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FTTP Rollout is a Golden Opportunity to Improve UK Home WiFi

Thursday, Dec 28th, 2023 (12:01 am) - Score 10,760
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One often overlooked advantage of the national rollout of gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP networks across the United Kingdom is that it also provides homeowners with a unique opportunity to solve a historic problem, the correct placement of their wireless routers for optimal signal distribution.

Every home is different and so experiences will vary, but historically many people will have opted to place their broadband router as close to their Openreach Master Socket as possible in order to get the most performance out of the operator’s old copper cables (i.e. reducing the impact of interference on the line).

NOTE: Check out our old but still very relevant – ‘Top Tips for Boosting Your Home Wi-Fi Wireless Network Speeds‘ article.

On top of that, a lot of houses were built before WiFi or routers were even a consideration, which meant they had no impact on where the builders chose to place the sockets. We should point out that homes with older Virgin Media installs can suffer from similarly poor placement, albeit due to different reasons.

In fact, even some new build homes can run into the same sort of problems, with telecoms sockets and kit frequently still being placed inside a single space, such as under the stairs or inside a poorly positioned cabinet. Often this is far from ideal for WiFi signals, which ends up meaning that the homeowner has to compensate by spending more on alternative solutions (e.g. signal boosters, Mesh repeaters, powerline, wired networking) or awkward cable extensions.

How full fibre can help home WiFi

The national deployment of FTTP doesn’t just have to be about improving fixed line broadband. Savvy homeowners should also see it as a unique opportunity to re-consider, and perhaps change, where the new cables (fibre) enter their home, with the goal being the most optimal placement of your wireless router. Naturally, this won’t be possible for every home, due to various limitations, but for many people it will.

Cityfibre-ONT-Installed-in-Home-2023The vast majority of new FTTP installations will require an engineer to both work on the outside of your home (i.e. installing a wall box and drilling a hole for your fibre) and on the inside (i.e. run fibre from the drill hole to an optical modem called an ONT / ONU, which must be near to a plug socket). The engineer will have a fair amount of flexibility in how they do this, at least up to a point (lots of extra work may attract additional costs, so have in mind a few location options before they start work and discuss).

The goal should be to try and position your ONT and router in a location where the WiFi signal will deliver the best possible coverage for your needs. Often this will be a central location that does not obstruct the signals much, with the router ideally being positioned higher up (i.e. above the normal level of room furniture or clutter and away from other electrical devices).

At this point it’s worth remembering that you’re not really limited by the length of LAN (Ethernet) cable between the ONT and router, so as long as you can hide those cables then a longer run (e.g. under the floorboards) may give you extra flexibility for router placement.

In my own case we already had underfloor cables, so the ONT could still come in next to the old Master Socket and all we needed to do was move the router to the other end of the Ethernet cable, instead of having it next to the Master Socket. This meant the router was now in a better position, and we’ve since found that the old Mesh WiFi kit is no longer needed, which reduced clutter, freed up power sockets and reduced electricity usage a bit.

As we said at the start, properties and experiences do vary, but the reason for writing this article is because we’ve seen quite a few people getting FTTP installed and doing so without really realising, or taking the time to consider, that they could also use the opportunity to change their existing router placement to benefit WiFi (i.e. a lot of people just have the ONT installed near to their old Master Socket, but you don’t have to!).

So, remember, have a think before the engineer arrives and discuss some placement options with them before they begin their work. In fact, it may be that WiFi isn’t your priority, but the same opportunity still exists for change. So don’t just assume that everything has to go in the same place as it always has, because it doesn’t.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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55 Responses
  1. Avatar photo tech3475 says:

    So far the only way I’ve solved my WiFi problems is with multiple WAPs, initially BT Wholehome mesh which had some issues e.g. preventing network discovery and to my current TP Link EAPs when I had ethernet installed in other parts of the house via the outside wall.

