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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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Can you run a secondary FibeTV STB off a wireless bridge?

Hello all,

I'm wondering if anyone has tried running a secondary fibetv receiver (not the main PVR) off a wireless bridge. I'd like to be able to use a TV in my bedroom with fibetv - currently it runs off a wireless RCA video broadcaster and the bell 9242's secondary tv port - but I don't have coax or ethernet running through my house. The wireless is 802.11n, of course.
Few Questions on Fibe TV

A few Questions

1) What are the demensions of the receiver and what colour is it(pics?)?

2) Are the receivers Dual tuner?(am aware they're HD)

3) If so to Q#3, do you need two coaxal cables to feed the receiver?

4) Is there a diagram showing how the receiveis hooked up from the receiver to where ever the conection is to the line from the Pole?

Tried searching but couldn't find the answer?

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  1. Pictures of the receivers are at A search of this forum for "dimensions" (spelled correctly) shows this:
    VIP1232 PVR - 12" x 11" x 2.75"
    VIP1200 STB - 10" x 8.5" x 2.2"
  2. Fibe TV is IPTV and doesn't use tuners. It is similar to downloading several files on your computer. You can record and/or watch up to 4 channels at once (max of 2 HD at this time).
  3. Fibe TV is connected to a special internet modem/router and can use either coax or Cat5 cables inside your home. Only one cable per box.
  4. Fibe TV uses your existing telephone wiring.

A few answers...

1)a) Motorola VIP 1232 HDPVR - 12"W x 11"D x 2.75"H

b) Motorola VIP 1200 HD - 10"W x 8.5"D x 2.2"H
The STB's have been re-branded by Bell and they look exactly like this(Click).


3)Here is a link for the "Fibe TV Reference Guide" you get from Bell after the install. There are detailed pictures of the front and back of the 1232 in said .pdf

4)Each STB gets connected to the modem supplied by bell which is attached to your phone line

I noticed that someone already answered as I was writing, but more information is always good, sorry about that Dr.Dave.
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Thanks guys.

I'm tring to make out but it looks a liitle confusing.

Do you get more then on r just one modem and is conected by phone line jack(like when you have BTV hooked up for PPV ordering) or does a cable run down to the modem?

So if the modem is in the basement is it conect to all the phone jacks there or do you need to runn cable from the modem to each receiver like if you where using Cablevision(Rogers) from a spliter?

Sotrry for the questions, but the way the show it in the PDF it doesn't show how its hooked up to each receiver?
MCIBUS, there are a number of variations for the installation of the modem/router and cabling. You only get one modem. If you have it installed in the basement, a coax cable could be connected to your existing coax cables if you are using Rogers or Bell Sat.

The phone line is split at the demarcation point where it enters the house using a filter so that the voice frequencies go to the existing phone jacks and the data frequencies go to the modem.

Each STB gets connected directly to the modem either through coax or cat5 cable.
There is one coax output and 5(could be 4,I'm not near the modem) cat5 outputs on the modem.
The only traditional phone line in use is the one that goes to the modem.

When they come for the install, they will go through the options and see what wiring you already have available and use it, or they will run new cable

If you only have coax in your home, they can split it.

The technicians that come to install FibeTV are surprisingly really good.
Thanks guys

Now I get it.

From the phone jack(where line comes in from outside) gets wired into the modem and from there its connecting coax or what have you to each receiver.

If thats the case thats exactly what I wanted to know.

So basically if you have Cable or sat they use the same cable instead of connecting it to a cable spitter or SW44 switch they're just connect to the modem at one end and the Bell Fibe receiver at the other instead of a Rogers por BTV receiver.

If so then its pretty simple.


Now only if Bell Fibe TV was available in Ottawa. Hopefully in two years, when my Rogers contract runs out.
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One thing?

Is it grey/black or silver?

In the Fibe TV Readers Guide it shows it Grey/Black.

In first link it shows them as silver?

So which is it?

exact same experience here - I had planned on setting up my Harmony, but I like the Bell remote ... esp the +30 sec & -7 sec buttons!
I set up my Fibe TV with my harmony remotes and they work fantastic. I just programmed a couple of extra keys to handle the 30 second and 7 second skip forward and backwards. I also programmed two keys to do page up and page down in the guide. I'm using the Harmony 890.
Is Fibe internet the gateway drug to Fibe TV?

Those of you getting the Fibe TV deals via Bell marketers, did you all already have Fibe internet? I just signed up for Fibe 25/7 internet access as part of a Bell promotion and I wonder if that's one of their ways of targeting potential Fibe TV customers: those who have good confirmed Fibe access are potential targets for Fibe TV.

In any case, I've been on Rogers for just about forever, and own 2 HD PVRs and 1 HD box, but I'm still tempted by the concept of Fibe TV. It's particularly because of the fast channel change, search, networked playback, and most importantly, the relative lack of macroblocking.

BTW, the IP over coax support they provide, what is it? 200 Mbps? Just wondering.
@eug - not sure what you are asking since Bell can push 2HD + 2SD streams concurrently to a home at the moment. This would be a little less than 20Mbs which is why Fibe 25 Is a pre-req for Fibe TV.
For the first question, I was wondering how many people are simply not capable of getting Fibe 25. Is the technology immature enough that some people in certain neighbourhoods may have lines only capable of Fibe 12 or 16, or is pretty much any place with advertised Fibe 25 support capable of getting 25 Mbps?

ie. Is it analogous to ADSL in any way? In my case "Up to 5 Mbps" for DSL meant 2.5 Mbps (with a profile of 3 Mbps).

For the second question, I was just wondering what is the technology they are using for providing networking over coaxial cable in the home, and at what speed it is capable. This is just for my own interest.
@eug - since you are asking questions about Fibe 25 and other Bell internet services, you might try the "Bell High Speed Internet" thread. That thread might have specific answers about the data side of things.

With Fibe TV you get a Alacatel Lucent Cellpipe 7130 which supports VDSL2 (Wikipedia has a very good explanation of VDSL2 vs ADSL2)

IP over coax uses HPNA - again, wikipedia has a good explanation.
I set up my Fibe TV with my harmony remotes and they work fantastic. I just programmed a couple of extra keys to handle the 30 second and 7 second skip forward and backwards. I also programmed two keys to do page up and page down in the guide. I'm using the Harmony 890.
Same experience with my Harmony 880 that catechumen had with his 890.
I also programed a page up/down button, but I discovered that the standard channel +/- buttons on my 880 do the same thing... thus freeing up a couple of spaces on page 1 of my custom buttons.
These are the custom buttons that I've programmed:
- Fav
- VoD
- Back
- Settings
- Search
- Recordings
- 30 Sec Skip
- 7 Sec Skip
I have a question... currently I'm on dsl, but not through bell. I need to be able to have a static IP for hosting. From all the reading I've been doing, it looks like to switch to fibre I need to loose the DSL.... but can I get static? What about unlimited quota's?
@steelrat, I'm not sure about static IPs. My experience on MTS may be different than Bell's, but my IP address hasn't changed since I had Mediaroom installed a year ago.

Fibe TV requires Fibe internet. See this post.

Bell doesn't have unlimited internet. The various plans, speeds and caps are listed on the Fibe site. Bell's new overage charges are discussed here.

Unlimited DSL from third-party providers will be discontinued. Check out the "General Internet and Landline Phone" forum for "UBB".
Thanks, that's unfortunately what I figured.....
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