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Series 3 Verizon FIOS HD compat?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mchad, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. JacksTiVo

    JacksTiVo TiVo User since 2001

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    I have all three FiOS services. Verizon will provide you with a combination modem/router that is both wireless and has 5 ethernet ports. Thus you will be able to hardwired directly and/or wirelessly from your PC or TiVo. In my case the S2 is connected via a USB to ethernet adapter and my S3 is via a TiVo wireless adapter. The wireless function of the router is excellent since the signal is about 50% stronger than the Belkin wireless router that I previously had.

    The nice thing about the Verizon service is that all the components are supplied by them and thus they are fully compatible. My experience with Cablevision is that they supplied a Motorola modem, I had a Belkin router and they supplied SA CableCards that always seemed to be either defective or needing a firmware update. The Motorola components supplied by Verizon all have worked from day one.
     
  2. rocko

    rocko Cuckoo for TiVo

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    Another nice side benefit -

    Since Verizon runs MoCA on the coax you can get wired 'net connectivity anywhere you have a TV (connected to the coax, of course). Just hook up a NIM-100 and say buh-bye to wireless TiVo/XBox/PS3/whatever connections.

    Bribing the Verizon tech with beer is a sure-fire path to at least one free NIM (mine left me 2). Otherwise, they seem to be plentiful on eBay for about the price of the TiVo wireless adapter.
     
  3. FiosUser

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    Glad you had such a good experience. I actually was not making a blanket statement, but was referring to the specific story the person was telling--there were too many specific similarities to my past problems to be something to ignore.

    You obviously had none of these similarities which proves the problem doesn't happen to everyone. But, the problem does happen and the symptoms look like what this person was going through.
     
  4. webin

    webin New Member

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    Why are these things not available from retail outlets? I'm fairly happy with the Tivo Wireless Adapter (which I got for free), but it these NIM-100s were being sold somewhere other than eBay, I'd be willing to try them out.
     
  5. rocko

    rocko Cuckoo for TiVo

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    1 -I don't think they're manufactured anymore and B - I'm pretty sure they're Verizon-specific hardware-wise.
     
  6. richsadams

    richsadams Active Member

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    If you do a search for "NIM 100" there are many threads here with more info including this one and this sticky. For those using MRV and/or transferring programs to their PC on a regular basis, the speed difference between wireless and MoCA is amazing. We don't have VZ FIOS yet, but when we do we'll certainly have look at using it.
     
  7. webin

    webin New Member

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    Yah, I was too lazy to search... I think I might read up on it anyway because it's an interesting aspect of FiOS setups. I'm unwilling to buy one from ebay though, so I'm probably out of luck for a while (seems cisco/linksys is developing one called the MEB200).
     
  8. JonHB

    JonHB New Member

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    I thought some of the pixelation issues on FIOS were being attributed to the THD not working well with MOCA??
     
  9. webin

    webin New Member

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    Well, that's a theory, but we haven't been able to prove it conclusively. In fact, I had my ONT reconfigured so it doesn't produce MOCA signals at all, and still get pixelation. My current top theory is that the signal issues are being generated in the Verizon central office, and being sent out to both Tivo and Verizon set-top box users.... but the tivo doesn't do a good job of hiding the errors compared to the set-top box. This is V7Goose's theory, based on his experiences getting picture quality completely cleared up in Texas.
     
  10. Gregor

    Gregor save the princess save the world

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    Had a great experience with the FIOS install today. The 2 techs arrived within the time window (8-12) and had everything working before they left.

    Arrived at 9:30 and left around 3. Only snag was getting the cable cards working, they had them configured right, but had to call someone on the backend side to get the cards authorized to get the premium and HD channels.

    Very nice experience overall. They did a very nice job locating the ONT in my basement and tidying up wires so it looks a lot better than the rat's nest that Comcast left.

    Even with my AV cabinet being very complex, (4 Tivos, STB, DVD, Wii, etc) they were very positive about making everything work right.

    Great picture, too!
     
  11. webin

    webin New Member

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    Holy Cow!
     
  12. jklst14

    jklst14 New Member

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    hey all,
    I currently have the Comcast Triple play package and after months of setup headaches, it has worked perfectly for about a year. Now Fios is finally available in our area and I'm debating a switch. I would like the faster speeds of Fios but I am terrified of going through the whole cable card setup stuff again. So I was just wondering what people out here might recommend.

    Thanks,

    JKL
     
  13. webin

    webin New Member

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    Any potential hassle is far outweighed by the better picture quality and higher internet speeds.
     
  14. JacksTiVo

    JacksTiVo TiVo User since 2001

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    Search my posts from May 5, 2008 and August 22, 2008 describing my experience and costs. I am very satisfied with FiOS and would not hesitate to recommend the service to others.
     
  15. Gregor

    Gregor save the princess save the world

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    I just did a FIOS bundle install today and it went very well. The Techs did a great job and the cable card experience was pretty good. Verizon in my area uses a web application to enter the cable card numbers, a huge improvement over Comcast reading the numbers over the phon.

    I'm very pleased, it took multiple visits by Comcast to get the cable cards right.
     
  16. jklst14

    jklst14 New Member

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    thanks for the input! I think I'm going to give at a try. Wish me luck!

    - jkl
     
  17. Fahtas1

    Fahtas1 New Member

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    I got fios last week and cancelled cablevision. I wanted scifi hd which wasn't on cablevision. i was also pissed that they put voom on sdv. I told cablevision so.
    Of course the installer didn't show up with cablecards --not on the order so he said---but another truck brought them. The installer said that "nobody is using cable cards anymore and 1 out of 1000 installs needs them. I guess we have a dying technology. Tivo better get a tru2way box soon.

    The installer did a great job but left the 4 cablecard installs until the end. All but the last cablecard installed easily. It seems that with the 4 other fios boxes I needed for my house, the 4 cable cards put the grand total over 7 which kicks out the last cable card install. An initial install can only have 7 boxes or cable cards. To learn this info took like 4 calls to his tech support. He got a ton of misinformation about what to do . Finally a tech guy deleted one box which freed up a spot and presto---the card worked.
    I was impressed with the installer. He stayed to like 9 at night and personally called me in the am to make sure that the deleted box was turned on by cust service in the am.
    Fios is great with tivo---very clear---
    My only problem is that AMD HD isn't on fios---no mad men in hd --and MSNBC isn't on Fios either---kind of odd. I didn't know that when I signed up.
     
  18. juicygrl88

    juicygrl88 New Member

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    Let me tell you since 24 August I have been trying to get Verizon to give me cablecards and I've had no luck with them. I posted this in a separate post as I didn't have this one.
     
  19. Gregor

    Gregor save the princess save the world

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    My initial install had 10 devices, with the last 4 being cable cards. No problems other than having to have them linked to my account to get the right channels, which required a phone call.
     
  20. Jasper

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