    As for the ONT, I wanted mine or an extension to upstairs but the OR engineer said he couldn’t because of some plastic feature on the house (don’t know if CYA/liability concerns or an excuse), so I was given no choice but to have it by the front door. Having to later at my own expense install additional Ethernet to get the connection where I wanted it and no said plastic wasn’t an issue.

    So just remember that you may not be given a choice and to have a contingency plan if having the connection in a different place is a priority.

    1. Avatar photo jrhop says:

      Hi @tech3475, I live in an old property without cavity walls and was thinking of running cables externally as I have read this before. Are you able to provide some info on the cables used, difficulty and rough costs?

      Thanks,

      James

    2. Avatar photo tech3475 says:

      In terms of equipment, I already had a suitable drill, ladder and bifurcator then I bought CAT6 cable (possibly overkill compared to CAT5e), an extra long drill bit, a few sockets (1 quad, 4 single jack), clips and backplates for them.

      In terms of cost, I’d suggest looking around as this was a few years ago and costs have likely gone up, plus trying to apply my costs to yours may be flawed e.g. cable length, amount of sockets, equipment I owned, etc. Probably cost me roughly around £50-80 at the time for connecting 4 different rooms to a fifth one.

      Overall it was a bit of a pain but it’s paid off long term, definitely prefer this over WiFi Mesh and I’ve had far fewer issues with Sky Q as well as allowing that extra WAP.

      One option to consider is buying premade cable, however, this can cause problems if something goes wrong like it did on a separate project for some CCTV cameras where the cable got stuck in the wall (fortunately I had enough pulled through) and personally I don’t think it’s as flexible and tidy as sockets.

      Maybe consider getting some quotes from professional installers, I know some antenna installation people in my area also gave quotes for free.

      One thing to note: some of the clips have broken over the years, although this hasn’t caused any problems as of now and otherwise I’ve had no issues.

  2. Avatar photo Just a thought says:

    The problem with the router and WiFi unit being in the same box also causes issues. Where you wish to place router and some Cat5 cables running to a game box, TV and maybe a WFH area, are not necessarily the best place for the WiFi aerial. ISPs should have the option of removable antenna and coax connection, or more practically a paired WiFi access unit with PoE from the router. This would allow optimum positioning of all elements.

    1. Avatar photo tech3475 says:

      I think it’s more likely ISPs would just include MESH capabilities and charge extra for additional WAPs, especially the ones charging for ‘wifi guarantees’.

  3. Avatar photo Optimist says:

    How can the router be placed in the ideal location for wi-fi if it also has to be next to the ONT on an external wall? And why does each of these devices require a 13-amp socket when they draw less power than an old-fashioned 100 watt light bulb between them?

    Progress?

    1. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

      The router don’t need to be next to the ONT, you can have a longer Ethernet cable, going from the ONT to the WAN on the router. As for the 13ammp, mainly because that is what we in the UK normally have, 13 amp sockets. It would confuse people if they were told they can need a 3 amp socket. We are not in the U.S., where they have different rated sockets.

    2. Avatar photo MilesT says:

      Different rated sockets in the US is actually quite rare.

      Where it happens (usually to support a high draw appliance like an electric clothes dryer or oven/cooker/standalone aircon) said socket is often a special one that carries 2 voltages (110 & 208/220-4 pins including ground), which is possible as almost all US houses actually have two “phases” coming in from the street into the breaker panel (usual 2 lives from each end of a multi-tapped transformer and a neutral from the middle tap hence 220 across the 2 lives, or 2 of available 3 phases hence 208), but most circuits/sockets are wired with one phase and neutral to make 110 (to individual breaker of appropriate rating for the spur, not the UK peculiarity that is ring main)

    3. Avatar photo Optimist says:

      Thanks, Ad47uk, I misread the article! The videos on FTTH installation I have watched all show the ONT and router juxtaposed. This put me off ordering, so I am now glad to learn this is no longer an issue. Concerning the power supply, is it possible for the ONT to derive its powered via the ethernet cable from the router, or vice-versa, to avoid having to extend the mains wiring along a wall to the ONT location?

