Fiber installation from my condo's outside corridor into my home office -- how should I prepare so all will be at hand for the AT&T techs?
Hi, all. I live in a three-story, 34-unit condominium. Some months back, AT&T ran fiber optic cable along the ceiling of each floor's corridor, with a white rectangular plastic box through which the cable travels in front of each apartment door. (Please see the photo of my front door with outside junction box at the bottom of this post.)
The Saturday after next, an AT&T technician (or two, I don't know!) will visit my condominium to run fiber optic cable from the white plastic junction box attached to the wall outside my apartment's front door (I'm assuming!), into the home office of my apartment.
I have a few questions about how to prepare for the technicians' visit but have found no guidance from AT&T's consumer information pages. Our condo's management people are also unhelpful, only saying the techs will require access to our building's "fiber room".
To those who have been there and done that, may I pose a few questions about installing fiber from outside our unit to inside my home office?
- Will the AT&T techs need to drill a hole from the junction box (I'm assuming that's what that white plastic box is) outside my door to the interior of my apartment to get the fiber optic line into my home?
- Once the cable is inside -- I'm assuming via a hole above my entrance door -- it needs to be run to my home office, ideally by tucking it under the crown molding that runs along my ceilings. I don't expect the AT&T techs to assist with this, but how will they be able to get the end of the cable into my home office for connection to the router they will install? Will they just run the cable along the floor and let me tidy it up later?
- Since we live in a condo with 34 units, what are the AT&T techs going to need to do in the "fiber room"?
- Our home WiFi network (currently Comcast) is pretty straightforward. Before the AT&T installers' arrival I'm planning to disconnect and remove the Xfinity router but leave the Ethernet and other connection cables in place so the installers will simply pop the AT&T router into the spot where the Xfinity router was, and connect the cables. Is this really the way it is going to happen?
- Will the installers use one of our PCs to create a WiFi network so our iPhones and iPads will have access to the internet via the router? Or will that be my responsibility?
- Is there anything I haven't mentioned that I should have on hand for the AT&T installers when they arrive? From reading posts on this forum I'm aware that everything needs to be just right or they will cancel the appointment and go on to their next one. I do not want this to happen!
Thanks to all who reply with the information I need to get this fiber installed right the first time.
- John M., Oakland, CA