tobe, we have both sizes of connectors that we can crimp on. Some people call them RJ11, but I think the proper term is 6P4C (6 position, 4 connector). You aren't losing quality at all, that's the way it's done on every installation.
The Classic TV system accepted the bigger one (RJ45/8P8C) but the new 2Wire gateway only needs a RJ11/6P4C end. On both classic and ultimate, it's only the two center pins carrying the DSL signal, so they could've been using the smaller ends all along
ranman, they'll probably reuse some of the Shaw coax if you aren't going to keep that service running at the same time. 99% of the time, people are switching from one provider to another, but I had one tonight where the guy wanted to keep his Shaw service "in case I decide not to keep MTS". I found it weird, but I guess he hadn't given his 30 day notice to Shaw so if he didn't like the MTS system, he wanted it to be easy to stay with Shaw. Makes my job tougher
The only wiring that may have to change (or be added) are as follows:
1-Cat 5 line going from the main telephone junction (demarc) to the 2Wire RG
1-Cat 5 line going from the 2Wire RG to the PVR
1-Cat 5 line from the 2Wire RG to your computer (or your existing router if you plan to continue using it in conjunction with the 2Wire RG, which is a router too).
I've probably said it before, but I'll mention it again; Customers can either pack away their router (D-link, Linksys, Etc) and use the 2Wire RG exclusively, giving you full tech support from MTS. Or you can reconfigure your router to work as a "switch" downstream from the 2Wire RG, but it is not MTS' responsiblity to do this. They have generic instructions at http://www.mts.ca/file_source/mts.ca...figuration.pdf
It's not terribly hard to do, but some routers are finicky and act up during the process. Some people don't want to use the 2Wire as it's only "Wireless G" if their router is the newer "Wireless N" standard.