I'm getting ready to move to an area that has the CB Fioptics. Currently I'm just using the CB zoomtown bundled with directv, and have been happy. Bundling everything (home phone, internet, cable) looks like it will be a cheaper option for me than staying with Directv/Zoomtown. When looking at reviews of the Fioptics service it looks like they are all over the place, and had a couple of questions I was hoping could be answered.
I was thinking about using the 10mbps with whole home dvr. When picking out the internet options it was kind of nebulous as to wether or not I could just use my Cisco ValetPlus wireless router, instead of using the one they want to bundle with the internet service. Do you have to use their $5/mo wireless option? I also game from time to time, so if we were to be watching TV in one room and gaming in another would the 10mbps be enough?
Also, how much of a shock is it going to be going from Directv to the Fioptic cable? Mostly we watch sports and a lot of dvr shows. Better or worse picture quality than Directv with sports? I do have a 3d tv...any 3d content on Fioptic? Thanks for any replies/suggestions.
The routers they hand out for Fioptics all of them have Wi-Fi built in whether or not they will charge you five dollar's I do not know you would have to ask the sales person. Regards to your router it depends on what kind of Fioptics your address qualifies for their are two versions. One is Fiber to the home or know as FTTH. Which will be no problem to put the Cincinnati Bell router into bridge mode to use your own cisco router. The second version is Fiber to the node also known as FTTN. You would get a ZYXEL Modem and ZTE IPTV set top boxes. With Fiber to the node you have two options. Option 1 you buy a router that support IGMP proxying which you need for the TV portion to work or option two turn off the wireless antenna in the ZYXEL Modem and plug your router into an Ethernet port either way you can use your router.
To answer your second question it depends. If you have Fiber to the home than TV viewing does not effect bandwidth. But!!! If you have fiber to the node than every TV that your turn on uses 7MB of bandwidth. But they will have your modem trained higher than you set download speed usually around 50MB or a little bit lower depending on how far away you are from the telephone cabinet and the condition of the copper wiring in the neighborhood. I would recommend 20MB if you play games to have a little more bandwidth. Turn off the boxes when not in use that way they do not use bandwidth.
To answer your third question I believe the picture quality is better than satellite and cable but their are some people on this forum who would disagree with me. Their is no 3D content available with Fioptics whether they will add any or not I do not know.