While browsing for info on a connection problem I have, I ran across your writeup at Verizon FIOS
Until last weekend, I had Verizon's FiOS with 5/2 internet service for over a year and quite pleased with it. While there have been a few times when response time has been slow, it has been consistently better than the Broadband Cable Modem service I previously had through Adelphia (which got bought out by Time-Warner) ever was.
A week and a half a go, I called Verizon to sign up for FiOS TV. That was installed last Saturday. In the process of installing it, they replaced the D-Link router they had provided for the 5/2 internet service with an Verizon router which has a sticker on the bottom of it indicating it's an Actiontec MI424-WR. It now has 15/2 internet service.
During installation, I was puzzled by the fact that a coax cable was run to the router. On questioning the installer, he indicated the TV menu info is stored in the memory of the router and the set-top boxes access it over the coax line. He also indicated the higher speed 15/2 service is needed to support the TV functionality.
I'm quite pleased with the fact the image quality off of the high-def DVR is significantly better than I was getting from the high-def DVR I had from Time-Warner. My daughter watches it a lot more than I do and indicated the image quality we're now getting from the low-def is about the same as the hi-def we had from Time-Warner and the hi-def from the FiOS is even better.
On the down side, there are significantly fewer channels available for a TV that doesn't have a set-top box. But, from what I hear, every TV is going to need to have a set-top box in the near future. Thanks to a law passed by Congress and signed by President Bush a few years ago, the FCC is recalling all of the current analog channel frequencies so that they can be allocated to different usages such as public safety. The new law basically says all analog broadcasts must be replaced by digital broadcasts no later than February 2009.
For any TV with a set-top box, I'm now only out one channel (KEYT) that we watched fairly regularly for local news. It's kind of a bummer since KEYT (about 50 miles north west of here) has better local news coverage than the LA stations 50 miles south west of here do. The Los Angeles area has enough of their own local news to supersede news from surrounding counties meaning only the really "hot" local news items air on any of the LA stations.
Bottom line is that I'm quite pleased with the image quality improvements and willing to give up the one channel for it. I haven't received my first bill on FiOS TV yet but bottom line price is supposed to be quite similar to what I had before the switch.
The one and only issue I don't have resolved yet (and reason for my internet search) is configuring the Verizon (Actontec) router to forward port 9100 to my laser printer so that when I'm at home and logged into a computer a work, I can print on my home printer without having to scp the file to my home system for it to invoke the print. I thought I had that working last weekend.
I lost A/C power during the week due to a storm. I've since updated /etc/hosts on computers at work to reflect the IP address my Verizon router is now using but still haven't been able to get a print to come out on the HP LaserJet 1320n I have at home.
I've also reviewed the port forwarding on the Verizon router and it seems correct also.