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2017-06-09 12:48 PM
bev fan You will need wireless receiver VIP 2502 but those are hard to buy brand new. Sometimes one shows up on Kijiji but not to often.
Your other option would be to buy Apple TV 4, it has Bell Fibe app so you can watch live tv, but it does not have all the features yet when comparing to Fibe Tv wireless receiver.
With Apple TV there is no need for a technician so you will not have to pay any installation fee.
2017-06-09 11:31 AM
VIP1232 vs VIP1200 vs VIP2202 vs VIP2262 ?

I currently have a Bell Fibe TV receiver and I used to have a 2nd wireless one but I returned it about a year ago because we weren't using it. Now, we need one again and I'm shocked by the $75 charge just for a technician to drop one off. I've been looking at Kijiji but I'm having a hard time figuring out which model will work with my main receiver. Is there any documentation for this?

This is what I've figured out so far:

VIP2262 - this is my main Bell Fibe TV receiver. It is connected with a wire.

VIP2202 - not sure what this model is, or how it would be different from the VIP2262, but it's probably a lesser model that will need to be connected? How is it different from the VIP2262?

VIP1232 - probably a wireless receiver that needs to connect to a wired receiver.

VIP1200 - probably a wireless receiver that needs to connect to a wired receiver. How is this model different from the VIP1232?

Thanks for the help.
2017-04-21 10:19 AM
Dr.Dave ^^ The short answer is that it won't work.

Each provider maintains a database of MAC addresses of the boxes they purchased from Arris/Motorola and a box can't be activated unless it is in that database. AT&T boxes can never be activated by another provider.

The reason the boxes are so cheap on eBay is that AT&T doesn't sell STBs, they only rent them. So those boxes are stolen rental units and won't be activated by AT&T or anyone else.
2017-04-21 02:49 AM
nacholibre Does anyone know if you can hook up a used wireless AT&T U-verse receiver to Fibe? They are the same wireless boxes Bell uses for Fibe TV. I imagine that after adding to your account using the MAC address the AT&T STB would download and install the new Fibe TV software. Plenty of them on eBay for around $20-25 each.
2017-04-20 10:26 AM
bev fan Yes you can, but before you pay for the box you should call Bell and verify that the box is not a rental or from cancelled account.
You will need MAC number from the box to verify it and the box will have to be removed from previous owner account.
2017-04-19 11:25 AM
Kimber Clothing Hi if I buy a used bell HD box can I hook it up to my existing bell hd pvr.

2017-03-17 07:38 AM
Rickymartin Can you tell us about your status? I mean how far it turns out "being okay" about the "avoiding Bell visit"?
2017-03-16 10:45 PM
bev fan I think that all you need is a MAC numbers, make sure you call Bell before paying for the PVR.
I am not sure why would you want to buy it since Bell offers free rental.
2017-03-16 05:58 PM
Robchesta I'm looking to buy a used Bell VIP2262 but need to find out if it has been deactivated from the previous owner. I need the ROO and SOO but cannot for the life of me find it anywhere on the box itself. Does any have any suggestions please and thanks?
2015-08-09 03:39 PM
bev fan You can not activate any equipment without calling Bell. Most likely they would send a technician and charge you for activation fee.
All the equipment that technician left is useless because Bell fibe will not activate used or new equipment that was not authorized for rent or sale by them. I have tried that and I lost money buying used PVR.
If you had sold the equipment then the new owner would not be able to activate it and you could end up in trouble if bell decided to ask you to return this equipment in the future.
I would advise to return the equipment to avoid any problems with bell. Believe me it is not fun dealing with bell or the collection agency.
2015-08-09 01:42 PM

So when I had the technician out he hooked up everything and left some equipment behind. I have the main PVR unit and two additional Fibe units so three in total. They left an extra wifi unit and I want to hook it up to another TV that I have in my basement. Does anyone know if this is possible without calling Bell? If not does anyone have any ideas about what I should do with it? The also left an additional PVR unit because there were two technicians here. The first one left equipment but then the second one hooked everything up and didn't ask anyone about the other equipment. I wasn't home so my wife didn't know about the first visit.
2013-04-19 04:26 PM
awebber On further reflection and study, i think it _is_ the old coax, cut to reach the gateway exactly. For some reason i thought this technology required special advanced coax or something.

2013-04-17 11:52 AM
1. Bell probably chose to use existing cable - there shouldn't be a significant difference.
It's actually a new hunk of cable, mounted on the baseboard and exactly the right length to reach the PVR and the Gateway. Maybe just for keeping a port free, maybe.

3. Fibe TV uses Microsoft Mediaroom which encrypts the TV streams. Before each recording can be played from the PVR, the STB does a key exchange with a Bell server at the headend to allow it to be decrypted, so it requires a network connection to Bell, but not necessarily to the rest of the internet.
That's not as bad but it does seem to make needless assumptions about the quality of the connection.

Your secondary router must be configured to support IGMP snooping, multicast and UDP. I think OnDemand uses plain TCP/IP.
I didn't set it up for any of those things. Guess I would either have to work on the router more, or get a purpose-built Entertainment Bridge, or wait for Bell to bring out the wireless receiver that AT&T offers.

Thanks again!
2013-04-16 11:22 PM
awebber Note that with their new rental fees, buying it is much cheaper than renting (back in December, I think you owned it at the point where rental fees added up to $200).

Dr.Dave thanks for the advice. Powerline isn't an option and I'm going to see what else I can do.

Thanks again!
2013-04-16 01:24 PM
dunlop I just learned that if i want to add a 3rd STB I have to pay a $75 technician visit, unless I pay the $200 to just buy it.

I have already used a STB where I want the 3rd one so they effectively want me to pay $75 and take a day off of work for a technician to call in a MAC address

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