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Old 09-17-2009, 08:25 AM   #1
William Wells
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Using Linux on FIOS


I want to install Linux to use with Verizon Fios but cannot locate anyone with FIOS who knows how to facilitate this. [I'm currently on a PC using MS XP w/FIOS.]Online and at the 800 number for FIOS I cannot get past an initial level of 'support' that does not acknowledge that FIOS use is possible on their system.
 
Old 09-17-2009, 08:34 AM   #2
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Could you elaborate what is FiOS? And how do you connect with windows using FIOS? Any special drivers that need to be installed? Settings that you do in windows xp?
 
Old 09-17-2009, 08:51 AM   #3
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I want to install Linux to use with Verizon Fios but cannot locate anyone with FIOS who knows how to facilitate this. [I'm currently on a PC using MS XP w/FIOS.]Online and at the 800 number for FIOS I cannot get past an initial level of 'support' that does not acknowledge that FIOS use is possible on their system.
Google is your friend >> 'How to Install Linux on Verizon FiOS Internet'

'How to Install Verizon FiOS'

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Old 09-17-2009, 11:48 AM   #4
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^ is there anything that fios uses that is specific to microsoft windows ? (like an aol style dialer) .

the ehow instructions above posted by onebuck mentions fios in the title but does not mention fios in the directions (it is basically 4 steps to download and install ubuntu.)

is this one of those 'how do i drive to work in a chevy (as opposed to a ford or bmw ...)' type of questions. point is it doesnt matter what car you use because the route is the same.

could you try running a live-cd, connect your pc to the internet and post back with any problems you encounter.

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Old 09-17-2009, 12:16 PM   #5
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I have FIOS and 4 computers that all run Linux. You really shouldn't need to do anything other than install Linux and set them to use DHCP for IP/DNS assignment.

HTH

Forrest
 
Old 09-17-2009, 01:58 PM   #6
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Hi,
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^ is there anything that fios uses that is specific to microsoft windows ? (like an aol style dialer) .

the ehow instructions above posted by onebuck mentions fios in the title but does not mention fios in the directions (it is basically 4 steps to download and install ubuntu.)

is this one of those 'how do i drive to work in a chevy (as opposed to a ford or bmw ...)' type of questions. point is it doesnt matter what car you use because the route is the same.

could you try running a live-cd, connect your pc to the internet and post back with any problems you encounter.
You have to look at the sidebar on both the links. OP needs to do some work don't ya think?
 
Old 09-17-2009, 02:31 PM   #7
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You have to look at the sidebar on both the links. OP needs to do some work don't ya think?
Other than install Linux? No.

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Old 09-18-2009, 06:53 AM   #8
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Hi,

Yes, the OP can look at the sidebars on the links to get further information to aid in the setup for use. If you feel that is a problem then I suggest that you provide some thoughtful information other than 'no'.

The OP has a personal responsibility to perform some action on his/her part to achieve a result. We as helper don't have to set things up in it's entirety so as to simplify the OP's life. We can aid, direct or even provide some form to allow someone to setup things but the OP must take the actions or assimilate to form the action.
 
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onebuck, you misunderstand my point. There is nothing other than installing Linux that needs to be done. The connection between his computer and the FiOS switch is simple Ethernet, and the switch is a DHCP server. Ergo, there is nothing other than installing Linux that needs to be done, and OP DOES NOT need to do some work.

Forrest

p.s. Just to clarify, FiOS is a fibre-optic connection from a Verizon switch directly to your house. There, it is connected to a device that modifies it to a coax line that connects that device to wireless router with Ethernet ports. Your computer gets connected to the either the Ethernet ports or the wireless connection.

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Old 09-18-2009, 05:14 PM   #10
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Hi,

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onebuck, you misunderstand my point. There is nothing other than installing Linux that needs to be done. The connection between his computer and the FiOS switch is simple Ethernet, and the switch is a DHCP server. Ergo, there is nothing other than installing Linux that needs to be done, and OP DOES NOT need to do some work.

Forrest

p.s. Just to clarify, FiOS is a fibre-optic connection from a Verizon switch directly to your house. There, it is connected to a device that modifies it to a coax line that connects that device to wireless router with Ethernet ports. Your computer gets connected to the either the Ethernet ports or the wireless connection.
Thanks, I did not understand you fully.

BTW, I do know what FiOS is and wish I had it. Optic bundle passes us and no one can tap it. Stuck with DSL.
 
Old 09-19-2009, 03:20 PM   #11
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Starting again

My apologies for failing to adequately proof the post that initiated this thread. Instead of the meaningless tautology I sent out...I intended the following:
I want to install Linux to use with Verizon Fios but cannot locate anyone with FIOS who knows how to facilitate this. [I'm currently on a PC using MS XP w/FIOS.]Online and at the 800 number for FIOS I cannot get past an initial level of 'support' that does not acknowledge that LINUX use is possible on their system.
 
Old 09-19-2009, 03:42 PM   #12
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Yes, of *course* it's possible!

Just google for "Verizon FIOS Linux" and you'll get lots of hits.

The connection parameters are basically the same for all platforms (with or without using Verizon's Windows-only setup GUI) - you just have to figure out what they are for your particular system.

'Hope that helps .. PSM
 
Old 09-20-2009, 06:21 PM   #13
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William Wells, Like I said, I have Verizon FiOS and ALL of my computers run Linux. I have four of them that share the connection. If you are using Ethernet, all you need to do is connect your computer and have the networking set to use DHCP. If you are using wireless, you can still connect but you will need to set up the wireless access keys to do so.

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Old 09-21-2009, 09:31 AM   #14
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Forest et. al.,
Many thanks for your patience. Could I get some help [from anyone] with unpacking the reference to 'access keys' - what are they, what do I do...or where do I find out about same?
 
Old 09-21-2009, 09:34 AM   #15
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The access keys should be printed on the bottom of your wireless modem. Have you already picked a distro? If not, I would recommend Ubuntu. The wireless network configuration tools that come with it are very easy to use. If you are using Ethernet (which I guess from your question, you are not) it really doesn't matter what distro you use.

HTH

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