Superfast Up and Running
Well it has been a long time coming, but BT Infinity finally arrived in out household last Thursday. The order process went smoothly and the new router was duly delivered on time prior to installation. The engineer also arrived as planned, although be prepared to greet a sub contractor from Kelly's rather than a BT engineer. On arrival the first problem was encountered. The new router must be wired into the main telephone box in the house to achieve the best speed. That's fine except our main box sits in the hall. The second problem was that there is no electric wall socket near to the telephone box. The only way to wire the router into the main box and have it near to an electricity source was additional cabling. After some deliberation, it was decided to run the necessary cabling along skirting boards and up, over and down door frames. Fortunately it is white cabling and the engineer did his best not to make it intrusive. However, we did not realise that the cabling from the main telephone box was wired into a wall socket which had be installed on the wall. The router then plugged into this new wall socket.
After about half an hour the work was complete and the engineer disappeared down the road to connect us at the cabinet end. Twenty minutes later we were speeding along as we connected our computers and ipads. One final thing we forgot was that our wifi sound system has to plug into the router and also needs an electricity source. So now we have a router on the hall table and the sound system hub too. We have had to do a bit of creative work with all the wires to make them unobtrusive in the hall but it looks okay. So, if you want to order just consider where your main box is located, is it near an electric wall socket and what equipment do you need to plug into your router. And the speed?--well, so far we have maintained somewhere between 20-22mbps and what a difference it has made. We are keeping our fingers crossed that this will continue but life is never that simple with broadband. However, so far it looks like a good decision.
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