Vodafone: new ‘fibre’ router needs at least two power sockets???..edit:now installed.
My son is having his Vodafone broadband upgraded to 100Mbps ‘fibre’
router very shortly and in their communications they say, quote: “Remember,
you'll need at least two power sockets, so have a think about the best place
for your router to be installed.”
Before I ring them for clarification I’d appreciate your comments.
Why does the new router need at least two power sockets?...the present router is in a position that only has a ‘single mains power socket’.
Would a ‘double/triple adaptor’ or a short 3-socket extension lead be ok in the absence of a mains ‘double wall socket’ ?
As ever, all replies gratefully received.
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I'd advise to hold fire for a couple of months because Openreach are in the process of getting OFCOM to agree to them reducing the price of their wholesale fibre offering which, if agreed, will filter down (hopefully) as cheaper prices from ISPs like Vodafone, Sky etc (assuming Vodafone use the Openreah infrastructure).
The obvious option would be bring it at the front, ie, into my living room but I've not long had the front rendered and I don't want that compromised by drilling through it.
OP here; update for anyone remotely interested,
...new fibre b/band was installed yesterday. The fibre cable was pushed through the same conduit that housed the copper phone line,...it took the guy quite some time to get the cable to the front door,..he started some way down the street.
The installation does indeed need two power sources,...the small (approx 10cm x 10cm and permanently affixed to the interior wall) ONT box which terminates the fibre cable needs its own power supply as does the router itself.
We only had one mains power socket in that location but a bog-standard mains double adaptor was perfectly adequate.
As for the interior ‘aesthetics’ it does look like something of a dogs dinner when all the cables are connected,...it’s not pretty. On the exterior wall there is also a large’ish grey hinged plastic box that the fibre cable enters/exits;...the exterior box is about 15cm x 15cm and to be honest it’s a bit unsightly so it’s something to consider when you’re deciding where to site your new equipment.
I use Virgin 110Mbps fibre in my own house and that’s just a single cable through the wall straight into the router.
However, the whole installation took about 2.5 hours and wi-fi Ookla speed tests were consistently showing 109Mbs download & 20Mbps upload so it’s a huge improvement. £23/month on a 24 month contract; (which is considerably cheaper than my Virgin b/band contract!)
1. No outside box - cable through the wall to inside box - very old 20 years ago.
2. No inside box (current house) just an outside box with single cable into the house and a splitter for the modem / Tivo box
3. Both boxes inside and out (previous house)
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