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    New Fibre - Wired or Wireless?

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      Question New Fibre - Wired or Wireless?

      Hi,

      I'm upgrading to fibre in 10 days. I realise ethernet connection is better than wireless as a basic rule but can I expect a major drop-off if I stay wireless?

      My master socket is downstairs with my iMac in the bedroom upstairs. Right now I have no issues being wireless, speeds are the same as ethernet (tried it as a test). Is this likely to remain the case with the new fibre setup?

      I have homeplugs but currently I use them for the Sky HD stb and my Xbox360. I've ordered a wireless connector for my Sky HD so I can use that spare home-plug for the iMac is needed.

      In order to be completely wired I would need the Openreach guy to run a cable from the Openreach modem/master socket... upstairs to the bedroom where I would sit my Sky hub. This wont look the prettiest but if it will mean I get a huge difference from being wireless I will do it.

      I have checked on this forum and my homeplugs should be compatible.

      For added info I have a phone socket in the bedroom but its not being used.

      Any help would be great?

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      Re: New Fibre - Wired or Wireless?

      Your wireless speeds will be no worse than those you currently enjoy provided that the location of your router remains the same. You can check the speed you are likely to get now if you want without waiting for fibre to be installed by timing how long it takes to transfer a large file between two computers on your local network. This is best done with one of the computers connected to your network by cat5E ethernet cable using 100Mb/s or better. If the speed is better than the download speed of the fibre product you are going to purchase then there would not be any point in making any improvements. There are also programmes available to simplify speed tests on your local network. One such programme can be found at: LAN Speed Test (Lite)

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      Re: New Fibre - Wired or Wireless?

      If you're not happy with the results you get from the tests seawright has suggested, then you have a number of options when the engineer arrives. You can them to move the master socket to another location. You can get them to swap the extension and the master, i.e. the socket in the bedroom becomes the master and the original master becomes and extension. Other options you have involve keeping the master and modem downstairs and running a cable to wherever you want the hub to be located.

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      Re: New Fibre - Wired or Wireless?

      Would using the home-plug set-up be better than the basic wireless? Right now my iMac connects wirelessly to the modem downstairs, absolutely no drop in speeds compared to a direct ethernet connection. Hopefully that solid connection will exist on the fibre move but if it does drop would using the home-plug upstairs on the iMac be better? I don't want to run extra cable upstairs unless I absolutely have to.

      Is it straight forward changing the master & extension around? Will the Openreach guy do it as a matter of course or is it beyond what he is supposed to do?

      Hopefully none of this matters and wireless will continue to be solid. I don't have 2 computers to test the probable speeds as suggested I'm afraid.

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      Re: New Fibre - Wired or Wireless?

      I posted a thread, What is "Standard" on a fibre install, that details what the OR engineer is able to carry out as part of a fibre install. The caveat in the post still stands.

      I'm not sure how easy it is to change the extension to be the master, someone more knowledgeable than me will be able to answer that!

      In terms of homeplug vs. wireless, this is really down to your local environment. Homeplugs rely on reasonable electrical wiring to perform at good speeds. Wireless suffers from walls and interference. If your wireless is working well for you, then I'd see no reason to change it when you move to fibre.

     

     

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