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XTE-2005 Master Faceplate - Increases Broadband Speed + Eliminates Micro Filters £10.99 + £1.50 p&p

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I noticed a couple of posts for a BT I-Plate. However you would be better off purchasing an XTE-2005 Master Faceplate from adslnation. The reason for this is because it also acts as a master facepl… Read More
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7y, 10m agoFound 7 years, 10 months ago
I noticed a couple of posts for a BT I-Plate.

However you would be better off purchasing an XTE-2005 Master Faceplate from adslnation. The reason for this is because it also acts as a master faceplate which acts as a master filter, eliminating the need for several seperate micro-filters.

It almost doubled my speed from 1.5MB to 3MB.

You can purchase it from here -

http://www.adslnation.com/phpapps/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=105 at £10.99 + £1.50 p&p.

You should also purchase an IDC tool for installation which again is available here -

http://www.adslnation.com/phpapps/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=34&products_id=93 at £0.59.

You could also purchase a more professional type RJ11 cable which allows for a more shielded cable, reducing any noise etc impacting your connection speed. They are available in numerous sizes for e.g. 0.5m available here -

http://www.adslnation.com/phpapps/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=121 at £2.93

The installation is very straight forward and instructions are provided.
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#1
I have one filter on my line this would be useless surely?
#2
not useless, removes an extra join in the line. RJ11 cable straight into this from router gives best results.
#3
Adam2050;6289620
I have one filter on my line this would be useless surely?


If you only utilise one telephone socket in your whole house then yes the master filter part of it will be rather useless.

It obviously is only a real benefit if you have mutiple phone sockets in use.

However in regards to boosting your speed, this particular product is known to be the best out there in doing so.

Another thing if you do use multiple seperate micro-filters that may also contribute to a slight speed reduction.
#4
ttocswahs;6289642
not useless, removes an extra join in the line. RJ11 cable straight into this from router gives best results.


Correct your are sir. :thumbsup:
#5
Just ordered one, any increase in speed is welcome.
#6
like this one :? BT I-plate socket front - THIS CAN INCREASE YOUR BROADBAND CONNECTION SPEED - [COLOR="Red"]£5.86 both instore or delivered - OR £1.20 delivered[/COLOR] to victims of BT Broadband

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/480221/bt-i-plate-socket-front-this-can-in/:)
#7
Even Poundland are selling Micro Filters ( I think that they are £1.01 or 99p ?? something like that ? )

;-)
#8
big-boy;6289720
like this one :? BT I-plate socket front - THIS CAN INCREASE YOUR BROADBAND CONNECTION SPEED - [COLOR=Red]£5.86 both instore or delivered - OR £1.20 delivered[/COLOR] to victims of BT Broadband

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/480221/bt-i-plate-socket-front-this-can-in/:)


This is not a combined Master Faceplate though, if you read my original post.

Like people have said you may as well just remove the bell wire instead of purchasing an I-Plate.

The XTE-2005 allows for your router to connect directly to your master phone socket, effectively allowing you to achieve the maximum speed possible for your line.

The XTE-2005 has also proven to be more effective than the I-Plate.
#9
The BT I-plate is a different beast.

This faceplate allows you to connect your dsl router / modem directly without using an external microfilter and wire extensions filtered or unfiltered.
#10
Erm....if you complain to BT broadband, I believe they install this for free!!!!!!!!
#11
TEDDYRUKSPIN
Erm....if you complain to BT broadband, I believe they install this for free!!!!!!!!


Several complaints later and still no joy. Trouble is they've over subscribed in my area.
#12
BT offer a similar plate (not the I-plate) but I went for this when activating ADSL on my second line that had an alarm wired in directly, swapped the faceplate and put the alarm wires on the filtered extension block.
#13
I got one of these last year, however I did not see any improvements on my line.
#14
So it does away with the filter, big deal. It's just a connector at the end of the day that will NOT increase speed. The product description says that. Your voice calls and internet data will still be sharing the same copper wire once passing through this plate so it won't reduce interfernce either.

