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Im thinking of ditching bell tv after 5 years. Love the service, prices are good but sick of satellite tv losing signal in bad storms. The new Fibe tv service is available in my area.I currently have the fibe25 internet. Ive read that its a max of 4 set top box's. My question is i have 5 tvs. I want to change to fibe tv and i obviously want to watch my 5 tv's so i need 5 set tops. The most set top box's that will ever be on at once is 4 ( 3 sd and 1 hd). Now is it possible to get a 5 box install in this case? the 5 tvs will NEVER all be used at once. Unfortunately this is a deal breaker for me.. I need the 5 tvs or ill have to either settle for bell tv or make the swap back to robbers. I'd call be all ask but i already know ill call 5 times n get 5 different answers so i always come here first :cool:

Thanks in advanced folks.
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I currently have no services with Bell.
I am moving to a new house in June and subscribed to all 3 services, phone, Fibe Internet (5/1) and Five TV.
I have two TVs, one in the basement and one on the main floor. I will receive a PVR and a wireless HD receiver.

How is the setup done? Hardware, etc? I understand they will install a modem and that modem is wifi enabled.

- What goes from the wall to the cable? A cat6 cable or a coax one?
- I presume there is a cable that goes from the modem to the PVR?
- We are in a single family house (so no neighbors). Would it be OK to have the modem in the basement? Will I get a good signal or is the modem/router known not to be optimal on multiple floors?
- Anything else I need to know? I am thinking of where my TV, computer, etc will go now so I really would like to understand the Fibe setup to find the right spots for my hardward

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* Modem will be installed within 3' of the DSL splitter/terminator (in the basement, most likely)
* PVR + STB's can be fed from cable or from Cat 5/6 - either, from the modem
* Location - they've introduced a wireless STB that might be helpful to you, and leave PVR in the basement or near thereto.

Re wireless signal - Can't speak to that as I use a separate router (connected by Cat 5 to the modem) to handle the wireless as I had that set up already (four storey townhouse). Might be worth considering - run Cat 5/6 to higher in house to get better coverage.
Hi Norman,
When you say that the PVR/STB would be fed by cable or cat5/6 to the modem, how would they do that? If the modem is in the basement and the PVR is upstairs, there's an actual wire that will go all the way up? I presume they use the actual installation of cables so it would be something like:
Modem --> wall downstairs --> wall upstairs --> pvr

Right? This would mean I need the modem to be close to the entrance in the wall and my PVR to upstairs?

I will receive a wireless HD but I thought the PVR had to stay on the main TV. So I could put the PVR on the TV in the basement which will be clos(ish) to the modem and put the wireless HD on the main TV upstairs? The main TV will be the one used 95% of the time so will I be able to fully control the PVR that is downstairs from the TV/HD receiver upstairs? Without missing any function at all?

Finally, for the router, I also have my own separate router. Can you explain what you mean by better coverage? Do you mean use my router as a wifi bridge? Like Bell's modem/router would cover basement and my router will connect on theirs and bridge the wifi to the main floor + second floor?

My hardware is:
- 2 TVs
- My own router
- 2 powerlines adapters (internet through the electricity plugs)
- PVR + HD wireless receiver
- Bell's router

What would the optimal setup be knowing we have 2 TVS, one in the basement, one in the main floor and that the TV on the main floor will be used most of the times
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So I could put the PVR on the TV in the basement which will be clos(ish) to the modem and put the wireless HD on the main TV upstairs?
As far as I know, you can connect the PVR to any of the TVs in your system. The PVR and the other receivers are all on a network, therefore any PVR or receiver can initiate a recording and any PVR or receiver can playback a recording; the PVR is just the hardware that actually stores the recordings. I really don't think that it matters where the PVR is located.

In your case however, you may want to have the wireless receiver closest to the Bell modem/router for reception purposes. I don't know if you can use your own router ?
1. PVR Location - tlb has it right, but must be hard-wired (coax or Cat 5/6); full functions should (?) be available on all STB's (for which you will need one per TV, presumably one of which is the PVR)
2. Wireless STB transmitter - presumably close to modem (check with Bell - this is new stuff), which will be in the basement
3. Cabling - I suspect it would be advantageous if you had some Cat 5/6 cabling running from basement to main floor and higher; it would give you more options for locatiion of your second router and wireless STB transmitter for better coverage. Can only tell on installation! Bell may freak out with powerline adapters.
4. Second router - I use my Bell modem to "pass through" by Cat 5 to my own router which does the DCHP, wireless transmission etc. Lots of references elsewhere to how to run both as wireless hubs. Your idea of both certainly makes sense, presumably connected by your powerline adapters, in which case Bell modem will be doing the DCHP and your router will merely be a bridge. Depends on how much wireless use in upper levels of house.

