For those that know me will know that I hate legacy and obsolesce. The reason of why has became even more apparent a couple of days ago when I wanted to have my Coaxial Line with Verizon FiOS converted to RJ45 so I didn’t have to rely on their Actiontec (or as I call Craptiontec) modem/router. The ONT box is bolted and without the tools, I would not be able to run the RJ45 cable to a new router. Now, Verizon suggested that I can find someone local that would charge less than their $91 (first 30 minutes).
So, for those that are trying to follow, it would cost me money to not have to rely on the inferior router that is provided to me that I can’t even have full access to. Oh, by the way – Verizon does not offer a modem only box.
This is the main reason why I feel that the industry or government enforcement should push for the RJ45 standard. If you don’t know what RJ45 is, it is the type of connection that you would find in the back of routers, set top boxes, and computers. It looks a lot like a fat US telephone jack (which is RJ11). RJ45 is a global standard, and has replaced coaxial in everything but television. So, why in the name of the gods will ISPs use Coaxial.
Simply put, there is no real reason. There isn’t even a financial incentive to keep coaxial. Because my internet service is using Coaxial, I have to use their inferior router that it would seem as if only ISPs buy from this company which should say something to the ISP. If they would have simply would have used RJ45, then I could plug in any router I would want, and that would mean they wouldn’t have to let me use a router.
Now, obviously – one could argue TV and Telephone service. In my case, I don’t have a TV, so no TV service, and my Android cellular phone with unlimited voice minutes is my only phone I need. However, let’s address those issues.
First, telephone is inferior as for data services goes. At best, one can expect 10MBPS for data services, and even that is a stretch. The only thing that technically stands in the way of moving telephone completely to RJ45 is the fact the telephone companies don’t want to move completely to a Voice Over IP solution even though most of the voice communications are going that way anyhow.
As for Coaxial, it is used for both Internet, and Television. Telephone service simply uses a Voice Over IP solution. First, RJ45 is more uniformed and standard than Coaxial. How many computers do you see with a Coaxial jack on its back side? Simply put, this is an issue of standards. And of course one could argue that Televisions don’t look for television signals over RJ45, but this is a small logistical problem that a set top box can solve. With this in mind, we are going back to which is the best standard and the answer is RJ45.
Now, I am not suggesting that everything should move to RJ45, although that is my personal belief. However, if the Internet uses TCP/IP which is a networking protocol, why do ISPs insist on using connections not intended for networking.
What Can I Do?
I would start nagging the ISPs out there to move to RJ45. This will seem as a solution valid only with Fiber Optic and TX Internet services, but everyone could do this. Here is the thing – the cables that come to your home is not at question here. It is the cable that runs from the provider’s box to inside the home. No matter what carrier lines are used, this could be converted to RJ45 at the provider’s service box and from there – enter the home as an RJ45 connection jack. Since most ISPs give a dynamic IP address protocol (another issue as screwed up), this will mean that the router will just get what ever address that is provided. Here is the thing, the router will be the customer’s. This means if the customer wants a special router that will handle a special service, then he can use that router. There is no need for a modem as a modem only converts a RJ45 connection into the connection used by the ISP. For example, a DSL modem allows a device with an RJ45 to plug in, and then the DSL modem plugs into an RJ11 service line. A Cable modem allows a device with an RJ45 to plug in, and then the cable modem plugs into a coaxial line. Yes, this will eliminate the modem manufacturing industry, but boo hoo – cry me a river.
So, when you are going to have your internet connection serviced or activated – nag the company and the technician for an RJ45 connection. If you have shitsload of money and building your house consider this and force the outside service box to have to have an RJ45 connection running into your communications closet. Let’s make this standard the standard it ought to be.