just thought I would register & post as I had a letter yesterday from BT saying I could get BT infinity, and shockingly when I checked yes i am FINALLY able to get fibre, woo hoo!
Started investigating who to go with... Currently with Be internet, always been pleased with them as they do not port throttle or traffic manage, as I do download a lot - so having looked around I am probably going to opt for Plusnet Fibre Extra.
the generous 250gb download limit (unlimited in off peak hours)
minimal traffic management
good value for money (20 quid a month)
I consider the last point to be a major selling point, as BT do not seem to offer static IP without paying an extra monthly cost, but I would like to have one as I find it very handy.
Currently I have just a bog standard netgear router in place, I was planning on using a watchguard firewall to replace this (I already have one, I bought it to tinker with as a possible replacement for the netgear), just plugging it into the BT modem supplied, rather than using the home hub. I currently have the router in the lounge (where the master socket is) and this feeds into a powerline adapter which goes back to my 'study' at the back of the house, where most of the computer equipment lives. I
think the powerlines are rated upto 200mb, although not sure how much of a bottleneck they are. So, I was considering having the master socket moved to the back room where all my computer equipment is, so that my server used for downloads etc can feed directly to the internet connection, rather than over the powerlines.
Questions really, I have seen various people saying the engineer will be able to relocate master socket etc, seems very much dependent on the engineer, and how many biscuits are supplied etc, but do they actually fit a new master socket? or just reconfigure existing extensions? As currently there is no sockets in the study, just the powerline adapter supplying my internets. If I am going to the trouble of having a high speed internet connection, I dont want it crippled by powerline adapters etc.
I think having the master socket located at the back of the house (where the study is) would make more sense, as I think the cable comes in from the back of the house, and is then routed via external cables round to the front - so if this is the case, I will be saving a few metres of cable if i get it routed in there.
Also does anyone have any pros / cons for plusnet fibre? I had a nose in the plusnet section just welcome any input
sorry for the super long waffle post