How to Increase the Speed of Verizon FIOS

by Patrick Nelson

Verizon's FIOS fiber-optic Internet service is sold in multiple speed packages. Speed packages run from 15 Mbps downstream with 5 Mbps upstream, to 150 Mbps down and 35 Mbps up. Slow Internet connections can be related to your selection of the wrong kind of speed package for the Internet applications that you are using, incorrect settings on your computer and other issues. These kinds of problems can be corrected.

1

Reboot the computer and the FIOS modem if Internet speeds are slow. Then optimize the FIOS speed by running the Verizon Speed Optimizer tool on each computer that you use to access the Internet. TCP/IP and MTU packet-size settings will be adjusted for FIOS. You can download the tool from the Verizon FIOS website. Launch it and follow the instructions.

2

Buy antivirus and anti-spyware software and run them regularly if you still have slow FIOS Internet. Insidious programs can run in the background on computers and hog resources. Antivirus and anti-spyware software find these programs and eliminate them, thus freeing up resources.

3

Contact Verizon and make sure that you've bought the correct speed package for your use if you still have problems. 15/5 should be fine for checking email and surfing the Web. Media downloads should also be reasonably fast at 15/5. Verizon recommends upgrading to 25/25 if you stream television; and upgrading to 50/20 if you perform gaming, have several people online at one time and want to see fast downloads of high-definition movies. 150/35 is recommended for those who find any of the other plans too slow.

Tip

  • The Internet may slow down if you've subscribed to television and Internet from Verizon over FIOS and watch multiple video-on-demand titles at the same time. Consider upgrading to a faster speed package.

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Patrick Nelson has been a professional writer since 1992. He was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication "Producer Report" and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson studied design at Hornsey Art School.

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