Will a basement installation be successful? Need help prior to technician coming
I received the upgrade-or-else letter from AT&T and will be calling soon to schedule an installation. Before doing so, however, I could really use some help understanding the installation process as I have a difficulty affecting installation. It's essential that I'm prepared.
My situation is that there will be no way for the installer to access the living quarters of my house, only the basement. Suffice it to say it's impassable. I'm therefore trying to determine the feasibility of putting the fiber gateway in the basement. Basically, I'm wondering if it will perform from there or if I will need to look for another source of internet.
For context, I have a roughly 35-foot square frame house, two stories plus basement. My Internet 50 service enters on the east side of the house into the basement. From there it is wired to a jack in the front or south side of the home on the first floor. A BGW210-700 gateway provides Wi-Fi throughout the house. It works fine, even in the far northwest second-story corner of the house where my office is.
Here are my questions:
1) If the gateway is installed in the basement, will it provide adequate Wi-Fi coverage to the second floor?
I understand that there are many variables, but is the unit theoretically capable? Is this kind of installation done successfully on a routine basis? Anyone with a similar sized house doing this now?
2) How can I tell where the fiber line will be coming from so that I can anticipate where to place the gateway?
I believe the fiber lines are on the poles directly in front of my house. They were installed about a year ago, and I can see the "mufflers" every so often. Does this mean they will drop a line from these poles, or is it possible it will come from some access point at the back lot lines like my current service wire?
I'm hoping the fiber can come into the house where the current service enters on the east side, simply because the installation will be hidden from view by bushes. If they bring it in through another basement wall, will there be an eyesore box on the outside?
3) When they bring fiber through the wall, does it terminate in a jack or go directly into the gateway? Can the gateway be placed remotely, say on a different wall or in a different room?
If it goes directly to the gateway, this means there has to be a place to set the gateway and there has to be 115 V power. I can think of two likely spots. One along the east wall where the service currently enters. The other in a small room at the front of the house below where the gateway currently resides. That room, however, is where my breaker box and power meter are located. Would the Wi-Fi from the smart meter or the power lines themselves cause issues for the gateway that would rule this location out?
4) How long is the gateway power cord? Not a lot of outlets available, so I need to plan ahead.
5) Will they mount the gateway to concrete block walls? Is the mounting bracket/shelf provided?
6) Is the existing "Uverse" wiring compatible with the new gateway? In other words, should the Wi-Fi in the basement not work adequately, would it be possible to use the existing wiring to connect the fiber gateway in pass-through mode to my existing gateway (or similar) on the first floor, since we know that location already works? Will AT&T confiscate the old gateway even though the service is being obsoleted or can I keep and use it?
I really wish I could just get AT&T's "Air Internet" and skip this hassle, but apparently they don't allow it where fiber is available.
Thanks so much in advance for any assistance.