Socket upgrade/relocation and VDSL

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Vir Campestris, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. They're pulling fibre up the road :)

    But ... the 'phone socket is in a place we don't like. Anyone know a way
    we can get a shiny new master socket in the right place _without_ paying
    an Openreach callout charge?

    Vir Campestris, Aug 21, 2014
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  2. Vir Campestris

    Flop Guest

    When the BTOR engineer comes offer the use of the bathroom; a cup of
    tea/coffee; biscuits.

    They tend to be very helpful and will accommodate your preferences as
    far as they can.

    Decide what you want [and alternatives] before they arrive. Ideally,
    just where you want the plate - then leave them to sort out the logistics.

    Suggesting that you run cables under carpets/rugs usually upsets them
    [H&S] and they will offer to find a more acceptable layout.

    Trust their experience.
    Flop, Aug 21, 2014
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    Phil W Lee Guest

    When you get it installed you can have the master socket moved to
    where you want it, within reason (I think there's a 30M maximum cable
    run from the existing master, but check that in the T&Cs when you
    order). It's included in the price of an engineer installation on
    FTTC upgrades, or at least it is with Zen - it's possible that other
    ISPs may use a cut price option that doesn't include it if one exists.
    They will only surface mount the cable (with staples) so if you want a
    better concealed cable run, or it's complex or over their maximum
    distance, run your cable first using whatever concealment method you
    prefer (they won't have any problem with using a pair from a cat5
    That's what I did when we had our phone installed here after we moved,
    and they didn't have any problem with it even then, on an installation
    which didn't normally include any socket relocation (although the old
    connection from the previous occupier was of the wired in variety.
    Phil W Lee, Aug 22, 2014
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    Roger Mills Guest

    Please reply to Newsgroup. Whilst email address is valid, it is seldom
    Roger Mills, Aug 22, 2014
  5. AFAIK moving the master socket is a no-no.

    I actually want the new location _nearer_ where the line arrives, and on
    an outside wall. A single hole through the wall, and Robert is your
    mother's brother. It should be tidier than the current arrangement,
    where it runs along the gutter before dropping down.

    Vir Campestris, Aug 22, 2014
  6. Vir Campestris

    Flop Guest

    I suspect that you will find that the engineer will be perfectly happy
    doing just that.

    Our BTOR installer moved everything to the other side of the house with
    a new drop wire thrown in.

    The only problem he had was trying to go through the skirting board. He
    hadn't realised it was cast concrete and not wood. [Don't ask because I
    don't know].
    Flop, Aug 23, 2014
  7. Yes not allowed, but I think that if you did do it and did it properly,
    so it looked like an official installation you'd be unlikely to get into
    Brian Gregory, Aug 23, 2014
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    Davey Guest

    Anti-woodworm policy?
    Davey, Aug 23, 2014
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    Brian Mc Guest

    : On 22/08/2014 21:28, Vir Campestris wrote:
    : > AFAIK moving the master socket is a no-no.

    : Yes not allowed, but I think that if you did do it and did it properly,
    : so it looked like an official installation you'd be unlikely to get into
    : trouble.

    Well my OpenReach Infinity engineer had no issues about moving the BT master
    socket through to what was an extension back in March!

    The original (BT Installed) NTE5 socket is still there but, inside it, the
    incoming wire is firmly crimped on to a spare pair going to the extension.

    At the former extension (now new actual master socket) is a new VDSL
    type master socket.
    Brian Mc, Sep 2, 2014
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