OK, so the next day, Thursday March 23rd a ‘surveyor’ showed
up at our jhuggi. He took a look-see, figured out the best way to
get fiber inside, with input from us.
Saturday, a large bundle of fiber is spotted on the electrical pole
opposite our premesis, as promised by the surveyor.
Monday afternoon, around 3:00pm I get a call from their tech
team. Around 1/2 Doz people in a new truck showed-up shortly
thereafter. They pulled down the bundled fiber from the top of
the pole and pulled it up to our roof, tying it to a GI water pipe
into the shape of ‘figure of 8’ (so not to have any kinks).
The wire was clipped and secured with plastic saddles along
the roof and down to where we wanted it. They pulled out a
fancy machine, size of an old paparazzi camera. The fiber
wire was stripped and a thin sliver of optical fiber, size of a
human hair, was spliced through that machine, which shot
out beams of intense white light from within. From that metal
box, a thin yellow wire was attached to the GPON modem.
He asked us to set up the WIFI SSID and password. After this,
the ‘deployment team’ left, saying they would be back. At
10:00PM, Ding! Dong! guy showed up to set up the modem
and turn on the juice. He was on the phone getting directions
and typing away specs into the modem. After about an hour
of this, he was done!
He asked us to check the speed. Both upload and download
were touching/surpassing 20Mbps on PTCL speedtest. Cool.
And that was that. Comments ?, well, the guys were pros.
They were all business and knew their stuff. The modem is
a GPON --> Ethernet device. It’s range is not that great, IMO.
They told us to get TP-Link routers to light up the ‘dark’ WIFI
nooks and crannies in our jhuggi. That is something that we
were told in advance and it’s true. So now the hard work begins
for us. To wire ethernet connected routers.
They are currently out-of-stock of the modems which have
the Analog TV channel facility. They expect them to become
available sometime in the middle of April. That’s when we
would get this modem replaced with their newer model.
Right now, just loving the fact that a HD video on Youtube
loads all the way through in a couple of seconds. Buffering
Tou doore ki baaT hai
Sheikh ‘iTraTey Hoey’ Chilli