Hi everyone, need some help here. Got my infinity engineer coming in on monday. Had to move stuff so there is access to the master socket, theres no power socket near it so i read that they will relocate my master socket. So I decided to workout a route convienient for me. When I looked at my master socket if looks different from anything I saw in various forums. Can someone shed some light on what typeof socket it is. Thanks picture is below.
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That does look like just a blanking plate. Why not just follow the route of your extension cable for your data cable from the first floor socket to the 2nd floor?
That is correct that is a blanking plate, behind which would be a couple of connectors that join the incoming grease filled underground cable to the internal type that runs off to the socket. That type of cable is ok to use for infinity. So the engineer could just swap out the existing socket and install an infinity face plate. Some infinity installs do not have an engineering visit.
The data extension cable is not the same as normal phone cable. it has different charactaristics in the construction of the cable. It is more like a small Cat 5 cable.
Thanks devon dave. Last question would it not be better to have the entire internal wiring be the data extension cable from blank faceplate to hub rather than the current wire from blankplate to 1st floor socket and then data cable to hub??
That would be better. It will depend on who you get to do the install. An Openreach engineer would probably re-wire without problem where as a contractor installer won't. They get paid per job so will only do enough to connect you.
The other thing to keep in mind is if you are getting Infinity 1 you may get a self install kit, which is the Homehub 5 and micro filters so it would be up to you to plug it all in. It is only Infinity 2 that gets an engineer visit.
Hi shyne -
In answer to your ethernet questions (Not sure I saw them answered earlier in the thread). Any speed loss through daisychaining switches is likely to be so small that it will not make a difference, even when gaming. Sure, the ideal situation is to be plugged straight into the router, but that is often not practicable. My present set up is a Vigor 2820N ADSL Router (will be replaced by the HH5 when I get my engineer install in 2 weeks time), with a cat5 running from the one Gigabit port on it to an 8-port Gigabit switch. Cat 5 cables radiate from that to the various rooms, and the two rooms with a few 'connected' bits (TV / Blu-Ray player / Wii etc), have a 5 port switch located close to the devices.
Any impact on speed and pings is negligible, even for gaming (my son, who is the gamer, has confirmed this.)
Hope this helps!