I am new here but I have searched to find the answers to my questions but some remain. I would like to get installation right at the first attempt
I live in a rural village that thanks to "better broadband for Norfolk" is getting FTTC very soon - the cabinet is here, ready and is is 100 metres from my house connected by overhead lines. There is a connector box about 6 metres up the side wall of my house where I join the BT system. I currently have a 1.8Mb connection!
Problem 1. The connector box on my side wall is apparently connected to the master socket by indoor 6 core telephone cable even thought the first metre of it is outside. The other 6 metres between the connector box & the master socket is buried behind plasterboard/plaster. Is this likely to be a problem with longevity or connection speed?
Problem 2. If I am to use the new router at the existing master socket location it is a long way to some of the wireless users - one level plus 20 metres. The present location of my router is at the other end of the house, in my office, connected by a normal telephone extension cable. If I get BT to run a data cable to my present router location I am guessing that they will surface mount it. How large a cable is a data cable & what colour – believe me this matters if I want a peaceful life!!? Alternatively - & I have seen conflicting reports on this & BT chat says NO - will they move the master socket to another existing socket on my phone system (10 daisy chained locations) where the new router could be located?.
Concern 3. If I am going to disrupt the house to put in cat5e/6 cabling I would like to put in enough of them that will mean that I don't need to do it again soon. I can easily see at least 4 in the lounge/entertainment room but how many to my office & the bedrooms?
Ignorance 4. How do I connect all this stuff together? I gather that I need a switcher but do they need a power point & what else should I consider in my decision?
Ignorance 5. The plan would be a single Cat6 connector from the socktet/router to a switcher. Can I connect a 2nd switcher to one of the connectors out of a 1st switcher? Is this a good idea to greatly reduce cable lengths?
As you can probably tell I would appreciate any helpful solutions – and just a little reassurance before I channel the walls!!
If I am talking rubbish please tell me!