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How to remove the ring wire from your master socket

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This tutorial will show you how to remove the ring wire from your master socket

If you have a telephone extension in your home, that you are using for your router to plug into, and you have a BT NTE5 Master socket with a removable bottom half, by removing your ring wire, you could possibly improve / gain on your broadband speeds from your connection.

Sometimes this ring wire could cause unnecessay interference to your attenuation and give you slightly slower broadband speeds.

The ring wire is only used for the older type of telephones, and as per its name, was used for providing the signal to make your phone ring.

Removing the ring wire is a very simple task to do and is a cheaper alternative, (with sometimes the same results) then purchasing an ADSL Faceplate and subsequently fitting that. Click to read our review of ADSL Faceplates.

How to remove the ring wire from your master socket

  1. Locate your master socket
  2. Remove the 2 screws marked A and B
  3. Gently pull the bottom half of the faceplate away from the master socket back box


master socket

Determining which wire is the ring wire

If you look at the image below, in our example we have 3 wires connected. Blue / White, White / Blue, Orange / White

  1. Blue / White is connected to pin 5 of the bottom section of the faceplate
  2. White / Blue is connected to pin 2 of the bottom section of the faceplate
  3. Orange / White is connected to pin 3 of the bottom section of the faceplate - This is the ring wire

faceplate removed showing ring wire

Ring wire removed

As you can see from our image, we have now removed the Orange / White ring wire. You could either gently pull this out, or cut with a pair of wire cutters. Be careful not to damage or pull the other 2 wires as this would stop your phones from working at the extension socket.

face plate removed

Now, just put the faceplate back into the master socket, and screw it back together.

Log into your router to see if the stats have improved, to do this read our how to get your Sky Router Stats help page.

For further help with your telephone wiring, please visit our Cabling and faceplate help forums.

Tutorial pictures taken from stock kindly loaned by Run-IT-Direct

Comments (7 posted):

Broadband Man on 21 August, 2009 10:48:40
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I did this a while back after reading this blog broadband-speedup.blogspot.com/ and seeign others comments on success. Well worth, must do thing to do this weekend by all!
Dan on 28 August, 2009 12:01:53
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i was 8094 before then removed the wire now im 8096! it works!
marccon on 20 September, 2009 12:31:20
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I opened my master socket and found not only the ring wire connected but also the earth wire connected. Removing the ring wire has definitely made a difference, what about this earth wire?
robertp1987 on 15 January, 2010 17:35:43
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will try that on my line as we were told our speeds would be 3.5mbps (which is good for our area) and well they aren't!. Thanks for the tip
Nottslanding on 16 February, 2010 01:40:59
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My socket is strange and I checked the bt site and they don't even show it on there! Mine has the BT logo, and 2 phone sockets (NOT 1 x adsl and 1 x phone). I live a few miles from the exchanged and my average is 2mb (off peak hours) and im on sky unlimited upto 20mb. Any ideas guys?
Nottslanding on 16 February, 2010 01:42:31
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My socket is strange and I checked the bt site and they don't even show it on there! Mine has the BT logo, and 2 phone sockets (NOT 1 x adsl and 1 x phone). I live a few miles from the exchanged and my average is 2mb (off peak hours) and im on sky unlimited upto 20mb. Any ideas guys?
d hodges on 04 August, 2012 13:14:48
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How do I remove telephone cables from a push in extension socket . The connectors that cut into when pushed in?

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