OK, I did a bit more testing, it seems all my wired PCs are seeing this 500+ ping in ping tests, but getting double digit ping when I ping web sites. So I thought, maybe the netgear was adding latency, so I wired my PCs directly to the actiontec, bypassing the netgear. The ping tests are still showing 500+. My wireless PCs are all scoring 10ms - 20ms in the same ping tests, regardless whether being connected to the netgear or the actiontec.
And, yes I've noticed I score very differently on ping tests depending on the test. But the wireless PCs score very consistently in all three.
What do you mean by "LFD2"? I see uniformity in ping test scores based only on connection type, wireless/wired. I have three wired PCs (desktops) all showing these consistently high ping tests scores. While the 3 wireless PCs (laptops: old compaq, old dell, alienware m11x) are all showing low and consistent ping in the same ping tests.
I forgot to add it, but the tweak test from http://www.dslreports.com
said something about my MTU being too low, and it could be hampering my upload speed. Sure enough, my wireless PCs are showing higher uploading throughput than my wired PCs.
Also, you're right about a general lack of knowledge when it comes to fios. For a long time after rollout, many people believed the settings, and setup required to bridge another router onto Fios's equipment meant losing features such as guide, vod, widgets in the fios STBs. This is why I have to connect the netgear/actiontec to each other's WAN and Port1, which sounds, and looks really redundant. It was a fix discovered by and end user, this configuration is not supported by verizon, and I can't expect tech support while utilizing it.