BT Termination box and cable - can it be removed?

Hey guys, a while ago, perhaps two years or so, a BT engineer visited my folks to install something (I can't recall what) but as part of it he basically decided to cut the cable from the master socket up to the phone socket upstairs! - What's done is done, irritating as it was at the time.

They were left with this:



And the (manky) cable which goes along the door side.

They're getting a new door on Wednesday so I said I'd ask on here if they need to keep their manky cable and little white box (hidden behind the phone table - yep, they have a phone table!), or whether it can be simply cut off.

Thoughts much appreciated. It's not a biggie to keep it but it'll be tidier if it can be lopped off!

Thanks :)

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  • Eldi_Dos
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    Could you trace where the older cable runs to and describe or show photo of end or termination box.
  • ChilliBob
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    Yeah, it goes outside the house at the top corner of the front door... Under the pebble dashing then into a window frame in an upper bedroom.. jumped from there under the floor to another bedroom to a BT box. 

    So essentially the two sockets upstairs are useless and no longer used, irritating as I used to place the internet router there, upstairs, as it was close to another bedroom (which is now an office), giving the chance for cabled internet, which being oldskool, I liked to have.

    My folks, 80+ couldn't give two hoots though, their internet works, their landlines work (in hall and bedroom). 

    And sorry, the termination box I said is the 8 way junction box in my picture.
     
  • chrisw
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    The output obviously goes nowhere, just snip it off at the door frame.
  • Eldi_Dos
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    @ChilliBob
    Choice is up to you really,if you feel you may want to use the sockets upstairs again just get a less obtrusive junction box and place it at bottom of new door with the old cable cut to size and put inside and it is there for future use.

    My choice would be remove it all the way to where it enters window, may need to sort out where screws or clips are attached to building.

    Looking at junction box you have in picture I cannot see any BT or Openreach logo.

  • ChilliBob
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    Yeah, I get the point about BT, perhaps it was Sky, they have sky Internet anyhow. Certainly something an engineer has done - not my Dad.

    Yeah, I, can't see a need for it really so I'll probably just sack it off. 

    Does seem odd thing for the engineer to do but that's water under the bridge a looooong time ago! 
  • Eldi_Dos
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    ChilliBob said:
     

    Does seem odd thing for the engineer to do but that's water under the bridge a looooong time ago! 
    Looking at how the cable is terminated in junction box it was not done by a telecomm engineer, the sheath cut and id with bits of tape tell you that.
    The engineer who disconnected it two years ago probably found it was adversely affecting broadband speed, hopefully everything has been ok since then.
  • ChilliBob
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    Yeah, everything is okay speed wise and stability for sure. It's pretty odd, as its certainly not something my Dad has done. I'd assume most people wouldn't mess with fine telecom bits like this either!

    Oh well, a bit of a mystery! So wish I was there when it all happened. I remember my wife and I going over it with Sky for ages that there was a fault on the line and eventually they/open reach somebody came to sort it when we were on holiday iirc.

    Mum mum was saying well it works really well on Dad's laptop, doesn't work on my desktop, oh and the box is downstairs now and he took out a load of cables. To say I was a understatement! I remember running dual cat 5 cables all over the rooms upstairs for faster Internet access years ago lol, all wasted now! 
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