    4. Avatar photo ToneDeaf says:

      Regarding power to the ONT via PoE, I have been looking at this aspect.

      Not many routers offer PoE from the WAN port and those that do tend to be passive 24V (i e. Mikrotik). When trying to down convert 24v to 12v for the ONT, sourcing gigabit rated splitters will be a problem for the ONT side.

      It would be possible to use a PoE af or at power supply at the router location but I’m not sure that splitters to 12v are available for the PoE af or at standard

    5. Avatar photo ToneDeaf says:

      …..just checked Amazon.

      PoE at splitters are available for supplying 12v at gigabit capability.

    6. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

      @Optimist, not really looked at PoE, but there are not many routers as Tone deaf posted that does POE if any. There are adaptors, I know that much, not sure what they are like and not sure how they would work. I may watch a video on YouTube to see, just to be nosey.

      Power is not the problem for me, but running two Ethernet cables in the same place is. the way I have it is not great, but it will do.

    7. Avatar photo ToneDeaf says:

      For PoE to supply the ONT from the router end:-

      This at the router end:-
      https://www.broadbandbuyer.com/products/9831-tp-link-tl-poe150s/#content

      This at the ONT end:-
      https://www.broadbandbuyer.com/products/9666-tp-link-tl-poe10r

      Might possibly need an adaptor to snugly fit the supplied DC cable to the ONT 12v socket as these connectors can differ in width (2.1mm or 2.5mm).

  4. Avatar photo Andrew says:

    I had shit wifi in my 1950’s Bungalow due to a lot of exterior walls for some reason, I paid someone to run Ethernet in the walls, used my own AP’s powered off a POE switch – issue solved

    Granted this isn’t necessary for everyone and can be expensive.

    1. Avatar photo Billy Shears says:

      I always thought that running ethernet cables in a bungalow would be relatively easy, no floorboards to rip up, just channel up to the loft space then down again where needed. Seems I’m wrong. That’s twice this year. ☹️

  5. Avatar photo No Name says:

    Placement is one thing, but so many bundled routers are rubbish. I’m in a 3 story house, there is no way Sky or Virgins latest hubs are going to cover it. ISPs should really start to look at going down the mesh route. I’ve got a WiFi 6 mesh system and its flawless, the lowest I see is 700Mbps from our 1 Gig connection. Joe public wouldn’t even notice that drop.

    There will be a cost, but I’d love to see the costs of better routers vs costs saved from people ringing up CS and saying “meh, meh, meh, Wifi not working, crap provider, Shitish Telecom, Vermin Media”.

    You wouldn’t need to go for a really top tier mesh system either. The lowest level TP-Link gear will be suitable for a 100Mbps – 300Mbps connection.

    1. Avatar photo Billy Shears says:

      Sounds like the signal goes up/down between floors and nodes ok as well as outward. I’ve avoided mesh so far because I have a poor experience picking up WiFi when I’m on the floor below the router. Sounds like I need to investigate more (and look at TP Link).

  6. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

    My ONT was put behind my TV, not impressed, but it is where it is, and I have to make the best of it. The router is on the other side of the room, so I have Ethernet going from the ONT to the router, but then I also have to have Ethernet going back the same way, from the router to the TV and stuff. Used some trunking, not ideal, but it does the job. If I stay here, then I will redo it under the floorboards.

    @No Name, you are right about a lot of routers being rubbish, my supplier ZZoomm provides an Icotera router, they have a newer version, but it is still not great. I recommend people get their our router, I have a TP link one.

    I have seen a few routers over the years put in silly places, not sure if FTTP is going to make any difference, most people will not realise they can put a longer ethernet cable between the router and the ONT.

    1. Avatar photo spurple says:

      If you have a Wifi 5 or better system, and a tv younger than 6 years old, you almost certainly don’t need ethernet to the TV. TVs need little more rhan 30mbps at peak in short bursts.

