If you have already set up the fibre termination point at home, skip this section and move to the next page (at the bottom).
The folks from Opennet, who are tasked to wire up Singapore with fibre, will not help conceal your cables. They will only install white, plastic trunking to run these cables to a location of your choosing. Check when your place is up for wiring at the Opennet site, and whether you have to pay for the installation.
If you are in the process of renovating your home, and want to conceal the cabling, don’t wait for the Opennet folks to come. To hide the cabling in your false ceiling, for example, you can ask your renovation contractor to run a string, say, from your desired termination point to somewhere near the door.
This is where the fibre optic cable will enter your home. So what the Opennet folks will do when they arrive is to tie the fibre optic cable to the string and go to the other end to pull it through the false ceiling. That’s all that they will do to help you conceal the cables.
If you already have a false ceiling, then it all depends on whether you can pull the cable through it, typically by removing your down-lights and pushing the cable section by section. It’s painstaking, but that’s the surest way without hacking up your nice false ceiling or cornices.
Where should your termination point be? Opennet recommends it be near the TV, so that you can easily hook up TV set top boxes. You don’t necessarily have to follow what they say, because things depend on how your home is laid out.
What you do want near the termination point is a power socket, as you will need to connect a box called the ONT or optical network terminator, to the fibre point. It is from this box that you hook up your Internet router or cable TV box in future.
How did I wire up my own apartment? After weighing up all the possibilities, I bit the bullet and went with the ugly plastic trunking. Now, on hindsight, it isn’t that ugly, because most of it runs along the skirting near the ground, and behind a shelf and the sofa. The termination point is right at a corner of the living room, where a curtain and a shelf help conceal it.
So well hidden is the cabling that the only visible part is the plastic trunking running from the top of the door to the skirting, which fortunately, is not obvious unless I go looking for it. Some of my friends who have come over didn’t even notice the change.
From the corner of my living room, I hook up a Cat 5e network cable to a fast Linksys router at the front of the room (running the wire at the edge of the window and under a carpet). The router serves the rest of the apartment via Wi-Fi as well as speedy structured Gigabit Ethernet cabling that was originally run within the walls of the apartment to every room (I’m lucky to have that!).
What are your options for home networking? Read on.