Save your money....
1 Like #15
Isn't it illegal to swap out the BT master socket for another one? So you would have to add this as the first extension.
#16
It all comes down to what effect if any your extension wiring is having on your broadband speed, if you unscrew the bottom plate from the master socket and plug your modem / router in directly and notice a speed increase then it probably will help.

The master socket is not one whole unit, the bottom part which contains the extension wiring pops off. You're not allowed to remove the back plate which has the exchange pair wired into it.
#17
tallpete33;6290140
So it does away with the filter, big deal. It's just a connector at the end of the day that will NOT increase speed. The product description says that. Your voice calls and internet data will still be sharing the same copper wire once passing through this plate so it won't reduce interfernce either.

Save your money....

I take it you have not tried then???:whistling:my speed went from 10 to 13.7 mg
I was(like you)dismisive,but thought i would try and sell on if it did not work!!
3.7meg increase is alot
#18
great find -- any help like yours will beat talk talk or bt service
#19
dose any one know if this will work on the new openreach socket which has the I plate built in.
#20
Darkman;6290186
Isn't it illegal to swap out the BT master socket for another one? So you would have to add this as the first extension.

This is just the face plate and as such, allowed and very difficult to do anything wrong.

digi dude;6291359
dose any one know if this will work on the new openreach socket which has the I plate built in.

Yes it will work

These are good bits of kit, actually better than the Openreach/BT supplied NTE2000
#21
I got one of these a few months back along with a 0.75m gold plated lead to connect to the router. Speed increased from 3.6mb to 3.8 mb.I paid a similar price so not really a bargain.
#22
switching my filter every so often gives me a 1- 1.5 mb increase.

bt says my line has a max 4.5 lol.
i get a max of 4.2 usually going down as low as 2.8-3.2. when this happens change the filter
and it goes back up to 4.2

Just mentioning as some might not change the filter then fit this device plate and get the
speed that they were always meant to get. Then thinking it is a miracle cure.
1 Like #23
mrplay
switching my filter every so often gives me a 1- 1.5 mb increase.

bt says my line has a max 4.5 lol.
i get a max of 4.2 usually going down as low as 2.8-3.2. when this happens change the filter
and it goes back up to 4.2

Just mentioning as some might not change the filter then fit this device plate and get the
speed that they were always meant to get. Then thinking it is a miracle cure.


Guess this is a good remedy, if you have spare filters.

Also, removing the bell wire inside the socket will give some part of the speed increase that sockets like this deliver. just need a screwdriver and a couple of mins, so is free :-D

Copied from thinkbroadband:
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'I've heard removing the ring wire can improve my connection, how do I do this?

The ring wire (sometimes called bell wire) is a hang-over from old telephones that needed the telephone line to generate the bell ringing signal on a third wire. Modern telephones generally do not need this third wire, and its presence creates an imbalance in the telephone wiring and can cause rate adaptive ADSL connections to connect slower than would otherwise be expected.

If you have already fitted an NTE5 ADSL faceplate then removing the ring wire will not make any difference. It should be noted that any improvements will be immediately apparent if you look at the connection speeds reported by your ADSL modem after it has restarted. Actual download speeds on a Max product will take some time to improve due to the delay in the IP Profile improving which is between 75 minutes and five days.'

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/faq/sections/radsl.html

There is a photo on the linked page, making it clearer.
1 Like #24
I got my ADSL Nation filtered face plate from Broadbandbuyer.co.uk as it was cheaper than getting it from ADSL Nation (feb 2009).

Broadbandbuyer now have their own branded one that has bumped the price up on the ADSL Nation branded version. Might be the same product, just a different name on it.

£5.39 + delivery
#25
Paddy_o_furniture
This is just the face plate and as such, allowed and very difficult to do anything wrong.


