Sorry for the delay in finishing up this thread but work (and enjoying my new UFB connection) got in the way :)
Will post the relevant parts of this thread to a blog, with pics for those that are interested, a bit later today.
So... where were we.......
Trenching had gone well the day before.
Around 9.30am I received a call from the techs confirming my address, and how to get here :) They turned up a bit later and we discussed the location for the ONT. The techs went to work, one under the house, and one above - every thing going swimmingly. They even drilled a hole and passed up the CAT 6 cable I was going to run under the house to get connectivity to the TV.
The fibre was run from the ETP and terminated, with a bit of extra length. The Huawei ONT mounted nicely against the wall, and call placed to the guy with the fibre blower.
I took off for the distribution point, about 80m away, and watched the setup from that ended. All pretty simple really, and the ducts are well labelled so should not be many issues down the line. I also checked out the Downer work order, had my address, the DP number, and the duct number all listed, so it looks like there will be no problems with incorrect connections :)
The fibre was blown through. Apparently you can do 30-50m just with the feeder unit, and only need the air for greater distances.
One quick join later ( apparently we are down to one joiner in ChCh at present, the US has ordered around 17,000 so the factory is a bit behind ) and the Huawei is powered on, a phone call made to the NOC. The GPON light goes solid and all is confirmed as OK, ready for me to plug in my router. The techs pack up, bid fond farewells, and are on the road 2hrs after arriving.
Now the fun begins...... :)
After trying to get my E4200 with DD-WRT working ( may create another thread for that) I rang Snap and ordered a Fritzbox.
Picked up Fritzbox, ran home, configured it and hit the net in less than 2 mins :)
Checked it out for around 4 hrs, made sure all was OK, then rang SNAP to say they could kill my Adsl connection.
So overall this was a great experience: everyone knew their roles at all times, information was passed smoothly between the various entities, when changes happened it was communicated quickly and the professionalism was good all round.
My neighbours are looking at getting fibre, however the trenching guys went white when I showed them the property as there is a great big tree between the roadside point and where the ETP would go. As the drill bit costs around $6000, i don't think they were to keen :)
If you don't want an internet outage I would recommend that you ask your UFB ISP to not cancel your Adsl till the day after the install just in case something goes wrong ( ie you think you know more about routers than you do :) )
Speed wise the connection is fine, international is OK for me. I am not experiencing any of the issues in some of the other threads. I haven't completely thrashed the connection yet, but it is definitely better than before.
The blog posting will have speedtest screen shots and photos of the install