      Of course if you’re an enthusiast, then more power to your elbow.

      I was this person myself not too long ago, but kids and a mortgage made me reroute my budget to other priorities, and since I already had decent wifi setup, I have not noticed any performance degradation as more and more things have become wifi only in my home since I couldn’t be bothered to get bigger and bigger switches and build ever larger bundles of ethernet cable. It’s a 3-node mesh wifi 5 system with hardwired nodes.

  7. Avatar photo DaveZ says:

    Misses the point. If you are going to run cables under floors etc. why bother with wi-fi at all. Just install a proper wired LAN.

    1. Avatar photo tonyp says:

      I agree with a wired LAN. My original phone line used a screw termination point, eventually converted to socket, then ISDN, later ADSL now fibre but at a most inconvenient position in my house. I initially wired my (owned) border router in a spare cupboard (a former airing cupboard) away from the terminating point. No Wifi originally. Then along came small servers followed by Raspberry Pi’s without WiFi for remote sensor data gathering. So I was forced to wire out my house with wired LAN, which in my old house was not easy – and is still ugly. However, with the proliferation of ethernet connected devices, I needed to provide switches in various rooms. For WiFi I have always opted for separate AP’s, initially one for each LAN segment but now a modern AP which handles multiple SSID’s and runs on PoE which means now I can optimally position the WiFi AP where various IoT devices can get a reasonable signal. Some of the older IoT devices really do have poor signal capabilities and to be restricted to a WiFi AP at the point of entry (as per the article photo) would mean repeaters or secondary AP’s scattered around. Wifi is useful but wired is better and no eavesdroppers!

    2. Avatar photo Phil says:

      @DaveZ you need Wi-Fi for mobile devices and smart devices, they don’t usually come with Ethernet sockets.

  8. Avatar photo MilesT says:

    I wonder if the best place in some houses for the ONT/router is actually the loft, as wooden floors are likely to be more permeable to Wifi than walls make of brick, block, or metal lined plasterboard filled with metal lined insulation.

    Of course that means you need power up to the loft, and maybe an ethernet link from the ONT to the loft as the ONT installer is likely unwilling to go up a tall ladder.

    1. Avatar photo Billy Shears says:

      I’m not sure but I think power supplies in lofts is now contrary to building regs. Does anyone know. Anyway, it’s a pain to get to on the rare occasions you need to faff with it.

    2. Avatar photo Phil says:

      @MikeT Exactly right. I live in a fairly large 4 bed house, a typical router/Wi-Fi when we first moved in hardly covered anything because it was against the side of the house downstairs, and 50% of the signal was straight into brickwork. So taking Ethernet up an outside wall into the loft and then installing an access point central on the landing ceiling, powered by PoE so no messing around with power to the loft, and coverage is now had across the entire property and garden. It works better because its central and high up. Signals have an easier time going up and down as they travel through ceilings rather than walls, and an access point is typically better quality than something stuck on the PCB of a typical consumer router. Wi-Fi is really line of sight, the less things in the way the better.

      This type of placement is more spectrum friendly as well, as more of the signal is in the property, then perhaps pushed next door if the router is at the side of a house.

      Mesh networks are not spectrum friendly and just congest everything up more. You get some mesh network and it speeds things up great for you, but next door start suffering with worse Wi-Fi speeds as it competes with more overlap and interface. Eventually they are forced to find another ISP or deal that gives them a bundled mesh network, they install that, their speeds are back to what they were before, and your speeds due to the extra interference from the next doors mesh network now drop back to where they were before! Everyone is essentially back to square one, the only people benefiting are the power companies charging for the extra consumption, the ISPs who trapped you in with a contract and a vague Wi-Fi speed promise, and the companies making the kit.

      This is why unmanaged spectrum is seldom good for much!

    3. Avatar photo Ivor says:

      Phil – “up and down” is not necessarily better either, as you still have to go through a lot of building but more importantly you have to go through every bit of furniture too.

