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From Comcast to Verizon - Want to use my own router & TiVo - how?

F1Racer 3,827 575 May 24, 2016 at 09:13 AM
Been a Comcast loyal customer for a long time but recently I've come to realize that I am not getting as much as my VZ neighbors for the same money.

Specifically, my channels are less & the broadband speed is less vs. my VZ neighbors.
Where I am the only CC customer - CC has shown little regards to get me up to speed with my neighbors while I am paying as much as them.

Questions are:
1) Can I turn the VZ router into the modem & use my current router attached to it (have never done this before) ?
  • Reason being I've heard the VZ isn't very good
  • OR is the VZ router good enough for multi peripherals management (web cams, wireless light switches, tablet, mobile phones, streaming TV)

2) Do I need their router/gateway to provide the feed to my TiVo? Or can VZ provide a cable card?
  • Reason being - I use1 main TiVo + 4 TiVo Minis for secondary room viewing
  • Single cable card from CC provided the signal to all of them.

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Simply stating verizon is too vague.

Verizon has fios and DSL.

With DSL you use a DSL modem, VDSL2 is the fastest DSL technology available.
With FIOS fiber optic is run to an ONT that's installed either inside or outside your house. From there it's either ethernet or coax to the gateway.

You generally don't have to use their gateway.
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Verizon FIOS does support cable cards, their DSL service appears to not support them. A google search for Verizon cable cards results indicate the cost of Verizon FIOS is going up.

I agree with jkee regarding the gateway modem.

If you choose FIOS and it is available in your neighborhood CAT 6 cabling will maximize your throughput speeds, although I would submit that the last 60-70 of cabling whether CAT 5 or CAT 6 wouldn't make a whole lot of difference.
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Quote from jkee View Post :
Simply stating verizon is too vague.

Verizon has fios and DSL.

With DSL you use a DSL modem, VDSL2 is the fastest DSL technology available.
With FIOS fiber optic is run to an ONT that's installed either inside or outside your house. From there it's either ethernet or coax to the gateway.

You generally don't have to use their gateway.
Sorry - should have stated FIOS..

I understand that the Fiber needs to attached to an ONT box.
Question is: using the FIOS gateway i.e. their router as a modem possible or even needed? esp. If I a router I want to continue using.
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Quote from dale_101798 View Post :

I agree with jkee regarding the gateway modem.

If you choose FIOS and it is available in your neighborhood CAT 6 cabling will maximize your throughput speeds, although I would submit that the last 60-70 of cabling whether CAT 5 or CAT 6 wouldn't make a whole lot of difference.
FIOS fiber enters my house for Broadband purposes I can use their FIOS gateway/ modem/router - that I understand - but what can serve up my TiVo? And How?

Basically I dont want to have to use their equipment if it is inferior.
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Quote from F1Racer View Post :
Sorry - should have stated FIOS..

I understand that the Fiber needs to attached to an ONT box.
Question is: using the FIOS gateway i.e. their router as a modem possible or even needed? esp. If I a router I want to continue using.
If you have phone or TV service from them I think you do need their gateway. I don't live in an area with fios so i'm not 100%. I think they use HomePNA over coax to distribute to stb's, but in some cases their may be a fancier ONT... not sure.

if you're using internet only, you don't need their gateway. You just have to plug PPPoE credentials into your router.
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You dont need their gateway at all. Even if you have phone and tv. Tell them to run ethernet from the ONT to your router.
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