I'm seriously considering Fibre at the moment following the o2/Sky announcement and weighing up the jump to Plusnet against staying on and taking o2's current new contract freebies.
I live in a bungalow where the master is in a decidedly inconvenient place under the living room window, next to a large granite fireplace, so I'm looking at the best solution around this for a Fibre setup. My existing connection is running from an extension socket in a back room office/studio off a bedroom, just about as far away from the master as you can get. This arrangement has suited me fine for many years.
As I'm a little concerned about unpredictable element of getting a good Openreach engineer on the day, I'm thinking about taking cabling responsibility at my end. FYI - I've had curious issues with interference and weird SNR Margin jumps in the past (nothing to do with the internal wiring). Despite BT not providing/finding a solution these have broadly sorted themselves out over the years. However because of the history and the potentially long cable runs I do have concerns. Therefore which of the options below is preferable in terms of connection speed and robustness? i.e. Are either them likely to produce a lower connection speed than having everything two feet away from the master socket?
1) To have the modem as near as possible to the master and then run a cat5 or 6 cable through the wall, up into the loft and then across/down 30-35m into the required room.
2) Run a cable (suggestions welcome) from the master along the same route as above to the modem in the required room and then the network connection to the router.
Or should I just offer tea, biscuits or 'a drink' to the Openreach guy?