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Qwest just told me that at the latest their fiber optic media will be ready for customers in July (tech on the street told me) I move from 1.5gb bandwith to 7gb for only $5.00 more, great. I called up Qwest and asked if my adsl modem (an ActionTech1000) will need replacement, Qwest responded that they did not know. Perhaps there is a technique I do not know about but if they bring fiber optic to my front door (really my computer room) I don't see how it can physically connect into the my current modem. I ask what connector (physical type) do you think Qwest is going to present to me? If it is RJ45 I don't see how this will plug into my modem.
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Qwest just told me that at the latest their fiber optic media will be ready for customers in July (tech on the street told me) I move from 1.5gb bandwith to 7gb for only $5.00 more, great. I called up Qwest and asked if my adsl modem (an ActionTech1000) will need replacement, Qwest responded that they did not know. Perhaps there is a technique I do not know about but if they bring fiber optic to my front door (really my computer room) I don't see how it can physically connect into the my current modem. I ask what connector (physical type) do you think Qwest is going to present to me? If it is RJ45 I don't see how this will plug into my modem.
I assume you will get new hardware..or they will set up a terminal somewhere and run a line into your home..either way they should clear it up for you, I wouldn't spend much time thinking about it. It is their problem and as the time grows closer they will get more details to their employees.
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Their tech is FTTN (fiber to the node), not FTTH (fiber to the home). Sounds like you're going from 1.5Mbps to 7, not Gbps. Whether or not you'll need a new modem depends on what your upload speed will be; if it stays at 896k, then no; if they upgrade it to 5Mbps up, then yes.
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I must be having a some kind of long lasting memory issue,yes it is 1.5mbps to 7 mbps not gig. Here is what I say, they tell me my upload is going to be better than the 896mbps (really 888mbps) according to Untangle. Speed change aside how are the going to handle the connector type change? They would not go fiber right to the street and then stick with the twisted pair into the house would they? Is this not the definition of "bottleneck" thanks You guys +rep for BlahBlah cookies for Chunky

EDIT: I really am looking for a reason to upgrade my router, if I tell the gf it must happen then it goes down easier. Wait till she hears it is all CISCO I want to buy. Untangle charges me $50.00 a month and their days are numbered.
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Speed change aside how are the going to handle the connector type change? They would not go fiber right to the street and then stick with the twisted pair into the house would they? Is this not the definition of "bottleneck" thanks You guys +rep for BlahBlah cookies for Chunky
The connector will not change and neither will your house wiring; you will only need a new modem, and it would be fundamentally the same as your current one; AC power, twisted pair WAN connection, Ethernet/USB for PCs, and depending on the modem, probably a Wi-Fi antenna.

FTTN is basically where they take a fiber connection from the central office and run it to a remote DSLAM where twisted pair is then sent from there to each home, usually with some splitter boxes along the way to manage street wiring. If you're close enough to the central office, you'll be directly connected to their equipment via twisted pair instead; and if you're lucky enough to be within about 2,000 feet of the central office, you can get 20-40Mbps down.

As for calling it a bottleneck, you could if you wanted to but it's just the nature of the technology that they choose to use; they like to save money doing such things if they can, that's why they demuxed a DS-3 into T-1s so they can only give me 1.5/896. Fools...
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The lady Qwest tech was working in a street level box 30 feet from where I am sitting now. I went out to talk with her and she showed me some fiber optic connection techniques. So there is no way I am getting a fiber optic cable into my house (if there is a benifit I will glady pay the cost).

Here is a link to a Qwest article written in 2005 that details FTTH

http://news.qwest.com/index.php?s=43&item=625

A bit more searching and it appears this Qwest FTTH subject has been getting a good bit of press with Qwest saying Verizon (which offers FTTH has it easier because Verizon works off of poles and Qwest is buried). I have found some reference to fiber optic cable that is designed to make the short run from the street to the home. I guess I will just have to wait this one out. A google search of "does Qwest use FTTH in Tucson" does not generate any response earlier(closer to today's date) than 2007.
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Nope, you'd have to pay far out the nose for them to even consider it.
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I must be having a some kind of long lasting memory issue,yes it is 1.5mbps to 7 mbps not gig. Here is what I say, they tell me my upload is going to be better than the 896mbps (really 888mbps) according to Untangle. Speed change aside how are the going to handle the connector type change? They would not go fiber right to the street and then stick with the twisted pair into the house would they? Is this not the definition of "bottleneck" thanks You guys +rep for BlahBlah cookies for Chunky

EDIT: I really am looking for a reason to upgrade my router, if I tell the gf it must happen then it goes down easier. Wait till she hears it is all CISCO I want to buy. Untangle charges me $50.00 a month and their days are numbered.
Looks like Chunky Chimp answered your connection questions but FYI: If you're looking for an alternative to Untangle, try Astaro (as long as you're under 50 devices, its completely free - it was only 10 devices until very recent otherwise the cost was a ton). It offers a bit more bang and won't cost you a dime. Another alternative is pfSense - look through its' features and you'll see it rivals Cisco devices that cost thousands. GL.

Oh, and if you're a command line nut, try out Vyatta.
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