      Mesh networks have their place. They might have better antennas than mobile devices do, and they can almost certainly be better positioned in a room. I think I’d only agree with the incorrect use of mesh where you can do more with what you have – and no I don’t think that means sticking your router in the loft.

      ” and an access point is typically better quality than something stuck on the PCB of a typical consumer router. ”

      that’s highly debatable, unless you have the budget for corporate grade hardware (and notice that those deployments typically use large numbers of APs covering small areas, following a proper site survey) it’s probably designed and made by the same people who made the consumer router.

  9. Avatar photo Meadmodj says:

    All houses are of course are different. However I have found that many have a side wall with access to a cupboard under the stairs or an attached/linked garage. It is quite simple for an existing front porch entry point to the hall to be cabled around the side externally.

    It is not just the router position, the ONT position needs to be planned and a professionally installed power socket provided.

    Think clearly where your Gas and Electric meter/consumer unit are and treat the ONT the same.

    Wired WIFI APs/Mesh are still the best still as a router will not cover well even if it is festooned with antennae and can be powered by PoE (as can the ONT). Two normally do the trick, ceiling mounted in hall and landing with others in specific living spaces if required (think smoke alarms)

    My view is network kit should not be in our living spaces or gathering dust on shelves.

    FTTP is indeed am opportunity.

  10. Avatar photo Tim says:

    Rollout should be universal, bur is strangely selective.

    My wifi is great, i have 3 asus RT-AX89X in a mesh set up with 10GB backhauls, my servers / NAS are connected at 10GB and as are my PCs. I work from home as an IT consultant. Propbem is Openfail and Altnets have no plans for FTTP on my estate despite the area being FTTP enabled. i can see it on the poles in adjacent roads from back/front windows and even the first 5 houses on the estate have it, but fed from the pole on the adjacent road.

    Openreach say they can provide superslow 8Mb with 0-1Mb upload. Thank god I have a a poor Virgin media solution, without which I would be unable to work from home. I have considered renting a small office with line of sight just to get internet.

    1. Avatar photo XGS says:

      I guess rollout of everything is selective until it’s complete, just a question of timing.

      Usually valid reasons to be left out and the Virgin Media cable will be upgraded to full fibre in the future.

    2. Avatar photo Ben says:

      What are you using for 10Gb switching?

  11. Avatar photo Sam B says:

    I had this happen. New Virgin Media fibre install. Got the engineers to put the router where I wanted, knowing i would either use CAT cables to route to devices or use a really good Wi-Fi router (not the standard one provided by the ISP).
    I decided on buying a decent second router, turning the Virgin Router in to modem mode and I was good to go. Covers 3 floor of a 3 bed house no problem. And I mean no problem even though the walls are thick.

  12. Avatar photo FibreGuy says:

    Part of the problem is actually one of practicalities. The fibre is coming from the street. It may be underground or overhead. It has to get into a property through an external wall – which means drilling a hole. As a fibre provider, cost and time come into the equation so they will always look for the shortest and most direct way to get into a property from where their fibre is in the street. Once inside, any placement of ONT or router away from the point of entry involves the running of a cable (cost) internally – this takes time (cost), will often require moving furniture, could involve more drilling through walls and then leaves a cable tacted to the wall looking ugly. All of this being done by the FTTP provider as part of the “free installation” to sign up to the service, thus reducing their margins and limiting the amount of installs they can do per day per team.

  13. Avatar photo Brian Clark says:

    Although not the cheapest option running ethernet cable up or along an external wall terminating in an ethernet wall socket gives a solid starting point at the desired location, requires no electricity to keep it going and is future proof.

    Brian

  14. Avatar photo Kev Hepburn says:

    I use a Deco PX50 with a satellite deco connected over G.hn and get a decent 750Mbps throughout in a property with 2 ft thick walls. I had a Google mesh system before and was lucky to get 300Mbps in the same room.

