Originally Posted by HemiCuda70
Puwaha: where did they put the splitter? I assume your install was multi-drop.
I didn't get the TV service if that's what you are asking. I only got the 30Mb/s internet service, and use an antenna for local stations.
The installer just ran a Cat5 cable to my wall jack where I had a previous run of network cable that I patched into my homebuilt Linux router. I need to upgrade that router as I only get 20Mb/s throughput when it's the headend (it's an old Pentium III with a couple of no-name 100Mb/s NICs and one of them is an ISA card, I think... yikes!) I have another low-power Via C7 motherboard that I'm going to use where I can put in 1Gb/s cards and that might speed up my throughput. If I hook a computer directly up to the service, I get the full 30Mb/s.
The installer left a "dry loop" of coax bundled outside the ONT box on the side of the house. I put a connector on it and tried to see if there was any analog service "magically" left on, but my analog tuners didn't detect anything. When I was able to look inside the ONT, there were labeled LEDs that indicate what services are active, my TV light wasn't on, so they are able to control that remotely pretty well. It's not like the old days with Comcast where they left all their analog and basic cable channels open, unfortunately.
But I'm more than happy with the EPB internet service. The speeds are just amazing. Netflix streaming is faster than popping in a DVD. The buffering process is literally 1 second or less. ESPN3 service is a delight as well. I get to see pretty much anything that ESPN is broadcasting on their tv stations. There are a few hiccups on this service still, though... but not show-stopping. Youtube is so fast that it plays as soon as your browser finishes loading all the page. No buffering at all. I don't do much Hulu, but my wife uses it a lot now.
"Other" types of downloads are so quick that getting the HD and BluRay versions of items are 30 minutes to a couple of hours instead of weeks now.
If there's another show or sports event I want to watch live, I go to channelsurfing.net. I'd consider my "cutting the cord" experiment to be highly successful. My wife is extremely pleased with the Netflix experience now, which makes it easier to tolerate losing her HGTV, TLC, Lifetime, etc. channels.
I get free home phone service via a home built PBX virtual machine and using Google Voice with SIPgate. Having your own PBX with voicemail kept local instead of somewhere out in the cloud with GV or SIPGate is tremendous, and you get rolodex, music on hold, and tons of features that even my office phone system doesn't have. All it took was a $50 VIOP adaptor, and following the guide at nerdvittles.