adsl microfilters - positioning?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Mike Scott, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. Mike Scott

    Mike Scott Guest

    I'm contemplating a leap from cable to adsl, but could use the group's
    advice on microfilter positioning.

    The house has a fairly extensive set of phone extension wires, which
    come to a common point at the master phone socket; we have 3 phones
    connected, but several sockets elsewhere. I'm wondering whether a
    single adsl filter at the master socket would be appropriate, with the
    house extension wiring connected to the filter's phone output. This
    would avoid issues with the adsl signal and the quality and length of
    extension wiring, and obviate mishaps with missing filters elsewhere. Is
    there any intrinsic limit on the number of phones that can wire to a
    single adsl filter?

    Mike Scott, Sep 21, 2005
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  2. Mike Scott

    nicky.ward Guest

    I have a couple of DECT base stations and an analogue fax on the same
    piece of wire connected to a micro filter in the master socket. No
    problems to report.

    nicky.ward, Sep 21, 2005
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  3. Mike Scott

    Sparks Guest

    That is what I have done, Originally I had a dialler box connected this way,
    so it was simple to just plug in the filter!

    You could get a new filtered faceplate instead, and replace the lower half
    of your master socket (If it one of these )

    Here is a guider on how to swap it over...

    This does of course mean your modem or router needs to be near the master
    socket (You cant plug in another filter to an already filtered extension and
    use that if you have the filtered face plate on)

    Sparks, Sep 21, 2005
  4. Mike Scott

    Lurch Guest

    I use a faceplate filter, such as the one from ADSL Nation or Clarity,
    on most ADSL installs and have one here at home with many sockets and
    at least 4 or 5 phones connected. They are also a better quality
    filter than the cheap dangly ones.
    Lurch, Sep 21, 2005
  5. Mike Scott

    Leveled Guest

    The B.T man that visited me did not recommend that way ,I have had to put an
    extension lead from the main socket to the proximity of the computer,then a
    filter ,one lead to the computer and ,doubler(could be a tripler)and a long
    lead to the other phones, my original four sockets have been scrapped .I
    have three walk around phones and one direct coupled . This way only one
    filter is needed and This now works but drops,very occasionally. When the
    filter was at the main socket (in my loft) it only stayed connected for
    short periods. I am though a long way from my exchange. Regards E
    Leveled, Sep 21, 2005
  6. Mike Scott

    Beck Guest

    Similar setup here to other replies. I have two sky boxes and one phone
    plugged into a 3 way splitter which plugs into adsl filter.
    Beck, Sep 21, 2005
  7. Mike Scott

    Lurch Guest

    That's because your situation is different and I wouldn't recommend it
    either, although I don't think I'd have recommended that method of
    doing it either.
    Lurch, Sep 21, 2005
  8. Mike Scott

    Leveled Guest

    How do you think I should do this ? as I may modify my set up to use the
    sockets I have in place, but at this moment things aren't too bad , I am
    about 5 miles from the exchange in a rural area . All the cables on the
    poles in the area look tired and my lead comes into my loft and is rolled
    into a coil. to (shorten) before connection to the main socket. B. T had
    previously wired my sockets from here. B.T pulled the front off for me to
    plug in to the socket and there it sits open .Though works quite well. Kind
    Regards E
    Leveled, Sep 22, 2005
  9. Mike Scott

    Lurch Guest

    It sounds like maybe your extension wiring is a bit ropey. I'd be
    inclined to rewire them if possible and use a modified filtered
    faceplate. I'd also get rid of this 'coil' that BT seem to have strewn
    in the loft.

    To do it without rewiring then maybe just use a standard faceplate
    filter and then just run the one lead from that to the modem. The
    other sockets will then work from the master socket again.
    Lurch, Sep 22, 2005
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