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    Extending the main BT phone line into my house

    I am looking to extend the length of the main phone line that comes into my house by a good few metres.

    Currently my main socket is in the loft and I run a bog standard extension cable from it down to one of the rooms in the house. From there my telephone and router are attached.

    Now the reason I want to do this is because with that current set up my broadband is running at about a 6mb connection. If i take my router and connect it direct to the main socket i get a connection of 16mb. I've read that the length of an ethernet cable is irrelevant as long as its not over 100m long which it won't be.

    So now the question. What cable do I need to buy to extend the main socket, where do I buy it, and why is it different from a normal extension?

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    any wire you add after the main socket reduces your internet speed

    why not,leave the router in the loft, and at the adsl splitter they supply, then join your phone extension to that,

    then use a ethernet cable if you need to

    what idiot put the main socket in the loft?

    It shouldnt be thaaaaat much different from a normal extension. Ever thought about this...

    Get a wireless phone system. Keep the main base station in the loft and have another phone somewhere else in the house.

    Keep your router in the loft also, then use a home plug kit to get the ethernet port into one of the other rooms. Connect that to a switch if you need more than one port.

    Or what jubby said, also a good solution!

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    jubbyme;7838614

    what idiot put the main socket in the loft?



    lol that idiot would have been me!

    Had to move it cause it was in a ****** place in the hallway, no where near anything, and the cable was ****. It was connected to where it is currently in the loft through some dodgy wiring, which was affecting the phone and the internet so had to do something.

    Surely I must be able to get more of this cable from somewhere and move it?

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    baconsandwich;7838623

    Keep your router in the loft also, then use a home plug kit to get the … Keep your router in the loft also, then use a home plug kit to get the ethernet port into one of the other rooms. Connect that to a switch if you need more than one port.



    If I do this though will I not be limited to using one thing connected to the switch at a time? Would it not cause an ip conflict. I'm wanting to be able to run my Xbox and PC from it at the same time.

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    Bora Horza;7838642

    lol that idiot would have been me!Had to move it cause it was in a ****** … lol that idiot would have been me!Had to move it cause it was in a ****** place in the hallway, no where near anything, and the cable was ****. It was connected to where it is currently in the loft through some dodgy wiring, which was affecting the phone and the internet so had to do something.Surely I must be able to get more of this cable from somewhere and move it?



    the wiring before the main socket is a bt specified twin core cable

    I suppose if you got high quality bell wire, (not cheap thin stuff) or speaker cable, you could join the twin cable, then move the main bt socket (but dont tell bt they would have a fit)

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    jubbyme;7838689

    the wiring before the main socket is a bt specified twin core cableI … the wiring before the main socket is a bt specified twin core cableI suppose if you got high quality bell wire, (not cheap thin stuff) or speaker cable, you could join the twin cable, then move the main bt socket (but dont tell bt they would have a fit)



    Cool. Take it they don't like you messing about with it then? A few people must move them about though so that they can make the most of their broadband and what not.

    Its fairly simple to extend a BT socket and as long as you use the correct paired cable you will be fine. Just remember to use a master socket at the end of your extension as you can get voltage drop . The link should explain it all ok....

    wppltd.demon.co.uk/WPP…tml
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