BT I-Plate (iPlate). Makes a noticable improvement in your ADSL speeds. £14.81 Delivered. - HotUKDeals
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Okay, okay. I know this can be found cheaper elsewhere, but these guys can be trusted.

Everyone with ADSL needs one of these to achieve their potential internet speed.

The blurb.......

Speed up your ADSL. "Gobsmacking" says PC PRO!

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

Key Features

* 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.
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#1
Additional Images........

http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/images/products/bt/i-plate.gif

[COLOR=#ff0000]The BT (NTE5) master socket looks like this:

http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/images/products/bt/nte.gifhttp://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/images/products/bt/nte5.jpg

[COLOR=Black]:pirate: CJ :pirate:[/COLOR]
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#2
"Makes a noticable improvement"

that statment isnt 100% true, lol
#3
Python5;3099200
"Makes a noticable improvement"

that statment isnt 100% true, lol


Another review for the skeptics......

http://www.techradar.com/products/computing/networking-and-wi-fi/other/bt-iplate-465594/review

:pirate: CJ :pirate:
#4
Have one of these fitted and now don't need filters on extensions.
#5
This solution works on removing the bell wire from the circuit. Easily done by hand if you know what you're doing..
#6
Whats with the Cold Votes? Is it because people don't understand what it does?

Gonna Get one of these me thinks, line noise on my BB is shoddy i am 6 light years from the Exchange and get about 2MB from BT £14.81.... I'll risk it for a biscuit!
#7
please dont argue but don,t bother buying this either. Just take of the bell wire at the nte and extention sockets. ie remove wire conected on terminal 3. all of the plug in filters that have the short connecting lead have a bell ctt incorporated in them so as soon as you plug a phone in through one of these filters ringing cct is restored. This will in most casesl give the same achievable speed at the nte without the extention wiring connected, as it is this bell wire that introduces radio interferrence to the cct. sometimes where you have a lot of wiring running adjacent to mains wiring max speed may still be reduced.
#8
cheers ,ordered one, have a 20 meg connection but have had some noise issues of late and lots of errors.

nice.
1 Like #9
Google for 'ring wire BT remove'. Takes seconds to do, does the same job, and it's free.
#10
zippy22;3099289
Have one of these fitted and now don't need filters on extensions.

With the i-plate you do still eed filters on your extensions. It sounds like you had a NTE-2000 (SSFP) fitted which is different.
#11
Well I got one for a friend who lives miles from their exchange and they showed a 35% increase in speed as soon as this was fitted. Yes you can do a DIY solution but technical he aint.
#12
kevinyork;3099383
Well I got one for a friend who lives miles from their exchange and they showed a 35% increase in speed as soon as this was fitted. Yes you can do a DIY solution but technical he aint.


But if he can replace the socket with one of these he can remove the bell wire in less time surely?:?
#13
So how exactly is this a deal? It's normal price not reduced and you state you can buy it cheaper elsewhere.

I'm not doubting it isn't a good product but not really a deal
#14
Plus i read this morning that ISPs are likely to be giving these away anyway...

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/blogs/2008/09/10/iplate-boosts-broadband-connections-by-60/
#15
So doing this:

http://www.draytek.co.uk/support/kb_vigor_linefaults.html

is exactly the same as paying for the i-plate?
#16
these are £12.34 delivered on ebay, item 310088869761 if anyone is interested :thumbsup:
#17
£12.33 here:- http://www.tamarshop.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=109_108&products_id=691

The I-plate adds a choke in series with your telephone extension's ringwire to filter out rf interference picked up by it - note removing the ringwire is just as effective (adsl filters contain their own ring capacitors, so the phones should still ring anyway). It does also contains a comon mode RF filter (RF3 ?) which would presumably be for filtering any stray RF interference from the voice circuit, and won't improve the adsl (might even very slightly degrade it ).

If you don't have any telephone extensions the I-plate won't improve your adsl connection at-all.

Also if you've recently had a BT master socket fitted, then the latests ones (I think ones with the openreach logo on them) already have a ringwire filter built into the removable lower panel.

Also note that PC pro mention that some ISPs will be giving these away.
#18
Tillboy;3099438
So how exactly is this a deal? It's normal price not reduced and you state you can buy it cheaper elsewhere.

I'm not doubting it isn't a good product but not really a deal

The ones cheaper elsewhere are mainly on eBay, which a lot of members wouldn't touch with a barge pole. The cheaper ones are "alternatives" to the BT product, or "clones" if you like.
Tillboy;3099457
Plus i read this morning that ISPs are likely to be giving these away anyway...

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/blogs/2008/09/10/iplate-boosts-broadband-connections-by-60/

Now, the article doesn't exactly say "likely" now does it?
"BT also hinted that it and other ISPs might decide to dish these devices out to customers who are having problems with connection speeds and reliability"

:pirate: CJ :pirate:
banned#19
You're not allowed to mess with the master socket though as it's BT property and you can receive a fine + telling off.
#20
lumoruk
You're not allowed to mess with the master socket though as it's BT property and you can receive a fine + telling off.


Ahh Blame previous tenants :thumbsup:
#21
Celticsun
Ahh Blame previous tenants :thumbsup:


Precisely my plan "it was there when i bought the house"
#22
lumoruk
You're not allowed to mess with the master socket though as it's BT property and you can receive a fine + telling off.


