You pretty much read my mind. I was just about to start a very similar thread (or keep an older thread going probably straying further off topic though.)
Anyway, Can I ask what the Sky Fibre checker is estimating you will get speed wise?
I have a friend who has just got Sky Fibre, the self install includes one microfilter, so although I wouldn't/haven't personally done it, you could not use the interstitial filter and just opt for the microfilter.
My general policy is to get the VDSL modem (in sky's self install setup) the Sky Hub (no seperate BTOpenreach VDSL modem required as close as possible to the master socket with interstitial filter.
All of these "tricks and tips" seem to be a very hot topic on TBB forums at the moment, such as the MK2 faceplate and even the "Tandy" or adslnation pro 0.5m twisted pair RJ11 (VDSL) link cable.
I thought I was "prepared" for doing my friend's self install, their estimate was 6Mbps download, when connected we got about 8/9Mbps but maxing out the upstream seemed to cause packet loss.
His line travels quite a distance within his property (130m long driveway) to his master socket, so I was curious about reducing this distance, however from other's recommendation, playing about with the connection within the first few days/10 days of activation is generally not recommended.
On this basis, it might be worthwhile doing all "tweaks" prior to actual connection.
If you have the MK2 faceplate ordered thats great, I also am waiting for one to arrive, my concern is that now his service is live, I shouldn't really touch anything as attempts to improve the connection may actually slow it down.
The Sky Hub provides quite limited stats:
Modem Status Connected
Line Rate - Upstream (Kbps):1316
Line Rate - Downstream (Kbps):9896
(unless anyone knows how to interrogate this further?
I'm about to ask the question in another thread about definitive "behaviour" of DLM (dynamic line management) as there seems to be slightly varying stories out there.
Good luck with your Sky Self Install!, I was surprised that they only include 1 microfilter in the modem pack.
Edited by flipdee (Mon 03-Feb-14 13:17:04)