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    Faceplate vs Test Socket

    This is a discussion on Faceplate vs Test Socket within the Cabling and faceplate help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Here's the stats after installing the BT vDSL iPlate: As I understand it, higher Noise Margin is better - upstream ...

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      Re: Faceplate vs Test Socket

      Here's the stats after installing the BT vDSL iPlate:



      As I understand it, higher Noise Margin is better - upstream noise margin nearly doubled and I regained 120 kbps on the upstream connection speed. Can't complain about that


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      Re: Faceplate vs Test Socket

      If you can get Sky to put DLM training back on your line you might get a bit more downstream and certainly should get more upstream. Tell them you have made improvements to your wiring and would like your line re-profiled.

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      Note - When downloading always select the Custom install or you will end up with stuff you don't want.





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      Re: Faceplate vs Test Socket

      That's certainly a thing to try out, thanks

      While I was installing the iPlate I looked behind the top half of the master socket and noticed it was the old "screw" style connector rather than the newer IDC style - never mind the dirt (probably as a result of no face plate).

      I wonder: If I had an engineer replace the socket itself (as I understand it, I'm only allowed to change the face plate myself), could that improve the attenuation?

      On Sky's website they list replacing old sockets as a potential way of improving broadband speeds, so if the connection between the wire and the socket was improved, in my mind that should reduce attenuation - maybe I'm just desperate but I'm willing to try anything at this point =P


      PS: The Line Speed Calculator tool's "Distance" field, does that take miles or km? I know it's not an exact science since I don't know my exact line length, but by road my exchange is ~3.4 miles away (longest route provided by GMaps) which would indicate I should be able to get ~8mbps. However if it takes km, then 5km would indicate my speed is appropriate, giving me a big sad.

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      Re: Faceplate vs Test Socket

      Its only fairly recently that IDC terminals have been used on the AB terminals. I would think the vast majority have screwed connectors. I doubt if you will get anything out of changing the line box. The only advantage of IDC is that they allow faster fitting, screws do the job just as well.

      The estimate based on distance is not very accurate, the attenuation gives a better indication. The actual wire route to the exchange can be anything up to double the road measurement.

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      Re: Faceplate vs Test Socket

      IDC took over screw terminals a fair few years ago now, by memory production of screw terminal versions stopped entirely 2-3 years ago. Screws tend to loosen over time due to heat cycles. As to whether it's worth replacing the socket, probably not unless you want nice clean plastic! If the screw terminals are clean that is........
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