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Frontier Fiber - What do I need?

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milner79
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FF is finally coming to our neighborhood. The flyer offers two options: 1 Gig internet for $70, 500 internet for $50.

Not a gamer. Just a typical internet use, empty-nest household that will want to include a TV package as we get rid of cable. Do I need to spend the extra money on the 1 gig option?

TIA.
RNAggie
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we have the 500 for 50 and it works great for us

we do streaming, no cable/dish, kids with homework that need internet and I work from home, no gamers or major downloading
bobinator
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How many people will be streaming video at the same time? Or I guess a better way to word it is how many simultaneous video streams will you need. Could be one person but if you're trying to watch four games at once on different TVs or something.

The 500 is probably fine, but if you're trying to watch a bunch of things at the same time I'd spring for the higher one. (We have the gig)

BTW I think I have a referral code where we can both get a gift card on top of whatever promotions they're running in your neighborhood. If you're interested email me at melvinfranchione at gmail.
AgTrip
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The best part about Frontier was being about to finally give Suddenlink the finger when I cut them off.

They were like, "Sir you've been with us for over 20 years! Are you sure? "

I was like "Yep! Never been more sure of anything! I'm happy this day has finally arrived!!"
halibut sinclair
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We have Frontier 500 for 39.99.
RNAggie
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may need to give Frontier a call since our 12 month initial pricing has come and gone now....!
bobinator
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Especially now that optimum also has fiber, no reason not to see which one has the best deal. Though optimum's deal would have to be WAY better for me to switch back.
MsDoubleD81
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Does each company use the same lines?
02skiag
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Get 500, almost no one actually need the gig
Tailgate88
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1) You're not actually going to get a Gig anyway unless you have insanely fast high end equipment in your home

2) If 500 is cutting it you can upgrade to the 1G with a phone call.

Go for the 500 to start, will most likely be more than adequate.
halibut sinclair
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MsDoubleD81 said:

Does each company use the same lines?


No, Metronet and Frontier ran separate lines in our hood.
MsDoubleD81
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Thanks.
Sweet Kitten Feet
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What are y'all paying for 1g after your 12 months. Mine is coming up. Just moved my son into college so our bandwidth requirements have gone down a bit. Considering switching to 500
BrazosWifi
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For reference: most homes use between 6-25mbps at any given time. A 4k stream is 25mbps.

Anything more than 100mbps will "feel" the same IF the upstream capacity is there.

I know people will argue with me on this but we have tested this extensively.
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Stucco
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You may consider the gig just to get the 3 year price lock in.
UhOhNoAgTag
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Sweet Kitten Feet said:

What are y'all paying for 1g after your 12 months. Mine is coming up. Just moved my son into college so our bandwidth requirements have gone down a bit. Considering switching to 500


Curious about this as well.
JP76
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Have frontier 1 gig.

Wired is ~900-940 mbps

Wireless runs400-600 mbps

If multiple users are streaming or gaming it drops to 200-300 mbps

BCS-Ag
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I have frontier one gig for 59.99
InMyOpinion
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BrazosWifi said:

For reference: most homes use between 6-25mbps at any given time. A 4k stream is 25mbps.

Anything more than 100mbps will "feel" the same IF the upstream capacity is there.

I know people will argue with me on this but we have tested this extensively.
This!!!!
MsDoubleD81
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How do you know if the "upstream" is there?
BrazosWifi
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MsDoubleD81 said:

How do you know if the "upstream" is there?
How? No good answer. Newer networks are generally better than old because they were installed with top-of-the-line equipment and capacity.

Not to say that older networks can't be good. Generally ISPs don't upgrade until things start to bog down.

We have alerts set that when our links get to 70%, we know so we can plan upgrades. I cant say that other companies work the same way.
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MsDoubleD81
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Thanks. I've got CEO and trying to decide if I can go from 200 to 100. A couple neighbors have the 50 one and say they don't have issues. All I do is stream TV and music, and a rare zoom meeting.
aggies4life
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No frontier fiber here for another year or more

Is optimum that bad?
MyNameIsJeff
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aggies4life said:

No frontier fiber here for another year or more

Is optimum that bad?
I've had it for 6 years at my current house. I really don't remember any outages. Service is fine.

That said, my bill has almost doubled over the last few years. I pay about $120/mo for 1gig service.

aggies4life
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What is better to useā€¦.Extender or Mesh Router?

Also - can you use both?
UmustBKidding
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Never extender and wired between nodes on mesh if at all possible.
Stucco
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Mesh, and I'd just buy another mesh unit to avoid the extender.
halibut sinclair
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Our Frontier Fiber came with an eero. I added 2 more around the house to get the full mesh effect.
L84Life
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How can you determine who provides fiber in a particular neighborhood? I searched a potential address on Frontier's site and it says it isn't available. Is there a way to see if there are other options? I am looking at a house in the College HIlls area.
halibut sinclair
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L84Life said:

How can you determine who provides fiber in a particular neighborhood? I searched a potential address on Frontier's site and it says it isn't available. Is there a way to see if there are other options? I am looking at a house in the College HIlls area.


Frontier and Metronet are your only options currently. Check the Metronet website. Optimum is slowly rolling out fiber as well.
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