The Story of My Fibre Install
Internet at 150 Mbps…
Back in September 2016, I found out TELUS was installing fibre optic service in my neighbourhood. Knowing the kind of speeds that are possible on a fibre optic network, I knew I had to sign up. But it was important for me to first consider my environmental challenges against my requirements. Allow me to explain:
I live in a pre-internet era home that isn’t pre-wired with Ethernet cables. My home is two stories high with a furnished basement and garage (more on why this is significant later). I require at least 100 Mbps (ideally with an equally fast symmetrical upload speed) to power a wired connect to my desktop computer for graphics work and a strong wireless network to fuel the multiple laptops and tablets in my home.
I researched the offerings from various service providers on Google which pointed me to a few informative sites. Based on reviews from users and my own unique requirements, I deemed TELUS’ PureFibre 150/150 to be the winner based on the merits of speed and hardware in the form of the included Actiontec T3200M (with WEB6000 access point). Speed possibilities aside, it won’t do me any good if the wireless coverage is poor.
So I’ve selected my new provider and I’ve crossed it off the list but now I’ll have to overcome some environmental challenges I’m faced with. My pre-internet era fully furnished home presents the biggest challenge. How will I go about wiring the entire place for ethernet connectivity originating at the TELUS Optical Network Terminal (the ONT Box)? The most convenient and logical location would be to mount the ONT on a wall in the garage where the demarcation box is located. But of course, I would have to take on the unenviable task of pre-wiring the entire house with CAT 5e cable to be able to support gigabit bandwidth.
Time to get my ducks in a row. First, I had to confirm Fibre was, in fact, available at my home, and it was! I placed an order and made arrangements for a tech to connect me via FTTH. In anticipation of the installation, I designed the CAT 5e open loop distribution system originating in the garage that runs through the basement to the gateway continuing on to the second floor wireless access point (AP) where it will loop back to the garage to a secondary AP that provides connectivity for additional security.
MY ETHERNET DISTRIBUTION DESIGN DIAGRAM
So you must be looking at my diagram and asking yourself, “how are you going to make that happen?” Luckily, I have an electrician friend who worked with me for more than 8 hours to complete the open loop ethernet distribution system with hidden wiring. Not to pat myself on the back but *pats self on back* we finished one week ahead of schedule. The TELUS tech came as scheduled on the weekend and the whole installation was completed without a hitch in less than two hours since all the hard work was already finished 😉
MY INSTALLATION PHOTOS
INTERNET PERFORMANCE DATA
Everyone at home – ALL SMILES!
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