I'm curious about getting gigabit service, however I prefer to handle my own network setup and provide my own hardware.
From the information I'm getting on the phone, if I get gigabit service (which in my area IS being provided over DOCSIS, I'd completely understand if I'd be going FTTH) I'm either A: Unable to use my own equipment or B: able to use my equipment, but I still have to pay $60 for someone to come out and play with my network.
What's the reasoning behind this? I have my own modem (which granted I do have to upgrade), and this modem is completely capable of telling me that the signal coming into it is absolutely top-notch. I have no interest in having Comcast supplied equipment, or a technician coming out to mess with my stuff for $60. I was also under the impression the FCC requires you guys to allow me to use my own equipment if I wish.
When I called to get the gigabit service, I politely asked to have the installation fee waived in which the customer service rep agreed. With that being said an appointment was setup and I've had gigabit internet for over 2 months now. I'm very happy with it. I did give the new advanced gateway(XB6) a go on it's own. Let me tell you, it is not good for gaming even with a hardwired connection, (lag, latancy, disconnects during onling gaming) but wifi coverage was excellent throughout my 2 story home. I've always used my own router with the gateway bridged and that is my current setup. I get a solid 940 down & 40'ish up. And you can use your own equipment, but I believe the initial setup must be done by the tech, that may have changed over the last 2 months. Once the tech has established the gigabit service and your signals are within the parameters & you're getting the correct speeds you can use your own equipment after he leaves or switch it out before he leaves, it's up to you.
How difficult was it to get them to put the device in Bridge mode? I've heard horror stories from my workplace trying to get them to do that for the business gateway.
Thanks for reaching out. If the Gigabit internet service is available in your area, you can use your own modem as long as it is on our approved list of devices to ensure you are getting the speeds you signed up for. To review the list to make sure yours is compatible, follow this link. The information provided above by @spongebob2004 is correct. The reason we need to send a technician out is to make sure the signals necessary for the Gigabit internet are in spec. Please reach out to me in a private message, I'd like to see if we have any promotions for installations going on for you.
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