I've been having a lot of problems with my Verizon DSL service since Spring. It got to the point about two months ago where I was forced to reboot the modem/wireless gateway every time I logged on just to ensure a connection that would last 10 minutes without dropping. Not since the days of dial-up have I had service so piss-poor. I'm not talking about just turning off the modem by shutting off the power or hitting the reset button, mind you. That doesn't do squat. I had to connect to the modem through its web interface and disconnect it then reconnect. Unbelievable.
Finally, I'd had enough. I called Verizon and purchased a new plain Jane DSL modem for $35. Then I went to J&R and bought a Linksys Wireless-G broadband router with "SRX speed and range eXpansion" for $80.
You know what?
My connectivity is worse than it was before!
Half the time I can't even see my own router in the list of available networks! As I'm typing this I'm connected to the Internet through somebody else's router! Whoever owns the router named "Sonia," thanks, man. At least your shit works. If it wasn't for you I'd have no wireless Internet whatsoever.