If you missed part 1 of my “Hello Verizon FIOS” series , click here
If you want to see actual billing comparison between Cablevision and Verizon FIOS, click here
INSTALLATION – Optical Network Terminal (ONT) Box
- Now that the fiber was pulled into my garage, Verizon FIOS technician proceeded to install the ONT box. This particular model connects 1 RG6 or coax (internet + video) plus 2 POTS (phone lines via CAT5) with battery backup. (by the way, my spaghetti electrical lines look that way because just prior to Verizon FIOS tech, I installed some plywood panels).
- Because I wanted to concurrently run Verizon FIOS internet and Cablevision’s Optimum internet, I asked the technician to simply install extra cable splitters (shown below). White cable carries Verizon FIOS signals; black cable carries Cablevision’s signals (Another note: ensure that your technician check and if necessary, replace any “sucked out” cable connectors. Check out this blog post for more info).
- At this point, we went down to my “man cave / office” in the basement to install a router and run some initial diagnostic software.
- After my technician left, I did a speed comparison test and was pleased with the result
- Optimum Online testing showed tremendous bandwidth, until I realized that the test was done around 11pm during school night 😉
- Verizon FIOS also showed tremendous bandwidth as well; perhaps a larger bandwidth is assigned to new customers for a short period of time? 😉
- Verizon FIOS with upgraded 25/25 package indicated slower upload speed, but since I rarely upload large files, this really wasn’t an issue for me. Besides, I got upgraded to a faster internet speed for free so I can’t really complain 🙂
** UPDATE: FEBRUARY 1 2011 **
A lot of people emailed me about the actual fee differences between Cablevision Triple Play vs Verizon FIOS. Check out this post to see the actual (redacted) bills