That's a bit like the print you used to get on school toilet paper "COUNCIL PROPERTY"
#23
Celticsun
Ahh Blame previous tenants :thumbsup:


Thats ok if you havent lived in the house since it was built and its yours :-D

Might get one of these as my broadband runs off my upstrairs extension.
#24
lumoruk
You're not allowed to mess with the master socket though as it's BT property and you can receive a fine + telling off.


You are allowed to mess with (unscrew and connect/remove extensions to) the removeable lower panel on the master socket..
#25
I would suggest a filtered face plate like this

http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/ShopDetail.asp?ProductID=3306

The original adsl face plate by bt did disable the ring wire.
#26
That's only the wires going into the socket (behind the second set of screws). The first set of wires (which your extension connects to) is OK.

lumoruk
You're not allowed to mess with the master socket though as it's BT property and you can receive a fine + telling off.
banned#27
okay...so what about where my phone line comes into my house then onto an extension then to the master socket?? I'm currently redoing my kitchen and because the original is so old 1937 build (don't know when phone lines were put in) it snapped and I had to cut and reconnect it plus the whole wire needs replacing from where the line comes into my house as it has paint all over it and looks nasty. The master socket looks fairly new.
#28
Much cheaper to just disconnect the bell wire. It's worth noting however that the improvement will not be immediate, without going into to much detail BT automatically checks your line and effectively chokes it to avoid problems. It can take up to 3 days for BT to sense the change and up your speed accordingly :thumbsup:
#29
Celticsun
Whats with the Cold Votes? Is it because people don't understand what it does?

Gonna Get one of these me thinks, line noise on my BB is shoddy i am 6 light years from the Exchange and get about 2MB from BT £14.81.... I'll risk it for a biscuit!


I suspect this wont help with your problem unless your plugged in to an extension socket and not the master socket.

This item is meant for people that have the bell wire connected ...usually people with extensions.

[ Quote from http://www.pcpro.co.uk/blogs/2008/09/10/iplate-boosts-broadband-connections-by-60/ ]

"The iPlate really only comes into its own for people who have their router plugged into an extension socket, rather than the NTE5 master socket. Scott also warns of several other 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"

Anyone without an extension should save there money! anyone with an extension should read about disconnecting the bell wire before wasting there cash.

Also the register ( http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/01/bt_broadband_boost/ ) also says BT are providing these to ISP's from today (yesterday)
#30
tartanarmy;3100610
Also the register ( http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/01/bt_broadband_boost/ ) also says BT are providing these to ISP's from today (yesterday)


Bt are supplying them at a cost to the ISP so unless you have a actual fault on your line I do not think ISP's will give them away for free.

However if you have a fault on the line then I think it is highly likely that an ISP will supply them as they are a lot cheaper than the cost of a BT engineer visit which I believe is currently about £140 a time.

Time will tell, as far as disconnecting the bell wire yes you can do it yourself and it is easy to do but if you have a person that does not know what they are doing then the i-plate is the way to go for sure.
#31
shippyt
Much cheaper to just disconnect the bell wire. It's worth noting however that the improvement will not be immediate, without going into to much detail BT automatically checks your line and effectively chokes it to avoid problems. It can take up to 3 days for BT to sense the change and up your speed accordingly :thumbsup:


Your rite but your connection speed will show straight away however your effective bandwidth made avilable to your cct by the adsl equip will want to see a period of the higher speed before increasing your throughput speed to your isp.
#32
I presume all this remove the bell wire stuff is ok providing you have newish phones that don't reqire the electronic pulse from the bell wire to ring?
#33
Brad;3102458
I presume all this remove the bell wire stuff is ok providing you have newish phones that don't reqire the electronic pulse from the bell wire to ring?

The capacitor in the filter will make the phone ring.
#34
lumoruk;3100006
okay...so what about where my phone line comes into my house then onto an extension then to the master socket?? I'm currently redoing my kitchen and because the original is so old 1937 build (don't know when phone lines were put in) it snapped and I had to cut and reconnect it plus the whole wire needs replacing from where the line comes into my house as it has paint all over it and looks nasty. The master socket looks fairly new.

When did you get the line installed/takeover it?
1 Like #35
I knew this post would go cold when I posted it. However, if it has helped anyone to get faster broadband either by buying an iPlate or by removing the bell wire, then I'm happy with -60 degrees. :pirate: CJ :pirate:
#36
I'm confused, in the PCPro review they say the I-Plate is fitted to the master socket. A few people have mentioned it's only useful for those who connect to the net via an extension.

I use the master socket to connect to the internet, and have a BT extension in the bedroom, so is it of no use to me?

Edit: Actually, "The iPlate really only comes into its own for people who have their router plugged into an extension socket, rather than the NTE5 master socket. Scott also warns of several other instances of where the iPlate will have little or no effect, including:" answers my question. Time for bed I think! :-P
#37
I voted cold, the reasona why:

1. You can get similar devices without the BT branding for cheaper. Try ADSL Nation.
2. It doesn't work for everyone.
3. DIY methods do a better job overall.
4. The reviewers haven't a clue lol.
5. They should be fitted as standard for free by BT if they are so revolutionary.
#38
cutthroat_jake
I knew this post would go cold when I posted it. However, if it has helped anyone to get faster broadband either by buying an iPlate or by removing the bell wire, then I'm happy with -60 degrees. :pirate: CJ :pirate:


:thumbsup:
#39
Well I found it a useful thread, so voted hot + rep.

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