Just enquiring on behalf of a family member. They want to swap to BT Infinity but unsure whther it will work in their house.
The master socket is in the hall and there is no power socket in that room. Can Infiinty be installed or is it not possible?
They dont have any proper extension sockets in the house either other than a "plug and play" extension running up the stairs and into a bedroom.
Any help gratefully appreciated.
It can be done in a few ways.
1 - The engineer can install a data extension kit to place the modem away from the master. Your main telephone wiring will stay much as it is now.
2 - The engineer can add an extension somewhere and make it the master. Depending on details, you may lose the current master and ad-hoc extension to upstairs.
3 - You can do some extra wiring in advance for same effect as 1/2.
With either 1 or 2, the engineer will run 'easy' wires; eg along skirting or over door frames, but won't do any wiring that involves new holes etc.
If you want it done more hidden, you can prepare wiring yourself. If that sounds feasible ask for more details.
Someone may have to correct this, but I think ....
The cable should be decent quality Cat5 cable ~ as usually used for ethernet. I'm not sure if there would be any benefit of Cat5e or Cat6, I don't think so. Run from where the master socket is now to where you want the modem to go.
Leave the ends as open wires: the installer will connect them up. He will replace the master socket anyway with a filtered one suitable for Infinity, and connect one end of your extension cable into that. He will install a new socket at the other end, and connect the modem to that.
From the Modem to the Hub is a 1GBPS Ethernet cable, the others are your basic Cat5 cable.
The engineer will either move your current socket to a better location and get rid of the old one or they will fit a socket just for the broadband and keep the current socket where is is. They will also drill holes if needed.
From the modem to the hub is 4 pair cat5e ethernet. If they installed a data socket they would use 2 pair cat5e. The cable they provide to connect the hub to the computer is also 4 pair cat5e.
If you wanted to run your own extension before the engineer arrived, id recommend cat5. Anything better than that is overkill. Even cat3 would produce the same results.