(Guys- this may help answer your configuration questions.) FiOS installed today. Wow. SD has never looked better. The analog channels on my 27" CRT are the best I've ever seen. No noise anywhere. HD is somewhat improved as well. The details:
Time to install: 5 1/2 hours, including time for the techs to get the ONT software loaded (troubleshooting).
Service experience: The techs were extremely courteous and helpful. They showed me everything and told me anything I wanted to know. This included helping them with the signal strength measurements on the Sunrise Telecom CM750 analyzer.What they did:
The ONT got installed onto my distribution panel in the basement. Reasoning was that they claimed to have after-hours support and there's much less chance of problems due to weather indoors. I figured that the hardware never fails, it's always the software and they fix that stuff remotely. Also, the only spot that the ONT could be installed is too visible from the street.
Next, they basically tore down and rebuilt my distribution panel. Final configuration:
=== fiber ===> 612 ONT ===> 2-way splitter ==> 8-way splitter =====> STB + other TVs.
.........................|........................|=======> ActionTec router ===> PCs
.........................|=====================> Telco block =======> phone patch panel ---> phones
With one look at my Sammy 67" main setup, they brought me the Moto HD STB and asked me if I could install it myself. Nothing wrong, they were just intimidated and that's what I preferred anyway
.RF Signal strength target ranges:
ONT out:....................... +18 to +19 dBmV
Analog channel level at STB: 0 to +10 dBmV
Digital channel level at STB: -5 to +6 dBmVStartup problems:
The phone had no dial tone and the STB was not authorized for anything. Internet was OK. After about a 20 minute wait for a tech-to-tech Verizon support call, the ONT software was loaded (it's always a software problem...) and everything came online up and running.
I should also mention that the telco audio (speech) quality is much improved. Less noise and better fidelity.