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.)

KoolSink laptop cooler sale

Remember that really cool laptop lap-desk / cooler that neatly nests around the laptop for storage?  I’m on my second one (second laptop was larger).

I just got notice that they’re having a big sale, the biggest deal being free shipping including into the US (the fact that you had to pay shipping from Canada was a factor driving up their effective price rather high).

See their website.

I wouldn’t be that surprised if they disappeared when the inventory sold out.