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    ADSL Bell Wire Trick - Increase Your StreamingDownload Speed!

    Skeptical this would make much difference. Pull the bell wire out of pin 3 on your main telephone socket.

    Speed test on the BBC diagnostics page went from 1Mbps to 3.5Mbps. Pretty impressive increase given the distance from the exchange/not having cable etc etc.

    The bell wire isn't necessary unless you are using an old analogue phone. It acts as an aerial and injects noise into your line - making your ADSL router see a poor signal-to-noise ratio.

    Should have done this ages ago as I knew about it. Google it tis all over the web.

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    Yes, internal wiring makes a huge difference. Are you plugged into the master socket?
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    Just done it myself, I guess that the results can be negligible if you are close-ish to the exchange. I saw no difference personally, but it is such an easy check its worth a go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPG View Post
    Yes, internal wiring makes a huge difference. Are you plugged into the master socket?
    I wasn't - but what I have just this minute tried is plugging in the router directly to the master socket - which is along way from the PC, then using a USB wi-fi dongle to talk to it, figuring that MAY be quicker.

    It isn't - I'm getting around 2.5Mbps that way. So is the laptop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myles View Post
    Just done it myself, I guess that the results can be negligible if you are close-ish to the exchange. I saw no difference personally, but it is such an easy check its worth a go.


    As an aside, Windows 7 is REALLY flaky with setting up wi-fi stuff. Use the correct settings and it resolutely refuses to work. Then magically starts working after minutes of messing around - when actually no settings change has been made. I'm tempted to believe it is me, only I know it isn't.

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    OK with ADSL router back in the normal position I'm getting around 2.5 - I personally think that is down to demand/time of day or dislodging a wire slightly when connecting the router. The wires are held in via some uselessly bad clips. The former is more likely, but I'm just postulating, really.

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    The biggest benefit to ADSL is gained by completely removing any internal wiring in your home and connecting your modem/router to the master socket. Telephone extensions are invariably wired with the wrong wire type which adds to the problems. If you are going to disconnect the ring wire then you need to do so at every socket to get the benefit.

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    I am sorry but I can not believe the speeds you are getting over the ADSL line . I do a speed test about once a week and so far have never failed to get less than 12Mbps and normally it is 15 + . Upload speed is nothing like as good but averges 0.8Mbps .
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    Quote Originally Posted by bencat View Post
    I am sorry but I can not believe the speeds you are getting over the ADSL line . I do a speed test about once a week and so far have never failed to get less than 12Mbps and normally it is 15 + . Upload speed is nothing like as good but averges 0.8Mbps .
    If you're out in the country, 2.5Mbps is pretty good. I have been getting something around 2Mbps for years.

    However, a week or so ago, the speed went down to about 200kbps, so after a day of this, after I tried resetting the router, even plugging it straight into the master socket, I complained to BT, they did a line-check but found no problem. Hmmm I thought. However, next day, my speed was up to 5Mbps, never been so good. I wonder how long this will continue.

    S.

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    The router can make a very definate difference. I got 0.75 Mbps using Sky's. Change to a TP-Link - 1Mbps. But the wi-fi coverage with it is excellent compared to Sky's effort.

    I'm literally a stone's throw away from BT's OpenReach coverage was recently installed. Unfortunate to say the least.

    Gonna play with the socket again today - I'm failry sure the speed drop to 2.5 Mbps is simply due to me disturbing the wiring inside it.

    I used to get double the speed after to complaining to Sky - only to see the speed drop back to 0.75 over a period of a week or so. Go figure.

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    Having just had a quick look at all the blurb on this it would seem that if you do not have one installing a BT - I ADSL line improver on your master socket is a plus. Good thing is that you could do the advised remove the no 3 wire at the same time .
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    Quote Originally Posted by SergeAuckland View Post
    If you're out in the country, 2.5Mbps is pretty good. I have been getting something around 2Mbps for years.
    Same experience here. Our exhange has apparently been upgraded, we've recently had the aged external overhead cable replaced, and on a good day, when the wind is blowing right, we count ourselves lucky if we see 1.5Mbps. These sort of speeds are not unusual outside of major towns it seems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SergeAuckland View Post
    If you're out in the country, 2.5Mbps is pretty good. I have been getting something around 2Mbps for years.

    However, a week or so ago, the speed went down to about 200kbps, so after a day of this, after I tried resetting the router, even plugging it straight into the master socket, I complained to BT, they did a line-check but found no problem. Hmmm I thought. However, next day, my speed was up to 5Mbps, never been so good. I wonder how long this will continue.

    S.
    We did the same thing some time back when we couldn‘t get any signal. Funnily, they couldn’t find any problem with the line, but miraculously it worked wonderful after that.

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    If you re-wire the sockets with some expensive foo cabling you should see 20mb+
    Bi-wiring each connection inside the master socket will also help youtube videos seem more vibrant and stream faster.

    On a serious note - for people that dont want to cut the orange bell wire inside the socket BT and a few others online sell a socket/box which sits over the top of your original master socket thet basically disables the bell wire. They used to bring these round and try them if people were complaining of poor speeds a couple of years back, not sure if they still do anymore.
    To be honest cutting the wire is very simple though.

    http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&sclie...w=1549&bih=584

    ADSL is old skool like vinyl nowadays anyway, you should all be on fibre!

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    I did the pin 3 trick a while ago.
    It did not make much difference at all to download speeds. I still get 3.5 - 3.6Mbps.
    Upload improved though from 0.4 to 0.5Mbps.
    Removing a spur off to our bedroom did improve the download speed by about 0.5Mbps - so that was well worth doing, since we did not use that extension at all.
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    biggest difference for me came with wiping router firmware.and installing dd wrt instead. it is a custom firmware open source priject...like the touch toolbox.


    easy.to install
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncdrawl View Post
    biggest difference for me came with wiping router firmware.and installing dd wrt instead. it is a custom firmware open source priject...like the touch toolbox.


    easy.to install
    And then no doubt tweaking the sn ratio

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    For everything you could ever want to know about ADSL but were afraid to ask go here:

    http://www.kitz.co.uk/adsl/socket.htm

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    Just open up the main junction again, cut the bell wire short, made sure conections were nice and I am back up to 3.6Mbps - just about enough for iPlayer in HD. Result.

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    ok. I am in the USA. wonder if itll work here.

    can someone take a picture if it WILL work?? i dont know what to do.
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