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  • Dunx69
    • #2
    • 1st Jul 09, 6:57 AM
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    • 1st Jul 09, 6:57 AM
    By the way the I-plate was retailing and still is for non bt customers at 11.99 (approx) so your getting a good bargain.
    All hail the Jack Daniels Swozzler!
    • zcaprd7
    • By zcaprd7 1st Jul 09, 10:41 AM
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    zcaprd7
    • #3
    • 1st Jul 09, 10:41 AM
    • #3
    • 1st Jul 09, 10:41 AM
    Worked for me and I just have a BT phone line but a different DSL provider...so above should read all BT customers.
    • farci
    • By farci 1st Jul 09, 10:48 AM
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    farci
    • #4
    • 1st Jul 09, 10:48 AM
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    • 1st Jul 09, 10:48 AM
    Worked for me and I just have a BT phone line but a different DSL provider...so above should read all BT customers.
    Originally posted by zcaprd7
    Confirm that - just enter your BT phone line details and it's on its way!
    • billinge
    • By billinge 1st Jul 09, 11:45 AM
    • 75 Posts
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    billinge
    • #5
    • 1st Jul 09, 11:45 AM
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    • 1st Jul 09, 11:45 AM
    My phone line is actually with Tiscali, but the order went through ok.
    We shall see what happens.
    • keeleycoop
    • By keeleycoop 1st Jul 09, 8:58 PM
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    keeleycoop
    • #6
    • 1st Jul 09, 8:58 PM
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    • 1st Jul 09, 8:58 PM
    I'm with talktalk and it went through too. Hope it arrives!
  • Dreamsorcerer
    • #7
    • 2nd Jul 09, 11:04 AM
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    • 2nd Jul 09, 11:04 AM
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you can do this for free anyway, using this guide, dslzoneuk.net/socket.php?type=html. Sounds like it's doing pretty much the same thing.

    You just need to pull out one or two wires, it's not as scary as it sounds, and you don't need to be an engineer. The wires are held in a grip, you can just slide them out with a pair of tweezers, and if something did go wrong, you could put them back in just as easily.

    I done this awhile ago, and noticed a significant speed boost, can't remember the exact details, but definitely worth the 2 minutes it took to go round my house and slide out a couple of wires.

    Remember to test your speed before and after to see what the speed improvement is, there is a good speed test here thinkbroadband.com/speedtest.html.

    hmm, apparently I'm not allowed to use links...
  • Dunx69
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    • 2nd Jul 09, 12:50 PM
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    • 2nd Jul 09, 12:50 PM
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you can do this for free anyway, using this guide, dslzoneuk.net/socket.php?type=html. Sounds like it's doing pretty much the same thing.

    You just need to pull out one or two wires, it's not as scary as it sounds, and you don't need to be an engineer. The wires are held in a grip, you can just slide them out with a pair of tweezers, and if something did go wrong, you could put them back in just as easily.

    I done this awhile ago, and noticed a significant speed boost, can't remember the exact details, but definitely worth the 2 minutes it took to go round my house and slide out a couple of wires.

    Remember to test your speed before and after to see what the speed improvement is, there is a good speed test here thinkbroadband.com/speedtest.html.

    hmm, apparently I'm not allowed to use links...
    Originally posted by Dreamsorcerer
    never tried this but remember if you get it wrong an engineer visit charge is 115 plus how long it it takes for him to fix, for 1.20 P&P your better off with the i-plate me thinks rather than risking the above...
    All hail the Jack Daniels Swozzler!
    • stphnstevey
    • By stphnstevey 2nd Jul 09, 2:30 PM
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    stphnstevey
    • #9
    • 2nd Jul 09, 2:30 PM
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    • 2nd Jul 09, 2:30 PM
    Why don't you just get Virgin, which speeds the line up by about minimum 2 fold
    • davethorp
    • By davethorp 2nd Jul 09, 2:46 PM
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    davethorp
    Why don't you just get Virgin, which speeds the line up by about minimum 2 fold
    Originally posted by stphnstevey
    Until you actually use it and then it grinds back down to a comparative crawl

    • penrhyn
    • By penrhyn 2nd Jul 09, 4:29 PM
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    penrhyn
    The I-Plate is a complete waste of money.
    As pointed out above its quite easy to remove the faceplate off your master socket and carefully remove the bell wire connection to pin 3.
    Read the dslzone article to find out how.

    http://www.dslzoneuk.net/socket.php


    Of course you need to have a master socket like this one:



    This is an I-Plate BTW

    That gum you like is coming back in style.
  • Dreamsorcerer
    never tried this but remember if you get it wrong an engineer visit charge is 115 plus how long it it takes for him to fix, for 1.20 P&P your better off with the i-plate me thinks rather than risking the above...
    Originally posted by Dunx69
    As I said, it's not as scary as it sounds, it's designed to be maintained by the user, it's not BT's or anyone else's responsibility, you can just pull the cable out, that's what it's there for. You've got more risk of your i-plate not arriving than breaking your wiring, judging by the picture above, you have to take the faceplate off anyway in order to affix the i-plate, so it's not going to take more effort than getting an i-plate.

