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Solwise ADSL Faceplate Splitter for NTE5
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This front-plate was easy to fit and produced a significant increase in the down-stream noise margin of my line from 17db to 22db with much greater stability. It also decreased the line attenuation from 29db to 27db more or less immediately.

It will take some time before the situation stabilises to see if the result will be greater download speeds and less router reboots, although initial results are very promising. I used to enjoy a stable ADSL service for months on-end but then BT "upgraded" my exchange and the link became eratic. Before the new face-plate was fitted, my ADSL link was going down briefly more or less every day. That has now stopped. The link is stable again and hopefully BT's exchange equipment will increase my downlink speed in-line with the increased stability. I have downloaded a screen capture from the excellent Routerstats programme which shows the noise margin before and after the faceplate was fitted. The increase in noise margin is self-evident, as is the increased stability. In fact, my downstream connection rate increased from 4,500 to 6,600 kbs within three days, and, after ten days of stability, the BT exchange equipment raised this to 9,724 kbs, the highest I have ever received. Postscript: by the end of June my downstream rate has increased to 14,000 downstream, 1,176 upstream at 6db noise margin; it remains to be seen whether the link will hold at this rate.

Besides a much improved performance over the BT "i-plate" that it replaced, there is no longer a requirement for messy individual filters on each of my extensions.

The Solwise web site gives an excellent account of how and why these things work and the instructions supplied with the faceplate are more than adequate.

As one of the other reviewers suggests, you need to be able to place the ISDN router next to the master-socket and face-plate in order to get the lowest possible noise ratings. The face-plate provides for an un-filtered extension line to be installed if a remote router location is unavoidable, but this does risk increasing the line-noise. The optimum solution is to have the router as close to the master-socket as possible with Cat 5 cabling from the router back to computers and remote access points.

No special fitting expertise is required so long as you follow the supplied instructions carefully. In my case it took just ten minutes from start to finish. An insulation displacement tool is useful for fitting any extension cable wiring, but not essential if you are careful and use something like a jeweller's screwdriver to push the cable into the terminal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2012
Quick and easy to install; just requires the bottom half of your BT box to be removed and replaced with this. Screws and a plastic cable tie are also provided. After installing this unit, the broadband signal strength has gone up to maximum and doesn't cut out anymore, also I have noticed a slight improvement in speed. The phone can now be used while the internet is on with no interference on the line. Looks a lot neater than splitter adaptors. Ordered on Sunday 4th and arrived on Tuesday 6th and in good condition. So far so good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2012
Solwise ADSL Faceplate Splitter for NTE5 i was having trouble with broadband dropout all the time what a nightmare , then phoned bt who tried to get 99 quid if it was my side of the test socket , that was the problem , which it wasn't , it was the original faceplate , so i changed it to the solwise one and hey presto i have no more broadband dropout plus it splits the phone line and adsl so you don't need filters as its built in fantastic
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2011
After a few days of testing, I can report no change in internet speed. I realise this is not the primary function of this faceplate, but just thought I should mention it!

It tidies up the socket as you don't have a filter dangling from it and takes seconds to fit if you have the normal BT ADSL socket - it just replaces that.
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on 15 November 2012
I wish I'd bought one of these before. I didn't bother for years, because I had carried out a test of plugging an ADSL splitter directly into the internal socket on the NTE5 and running only the router on the line with all phones disconnected. I assumed that would give me the best achievable speed, which was around 3.3Mbps with ADSL2+. That was the same as I got in the normal configuration, with the standard faceplate attached and using a couple of phones.

I only got this faceplate then for cosmetic reasons, thinking it would let me ditch the ugly external splitter setup. I was surprised to get an immediate and significant increase in the line speed. In the two days since installation, the speed seems to be creeping up even more - it's now up to about 5.5Mbps.

The kit comes with screws, instructions for connecting a wired-in extension directly and even a cable tie for completing a neat job, but I didn't bother with any of that. My extension cable just plugs in at the front. And if you don't bother with any of that, installation is a two-minute job: unscrew and remove the old plate, then plug in this new plate. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2013
I was pleased with this on three counts. First, it was very quick and easy to install. Second, it has obviated the need for separate and unsightly microfilters hanging out of the main and extension telephone sockets. And third, it has played its part in increasing my measured broadband speed from around 3Mb/s to just under 5Mb/s.
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on 17 April 2013
I found this item very easy to install, took all of about 5 minutes after opening the packet. Instructions were clear and didn't need to use any specialist tool to fit the extension wires for the other telephone socket. Just used a very small flat head screwdriver and did the job perfectly. I wasn't expecting much performance gain because I was getting 14 Meg before and just wanted to get rid of the ADSL filters from each socket but to my surprise my broadband speed has jumped to over 17 Meg and I no longer have any horrible filters hanging from any of the telephone sockets. I have even managed to use a 10 meter cat 5e modem extension cable so that I can move the modem away from the front door where the master socket is located and because the cable plugs straight into the master socket I have lost no speed whatsoever. I am very pleased with this item and highly recommend this to anyone that uses an ADSL connection for their broadband.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2013
Gosh, it's hard to believe such a simple piece of kit can contribute such a difference to your broadband experience. But it does!

I saw a 1.5Mb/s rise in average download speeds after fitting one of these in place of the in-line filters and extension leads I had been using.

Highly recommended.
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on 28 October 2013
This worked really well. Download speed has increased from around 1.1 to 5.1-5.4 Mbps. Upload speed is still much lower although that's not an issue for me. I can now watch iPlayer etc, use my internet-enabled tv and enjoy the rugby on BT Sport all for spending about £10. Installation took me 20-30 minutes, mainly because I took great care pushing the wires into the connectors. You do not need to buy a special tool for this, just a fine bladed screwdriver, but you do need to do it carefully.

We are in a village in Rutland that has been let down badly by both BT and the county council Digital Rutland project, because we have been excluded from the fast fibre broadband rollout even though we are only 2km from the nearest green box with fast broadband. As a consequence, we have looked at ways of improving our generally abysmal broadband service, and adoption of the faceplate splitter has transformed matters for us.
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on 4 March 2013
This took no more than 15 minutes to install, and is much neater than using separate ADSL microfilters on every telephone socket. Recommended, provided your ADSL router is, or can be moved close to, your master phone socket.

I had a good and stable Internet connection before fitting this, and have had a good and stable Internet connection since. It certainly hasn't made the connection any worse, but I can't be sure it has made it better.

It's quite noticeably more bulky than the BT socket original faceplate, and I shall want to remember where I've stored that original, to restore if that is ever necessary. Recommend the use of a proper IDC insertion tool to connect the wires to your extensions, being less frustrating than prodding with a small screwdriver.
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