I am considering FIOS TV/Internet in a new house I am buying and have a question regarding wiring and networking setup options.
The house has coax run to every room, but doesn't have ethernet cabling. Ideally, i would be able to:
1. Connect the provided wireless router to any of the COAX ports in the house.
2. Use any other COAX port in the house for a wired internet connection.
Is that possible? I am guessing that "1" won't be a problem, but i am guessing that "2" might be a problem.
1) Yes you can move the router to any place you want in your house that has coax
2) There would be no way to hook your PC up to a coax for internet connection. Your best bet is to use the wireless on your PCs. You can always get a usb 802.11g and you can just pop that into any PC. They are not that expensive.
1. Verizon can bring internet into your house via the coax only, OR via ethernet cable to the router (along side the coax for tv). Then you connect your computers to your router either via wireless (any number of wireless connections) [and wireless is only half the speed of wired] or via ethernet cable to your router (or to an ethernet plug in the wall which is connected to a system in your house which is connected to your router) [your router comes wth 4 available LAN ports, into which you could plug switches if you need more than 4 ethernet connections], not usually via coax.
2. you only need 1 verizon router in your house connected to coax for ALL of your TV's to function. (if you place more than one router in your coax line your additional routers will cause problems for tv's unless the additional routers are so dumbed-down that there then would be no point for the additional routers connected to coax) [and so Verizon will only supply you with one free router].
3. if internet is brought in via coax, and therefore IS running across your coax, to connect a computer to the coax in each room you need a network interface module (NIM) to connect to that coax outlet and then have an ethernet cable connecting your computer to the NIM (and that ethernet connection won't be as fast as ethernet to the router).
4. Verizon will run one ethernet line to your computer located in the same room as the one router connected to coax, but they won't snake the cable through walls. In some instances you may be able to get an ethernet cable run on the outside of your house to then be run into the room through a hole in the wall, but that too is problematic for Verizon.
5. Verion will not just give you free NIMs if you decide that is the configuration you want to use.
6. Verizon is not in the business of 'networking' your home. If you want ethernet cable to each room (the best connection) you may need to consider having another professional outfit to runn those wires, or do it yourself.