- which type of cable is run between the outside wall box and the Virgin Hub?
- am I right that the phone is now serviced from a cable from the Hub itself rather than a separate cable from the outside box to a phone socket?
- are there any other internal cable runs I need to worry about for the install for broadband and phone?
Thanks in advance!
Even if you're on the newer parts to the VM network that use fibre optic to the house, they'll still need to run a coaxial cable between the wall box and your hub - there's usually an outside "omnibox" and then an inside termination box mounted on the wall of the room it is installed in. The coax looks like standard coax, although VM use a special grade suitable for cable internet. As with all coax it's not very subtle, there's a minimum bend radius that means it won't fit tightly if run round a corner, and once installed it's not easy to change. Expect the installer to be willing to run cables where required, but also expect that whacking in a few cable clips is the height of the installer's finesse. If you've just finished a plus refit, make sure you're happy with the way they plan to do it.
I believe all new installs use a cable from the hub (older installs had a separate wire coming from a phone socket on the wall). The hub to phone cable is a standard RJ11 cable, you can buy longer or shorter ones as you require.
If you have a true fibre connection to the property, then you'll also need a nearby mains socket to power the optical unit, with a DC power lead from the wall wart PSU to the inside wall box. Also think about any other ethernet cables you might want to run, eg to a wireless access point, an ethernet connected TV, or an ethernet switch, as well as the position of the hub. Also, if you stick the hub unobtrusively behind a TV in the corner then you won't see it, but you'll also be at risk of obstructing the wifi signal, and the hubs aren't famous for wifi in the first place.