In summary:
a) Bell modem in basement, along with wireless STB transmitter, and TV2
b) Wireless STB in living room with TV 1
c) Your router on an upper level, connected to Bell modem/router by Powerline, and DCHP switched off. Use it as a switch only, plus wireless transmission (Bell won't likely help you with this part - only with a and b).
You will have to sort out whether to use identical SSID's and channels or keep them separate - easier with identical, but you might get into conflicts - time will tell! If all else fails, shut off the Bell wireless, and use only your router wireless, if reception good enough.
Good luck!
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Thanks Norman.
The only part I don't understand is how the PVR is connected? What goes in the PVR? Do I need an actual cable running inside my house from the basement to upstairs? That makes no sense! I presume Bell does not use Videotron's coax cable installation?

So say the PVR is on Level1 and the modem is in the basement, what connects the PVR to the modem?
Ethernet cable or coax, your choice if I'm not mistaken.

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The modem has a coax port which connects to your internal coax wiring and creates an HPNA network allowing the STBs and the PVR to connect to any coax outlet in your home and access the Fibe TV service.

Also bell will not connect the STBs using Ethernet unless you already have the wiring in place or if the STB is right next to the modem.
coax should be fine. I'll make sure to have a coax cable next to the TV for the PVR.

Might be worth clarifying that you can have a combination of Ethernet and coax. In my setup, I have Ethernet to the PVR, and coax to two other STBs.
My STB is wireless so I am not worried about that section.
I am just hoping my coax or ethernet wall plug is close to the TV (I will be able to check in the new house in 2 days).

Wish I could simply trust Bell's signal and put the PVR downstairs close to the modem (where I don't care if cables are visible) and put the wireless STB upstairs. But I am worried about signal loss!
Wish I could simply trust Bell's signal and put the PVR downstairs close to the modem (where I don't care if cables are visible) and put the wireless STB upstairs. But I am worried about signal loss
Try it and see - the Bell tech might offer that solution, as it works better for him (less wiring).
Hi guys. Thinking of switching to Bell Whole Home solution (Internet/Fibe tv/home phone). Currently have all my services with Cogeco and am paying way too much.

The question I have is regarding Fibe tv. If I have my hd pvr in my living room and an additional hd receiver in my bedroom, can I watch live tv or a recorded show on the hd pvr and watch another recorded show on the hd receiver upstairs? Both the hd pvr and the hd receiver will be hooked via the coax outlets in the rooms. If I have my system hooked up this way, will it effect my Internet Speed? (getting Fibe 25)

Sorry if this has already been covered but I am just not sure about this new whole home pvr stuff.

Yes you can do what you described as long as you aren't recording 3 other shows at the same time.

Watching TV no longer has any impact on your internet speed. However, not every home can get Fibe TV and 25/10 service. You should use the availability checker online to see. If you can get 50/10 than you can get 25/10 and Fibe TV. If the maximum speed in your area is 25/10, then chances are you can only get 15/10 and Fibe TV.
So is it worth it ,switching from bell satellite to bell fibe TV. I am sitting on the fence and can not make up my mind.
Bell Sat to Bell Fibe

Is it worth it? Probably depends on what your current set up is and viewing habits. I had 3 PVRs on Sat. and because we didn't know which TV we would be watching a recorded show on, I had to set up the recordings on all three. Now with Bell Fibe I only have to do it once. There is the limitation of only being able to watch and or record 3 HD channels at once. This hasn't been a problem for me. I record everything we watch or at least 99 %. I don't have the Western feeds but if you subscribed to these it should cover off any conflicts. On Sat, when I had conflicts, it was very time consuming trying to organized what shows to record. Bell Fibe makes it very easy to resolve any conflicts. Some people have said that the guide isn't very good. I haven't found that to be a problem. It is just as good and I think better than Sat. I don't think there is any difference in the actual picture quality between the two. I very seldom lost the picture on Sat. because of storms (rain or snow). The main thing I miss from Sat. is Call Display isn't available on Fibe,
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To exeon r u talking about wireless signal on ur set top boxes if so u dont need to worry as the router that comes with the set top box is very strong and reliable i've tested it and im also a bell technician and also depending on the setup in ur home if u have a phone jack near ur main tv then more than likely i would put it there and the video router and cat5 line to ur pvr cat5 is much better and faster when it comes to transfering data since it is a closed fibe tv network in ur home and i've done lots of installs and repairs on fibe tv and coax can be a head ache sometimes
To Bev fan i think it is worth it now that we have the wireless receivers sky is the limit at this point imagine being able to watch tv anywhere i mean anywhere in ur home backyard garage deck driveway anywhere but before any of that happens do u have fibe tv in ur area?
New Bell Fibe TV Installation

Had Bell Fibe installed now for two weeks. I like it so far, just have had a couple of issues, including a service interruption on the very first day, and one of the remotes not being able to control the PVR function. Turns out to be a remote for the previous version of the receivers, so I need to change it. Channel line-up seems fine, just a bit difficult to find and learn the channels, compared to the channel line-up on Rogers. Otherwise, picture quality is good, like the speed that channels change, like the guide. The apps aren't really very usable, with the exception of the weather channel app. Although it is a bit strange that the actual weather channel does not default to the city you in (Ottawa) as it does with Rogers.
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