I'm finally getting my BT Infinity installed tomorrow after a very annoying and complicated process (thats a story for another day) but I've got a quick question.
I've been reading online and the BT Infinity modem has to be installed to the master socket. My house was only built maybe 9 months ago, and does not have an internal master socket. We've got one of those gray external NTE boxes, which lives directly outside my front door. To my confusion, the developer has decided that my three bed semi requires EIGHT BT sockets in the house (diagram below)
How will the engineer handle this?
In the future, I'm wanting to ethernet the house up, and will be considering the understair cuboard as the main location for all wires to terminate and to locate future home servers, so would he put my master socket there? Maybe it would be better to put the master socket where the current sky router lives?
Any advice guys/girls?
I don't think you required to install the BT modem on to the master socket. Only if you want the max. speed from your line....
For future proof home LAN. You can use a homeplug, and the existing BT sockets can be coverted to 100Mb LAN cat5 connections...
Wow, 8 phone sockets seems very excessive, Im sure the openreach engineer should be able to put a new where you want it as they can normally add a data extension up to 30 meters from the master, which in your case is an external one.
Just make sure he has plenty of space to get in the cupboard under the stairs.
The master socket will be replaced with a new one which will allow the modem to operate to give you Infinity.You will have to provide a mains socket to power the modem and also the router.If you disconnect the rest of the sockets and wire them for CAT5 as described earlier then you can get up to 4 LAN connections from the router.
Hope this helps.
Give the BT engineer coffee and and a bacon roll ! You will need to provide the sockets (or as him nicely) and he might be able to convert your telephone sockets.Just ask him as the BT guys are really friendly.
My engineer turned out to be a Vulcan Bomber enthusiast and I gave him the information in joining our club!
Good luck for tomorrow.
Cheers Graeme! Funnily enough, I bought some bacon today haha. Been looking online, and can't see much about converting phone points into network points. I'll ask the feller when he turns up tomorrow, extract all the knowledge I can 🙂
I shouldn't hold your breath for tomorrow (Not that I'm an old Cynic, or anything):
Mine should have been installed last Friday, but the dozy beggars FORGOT to transfer my line back to BT, so the engineers couldn't do the business.
I waited in all day, lost work through it, & no-one even bothered to let me know they weren't coming. Took a couple of hours on chat & phone to India to get another appointment - In 9 DAYS time!
If they beggar me about again, I'll be cancelling & going to the small claims court for the loss of earnings.