Google Fiber is Here!
I searched around to find a good timeline of the Google Fiber announcement to Installation to Connection. I couldn’t find one. So, here’s the timeline of Google fiber installation. Our city was the first to get sign-up within the Triangle. I sent messages to my friend via WhatsApp who is a die-hard google fan about the progress (notification to digging to installation). Which in a way served as a timeline for me to write this blog post.
Google Fiber Triangle Timeline
- Jan 27, 2015: Google Official Announcement for Fiber in Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Morrisville) area.
- Oct 30, 2015: Pamphlets on Door Know about upcoming fiber installation
- Dec 4, 2015: Trucks and digging crew sighted in our neighborhood
- Dec 7, 2015: Crews started digging and laying fiber in our yard
- Jan/Feb, 2016: AT&T laid cables following (took them just a day to run the cables)
- Aug 2016: AT&T installed Giga Power to my neighbor (no sign of Google Fiber yet)
- Sep 13, 2016: Sign-up Opens at 9 AM EST. I signed up at 9:53 AM
- Sep 25, 2016: Crews marking up the pipelines, causeways
- Sep 30, 2016: One guy pulled the fiber cables from the main box to the front yard
- Oct 1, 2016: External box was installed.
- Oct 5, 2016: Received Email to schedule In-home installation appointment.
- Oct 20, 2016: Google Fiber is a Go! (See Install Day details below)
Google Fiber Installation Gallery
What to Expect on Google Fiber Installation Day?
My home doesn’t have a centralized panel for all the wiring. So, I spent few hours researching about
- The best location to install the Fiber Jack
- How to get Cat5e to my Office Room
- Should I install everything in my closet?
- What if I had to upgrade to Fiber TV in the future, how to run cables?
The Google fiber technician was 10 minutes early for his 1:20 PM appointment. I walked him around the home and explained about how I have TWC run a coaxial cable from the outside box to office room upstairs to get a wired connection to my desktop.
- External Box at side of the home
- One Fiber Jack (Powered via Ethernet Cable). No external power supply is required
- Network Box (Serves as Modem and Wireless Router)
After the technician went into my attic, he saw Three unused CAT 5e cables running from the Attic to external wall outside the home. BINGO!
Apparently my builder had them pre-wired. I wasn’t expecting this for a 10 year old home.
Instead of running the Fiber line all the way to my Attic, then to my office room, the technician suggested to install the Fiber Jack in my Garage, where CAT 5e line ends.
Then from the attic, he ran a new CAT 5e to my office room, following the same path of existing Coaxial Cable from TWC.
So, I asked him, what if I want to add TV service? How does the wiring work? Well, here’s how it will work.
- Network Box will be replaced with Storage Box (with 2 TB Storage)
- Use the Existing CoAxial cable as input to external box.
- Home already wired with Coaxial (when we had Dish Network)
- Existing wiring from Dish will be then used to distribute TV signals and Internet.
Cancelling Time Warner:
Well, that was a fun 6 minute phone call. They did not have anything to offer.
- Do you want Cable TV? No, I’m a cord cutter
- Do you want Phone service? Well, your offer for unlimited calling to India is good only for 12 months (I’m paying $18 incl taxes for Vonage World Plan)
- What can we do to make you stay? TWC had 2 years to do something to counter Google fiber. You did nothing!