How B4RN is installed

How will the B4RN service get to my house?

30m trench hand dug by four people, duct laid and backfilled in one day. You won’t be able to tell the trench was ever there after a few months.

 

The safest place for fibre optic cabling is in the ground. Local volunteers and the B4RN team will get the underground 7mm diameter duct to the boundary of your property – as long as we can get a route to your boundary. You might want to start talking to your neighbours as the route to you may have to come through their property. It is then your reponsibility to dig the final leg of conduit from the boundary of your property to your house. If you are unable to dig yourself you could employ a gardener or handyman to do it for you. It is not complicated and advice and instruction will be provided.

How will the B4RN connection enter my house?

Left photo shows external entry point with gas block fitted. Right photo shows competed fitting with cover in place.

 

The normal installation is for B4RN to take 7mm orange duct that has been laid through the property grounds, change to black duct as it comes above ground (UV stabilised) and run it up the wall to a small house entry box (the size of a spectacles case!). This contains a gas block that prevents gases like radon or methane entering your house. These are not likely hazards, but B4RN is intent on following best practice for safety! From the house entry box a small hole will be drilled through the wall and a white 5mm duct will be fed through the hole into the backplate which is fitted to your inside wall. This work can be done by DIY householders or by trained local volunteers.

The duct is then ready for B4RN technicians to bring fibre into the property, terminate it, and fit the B4RN wifi/router onto the backplate.

Where will the router be located?

Left photo shows backplate where the fibre is terminated. Right photo shows the 4 port Wi-Fi router fitted to the backplate. The router needs a power supply.

 

It can be mounted wherever you want it in the house.  Ideally, it would want to be somewhere near the rooms where you use the Internet most so that Wi-Fi can be used to maximum effect.  However, where it goes will largely be subject to limiting the disruption at the property, i.e. it is easier to run duct through lawn & flower beds than tarmac & concrete.  Just like any other company like BT or Sky, B4RN volunteers would find a convenient location and anything beyond that (for example internal routing under floors, through lofts etc. to a more ideal location) would be down to the householder.  The router needs power, so will need to be mounted within 1m of a socket.  It can also be useful to have a telephone socket nearby so you can more easily change your entire home phone circuit onto VoIP.

How many connections can I make to the B4RN router?
You will have one gigabit connection that serves all the devices in your household.  There are 4 network ports on the B4RN router. You could for example connect one to your computer, one to your TV, one to a games console and one to another device etc.  Remember you also have the built in WiFi.  If you have lots of computers and smart TVs at home, and you need more than 4 wired network connections, you can buy a Gigabit switch which will give you even more connections.  Because B4RN is so fast you will find none of the connections feel slow even if lots of users in your house are busy online at the same time.