    You can have it done 10 minutes from now, rather than waiting for an i-plate to arrive, and you don't have to pay P&P, this forums about saving money, right? So don't pay for something that you can do yourself with minimal effort.
  • Dreamsorcerer
    Why don't you just get Virgin, which speeds the line up by about minimum 2 fold
    Originally posted by stphnstevey
    hmm, I don't think this is relevant, removing this wire should improve speed regardless of which ISP you are using. I also can't imagine that Virgin could double my speed on an ADSL connection, 20Mbps??
    • billinge
    • By billinge 3rd Jul 09, 2:26 PM
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    billinge
    My phone line is actually with Tiscali, but the order went through ok.
    We shall see what happens.
    Originally posted by billinge
    Hmm, got an email yesterday saying I am not a BT customer so they have stopped the order. Never Mind, perhaps I'll just disconnect the bell cable and see if that works...
    • zcaprd7
    • By zcaprd7 3rd Jul 09, 3:34 PM
    • 1,061 Posts
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    zcaprd7
    Damn:

    Thank you for your recent request for a BT Broadband Accelerator.

    According to our records you are not a BT Total Broadband customer. As this offer is limited to BT Total Broadband customers only this request will not be progressed.


    Stupid BT order form letting me think I had a deal...
  • ComputerWhizz
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you can do this for free anyway, using this guide, dslzoneuk.net/socket.php?type=html. Sounds like it's doing pretty much the same thing.

    You just need to pull out one or two wires, it's not as scary as it sounds, and you don't need to be an engineer. The wires are held in a grip, you can just slide them out with a pair of tweezers, and if something did go wrong, you could put them back in just as easily.

    I done this awhile ago, and noticed a significant speed boost, can't remember the exact details, but definitely worth the 2 minutes it took to go round my house and slide out a couple of wires.

    Remember to test your speed before and after to see what the speed improvement is, there is a good speed test here thinkbroadband.com/speedtest.html.

    hmm, apparently I'm not allowed to use links...
    Originally posted by Dreamsorcerer
    I'd rather spend 1.20 then mess up my phone connection. I've heard some "horror stories" in the past where people have disconnected the wire themselves, then had their speed drop badly and even with the wire reconnected it didn't improve.
  • Lucie C
    Thanks, Dunx69. It won't work for me but I have passed the information along to my neighbour, who might be able to make use of this offer.
  • Dreamsorcerer
    I'd rather spend 1.20 then mess up my phone connection. I've heard some "horror stories" in the past where people have disconnected the wire themselves, then had their speed drop badly and even with the wire reconnected it didn't improve.
    Originally posted by ComputerWhizz
    I've not heard this before, but without any knowledge of an i-plate, it's just as likely that the i-plate will do the same thing...

    I'm not an expert, but I followed the guide I linked above and just pulled out a wire from each socket around the house, and got an instant speed boost. If this wire causes interference, by pulling it out you remove that interference, the i-plate is doing the same thing, so I can't see how removing interference would result in a speed drop, and if it did, then the i-plate should give a speed drop as well, seeing as it is doing the same thing.

    So, as long as you don't get out any wire cutters and start doing permanent damage, I don't see anything going wrong.
  • TurkishDelight
    Thanks for this thread- we're going to move stuff about so we can get to the socket later and try it. From reading about it, it all seems simple enough, and logical. I'd rather go straight to the source than fit another microfilter stye thing that I'll probably have to replace in a months time :rolleyes:
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  • Dreamsorcerer
    Thanks for this thread- we're going to move stuff about so we can get to the socket later and try it. From reading about it, it all seems simple enough, and logical. I'd rather go straight to the source than fit another microfilter stye thing that I'll probably have to replace in a months time :rolleyes:
    Originally posted by TurkishDelight
    Don't forget the speed test
    thinkbroadband.com/speedtest.html

    Hope to hear what the speed difference was.
    Still can't post links :P
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