digital converter box -- surprising performance

Sid Schweiger
Mon Jun 16 13:01:00 EDT 2008

>>In the event of a power failure, the FIOS box goes down,
taking your phone down, along with internet and TV. Supposedly, Verizon
is working with their vendors to engineer a battery backup system for
their FIOS interface box, so that customers do not lose phone service in
the event of a power failure, but they don't currently have a solution.<<

They've gotta be kidding.  This is something they have to engineer?  Purchasing small UPS's from APC or another manufacturer, in bulk, would cost the customer next to nothing.  I don't know what the power requirements of the fiber-to-Ethernet converter are, but a UPS would likely power the box for enough time to outlast the typical power failure, which isn't that long.  A UPS doesn't have to be mandatory, either, for people who have a cell phone and who therefore won't mind losing their FiOS landline for the length of a power failure.

Sid Schweiger
IT Manager, Entercom New England
20 Guest St / 3d Floor
Brighton MA  02135-2040

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