I've been wondering what the options would be for moving the Openreach box a short distance. Its not currently an issue but im interested incase i want to move furniture around in the future and keep it out of sight. Is this likely to be something only an engineer is allowed to do - running a new cable, or a more simple case of buying an extension cable.
The connection to a FTTP modem is by a fibre connection from the external box so a "cable" will not work. If the internal fibre connection needs extending I am not sure where you would be able to source something like that as this is pretty new technology and certainly not something B and Q stock!
If it really is a FTTP line then you would need to get Openreach to do it, it's not something you can do yourself.
Its definitely a FTTP connection (100mbit). The fibre comes through the exterior wall a few inches away from the interior Openreach box so theres no scope for movement, without replacing/rerouting/extending the fibre cable. Id heard of optic fibre extension cables for audio, so thought no harm in asking. The installation is very very tidy for what its worth 🙂
Thanks for replies, im guessing if i ever want to move it, itll be a standard £120 or something?
There would be too much optical loss with a diy extention. Unfortunately you will need to get BT to do it, and I suspect it will require a new extension lead to be fusion spliced back to the demarcation point. The skills required to do this are way beyond the pay grade of a normal Openreach engineer, so I would expect that this would cost significantly more than the equivelate FTTC extension
For FTTP, then definitely not something you should try your diy skills on friend. Openreach is your best option, at least then its done right and guaranteed.
Thanks all, got a clear picture now 🙂 I just didnt want to assume it was difficult to move and then eventually find out theres a very simple solution having not asked.
As a side note, IIRC the BT Infinity "what to expect" page i got to via the welcome emails just showed a typical FTTC install with VDSL, so id mistakenly presumed that FTTP install was still routed through the master socket after being fibred to the box outside the house, so I ended up not having thought where i wanted the fibre routed until after the BT engineer arrived and told me it could be put virtually anywhere in the house. As mentioned though itll be fine where it is for me so no worry of trying any dodgy home "fusion splicing", but I imagine when FTTP/on-demand becomes more widespread itll be quite a common annoyance 🙂