  15. Avatar photo Carlos says:

    Cat6 Ethernet run through the walls when the house was re-wired.

    One Asus Wi-Fi 6 router downstairs, another upstairs used as an access point (AiMesh using 2.5Gbps Ethernet ports as backhaul).

    Full signal pretty much everywhere.

  16. Avatar photo arundel says:

    Sorry Mark, but this feels a bit off. The way FTTP installs are going to work will leave a bunch of people worse off.

    Example: my mother. She has a 3 story townhouse where she was happily using the pre-installed middle floor socket for her router. Switch of provider happened, no more FTTC installs, so new ONT/etc it is.

    Installer left with her router now downstairs next to where the ONT was, now barely able to reach the rest of the house. It stayed like this until I was able to visit and run a long cable for her. You talk of running cables like it’s the most natural thing in the world, but for the vast majority of people it will be alien to them. Particularly bigger cat5/6 that can’t always be strung under doors like a phone extension.

    A lot more people are going to be seeing this soon. The ONT goes next to an exterior wall, the router goes next to it. No matter how inconvenient this may be. I would suggest it’ll make things worse WiFi wise rather than better.

    1. Avatar photo Ben says:

      Flat ethernet cables exist, and are generally fine at gigabit speeds even though the lack of twists violates the requirements for cat5 etc.

  17. Avatar photo John Robinson says:

    You’re absolutely right. Back before any of us were born, when the first telephones were being installed by GPO engineers into our great-grandparents’ houses, the one and only telephone got installed into the hall in the centre of the house, where it was most accessible for everyone in the home.

    New broadband, optical, etc broadband installations ought to be going into the same place, where the new device, the wifi router, has the best chance of giving the best service to the whole house.

    Unfortunately all the installers actually want to do is make a wee hole wherever most convenient for them, then terminate indoors right there where it’s most convenient for them. So it has been since privatisation, so it is now.

    This opportunity will be missed. It’s sad.

  18. Avatar photo Bob says:

    Easier said then done. Most modern homes have solid ground floors so running a cable internally is messy and not easy. Simplest attach is to run a cable externally so you can put the hub in the best place

    If you have a digital landline you van leave that where it is the CAT 5 cable has 2 spare wires that can be used for that

    1. Avatar photo Roger_Gooner says:

      A significant proportion of houses are terrace, so you cannot run a cable round the side.

      A lot of problems occur because some people refuse to drill a hole through an internal wall or ceiling, beats me why they would rather suffer bad WiFi when a wired solution can easily be done with a one-off wiring cost.

  19. Avatar photo Big Dave says:

    It’s time building regs were updated to mandate the installing 1 ethernet point in every room minimum back to a central location in new builds. Wifi is necessary for portable devices but for devices that consume high bandwidth e.g. smart TV’s and set top boxes a wired connection is far more preferable.

    1. Avatar photo RightSaidFred says:

      Agreed.

      No reason not to have Cat 7/8 ethernet installed as standard. Not like it is expensive these days, and a bit of future-proofing adds value to the property.

    2. Avatar photo Matt says:

      Agreed if nothing else would make it very easy to install a couple of hardwired access points around the house.

    3. Avatar photo Andrew G says:

      Why regulate to add to the price of every new build house, when the overwhelming majority of people are quite happy with wifi, and increasingly devices are doing away with ethernet ports?

      Let those who need ethernet round the house pay for it (or retrofit it). I’ll point out that I do have three or four ethernet connected devices, and I recently went to the trouble of drilling through external walls to connect these back to the router with external grade ethernet. That was a pain to do but it certainly doesn’t justify adding more regulations, more build-complexity, and higher costs for every housebuyer. There’s already a problem of affordability of both bought and rented homes, so any higher cost is a poor idea.

    4. Avatar photo Ivor says:

      Andrew – because adding ethernet cabling at the building stage, when the electrician’s already got to do power and (probably) TV coax too, costs next to nothing.

