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    XTF 68/85 wiring

    This is a discussion on XTF 68/85 wiring within the Cabling and faceplate help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Please help! In an effort to improve my line speed I had a phone engineer replace all my extension sockets ...

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      XTF 68/85 wiring

      Please help!
      In an effort to improve my line speed I had a phone engineer replace all my extension sockets with master sockets. The line speed went down to 2 meg! Having got through to tier 3 they gave me various advice and managed to get 3 meg down speed back. But I was advised that fitting a pre-filtered faceplate would help. I've got an XTF 68. I have a phone and router to plug in. I don't understand what to connect to what - I've tried white to 2 and blue to 5 (IDC) and reversed them - nothing. The instructions talk about "if you would like to extend the unfiltered ADSL signal use the screw terminals 5 & 2". Is this what I need to do? If so is it the same colour wires to those numbers?


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      Re: XTF 68/85 wiring

      Does this thread help

      http://www.skyuser.co.uk/forum/cabli...ction-box.html

      Personally I think you've probably just wasted your money having all your extension sockets replaced with master sockets. What you should have done is found your "true" master socket and bought and fitted and XTE2005 filtered faceplate to the front then run a direct cable to whichever extension has your router/modem plugged in (ie not linked to or through any other extensions) then fit your XTF68 as per the instructions in the above.

      You need to try to filter your line at the point the BT line enters your property (the master socket) to minimise the the effect of interference from your internal wiring/extensions. Have you tried plugging your router into the test socket behind the "true" master socket to see what improvement you are likely to achieve by doing the above?

      Hope this helps.
      Last edited by youravinalarrrf; 14-11-07 at 10:14 AM.

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      Re: XTF 68/85 wiring

      Thanks youravinalarrrf, I'm beginning to agree abt the waste of money. It was 300 an' all! I have an xte faceplate I can fit to the master socket ( tho I think that engineer disabled it as we don't use it). Your link doesn't say how to connect up the wiring tho.
      Just need to know if I need to connect the wires to the screw terminals if anyone can tell me?

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      Re: XTF 68/85 wiring

      Extension wiring info for XTE 2005 are here. You use A and B to send your ADSL unfiltered to an extension.

      http://www.adslnation.com/downloads/...2005_Guide.pdf


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      Re: XTF 68/85 wiring

      Your true master socket will be the one where the BT drop wire connections have been connected behind the removable faceplate. (The blue wire on the diagram represents the drop wire you are not supposed to touch this).

      Wire the XTE2005 filtered faceplate as follows:-
      For filtered telephone extensions
      blue/white wire to terminal 2 on the new filtered faceplate
      white/blue wire to terminal 5 on the new filtered faceplate
      Do not connect any other wires as they're not required unless you have old type phones.

      For the unfiltered ADSL extension
      blue/white wire to terminal B on the new filtered faceplate
      white/blue wire to terminal A on the new filtered faceplate

      Then wire the XTF68 filtered faceplate as follows:-
      blue/white wire to terminal 2 on the new filtered faceplate
      white/blue wire to terminal 5 on the new filtered faceplate

      NB This assumes the XTF68 is on a single wire direct from the master socket and not linked in any way or fed through your other extensions.



      Finally remove any filters you may have at other extensions & Sky box and test your broadband and phones to make sure they can both ring in and out and that they ring at any other extension/s you may have.

      Hope this makes it clear.
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      Re: XTF 68/85 wiring

      Really appreciate you guys trying to help me but am beginning to fear this is a hopeless case! The old master socket is disconnected - no cabling in it. So can't fit XTE.
      Tried just to fit the XTF tonight and attached wires to screw terminals 2 & 5. Nothing. Swapped wires over - nothing. It's fine when I reconnect the original faceplate. It's beyond me. Think I'll have to get 300 man back again.
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      Re: XTF 68/85 wiring

      Just in case this helps anyone else I eventually phoned the adsl nation tech support number and he advised to make sure the wires were stripped back properly to ensure a good connection, so I got a tool and when I did that, it worked!
      My stats are almost back to what I was getting a few months ago, around 3.6 (which a very rude tier 3 guy told me was impossible when I phoned about the drop in speeds I was suffering) and I get a much more stable noise margin of around 12-14 db, as opposed to around 6db when the dl speed was higher and kept dropping out. This all seems reasonable enough for the distance from my exchange - I'm supposed to be able to get only 4meg anyway.

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      Re: XTF 68/85 wiring

      Glad you finally got it sorted and without resorting to 300 man again!!!

     

     

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