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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; When I first moved to the UK I was new to the world of ADSL so at the time I ...

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      Faceplate vs Test Socket

      When I first moved to the UK I was new to the world of ADSL so at the time I didn't react, but today I've learned that my internet connection has been plugged directly into the test socket all this time. Not only that, but I actually do not possess a faceplate at all, there's never been one installed for as long as I've lived here.

      What prompted me to learn this was the fact that during the course of 3 years I have lost almost 1 mbps worth of downstream and 320 kbps of upstream and am now browsing at a blistering speed of 2555kbps down / 480kbps up.

      I've looked, and there does not appear to be anything attached to the 3rd screw (ring wire) under the top half of the master socket. I've just placed an order for a BT vDSL iPlate ( BT vDSL NTE5 Filtered Faceplate|Interstitial Faceplate ), my question is: Could I expect to see any improvements vs direct plug into the test socket & Sky's microfilters?

      My current stats, for my own reference as much as yours:


      I know any answers would be purely anecdotal, but I figured I'd throw it out there and see


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      Re: Faceplate vs Test Socket

      You are unlikely to see any improvement. I would point out that if you are using the Test socket and have no faceplate you will have to buy one as a faceplate is required with the VDSL plate. This type of plate splits the phone and broadband, but provides only a port for ADSL, the original faceplate provides the phone port. You may have been better going for the older type of faceplate which provides ADSL and phone ports.

      With regards the ring wire, if you do not have extensions you will not have one. If you do have extensions and these work with the Test socket exposed, then your wiring is incorrect and should be fixed. If this is the case, you may see an improvement in your connection speed.

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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

      I'm now a bit confused... The item I linked to is referred to as a "faceplate" but from your post it would seem as if I need an additional cover on top of it?

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      Re: Faceplate vs Test Socket

      I need an additional cover on top of it?
      That is correct. Fitting instructions can be found here-

      Clarity UK: BT VDSL Adaptor NTE5 Faceplate

      and here

      Installing the VDSL Faceplate : Installing an ADSL faceplate splitter

      Strictly speaking it should be referred to as an interstitial plate, but this confuses it with the BT iPlate which serves a different purpose. It is a faceplate in that it provides a port on the face for the ADSL/VDSL connection.
      Last edited by Isitme; 03-07-13 at 04:58 PM. Reason: spelling correction

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      Re: Faceplate vs Test Socket

      The following link shows images of a BT NTE5 master socket with VDSL interstitial faceplate in various states of disassembly:
      Modern Openreach VDSL/ADSL2+ Faceplate Help Page
      Comparing these to your installation should make the situation clearer.

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      Re: Faceplate vs Test Socket

      Quote Originally Posted by seawright View Post
      The following link shows images of a BT NTE5 master socket with VDSL interstitial faceplate in various states of disassembly:
      Modern Openreach VDSL/ADSL2+ Faceplate Help Page
      Comparing these to your installation should make the situation clearer.
      Aye, what I'm missing is what's indicated with a blue arrow in the first picture.

      Providing I'm reading the picture correctly, I should be able to plug my phone directly into the socket hidden behind the blue arrow plate, and the modem directly in the shuttered socket (black arrow) - so if nothing else, I'll at least have gotten rid of a microfilter.

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      Re: Faceplate vs Test Socket

      Correct but if you have any working extensions they are incorrectly wired and will still need microfilters. You will also require suitable screws to hold the faceplate in place.

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      Re: Faceplate vs Test Socket

      I don't believe I have any extensions, though I'll admit I don't know what exactly is meant by extensions in this case. The phone connected in this room is the only base station, all others are wirelessly connected to it and only have separate charging docks available to them in other rooms (these only use mains power, no additional sockets).

      Is the front cover (blue arrow) sold separately anywhere? Or perhaps it's included in some other combo like a full socket box replacement or something - I don't mind spending another tenner if it means everything is "proper"

      Update: Found this, would this work? http://www.amazon.co.uk/GENUINE-BT-O...dp/B007ZH2PFY/
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      Re: Faceplate vs Test Socket

      If there are no additional sockets then you haven't got any extensions. I take it your Sky box isn't connected to the phone line. I don't know of anywhere that sells NTE5 front cover separately and the item you have found on Amazon would be ideal though you should be able to buy one slightly cheaper without the BT branding.

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      Re: Faceplate vs Test Socket

      This would do you - http://www.amazon.co.uk/BT-NTE5a-Mas...nte5+faceplate

      Standard faceplates don't appear to be available on their own.

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