I am very busy today trying to co-ordinate everything. The Telkom guys are here (exactly when they said they would be) and have started running my fibre.
If anyone has any questions, direct them to me on twitter and I’ll try and answer them or get an answer from the installers.
I will run speed tests and traceroutes when it is all up and running. That will make a much better post than this one!
The fibre feeder box at the end of the building.
Running the fibre about 40m to my apartment.
The fibre has reached my balcony!
They are checking for a possible break in the fibre due to the long run. Holding thumbs that there isn’t one!
The little red light below means no break!
This is what they install on the wall inside your property. It is a passive box, just an end point for the fibre. The black cable is the fibre from outside and the yellow cable goes to the fibre router.
Next step is splicing the fibre on the other end….
I am the first one in my building so my strand is the only one going into their box currently.
Everything is connected up. Last step is activation and the guy at the exchange is on lunch! There had to be one speed bump and this is it!
For those of you interested in the setup, there is the “Alcatel-Lucent” fibre modem that effectively gets “sync” on the fibre. Then there is the Huawei router that is just acting as an ethernet WAN router (through LAN port 4) and that simply makes the PPPOE connection.
When the “OPTICAL” light turns green, the fibre has been activated. The “Internet” light on the Huawei router should also turn green. From what the installers said, you should be able to use any ethernet WAN router that can dial a PPPOE connection.
I don’t know if ports 2, 3 and, 4 on the fibre router are locked down. I’ll have to wait until it is activated to check. I didn’t get a voice line with my fibre but if I had I assume they would connect to those two telephone ports.
If you have any questions or requested tests, please feel free to contact me on Twitter or comment below.
We have activation!
The most requested test so far has obviously been speed test results so here you go:
I’ll do some real world tests tonight and update with what I can. Will do traceroutes and things like that. Feel free to request any tests and I’ll give them a go.
This was on the Telkom guest account. Looks like this should work pretty well. Will see how much I can download during my nightsurfer hours!
Some international speed tests. Seems like it has very good performance!
First one to London
And to New York.
I’m very happy with the overall performance of this product!