To start the ball rolling ....
The Openreach modem has to be "adsl cable length" from the master socket. That's the short ADSL cable that goes between the socket you use now and your router.
ISPs have a free option when ordering an installation for you. That option is a data extension cable
, also called a Home Wiring Solution
. That allows either:
- the modem to be up to 30 metres from the master socket, (the official use);
- the master socket to be moved 30 metres from its current location, (the solution most engineers are willing to adopt if asked).
It is wise when ordering to confirm with your ISP that this free option will be ordered for you. Many order it as standard, but some don't. There is also an option for exterior grade cable for this. I assume the default is interior grade.
That covers the first two of the options you suggest.
Regarding the third, the link between the modem and your router is ordinary ethernet. Maximum distance 100 metres. The engineer will not carry or supply such a cable, and even if you have obtained one is under no obligation to install it. It's up to you to do that.
Any of these is preferable to Powerline adapters, good though they can be. 200Mbps or even 500Mbps are needed to cope with FTTC speeds, and don't come cheap.
Do you need a phone where the master currently is?
Re a router - I didn't fancy forking out £70+ when I started with IDNet from O2 LLU. I was pushing it to justify the extra cost of FFTC over ADSL2+ anyway. I got one of these
, and 20 months on am now using it in preference to the two Netgear routers supplied by Plusnet. I was a great Netgear fan on O2 ADSL2+, but the Buffalo has far better wireless and a complex but versatile GUI. Setup is extremely simple using the Wizard. Manual setup with a static IP I found impossibIe, though manual setup has always been my preference.
I find the current Netgears supplied by Plusnet a little noddy. At the price the Buffalo cannot be a disaster, and may even be returnable.
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