Some high-ranking direct sales dude at the cable company has, for some reason, taken a specific interest in switching my household over from FiOS, or as he put it, "winning back this address" (since they had the tenants as customers back when it was a rental property).
I told him he'd have to match Verizon's price, bury (not fly) the cable, supply a DVR for every screen, and guarantee that I don't need to use "their" router. He said yes all over the place, and it seemed like a good idea at the time. I haven't signed up, though, and now that I'm thinking more about it, it's still crappy cable company service.
It's hard to think of a giant like Verizon as the underdog, but in wireline broadband they really are, and they've still got the top rated service. So maybe I'll pass.
Anyone here have experience with both Verizon and Optimumum?
Optimum gives the usual crappy service but it's been mostly reliable. It may be a little like... wait for it... pulling teeth... to get them to replace a modem that needs replacing. I have no experience with Verizon.
Oof. The pain of it all :-)
There was one person who was very pro-CableVision but she also claimed that Verizon promises fiber but often delivers copper instead. Riiiiiight.
Eventually I came across this chart: [ http://tinyurl.com/pgwphta ]
It seems I've already got the best and I'm going to stick with it. I'm going over what I was thinking at the time and it seems that the big appeal was not having to use their router to tie the set top boxes in to my LAN. I think when I get some time I'm going to try out the Ethernet port on the set top box and see if it works. It didn't on the old Motorola but maybe it will on the new Cisco.
It seems I've already got the best and I'm going to stick with it.
I'm going over what I was thinking at the time and it seems that the
big appeal was not having to use their router to tie the set top boxes
in to my LAN. I think when I get some time I'm going to try out the
You can always buy a "dumb" cable modem and install your own router.
A friend of mine in a neighboring town is a customer of Wave Broadband for TV and internet. His modem needed to be replaced. He was going to call the cable company until I beat him over the head about it and told him to go to Best Buy and just get a "stupid DOCSIS modem" and a good router/WAP. He did that, and called the cable company to report the modem change so they could properly log it into their system.
The result? His internet speed increased by roughly 50% just by getting rid of their GarbageModem. Of course, a *real* router helped as well.
I can run a different router and put their thing behind it, but then you lose some TV features such as on-screen Caller ID and remote DVR programming.
This may be an acceptable tradeoff.
2. unless you do a lot of overnight travelling you don't need remote DVR either. More geeksloth. <evil grin>
Sep 25 2014 7:53am from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd (Uncensored) in I WantBroadband Everything>
True, but I'm not the only one in the household. If I were, I wouldn't
have TV service at all.
Use 1950s Italian Household Rule #1:
This is my house and as long as you are living here..." [fill in your own variable item here]
<very evil grin>
Sep 25 2014 2:54pm from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd (Uncensored) in I WantBroadband Everything>
Yeah, well, the person who has the other name on the mortgage is the
biggest TV addict of all.
"I'm-a gonna make-a you an offer you no canna refuse..."
*That* should do it for you!!
True, but I'm not the only one in the household. If I were, I wouldn'tLast night someone asked me if I saw something on TV, I told them I had watched about zero hours of TV this
have TV service at all.
So here's something interesting. If you have Verizon FiOS you can get two different phone services.
There's regular FiOS voice, which lets you plug your analog phones into the ONT.
Then there's FiOS Digial Voice, which lets you plug your analog phones into the ONT.
The "digital voice" product is cheaper, and I finally figured out why. It's incredible that they get away with this. The "regular" voice service runs over ATM to the ONT, and is tariffed like a regular phone line. The "digital voice" service runs ove IP to the ONT, and even though it doesn't use your Internet connection, it's tariffed like other VoIP services, about $7/month cheaper.
Fine with me ... less of my money going to the governmonsters.
I respectfully told him that we are a very satisfied Verizon customer and he would be wasting his time talking to us.
He left quickly ... but that might have been because I was holding a chainsaw in my hand at the time. He was visibly nervous.
That and you were naked except for wearing a Trump hat, but that is how you usually do yard work.
You covered the logo with duct tape, wrote "Trump" on it with a Sharpie®, and you do the yard work naked.
Nah, that is stupid, nobody gives himself a haircut while wearing a hat.