08-16-2012 10:45:54 AM - edited 08-16-2012 10:51:59 AM
Okay, here's the situation...just signed up for Uverse TV and Internet. I currently have Comcast at the house and plan on keeping the phone (and other services) until my contract is up with them. This isn't for a few months, but we want to keep the service as long as we are paying for it as well as make sure Uverse is for us. Here's some questiosn I have about the install on Tuesday:
- Does Uverse require a phone jack to be used?
- Can I keep my phone service with Comcast and still get Uverse internet and TV?
- I plan on hooking up a new room and keeping the lines (Comcast and Uverse) seperate, can the installer run a line to my sunporch to hook up the internet/tv without access to the internal cable wires and inside phone jacks?
I'd like this system to stand alone on itself and not mess with the internal wires. I had a mess when I switched from the Comcast to Dish. So, I'd like to leave that all alone and keep my Comcast phone for the time being.
PS - I would like to use the sunporch TV as the Hub with Whole Home DVR where the gateway and wireless box would be and then I am using two wireless boxes in the house. Thanks!
08-16-2012 12:17:20 PM - edited 08-16-2012 12:27:34 PM
The long and short: Yes you can have Comcast services co-exist with Uverse services.
I have Comcast Internet and Phone, Uverse TV. My Comcast internet came bundled with basic cable so I have that hooked up to my 3 MediaCenter computers and 1 TV in a spare bedroom.
You don't need a phone jack for UVerse TV or Internet.
The installers, as a standard practice, will repurpose your existing TV coax by replacing the connectors and moving the coax from the outside Comcast splitter box to a new outside UVerse splitter box.
The installers will be more than happy to run new coax / cat5 to your TVs. But be aware that there will likely be a fee for each run after the first.
The best thing to do is when the installer arrives explain your desires and let him/her arrive at the best solution and costs involved.
08-16-2012 12:18:21 PM
If you are close enough to the VRAD you will be connected from the drop wire (pole to house) via NID on the side of your house. The NID is connected to the RG (in the sunroom). The RG is connected to the STBs & any computers you want wired. All the wiring can be new. However, free install is based on reuse, so ask about what the charges for new wire would be or you could pre-wire & leave the ends for the installer to connect.
You can use a wireless box for two non-DVR STBs. Of course, computers can be wireless.
If you are over 3000 ft from the VRAD you will need pair bonding & INID. In this case RG electronics is in the INID, which feeds TVs direct. Another wire feed the computer modem in the house. No wireless STB is available.