Optimum Fiber Internet vs. Vexus Fiber: Everything You Need to Know

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Which company you choose as your Internet service provider is an important decision. The service you receive can impact your ability to do your job, enjoy your favorite TV shows, complete school assignments, and more. Plus, there are financial considerations to keep in mind, as well as what kind of connection you want (fiber or cable). In order to make the right choice for your needs, it's important to have all the facts about different providers. That's where we can help.

 

Today, we're sharing a breakdown of what Optimum Fiber Internet and Vexus Fiber have to offer. Both provide fast, reliable Internet service and have their own set of features. Below, you'll find a chart covering key points of difference (along with some similarities) between them. Beyond that, we have a full guide about Optimum vs. Vexus.

ServiceOptimum InternetVexus Fiber
Download Speed*25 Mbps to 8 Gbps*150 Mbps to 1 Gbps
Upload Speed*5 Mbps to 8 Gbps*150 Mbps to 1Gbps
Data CapNoneNone
TV PackagesOptimum TVVexus TV
Contract BuyoutDoesn't require annual contractsUp to 100% of remaining fees if your service is under a contract term
Years in Business539
Installation ProcessProfessional installationProfessional installation
*8 Gig Fiber Internet is currently available in portions of NY, NJ & CT. Fiber Internet is not available in all areas. Internet speeds may vary depending on location and connection type. Click here to see if 8 Gig is available in your area.

How Does the Installation Process Differ For Optimum and Vexus?

Optimum offers two installation methods for Optimum Fiber Internet: self-install and professional installation. If you opt for the former, you'll receive the equipment and instructions on how to set up your Internet service. If you live in a region that supports Optimum Fiber Internet, our certified technicians will professionally install your service and set up your modem (provided by Optimum). The installation process includes the hardwiring of one device, as well as assistance with setting up your Optimum account.

Vexus Fiber also offers professional installation. You can choose to use your own modem with the service or have Vexus provide one at an additional monthly cost.

 

InstallationOptimum InternetVexus Fiber
TypeSelf-installation or professional installation for Optimum Internet; professional installation for Optimum FiberProfessional installation
ModemModem included in planModem not included; must be rented or purchased by the customer

What Service Types Do Optimum and Vexus Offer?

While Optimum and Vexus are both known for their fiber Internet, Optimum offers HFC Internet as well, so you have options if you don’t live in a region that currently supports Optimum Fiber. Optimum also provides Internet in 21 states nationwide, whereas Vexus Fiber is only available in three states.

Here’s a bit about the different types of Internet service Optimum provides:

Fiber

Fiber Internet is delivered through fiber cables made of glass. It's known for providing high-bandwidth connections, making it a fast Internet option. Fiber is also sometimes favored over cable because the network is more reliable. (For a deeper explanation, read our guide to Fiber vs. 5G home Internet.)

At Optimum, our fiber Internet uses glass fibers, which provide reliability and symmetrical upload and download speeds. Our fiber plans also feature:

  • Smart Wi-Fi 6 for reliable Wi-Fi throughout your home
  • Support for high-resolution video streaming up to 8k
  • Low latency for better experiences watching videos and playing games

Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC)

Hybrid Fiber Coaxial, a.k.a. as HFC, is a telecommunications network using Fiber and coaxial cable to provide high-speed Internet, videos, music, and voice services to homes. Just how fast HFC is depends on your specific plan, but generally, HFC plans go up to 1 Gig. If you live in an area where Optimum Fiber Internet isn't available, service is provided over HFC cable and connected to our larger 100% Fiber Internet network.

About Optimum: With our HFC Internet offering, you can get up to 1 Gig Internet and Smart Wi-Fi 6. This speed will allow you to stream, work, and game online with ease.

Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) vs. Fiber Speeds

Both HFC and fiber can be great Internet options. If you're deciding between the two, look at your needs-especially in terms of speed. At Optimum, we have various offerings with different speeds, so you can find a plan that will work for you based on your Internet usage. This includes fiber plans that range in speed from 300 Mbps to 8 Gig* in certain areas, and HFC plans with speeds from 100 Mbps to 1 Gig.

You can learn more about the differences between cable and fiber in our article on the topic here.

ServicesOptimumVexus
TypesFiber and HFCFiber

Is Optimum Fiber Internet or Vexus Fiber Faster?

Both Optimum and Vexus have fast fiber Internet plans, but Optimum has a greater range of speeds. Our plans start at 300 Mbps and go all the way up to 8 Gbps*, while Vexus Fiber has options ranging between 150 Mbps and 1 Gbps.

 

Internet Plan SpeedOptimum InternetVexus Fiber
Fiber Internet Speed300 Mbps to 8 Gbps*150 Mbps to 1 Gbps
*8 Gig Fiber Internet is currently available in portions of NY, NJ & CT. Fiber Internet is not available in all areas. Internet speeds may vary depending on location and connection type. Click here to see if 8 Gig is available in your area.

Which Is More Affordable: Optimum vs. Vexus?

Price can be a key factor when choosing an Internet service provider. To assess cost, it's important to look at comparable plans. At Optimum, we have competitive plan pricing. You'll find that our prices are similar to what Vexus Fiber and other Internet providers charge for similar service.

What Other Features Do Optimum and Vexus Offer?

Optimum allows customers to bundle services into "double play" and "triple play" packages. With our double-play packages, you can combine Internet service with Optimum TV for all your home entertainment needs. Triple-play packages include Internet, Optimum TV, and Optimum Phone for your home phone. If you sign up for a double or triple-play bundle, you'll enjoy additional benefits, such as a 60-day money-back guarantee and unlimited data. You can also consider Optimum Complete, which includes the Internet (with speeds of up to 5 Gbps) and Optimum Mobile.

Outside of packages, Optimum also offers other ways to save. For instance, customers can enroll in auto-pay and paper-free billing to receive lower rates.

Below, find a breakdown of some key Optimum vs. Vexus features.

FeaturesOptimum Fiber InternetVexus Fiber
Bundled service offeringsCustomizable double-play or triple-play packages with Optimum 200, Optimum TV, and Optimum PhoneSavings when you combine two or more services (Vexus Fiber, Vexus TV, and Vexus Phone)
Unlimited dataIn many packagesYes
Annual contractsNot requiredNot required for residential accounts
Promotional ratesYesYes
Guarantee60-day money-back guarantee30-day money-back guarantee

Which Provider has a Better Deal?

Optimum offers competitive pricing, money-back guarantees, various connectivity options, and flexible plans with fast speeds, all of which make it a great option for your Internet service. You can sign up for an individual plan or bundle the Internet with phone and TV service-without committing to an annual contract. At the moment, you can get Optimum Fiber Internet in 21 states (and we continue to expand).

*8 Gig Fiber Internet is currently available in portions of NY, NJ & CT. Fiber Internet is not available in all areas. Internet speeds may vary depending on location and connection type. Click here to see if 8 Gig is available in your area.

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