Originally posted by slowmovingwalrus
It's good to know that if the pylons are still standing I may be able duck in here to find out whats going down before the web grinds to a halt.
Hehe, good luck!
You'll need some sort of Multiplexer to separate out all the wavelengths to start with, then you'll need even more equipment to actually use them.
The fibre going over the pylons is part of the Higher Order transmission network, which deal in bandwidths measured in Gb/s which needs some very big,
expensive pieces of kit, so not really usable for the layperson (I won't go into too much detail, as it all get's very complicated)
Your best bet would be to get yourself into a switch site (our's are located in Watford, Birmingham, Croydon, Manchester, Central London, Belfast and
There, if you can get past security, you will be able to, at least, access the web via dialup, providing you have a modem to hand. The switches have
test sockets on to plug a phone line into. You can make voice calls too.
Providing you have a Wanadoo, AOL or Pipex dial-up account (there are some other's, but i cannot remember), you should be able to dial into it from
But, thats an awful lot of effort to go too. In the case of a general power outage only (no physical infrastructure damage), you'd be better off
staying at home and using a laptop.
As I said earlier, you should be good for telco services for at least 12 hours before the gennies start to run out of fuel. After that, well, I can't