said by lbeck:Let me take a stab at some of these seeing that I have both Vonage *2 lines, 8 years) and 2 Roku boxes as well as Road Runner.
I'm currently with Verizon land-line, cell phone, and 3 Mbps DSL. I'm finding that the 3 Mbps isn't quite good enough for streaming HD video using a wireless connection (Roku). Part of the problem may or may not be disruption of the wireless transmission (can't tell - Roku doesn't have buffering capability).
Like many phone customers, I'm getting discouraged by poor support from Verizon, who is recently being switched to Frontier in our area for much of their services.
I'm considering switching to Vonage and learn that the Internet/ISP selection is a separate choice. Looking at choices I see that there are many factors, and not all of my circumstances are discussed in the considerations. Following is my configuration:
Home is wired for cable but Im using the home distribution system for my Dish satellite.
Home is wired through two panel boxes (may be important if I distribute phone through home wiring).
Im not interested in gaming, but would like to stream HDTV through my Roku player and possibly other devices in the future (Slingbox).
An extra bonus would be to have Internet available at electric outlets, since my satellite receiver (VIP 722) and main TV (52 Samsung LCD) have Ethernet connections and I could use it for some stuff. The TV and modem are on separate levels at my home.
Any advice will be helpful. Some of my questions are:
Can I get high-speed cable Internet (e.g., Roadrunner) without cable TV? Cable is available but I prefer Dish satellite.
If I get Roadrunner will it disrupt my existing home distribution system for TV (coax with wall outlets).
High Speed Internet is available from Dish. What are the disadvantages there? Our TV satellite goes out during storms (poor line of sight issues). Would I lose Internet when the TV signal is interrupted?
If I discontinue my Verizon land line service is there additional cost for keeping my Verizon DSL (dry loop)?
Are there other considerations that I havent addressed?
Ive searched the www for answers to these questions and each site visited covers its specific services but my combination of circumstances is not addressed. Im thinking that possibly someone on this forum may have some experience/expertise/advice.