbrella name. Verizon internet can refer to Verizon DSL, Verizon Fios, or Verizon 5G home internet. These are all very different services, each has its own unique strengths and weaknesses. The table below compares some of the key features.

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Fios is better than Verizon Internet if you can get it at your service address.

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Verizon DSL

Verizon DSL has been around the longest and has the widest service availability. Verizon DSL is also the slowest of the Verizon home internet services. Download speeds with Verizon DSL max out at 15 Mbps and Upload speeds max out at 1 Mbps.

Most people will see even lower speeds, especially if they are located farther away from the central office. Latency is in the 30 – 50 millisecond range with Verizon DSL.

DSL offer the widest availability of all the Verizon Internet services. DSL is fastest enough to support 1, possibly 2 HD video streams, depending on your distance from the central office. For most people Verizon DSL service is going to be too slow.

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Verizon 5G Home Internet

Verizon 5G home internet uses 5G / 4G cellular signals to deliver high speed data services. This works virtually the same way as using the hotspot function on your smartphone. In fact you can get a good feel for how the service will perform at your location by turning on the hotspot function of your Verizon smartphone and running a speed test from your computer connected to the hotspot. If the Verizon cellular signal is week in your home, 5G home internet may not be the best option.

Real world speed tests have shown download speeds of about 70 – 100 Mbps being most common, with areas utilizing millimeter wave technology being faster. Performance depends greatly on the time of day and the number of users connected to the local cell tower. Upload speeds of 10 Mbps or slightly more is typical.

The biggest issue with Verizon 5G Home Internet is latency (ping) and stability. Over the course of any minute pings can range all the way from 45 ms all the way up to 300+ ms. This makes it unsuitable for online gaming, Zoom meetings, VoIP or any other real time communications.

During the off peak overnight hours performance is generally better. Off peak latencies can be in the 45 – 90 ms range but occasionally spiking higher. From 4 PM to 11 PM every day latency is in the 100+ ms range with spikes to 300+ ms. For this reason Verizon 5G internet is not recommended for gaming or other real time communications.

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Verizon Fios Internet

Verizon Fios is delivered over Verizon’s 100% fiber optic network. This network works by placing an optical network terminal on the side of your residence, connecting it to Verizon’s GPON fiber network. This fiber to the home approach is considered by industry experts to be the optimal method of delivering data services.

Download speeds with Verizon Fios starts out at 300 Mbps with their lowest tier plan. This is enough for the vast majority of users. If you wish to go higher they offer plans up to 1 Gbps in bandwidth. For some households with several heavy users these higher speed tiers are a godsend. They enable multiple 4K streams, plus video conferencing, plus huge file downloads to all be happening at the same time with no noticeable impact on performance. If you have a real need for speed, Fios has you covered with a plan that is fast enough for anyone.

 With Fios you are pretty much guaranteed to get at least 80 – 90% of the bandwidth you subscribe to at all times. This includes during peak hours. 5G internet tends to slow down during peak hours.

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Verizon Internet vs Fios: Winner

Verizon Fios is the best choice hands down if you can get it at your service address. Despite having a fairly small footprint, Verizon Fios does cover many metropolitan areas on the east coast. If you can get Fios, go for it. You will not regret it one bit.

Otherwise, Verizon internet is a option that you may want to consider along with cable providers such as Xfinity (Comcast) or Spectrum.