1. Get in touch with your local VM Salesman. The price is the same as on-line but you deal with someone face-to-face.
2. As I wandered around the nearest town and local villages there were very few tidy installs, with cables hanging everywhere.
3. It is a two stage process, two guys came to blow the fibre, then another guy turns up later to fit the coax from the fibre connection outside to the VM SH3.
4. One neighbour had the Fibre blow team turn up at a different time than agreed when they ordered on-line. Which resulted in the box on the wall outside being in a different place to where they wanted it.
5. By dealing with the local VM Salesman I agreed that the fibre blow would only happen while I was present and he passed that on directly to their local Contractorís (Kelly) Foreman.
6. My VM SH3 would be the opposite corner of the house to where the Fibre terminates in the box on the outside wall. So the VM Salesman arranged for another Kelly guy to visit and leave some VM Coax with me. I then ran the Coax behind a gutter drainpipe (secured with tie-wraps), through the loft and then back down the outside wall on the other side. The Kelly install guy later told me they have to do 7 installs in a day. No way with that amount of work to do will they be running cable through my loft (which isn't very well boarded anyway). So this way I had minimal cable showing outside.
7. When the Coax install guy visits stick with him, as I did during the entire hour he was with me. I had previously noted on other installs they only seem to have pink blaster plates, which look terrible (especially when all the other blaster plates, guttering and down-pipes I have are black). So make sure that if this is important to you then you get some black blaster plates beforehand (they are real cheap on e-Bay) and he then fitted that.
8. So, in summary, by dealing with a local VM Salesman face-to-face, being very clear about what needs to be done, being realistic that they are not going to spend a day running Coax through a badly boarded loft and doing it myself, anticipating what might happen and shadowing the workmen 100% of the time they are present you get a nice clean VM install. In fact mine is the cleanest I have ever seen!
On a different, but related, subject. VM didnít offer me a landline. But we still wanted a landline option and wanted to keep our existing landline number, even though we normally use the inclusive minutes on our mobile contracts. We chose Sipgate as a VoIP provider. No monthly rental and low cost calls. Sound quality has been fine. But please be aware you have to use the line every so often or it is terminated. I think (but not sure) it is every 3 months.
Edited by treforh (Mon 05-Mar-18 14:57:00)