Yes it will work

These are good bits of kit, actually better than the Openreach/BT supplied NTE2000


Thanks paddy, think i will order one. repped
#26
Arstar;6292370
I got my ADSL Nation filtered face plate from Broadbandbuyer.co.uk as it was cheaper than getting it from ADSL Nation (feb 2009).

Broadbandbuyer now have their own branded one that has bumped the price up on the ADSL Nation branded version. Might be the same product, just a different name on it.

£5.39 + delivery


They are slightly different, with the cheaper one your forced to put the router at the master socket or you'll have to double filter a connection potentially causing problems. The more expensive one has 2 outputs on the krone connections, filtered and unfiltered, allowing you to still filter another socket but still filtering any other sockets
#27
mrplay;6291552
switching my filter every so often gives me a 1- 1.5 mb increase.

bt says my line has a max 4.5 lol.
i get a max of 4.2 usually going down as low as 2.8-3.2. when this happens change the filter
and it goes back up to 4.2

Just mentioning as some might not change the filter then fit this device plate and get the
speed that they were always meant to get. Then thinking it is a miracle cure.


Hmmm, why would changing your Microfilters every so often have any affect?
#28
hi
my main bt line got cut ( wires a&B) when I refurbed my shop. I need to connect these to a new master socket as the old one was old and knackered anyway, I assume I still need to buy a new master socket off flea bay plus this? I currently have every held together by electrical connectors ( even the extension ) and as you can imagine my speed is hit and miss - thanks for any help

its ok i think i answered my own question!!! of couse I need a new master socket. What amuses me is the fact you are not allowed to change the master socket, why? its jsut 2 wires in and 3 out ! I hae no choice as mine was so old it fell off the wall, the previous owners must have smashed it a couple of times with desks but there is no way i will pay bt for a 5 minute job!
#29
Paddy_o_furniture
They are slightly different, with the cheaper one your forced to put the router at the master socket or you'll have to double filter a connection potentially causing problems. The more expensive one has 2 outputs on the krone connections, filtered and unfiltered, allowing you to still filter another socket but still filtering any other sockets


Are you sure? As the description seem a bit misleading:

"The BB-500UK is designed to allow distribution of both voice and ADSL around the rest of your house via the rear terminals, meaning that you are not restricted to the NTE5 for your ADSL connection."
#30
Arstar;6302200
Are you sure? As the description seem a bit misleading:

"The BB-500UK is designed to allow distribution of both voice and ADSL around the rest of your house via the rear terminals, meaning that you are not restricted to the NTE5 for your ADSL connection."

Yes
1 Like #31
A lot of people are confused about the differences between an I-Plate and filtered faceplate.

I-Plate

The BT I-Plate is aimed at people who are not willing or able to do any wiring. You simply unscrew the faceplate on your NTE5 master socket, plug the I-Plate in and then screw the original faceplate back on.

The I-Plate is not a replacement for ADSL filters or a filtered faceplate. You will still need to use filters when an I-Plate is installed. If you already have a filtered faceplate you should NOT install an I-Plate as the function of the I-Plate is already performed by the filtered faceplate.

What the I-Plate does is isolates one of the wires (the ring signal) on your extension wiring to prevent interference being picked up on this wire. The I-Plate will only therefore provide any improvement to people who have extension wiring that is picking up interference on the ring wire.

Filtered Faceplate

A filtered faceplate requires that you remove any wires from the existing plate and connect them to the new filtered faceplate. It is a very simple job, all you have to do is remove the wires and then the wires that were originally on terminals 2,3 & 5 need to be re-connected to the terminals marked 2,3 & 5 on the new faceplate.

A filtered faceplate is a replacement for ADSL microfilters. Once fitted you will no longer need to install microfilters on the extensions. However you will need to connect your modem/router to the master socket, unless you have wired a separate unfiltered extension. For best results it is always best to try and get your modem as close to the master socket as possible.

