Fibre to the premises

Cowabunga

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Location
Ceredigion,Wales
Just out of interest, what is the monthly cost of this ‘300 mbs’ you speak of?
Exactly the same as EE 4G contract at £50/month give or take including VOIP voice calls. I’m saving the 4G cost and the copper landline and internet charges, so I reckon I’ll be at least £40/month better off and with between a 10 times and 50 times faster service, depending on the day, and almost certainly a more reliable service than EE.
Having said that, the only redundancy I will have from now on is the EE signal to the stand-by gizmo supplied with the fibre kit [which is no good because there’s no mobile signal on the ground floor where the router is] and my mobile phone if I walk up the yard and sit on the old milk churn stand.

I should mention that I went for the middle speed service of up to 300mbps rather than the cheaper available option. I’ll be getting that for my brother’s house because anything consistently over 50mbps download is enough for his use for the foreseeable future.
 

PSQ

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Scottish Borders
So about the same cost as most rural properties pay for a 3rd rate copper cable broadband service. [sigh]

I get 20mbs from a fttc connection. The irony being that one of the 2 main fibre optic cables that connects Scotland and England passes 30 yards from the house, but it’s not available for a public connection (“like connecting your kettle to a pylon”). The contractor that laid it said that if anyone accidentally dig through it, the compensation payment for loss of service would be at least a 7 figure sum.
 
I have FTTP at my house and at the farm. Very pleased with both.

One is a dedicated fibre system installed by Gigaclear nothing to do with phone cabinets/Openreach network.

The other is integrated into the BT/Openreach system (so comes up the same duct as the phone line) but retailed by a third party.

Both capable of gigabit speeds, and potentially even more thought I can’t really see why anyone needs more than 100mbps if I’m honest.

How much kerfuffle is involved getting a cable into your house?
 

Steevo

Member
Location
Gloucestershire
How much kerfuffle is involved getting a cable into your house?

None at all. They were able to use the same Openreach/BT duct to the house from the local manhole/cabinet. After I ordered I came home one day 10 days later to find the plate fitted on the wall. My internal installation appointment was for 10 days or so after that.
 
None at all. They were able to use the same Openreach/BT duct to the house from the local manhole/cabinet. After I ordered I came home one day 10 days later to find the plate fitted on the wall. My internal installation appointment was for 10 days or so after that.

Sounds grand then. Hopefully they can do similar to get from the manhole in the road to the house.
 

Cowabunga

Member
Location
Ceredigion,Wales
It took about an hour and a half for the man to run a cable across the yard from the pole to my gable end, run it down to a junction box, drill through the wall and a window frame and set it all up to work. He also changed the network passcode to make it easier and quicker to connect any wifi device to the router.
I’ve moved the TP link booster from the 4G router to the BT fibre one, using a data cable, and tested the tele and it woks fine with HD Amazon Prime Originals. Haven’t tried the booster upstairs yet but can’t think why it wouldn’t work.

Next job is to research wireless VOIP handsets. BT have supplied one but I want three or four more. Not sure whether the old DECT phones will be able to work with this system? If they can, great.
 
Next job is to research wireless VOIP handsets. BT have supplied one but I want three or four more. Not sure whether the old DECT phones will be able to work with this system? If they can, great.
You can get a converter to run analogue phones through VoIP. We have one on the robot alarm dialer.
Google Cisco analogue / VoIP converter
 

Cowabunga

Member
Location
Ceredigion,Wales
You can get a converter to run analogue phones through VoIP. We have one on the robot alarm dialer.
Google Cisco analogue / VoIP converter
Small issue here is that a Cisco ATA 192 Multiplatform phone costs as much as three new Yealink handsets.

All the options seem to have a complex setting-up procedure, which I wasn’t expecting and don’t want either. I wish these things were simple plug and play, but it seems not. I’m no telecoms expert or computer programmer and I don’t expect that more than a tiny proportion of the population are, so how the heck do they expect people to set these things up properly or at all?
 

Rookie

Member
Arable Farmer
We were on voip, our original landline phone just connected straight into the white fttp box (ont).
However, recently bt have just changed us onto digital voice. The same phone now plugs straight into our bt router. Only downside now is that we've got to put in the area dialling code for all calls, including same local area which is a pita!
 

Cowabunga

Member
Location
Ceredigion,Wales
I’ve been told that I’ll need to use the whole number for local calls. If possible, will put them in a ‘favourites‘ directory like my iPhone’s. Otherwise will enter them in the phone’s normal directory. It’s a pity that it can’t synch with a smartphone’s directory where I have hundreds of numbers stored.

It is possible that my existing DECT landline phones will work with the new router. I’ll have to try it. My voice over fibre isn’t active yet.
 
Think there are 2 different scenarios.
Bt router FTTP has a phone socket which a conventional phone plugs into to give Voip

A 3rd party provider deals with VOIP
We have the latter. Local numbers dialled as before, without the area code
 

sjt01

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
North Norfolk
Think there are 2 different scenarios.
Bt router FTTP has a phone socket which a conventional phone plugs into to give Voip

A 3rd party provider deals with VOIP
We have the latter. Local numbers dialled as before, without the area code
We have Ring Central as our provider, local calls 6 digit dialling. You can transfer your old number or have new ones. The helpline is from the Phillipines, and they are really helpful with good English. One nice thing is that voicemails come as an email optionally, so can be forwarded to other people to deal with!
 
We have Ring Central as our provider, local calls 6 digit dialling. You can transfer your old number or have new ones. The helpline is from the Phillipines, and they are really helpful with good English. One nice thing is that voicemails come as an email optionally, so can be forwarded to other people to deal with!
Much like ours, through a company called Boxx. helpline UK
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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