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Verizon FiOS

Verizon FiOS offers a faster Internet connection to your home courtesy of fiber optic cables. Learn all about Verizon FiOS.


How Google Loon Works

 How Google Loon Works

Google's Project Loon is intended to make Internet access available everywhere. Learn more about Project Loon at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the Internet of Things Works

 How the Internet of Things Works

The Internet of Things consists of all the web-enabled devices that collect, send and act on data. See how this connectivity is affecting our world. See more »

How Google Fiber Works

 How Google Fiber Works

Is Google's broadband all it's cracked up to be? Get the scoop on Google Fiber. See more »

10 Nightmare Scenarios From the Internet of Things

 10 Nightmare Scenarios From the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things will be a connected world stretching from your kitchen blender to the satellites overhead. Learn how the IoT could go wrong. See more »

 How to Set up Wi-Fi on your Laptop

You want to set up Wi-Fi on your laptop, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to set up Wi-Fi on your laptop in this article. See more »

How WiGig Works

 How WiGig Works

An emerging standard known as WiGig may make a difference in wireless networking. Learn about WiGig, what makes WiGig unique. See more »

Fiber Optics

 Fiber Optics

Fiber Optics, the technique of transmitting light through transparent, flexible fibers of glass or plastic. Learn all about fiber optics at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Image Gallery: Get Connected to the Internet

 Image Gallery: Get Connected to the Internet

With Internet connection pictures, take a look at your options for getting online. Learn about modems, WiFi and more with Internet connection pictures. See more »

Tech Talk: DSL Quiz

 Tech Talk: DSL Quiz

With the DSL Quiz test how much you know about this Internet connectivity line. Learn about DSL technology with the DSL Quiz. See more »

How FiOS Works

 How FiOS Works

FiOS is a fiber optic service offered by Verizon to United States homes. Learn how FiOS works in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »