Hey all -
Just wanted to give you some real info on the installation of FiOS. I was a former Cox customer who was frankly tired of watching the snowy analog channels and really wanted the "clear" picture Cox promises but can't seem to deliver.
Anyways, since this is hardware related, I thought I'd talk about the install.
Firstly, the guys installing the service seemed more knowledgeable than the Cox guys that I've had in the past (though there was ONE serviceman from Cox that did impress me). They explained what needed to be done, and were very willing to listen to my concerns and work out how the installation took place.
The installation requires a lot of additional hardware (I don't have a sat so I am just comparing to Cox. phone, etc.). They install a battery backup device to power a rather large box outside the house.
The computer is run using an RJ-45 (as others said). Just so you understand how cool this is..you are running RJ-45 to a fiber line run to the house (for the non-techies this sounds real neat LOL). Anyways I did speed tests and have got a firm 15148 down, 1896 up (I got the 15MBps package). This is plain incredible and blows away the Cox connection which averaged about 2-3 MBps down on non-peak times.
The TV was run with my existing Cox lines. However there is a special box they need to have VOD work called an NIM. This box seems to only work with the provided D-Link router (if they ask whether or not you want their router, best say yes). I tried to use it on my LinkSys and it didn't work (called them to confirm that it doesn't work with most routers/switches since it required some firmware in the D-Link). Don't worry if you have another router already configured for wireless, as all I had to do was run a cable from that routers 'WAN' jack into the D-Link network and all worked fine.
Coming from Cox all I can say is that I now have my money's worth. The channel changing is MUCH faster on FiOS. The PQ on all channels is much better, and there are no snowy analog stations anymore. SCI-FI now looks like Cox HD channels
Most channels look as good as DVD (though the ones that don't are most likely broadcasting poorly).
Anyways, so far I am very happy with the whole process, the total install took about 5 hours, so plan for some time. In the end its very worth it, I love the Motorola HD DVR box, it even looks nice next to my Denon, and sounds great through my Def Tech 7.1 speakers
Let me know if you need any more info, I'll try to answer anything that I can. I think FiOS will set a new standard in TV - and I don't even work for Verizon