I'm currently on BB50 (although I'm on a loyalty gesture promo that has me reach 120Mbps according to fast.com) and my BB50 went up from $88 to $93. Given that WideOpen can be had for $80 locked for 2 years (I'm aware there are cancellation penalties), I'd be curious to know whether I can keep my existing setup of modem Cisco DPC3825 in bridge mode plus own router Netgear WNDR4500 if I wanted to change to WideOpen150? I see conflicting feedback on reddit and would like a tech expert to chime in. Also, if I need to switch to Hitron (which apparently has 24 downstream channel support vs 8 channel for Cisco) can I have it placed in bridge mode so that I can use my own router? If Hitron cannot be put in bridge mode then it would be a deal breaker for me.
Also, to avoid installation fee of Hitron (assuming it meets criteria above) can I return Cisco at a retail outlet (say at Calgary's Chinook Mall) and pick up Hitron myself? Again, as long as it can be put in the bridge mode.