Verizon FiOS Internet service is attractive because it’s the first fully fiber-optic network. When Verizon originally offered the service, it used wired routers exclusively. It now offers several options for wireless routers to connect multiple computers, smartphones and external devices such as printers.
Actiontec GT704WG and GT704WGB
- These Actiontec models combine a DSL modem and router in one device. As older routers, these models may not function correctly with Windows Vista or Windows 7, although Actiontec offers possible fixes for download. The antenna on the GT704WGB is removable if you prefer a fully wired connection. Both models can be mounted on the wall to save desk space.
- Also a combined modem and router, the Westell VersaLink 327W is designed specifically to help you use your phone line to make phone calls, send faxes and surf the Internet simultaneously. Originally configured prior to Windows Vista and 7, Westell offers downloadable upgrades to help the router work with your system. It provides four Ethernet ports for wired connections in addition to its wireless system.
- This router is designed to plug-and-play, meaning your computer should automatically detect the router, and it should require little or no setup to work correctly. It offers strong security features with 128-bit encryption. It’s a router only, so you must connect it to your Verizon modem to obtain Internet access. As a newer model than some other Verizon routers, it comes compatible with Windows 7 straight out of the box.
- Although this router looks like a large cordless phone unit, it’s actually a DSL modem and router in addition to serving as a phone. This router allows you to connect your devices wirelessly or through three available Ethernet connections located on the back of the phone. The touch screen on the front of the device allows for quick setup and troubleshooting when necessary.