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Dish and Comcast internet

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by zeekle, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. Sep 3, 2012 #1 of 28

    zeekle Mentor

    Jun 18, 2005
    Hi all I have a tech question here. I am moving to a new house and much to my frustration the only broadband provider is comcast. Is there any way to continue to move to the new house with dish and use comcast just for my internet access?

    If this is possible any advice on what I should tell the guys doing the installs? I can just see one of those comcast guys messing up my dish install on purpose.

  2. Sep 3, 2012 #2 of 28

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    That would be a question for Comcast.
  3. Sep 3, 2012 #3 of 28

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    I'm doing something similar with Time Warner Cable as my internet, Dish Network and a VoIP company for my home phone. Before I switched to TWC, I was using the local phone company and DSL for internet.

    But you need to check that Comcast will do that (they would probably be happy to take your money, though).
  4. Sep 3, 2012 #4 of 28

    Orion9 Legend

    Jan 31, 2011
    Many cable companies sell internet without TV. There is typically an additional fee, since they tend to build the cable installation/maintenance cost into the TV part.

    I think the simplest installation would just keep it all separate. ie: if they don't share any wiring, then there's not much to mess up or any fingers to point. eg: the internet can connect to a router, and never see any Dish or interior TV wiring.
  5. Sep 3, 2012 #5 of 28
    Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    All I know Comcast is expensive here $66.00. Go through a telco.
  6. Sep 3, 2012 #6 of 28

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Yes. I had Comcast as an internet only provider before I added their TV service. You can get on their website to get an idea of the price, however, I found in almost all cases, going physically to your local office and requesting the price, will result in better 1 year deals for the first year, than you are usually offered on the website.

    It would also be advisable to purchase a cable modem from your local Best Buy or internet shopping site (from the Comcast approved list) prior to installation, to save the monthly modem rental fee from Comcast.
  7. Sep 3, 2012 #7 of 28

    zeekle Mentor

    Jun 18, 2005
    I would rather stick with ATT for my internet but they don't have uverse in my new area and they are doing all they can to boot people off of DSL. I really dislike comcast and if I had another viable (nondialup) option I would go that route.

    I will do that! Should I have the Dish guy show up first or the Comcast guy?
  8. Sep 3, 2012 #8 of 28

    EdJ Legend

    Jan 9, 2007
    I use Time Warner for the Internet access and DISH for television. Since I already had the DISH installed before Time Warner wired our road, I just had them run a coax from outside directly to where the cable modem is located. That is all that is connected to the cable line. They gouge me $55/mo for the cable modem and access.... :mad:
  9. Sep 3, 2012 #9 of 28

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Really should not matter, unless your Dish system setup requires internet broadband to set up correctly. Just tell both installers NOT to re-use the other services cables.
  10. Henry

    Henry Retired Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Pine, CO
    You might want to check with Dish (if you haven't already) and ask if their Hughesnet Internet service has launched yet (Echostar bought Hughes last year). I'm thinking that there might be a price break for Dish subscribers.
  11. Ramer84015

    Ramer84015 Mentor

    Sep 24, 2006
    I actually cancelled Comcast Cable and Phone Service (their triple play), just keeping internet service when it got too expensive. Got Dish, no landline and now saving over $50 a month. To answer the OP original question though, yes, you can get Comcast Cable only.
  12. grover517

    grover517 AllStar DBSTalk Club

    Sep 29, 2007
    I have comcast for internet and D* for TV.

    In my area (at least), it is actually a couple of bucks cheaper to have an internet/basic cable bundle than to just have internet alone. YMMV.

    The basic cable comes in handy when the dish is out due to storms. Can keep track of storm warnings, etc. Just have it hooked up to a couple of TV's in the house on a separate input.
  13. jsk

    jsk Icon

    Dec 27, 2006
    Fallston, MD
    First, let them know that they aren't to touch the Dish cabling. Then, make sure you are watching your TV during the installation and if it goes out, then address it with the installer right away.
  14. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    As a Comcast internet customer with Dish for TV, I first would have Comcast install the internet and get it working making sure you have access where your Dish receivers are to be installed via Ethernet.

    Yes Comcast is expensive but ATT does not offer uverse or DSL here.
  15. paja

    paja Godfather

    Oct 22, 2006
    I had COMCAST for internet when I had DISH previously. I dropped both for U-verse, but that was worse and now I have XFINITY triple play. COMCAST internet blows U-verse away, at least in my suburban Chicago area.
  16. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    Everything I have ever read on the internet echoes this - make sure that NEITHER provider is using /reusing cables from the other . I don't think it should matter which one gets there first , but you should be there with both and confirm that everything is working before you sign off.

    I've also seen other cases where it is often equal or cheaper in cost to take a minimal cable package with the cable internet, as it often is the same or less than internet alone. I wouldn't "duplicate AT120", but getting a lifeline package of locals maybe enough to make this pay off.

    Good luck,
  17. larry55

    larry55 Legend

    Jun 3, 2010
    do not mess with hughnet.it very expenives .
  18. fourhokiefans

    fourhokiefans Cool Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    I am a Comcast internet only subscriber. $39 per month. Very pleased.
  19. sloop30

    sloop30 New Member

    Sep 4, 2012
    I have dish and comcast internet, made my bill with them a lot cheaper then when I had their cable as well.
  20. sloop30

    sloop30 New Member

    Sep 4, 2012
    Yeah Hughesnet can be a bit pricey, I normally tell people to go with comcast internet, or keep their current provider and package it up with dish, it saves them some money each month.

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