First, I know this is a long post and covers lots of my questions, so thanks in advance if you take the time to read. And thanks for your ideas and insight.
thinking about switching from dtv to fios. want to know about best equipment and cabling options and any changes I might have to make. would like to have as little disruption to my current setup as possible.
i can call verizon to get info on program packages, equipment, etc., but i find it hard to find out about installation options. that's why i'm turning to the informative DBSTalk community. I know every situation is different, but thought I might get some good ideas here. It would be nice if you could get a verizon tech to visit your house in advance to find out exactly what is going to be done during the install so that you could plan accordingly, but I realize that cannot be done.
single family home
dish on roof
master bedroom - top floor - hr23
2 cables route from dish to master bedroom
basement - bottom floor - hr20
family room - main floor - hr20
2 cables from dish to basement, then connects to 2 port splitter in basement, 1 goes to tv in basement, other routes up to family room tv
have verizon fios internet
ont outside wall garage
psu and battery backup inside wall garage
ethernet cable from ont to small white box mounted inside wall garage
ethernet cable w/ rj45 plugged into small white box and routed up to my office wall plate on top floor
ethernet cable from wall plate then plugs into Netgear N600 wireless router
also have Netgear universal dual band range extender in family room
I am very interested in having hd dvr capabilities in each room
I am interested in streaming recorded programming to my ipad in the house (with DTV I would have to purchase GenieGo) Can this be done with FIOS TV without additional equipment?
if going with verizon fios supplied equipment, what are the best equipment options (multiroom dvr family room and basic hd dvr bedroom and basement?)
do their dvrs have built in wireless or does the equipment have to be plugged in wired?
if wired does it have to be plugged in directly to the main wireless router, or can it be plugged into extender?
i understand verizon also has to install one of their routers (actiontec i believe) how does this connect to your current main router and what is it used for (guide, on demand)?
can a 4 port splitter be installed in my garage and then a home run to each new dvr?
if i decide to go with other dvr equipment options, such as tivo
, is the setup similar?
i like the idea of not paying a monthly charge for verizon boxes, but i understand i would still pay a monthly for each cable card. Also I know there is an upfront cost for the tivo equipment.
i believe this also negates the need for the verizon router, but i would loose on demand and verizon supplied guide features.
main concern here is the cabling for the tivo equipment.
i could get a roamio for the family room and a mini for the master bedroom and basement. i think i read somewhere that these devices have to be plugged into your wireless internet router. is this true or are there other options.
also, i know there is a cost difference between verizon and dtv options, and from my initial review the fios tv option is a little more costly. I initially went with DTV because of NFL Sunday Ticket, but stopped purchasing a couple years ago because of costs. Also want to get away from snow and rain affecting ability to watch tv.
someone commented I may be able to just route cable from the TiVo boxes to the Verizon router (MoCa) negating the need for connecting via Ethernet.
Thanks for your reply and any suggestions