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    Wiring up a broadband extension?

    Not sure if this is the best place to ask but hopefully an expert or 2 could help me decide.

    Im moving house on Friday and the Master socket (newer NTE5 style) is in an awkward place, I have measured cable distance to where I would want my modem to go and it's around 14 meters. Am I better:

    Connecting my modem directly into the main NTE5 and running a 14 meter ethernet cable into the room I want and connecting it to my router

    OR

    Wire up a telephone extension to the NTE5 socket and run it into the room I want which would be a 14 meter extension

    Im wanting to get the cleanest broadband with the least interference so Im assuming option A would be the better method although I could do with not having the modem there but if it means better broadband then I suppose I will have to put up with it

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    Original Poster

    Infact possibly scrap option A, Im not 100% sure there is even a mains socket there to plug the modem into, I would need to double check when I get the keys on friday.

    Would still value peoples opinions though

    I would vote for having your router as close as possible to your master socket then run your cabling etc from there.
    I have always had all sorted of problems when using extensions with ADSL, specially in flats.
    In my previous place, master socket was in the public hallway of the building and I lost half the speed I should of got just because of the extensions.
    Since moving out, I just have everything in the hallway on a little table plugged into the master socket.

    Original Poster

    Well the master socket is on the hallway landing half way up the stairs which is kinda an awkward place but I suppose I could connect the modem up there and then run an ethernet extension to my router in the main room I want it in

    Why not consider powerline adapters or a wireless extender ?

    You won't see that much of a difference by using a ten metre or so extra, see if you can get your hands on a filtered VDSL front plate then run a DSL lead from the top part of the socket (broadband socket) to a place closer to where you want the broadband (and somewhere that has a power point) then the remaining couple of metres use cat5e cable. If you upgrade to FTTC and have a managed install the engineer will move the socket to where you want the broadband located within reason (they'll either do a data extension to the location or just move the NTE).

    Neo1607

    Well the master socket is on the hallway landing half way up the stairs … Well the master socket is on the hallway landing half way up the stairs which is kinda an awkward place but I suppose I could connect the modem up there and then run an ethernet extension to my router in the main room I want it in



    Ahh I assume you mean an openreach modem? I would probably go down that option.

    Or just though, you could route it all to under the stairs maybe?

    Original Poster

    Coz powerline adapters are expensive compared to some cabling plus it seems a waste just to cover 14 meters and i want to keep everything wired rather than wireless

    Original Poster

    j0nnymoe

    Ahh I assume you mean an openreach modem? I would probably go down that … Ahh I assume you mean an openreach modem? I would probably go down that option.Or just though, you could route it all to under the stairs maybe?



    Nah its a adsl modem but I have a separate router and modem so I have a little more control with stuff, it's a rented house so I couldnt make any holes to route it under the stairs

    Neo1607

    Nah its a adsl modem but I have a separate router and modem so I have a … Nah its a adsl modem but I have a separate router and modem so I have a little more control with stuff, it's a rented house so I couldnt make any holes to route it under the stairs



    You able to get fibre? as you could get the socket moved (like someone mentioned above) which usually the landlord would be happy with as OR do it for free when fibre is going in.

    Original Poster

    Fibre is being installed in the town just now so should be ready in a few months so this is just a short term solution

    Original Poster

    101unknown

    You won't see that much of a difference by using a ten metre or so extra, … You won't see that much of a difference by using a ten metre or so extra, see if you can get your hands on a filtered VDSL front plate then run a DSL lead from the top part of the socket (broadband socket) to a place closer to where you want the broadband (and somewhere that has a power point) then the remaining couple of metres use cat5e cable. If you upgrade to FTTC and have a managed install the engineer will move the socket to where you want the broadband located within reason (they'll either do a data extension to the location or just move the NTE).



    Better going for a filtered vdsl front plate (i-plate?) or getting a filtered adsl faceplate

    Neo1607

    Better going for a filtered vdsl front plate (i-plate?) or getting a … Better going for a filtered vdsl front plate (i-plate?) or getting a filtered adsl faceplate



    Get the VDSL Mk2 front plate as this will also do ADSL filtering. Currently got mine installed while I am waiting for my ADSL to be switched to Fibre

    Use the VDSL front plate as suggested and one of these

    cables2u.co.uk/ban…tml

    If 15m isn't long enough they also do a 20m

    Neo1607

    Better going for a filtered vdsl front plate (i-plate?) or getting a … Better going for a filtered vdsl front plate (i-plate?) or getting a filtered adsl faceplate



    As said above VDSL front plate is backwards compatible to ADSL so then you'd only need a DSL cable to go from the socket to OR modem (for FTTC) or to the router (for ADSL). This will give you a better connection coming straight off the master socket and remove what they call "star wiring" from your line. Then when fibre is installed all the work will essentially be done just need the new hub and the engineer to do some work outside. No holes to drill then.
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