[clug] linux Digest, Vol 84, Issue 13

Rod Peters rpeters at pcug.org.au
Tue Dec 8 14:52:36 MST 2009

On Wednesday 09 December 2009 06:00:02 linux-request at lists.samba.org wrote:
> Re: [clug] Recommended cabling person?
>  From: Chris Smart <mail at christophersmart.com>
>  To: rodneyp at pcug.org.au
>  CC: linux at lists.samba.org
> 2009/12/8 Rod Peters <rpeters at pcug.org.au>:
> > That may not be the best topology, if they are getting a fixed line
> > installed. TransACT hard-wire a splitter at the barge board and run a
> > dedicated ADSL line from there to customer's chosen location.  There may
> > be some advantage in minimising the length of voice grade cable,
> > particularly for ADSL2+.
> Hey Rod,
> Thanks for the suggestions. They are on a pre-existing Telstra line
> and going to Naked ADSL2+ which means that the router needs to be next
> to the phone line, which needs to be next to the phone (running off
> VoIP).
Cablers generally quote X dollars per run for residental jobs, so they might 
as well run from a splitter in the roof/bargeboard.  Only downside is the 
cost of the hard-wirable splitter (which is not huge), but ADSL2+ needs a 
good quality splitter anyway, according to tests conducted a few years ago by 
one of the PC mags.  

This topology does not burn any bridges.  Someone can later just plug in a 
splitter on the phone line, if they choose to relocate the modem/router.

> They don't want the main phone next to the TV in the lounge room and
> there's no other phone port in the house.
> I also need to get their primary PC connected to the switch on the
> router, so I just figured the easiest thing would be to run a external
> phone cable under the floor to the computer room and do it all from
> there.
Disadvantage of this is that it involves more voice-grade cable and connection 
blocks, all of which downgrade ADSL2+ signal and could be the "tipping point" 
which puts the connection into the next lower download speed.

> If there's a better way I'm all ears!
> -c

A few years ago I had discussions with a licenced cabler,  one Alan Desomond, 
re cabling a small office setup.  I was happy with his knowledge, general 
approach to the job and price, but circumstances intervened and the job did 
not proceed. 

Can't lay my hands on his card, but ph 6241 1608 will probably locate him.

AFAIK, the licencing is federal and an ACT-based cabler should be able to do 
work for Lana.


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