I had a site visit from VM this morning to survey the property for an installation booked for Saturday May 17th 2017.
In order to facilitate the installation process, I have been advised that VM will place their splitter in the loft and then run four cables from where the splitter will be positioned to the following rooms.
1. Upstairs TV Room
2. Downstairs TV Room
3. Upstairs to where the VM modem will be positioned [SOHO Comms Cupboard]
4. Main feed to street level
I will be able to run these internal cables as it is going to be a time consuming, awkward, difficult and dirty job. However, I need to know what type of cable to purchase so that it is compatible with VM specifications?
it wont be lan cables which leaves me confused - how are they getting to the splitter from street level - they wont usually install in lofts these days - has to be simple and no great heights involved - the initial box will [usually] be at ground level at the front of the house nearest the road or pavement - that is the connection back to the street cabinet - from there through the wall to the inside and add internal boxes - more than that is pretty unusual - so what the guy who came suggests may not be what the installer does on the day
what has been said is perfectly possible but achieving that - if thats what you want is going to take a lot of tea and biscuits and even then you may to have to get involved
any internal coax cables will have to be supplied by VM and they really should be installed on the day or at least made and roughly fitted to check signal levels - if not you are likely to have a problem
to cut it short - i dont think whats suggested will happen
The idea is simply I will run all the cables internally through false walls and through trunking that are buried in the walls. The ends of the cables will all terminate together in the loft [which is fully boarded, lined and completed with lights and electricity], sighted near a power point where VM can connect their master splitter. The other ends of the cable will be 'Sticking' at of the wall where the 2 TIVO boxes are sighted, where the MODEM will be sighted and the final cable will exit the loft, run down the outside of the house to the place where VM will sight their INITIAL BOX at ground level by the front of the house. Because of the amount of time and patience that will be involved to do this 'Cable Running', I thought it could be a good idea to do it in advance. The only other option is to run 'Draw Cords' and let VM use these draw cords to pull through their cables on the day of the installation.
all perfectly feasible Michael - but its not going to happen on the day is my thought - as said many times VM use their own cable which cannot be purchased - theres stuff on Amazon and ebay but no installer is going to use that
your only choice as i see it is to get a VM tech back with a roll of coax - you can run them and he can then terminate them on the day and set things up - thats assuming you can talk him into going into the loft - if the install is there - as mine is they will go to it but to start with nothing and hope he will install it is questionable - like i say - lots of tea and biscuits - an installer thats on your side and it might happen
pull wires might work but you still need him/her to work in the loft
would have been no problem a good few years ago - what you describe is not too removed from what i have but today health and safety and needing to get to the next job has taken over
so if you have a number for the tech who came out give him a bell and talk a roll of cable out of him and hope that whoever turns up on the day is on your side - if you dont have his number ring whoever you did to get the spotter out