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OldGoat
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FTTP - Is location of router critical or of major importance?

For most (?) folks it's convenient to place the home hub / router next to - or near the ONT (they and the cables are often 'dumped' in a cupboard and forgotten...

I want to place the ONT where I have the existing NTE5 and base telephone are. A Cat6 cable will then run to the router and a gigabit switch for all the rest of our boxes are.

The perceived wisdom is to keep the ONT and router together - but I can't see a technical reason for that.

Have I missed an important point?

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Gary70
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Re: FTTP - Is location of router critical or of major importance?

Hi,

Your router does not need to be beside the ONT, it is connected to the ONT by an ethernet cable, any reasoonable distance will be fine.

It is important to place the router in a location to give good wifi coverage.

Regards

Gary

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OldGoat
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Re: FTTP - Is location of router critical or of major importance?

Thanks - that's what I thought. I did find a post on here stating that they should be kept together, but I couldn't see any logic .
(I'm a bit of a dinosaur and if wireless coverage is needed out of range of the prime source - then I run a cable and use an old router for wireless....
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Distinguished Sage
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Re: FTTP - Is location of router critical or of major importance?

As long as the ONT and router are no more than 100 metres apart (the distance limit for Ethernet) there is no problem.

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OldGoat
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Re: FTTP - Is location of router critical or of major importance?

Oh yes, very important. In my humble dwelling 100m would be hard to achieve - I'm expecting a tenth of that. Still there are few 'houses' where 100m might be a challenge.
I remember wiring a customer with cabling for an IBM mini with a run of more than 100m ("twinax") - so we haven't made a lot of progress in 30 years...
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Sage
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Re: FTTP - Is location of router critical or of major importance?

If 100mtrs is a challenge then an ethernet bridge would solve it.

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