      Though with the average new build quality, you’d have to hope they actually use cat5e, let alone anything nicer…

      Housing affordability has nothing to do with materials or even the labour, really. It’s all artificial and propped up by NIMBYs that a) think they can tell other people what they can do with their land and b) determine their entire life’s worth from the paper value of bricks and mortar.

  20. Avatar photo XGS says:

    Yup the original Openreach ONU in my place went in a cupboard under the stairs. A well built new build with walls still wet it ate wireless signals.

    Thankfully I was building a 10G home network anyway so I ended up using MDU single mode nearly invisible fibre to connect rooms, glued to corners of walls and ceilings and under or on skirting boards.

    It wasn’t cheap but the fibre is in and won’t need replacing until it breaks. Not a model for everyone or even many people but for those that cannot break into walls, I couldn’t mine are mostly brick and concrete, it is a solution.

    Downside of course is the need for a switch with SFP+ ports in every room but, again, if kit is chosen well it’s good for a while.

    1. Avatar photo Ben says:

      Invisilight? What’s that like to install and splice as a layperson? I’ve always assumed you’d need expensive equipment…

    2. Avatar photo XGS says:

      I bought all pre-connectorised. No splicing thankfully.

  21. Avatar photo David J says:

    I thought a bit about this before Community Fibre came to install. My BT master socket and VM was in the middle of the front room bay window, but a better/more discreet route was via a small cupboard which is where the fibre now comes in. The installer was a nice chap who drilled through an internal wall for me to pull the fibre out from the cupboard and into an ONT.

    I was loathed to locate all of this downstairs in one corner of a very ordinary terraced house but wanted to connect the PS4 via Ethernet as its WiFi chipset is deaf as you like. Fortunately the CF supplier Linksys is very good – so I would say that ensure you’re buying/getting quality WiFi kit as much as location. It performs much better than the D-Link router I previously had (obviously I didn’t use the VM SuperHub which was beyond awful for WiFi).

  22. Avatar photo GreenLantern22 says:

    While I think this is a well intended article but I kinda think it misses the point. While in some situations (very small houses, flats, etc) a well placed router might be able to work decently I believe it’s ill advised to just rely in a single device for whole house WiFi. The best technology investment I have done in my house was to wire the house and put a WiFi mesh system. Any busy family household should do the same rather than going for half baked approaches. It’s quite clear to me that WiFi speeds have not improved as much as broadband connectivity speeds. Therefore that’s where you should put your money. 7 years ago my internet connectivity was 70/20 and so was my WiFi speed. It took 4 years before I could no longer max my internet connection and I expect that to be no longer possible for the foreseeable future. Therefore people should be aware of that the key to good internet connectivity is to invest in a good internal network setup to keep as many devices wired as possible and leave WiFi for those devices that are truly mobile.

  23. Avatar photo Jacob says:

    The likes of Sky and other ISPs are missing out here.
    How about a new build that is Sky while home super fast WiFi ready.
    All it would require is some well placed ethernet runs and just plonk their kit on the end. Could even get fancy with PoE.

    1. Avatar photo Ivor says:

      I’d personally steer clear of any home that is locked into a given ISP – so that rules out Persimmon, though there are other reasons to avoid.

      Careful thought of ONT placement and ethernet wiring into every room that potentially requires an internet connection is all that is needed. The occupants can then handle the rest. Openreach have previously produced a guide for builders to explain all of this.

  24. Avatar photo Martyn says:

    One decent AP solved my issue. all hardwired into the house, zero wires on show, but I only did this because I knew I was getting fttp, so in theory, fttp was the reason for my improved wifi 😛

  25. Avatar photo Jonathan says:

    It might be worth noting that VM XGSPON doesn’t have an ONU/ONT. The fibre enters via an internal termination box and then a separate fibre patch lead up to 10m comes out directly into the router.

    1. Avatar photo Roger_Gooner says:

      There has to be an ONT, and in this case the fibre connects to a hub 5X which is a combined ONT/router.

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