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Standard User AndyPandy
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 12-Jan-15 09:08:41
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Fibre Install Questions - Kit All Ready


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I'm (finally, hopefully, touch wood) getting FTTC installed this Wednesday.

I've already got an MK2 VDSL plate installed, and a Fritzbox 3390 currently running the ADSL2 connection.

So, all I should need to do when the cab connection is made, is put in the VLAN and switch to PPPoE authentication (I have it manually set to PPPoA right now).

Given that, what is the engineer likely to do when he/she turns up?

Do they need to plug in their own kit to test the line? Will they want to plug in the OR modem?

I'm thinking I should ask for the "included" modem and faceplate for spares.


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Mon 12-Jan-15 09:37:23
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Re: Fibre Install Questions - Kit All Ready


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If an engineer install, then let them get on with it, and no reason for them to know you will be using the 3390, simplest route is let them install modem and prove it all by connecting to Ethernet WAN port on the 3390

Not likely to touch the faceplate unless it all looks a bit funky

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Standard User AndyPandy
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 12-Jan-15 11:02:50
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Do they go as far as plugging the customer's router in and testing that? I'd have thought not...?


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Standard User Taras
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 12-Jan-15 13:57:50
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nope, they will do several tests and one of which is to check the speed and also that your line is passing various thresholds ..
Standard User kasg
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 12-Jan-15 14:44:59
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In reply to a post by AndyPandy:
Do they go as far as plugging the customer's router in and testing that? I'd have thought not...?

In the two installations I have been involved with (both by genuine Openreach people) they have stayed around long enough to let me do that.

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Standard User Zarjaz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 12-Jan-15 18:47:31
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If it's Zen you are staying with as an FTTC ISP, then the install will be for 'modem only'. Dependant on who comes to do the work, some tests of sync should be made, and a pair quality test made if a fully fledged OR bod.

Why not remove the faceplate filter in the morning, that way you'll get one fitted, and have one as a spare as you said ? A good chance it'll be an MK3 as well.

Standard User AndyPandy
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 12-Jan-15 19:13:20
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In reply to a post by Zarjaz:
If it's Zen you are staying with as an FTTC ISP, then the install will be for 'modem only'. Dependant on who comes to do the work, some tests of sync should be made, and a pair quality test made if a fully fledged OR bod.

Why not remove the faceplate filter in the morning, that way you'll get one fitted, and have one as a spare as you said ? A good chance it'll be an MK3 as well.


Yup, staying with Zen. No reason not to.

Had OR out not that long ago for an intermittently cracking line - apparently it's the "perfect pair", apart from the noise, that he only heard once, whilst not in the test socket, so off he went. (I've heard it in the test socket!)

Was an oldish guy too, which in my quite broad experience, means a good one.

I'm more interested in getting the modem, as the filters can be had for not much money, and the mk3 is meant to hit synch speed to the benefit of stability. I'm also "working from home" so really need to stay connected whilst I can... laugh

Right now the crackling has gone, maybe someone nudged the pair in the PCP. There's a quiet hum, but it's not affecting my ADSL synch speeds.

I was more curious to know what I should expect, so he/she doesn't leave without have done everything they're meant to do.

Almost 5 years to the date from FTTC commercial availability. What a wait..!


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