When I got FTTC installed a few years ago, before the engineer arrived I ran a new Cat6 cable from my master socket downstairs up a chase into the loft and then down into my box room where my PC etc. is located. He used this and moved the master socket there. I have since ran a network to various rooms via RJ45 plate from there.
I now need to move my PC equipment to another room and would like your opinion on best way to deal with the master socket.
Option : 4 would be the easiest, but involves 2 socket joins between master and modem which may drop my speed?
Option : 1 Run a new cable from original Master downstairs up to loft and down to new room and move master to there as originally done. ( Proper thing then would be to get BT Engineer to come and re-terminate at old master and fit new one)
Option 2 : Leave master in box room, run a new cable from back of existing master straight to a socket in new room and connect Openreach modem to that. ( One socket join)
Option 3 : Re-route Cat 6 cable in loft to new room and move master socket there. This would involve cutting cable in loft and making a joint in master cable
Option 4 : Use Patch cable from master to RJ45, pick up from RJ 45 already in new room to modem. Tried to show this with sketch below ( Two socket joins)
Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
The cable that needs to be the shortest is from your master socket to modem, so why not leave modem where it is and just use a variant of option4 to connect modem to router. Modem and router have no need to be co-located.
Licquorice, thanks for the prompt reply.
I did not know that had to be the shortest length. I can do your suggestion which would be the easiest way for me just now.
Is that the same for a modem/router? If in the future I decided to go for a combined unit then would I need to move master socket to maintain a short cable length.
In essence, DSL speed is affected by length and quality of cabling whereas in general Ethernet is not.
If you change to a combined unit, again leave the master socket where it is along with the modem/ router and use Ethernet via patch panel to connect PC