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Everyone with ADSL needs one of these to achieve their potential internet speed.
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I-Plates (iPlate) are filters that can be self installed by Broadband users to improve the speed and stability of connection. They only help with Bell Wire interference on ADSL signals so ADSL micro filters must still be used.
What makes the I-Plate unique is that it can be self installed by an end user, meaning inconvenient and costly engineer visits can be avoided.
Some lines have seen up to 4Mb increases in speed although improvements of 1.5Mb were found to be more typical in a benchmark survey of 36,000 filtered lines. This indicates a potential 10Db extension in reach meaning I-Plates can also help with poor performing Long lines.
These benefits were realized on ADSL lines but benefits will also be at least as good ADSL2+ lines if not better.
Please note that although 7 out of 10 homes can benefit to some extent line speed improvements cannot be guaranteed in every case. This is because I-Plates work by filtering interference on the line so improvement in speed depends on the level of interference present, and this can vary greatly from line to line.
I-Plates also help make Broadband connections more stable however, so there can be Broadband performance benefits even when line speed is not noticeably increased. The same benchmark study of 36,000 lines showed that filtered lines typically had 20% fewer re-trains (denoting lost connections) and a 45% reduction in error rate.
Who will benefit from an I-Plate and how do I qualify Broadband lines most likely to benefit?
7 out of 10 UK homes will benefit to some extent thats approximately 9m Broadband lines.
You must have both a BT NTE5 type Master Socket (does your socket look like the picture below?) and extension wiring will benefit so its important to check this first.
A common method of qualifying which lines will benefit from bell wire filtering is to compare Broadband performance test results when the modem is plugged into either the master socket or an extension socket, with results gained when the modem is plugged directly into the back plate of the NTE5 Master socket shown below (accessed by removal of the Front Plate). Improvement in Broadband performance when the Test Socket is used is a very strong indication that an IPlate will help.
Please be aware of these instances of where the iPlate will have little or no effect, including:
- Where there is already an SSFP (Service Specific Front Plate) installed that separates the broadband and telephone signals
- Where the socket is a newly installed BT Openreach socket (with BT Openreach Logo)
- Where the line is newly installed, without the ringer wire included
* Self install - suitable for all BT Master (NTE5) telephone sockets
* No engineer visit/wiring work required to fit
* Provides common mode filtering of RF signals
* Improves Broadband line speed and stability
* Not compatible with pre-filtered faceplates
The BT (NTE5) master socket looks like this:
To fit your i-plate
Simply unscrew the lower section of your master socket, fix the i-plate into the socket remaining on the wall, and then replace the lower section over the i-plate.