Fiber Install Progress in a Small World

We’ve all noticed we live in a small world, right?  Or at least one that’s folded really funny?

Old acquaintance stopped by to check on the fiber trunk installation out front, and sent me some pictures and a progress report.  He used to run The Warehouse BBS,  Fidonet 282/115, and was a co-founder of USI (in fact he says it was spawned from the BBS).   (Those of you who ever heard of Fidonet may well remember that I ran The Terraboard 282/341 for quite a while.)  So, thank you Travis Carter!

And he got pictures of things I probably wouldn’t, too.

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Inside fiber install

I’ve been giving most of the details over on Facebook, but I thought I should nail down this big step in getting our gigabit fiber Internet service.  The crew from USI came and brought the fiber from the junction box on the side of the house through to the ethernet switch they installed on the wiring panel.

So far as I know, actual Internet through this is still scheduled for sometime in the first two weeks of June.

Final addition to wiring closet -- the ethernet switch that connects our copper to their fiber.
Final addition to wiring closet — the ethernet switch that connects our copper to their fiber.
This Zyxel GS2200B supports up to 8 1-gigabit copper ethernet connects, plus a 10gb and apparently a 6gb (is there a 6gb copper standard, or am I misreading that?).
This Zyxel GS2200-8 supports up to 8 1-gigabit copper ethernet connects, plus a 10gb and apparently a 6gb (is there a 6gb copper standard, or am I misreading that?).

Also, note the support for a serial “console port”!

Note the light-up model number.
Note the light-up model number.

Fiber Installation

Just before Minicon we learned that USI Internet is bringing their fiber trunk up our street.  And of course immediately signed up for 1Gb (symmetric!) service.

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Today, they came and put the conduit from the boulevard over to where the junction box on the outside of the house is.  Progress!  (Meanwhile I’m working on upgrading the internal network to be able to deal with this kind of external bandwidth.)