What a filtered faceplate does is filter out the ADSL signal from all of the extension wiring, not just the ring signal. As a result this gives you the best possible results as none of the wires in the extension wiring can interfere with the ADSL signal as it has been filtered at the master socket.

Determine if an I-Plate or Filtered Faceplate will help you

Before you rush out and buy either a filtered faceplate or I-Plate there is a simple check that you can do to determine if there is likely to be any improvement by installing one.

Locate your master, and first check that it is a proper NTE5 with a removable section...

1. Unscrew the front and unplug the bottom section, this will reveal a test socket in the back.

2. Plug a microfilter into the test socket and connect your modem to it. Don't connect a phone at this point and test the connection.

Do you see an improvement ?

YES: Then a filtered faceplate or I-Plate will help.
NO: Then neither the I-Plate or filtered faceplate will help.

What Next ?
Assuming you found an improvement with the test above then your best option is to fit a filtered faceplate. If however you are scared of moving wires as many people will be then an I-Plate is the second best option.

Remember there is NO point in using both a filtered faceplate and I-Plate together.
#32
got one of these a few months back, not fitted yet, got side tracked and havejust ordered a pro idc tool from ebay today.

you could also try taking out the RING wire in your sockets around the house:

http://www.kitz.co.uk/adsl/socket.htm
#33
What this gives you:

1. Less connectors = less noise = better signal = more bandwidth and a more stable connection
2. A tidy faceplate = no loose wiring
3. Plugs directly into the test socket (see point 1.)

I have one of these and they're pretty good. Saved me about 1db of noise.
#34
What if you cant really put your router at the first port of call in the house, would this still benefit you when connecting to the extension socket
#35
gogboy
What if you cant really put your router at the first port of call in the house, would this still benefit you when connecting to the extension socket


Depends how your wiring is set up, if you connect extensions to the filtered connection then you will not be able to connect your router to an extension as the ADSL signal will have been filtered out. However there is a set of unfiltered terminals that you could run an extension from for the router. Bit no point in having one really if you are going to connect all extensions to the unfiltered terminals.
#36
Thanks for that, was looking at a connection for a friend too and when you remove the plate at the master socket there is only two wires connected, yet they have various phont points around this house.

They can and do place the router at the master point, would this benefit them in any way.
#37
Yes, the benefit of a filtered faceplate is that it prevents extensions from causing interference.

The idea candidate for a filtered faceplate is someone who connects their router to the master socket and has extensions around the house as the extension wiring can cause trouble.
#38
So no one has said is it worth bothering with this if you already have an i-Plate?

Would it help on my router/stats?

Bandwidth (Up/Down) [kbps/kbps]: 1,287 / 7,770
Data Transferred (Sent/Received) [MB/MB]: 6.36 / 24.15
Output Power (Up/Down) [dBm]: 12.0 / 17.0
Line Attenuation (Up/Down) [dB]: 18.0 / 30.5
SN Margin (Up/Down) [dB]: 7.0 / 6.5
Vendor ID (Local/Remote): TMMB / µ
Loss of Framing (Local/Remote): 4 / 0
Loss of Signal (Local/Remote): 2 / 0
Loss of Power (Local/Remote): 0 / 0
Loss of Link (Remote): 0
Error Seconds (Local/Remote): 776 / 0
FEC Errors (Up/Down): 0 / 0
CRC Errors (Up/Down): 1,446 / 152
HEC Errors (Up/Down): 4,484 / 76
#39
There is a simple test that you can do to see if there is any chance for improvement on your line.

Remove the existing faceplate to reveal the test socket in the back of the master socket, this should disconnect all the extensions. Now plug a microfilter in, don't connect a phone just your router. This will give you the best results your line is capable of. Now obviously you can't leave it like that it is just a test, if you see improvments that fitting a faceplate will help, if not then no pint in getting one.
#40
Or just plug straight into your test socket permantly as you will not get any quicker that that speed with any kind of plate.

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