BT NTE5c Master Socket Linebox

BT NTE5c Master Socket Linebox replaces the long established BT NTE5a Master Socket. No special tools are needed to connect the NTE5c to your existing wiring. Because It uses ‘Cam’ style connections, it is therefore ideal for DIY installation.

BT NTE5c Master Socket

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BT NTE5c Master Socket without Filtered Frontplate

Most notably, the new NTE5c from BT Openreach, features a clip on front panel – removable without using any special tools. If you want to remove the front panel to disconnect your own extension wiring, or to carry out a line test simply grip both sides, press and pull forwards.

Termination for the incoming telephone line is via a Cam style connector needing no special tools to connect the wires. The Cam connector is lifted by pulling back with your thumb, then the telephone wire (not stripped) is inserted into the clear Cam. Once fully inserted, applying firm pressure on the cam locks the wire into place and makes the connection, simple!

When running your own telephone extension cable, you terminate this in the same way via the Cam connector on the front of the rear section of the NTE5c Master Socket.

NTE5c Master Socket Linebox and Filtered Front Plate kit

Purchase this kit if you do not already have an NTE5c Master Socket Linebox installed. Please note that the Filtered Front Plate is NOT interchangeable with the NTE5a version. They are completely different products. If you would like help or advice please call me, and I will advise which version is right for your situation.

Take a look around my website for lots of useful tips and links. If you have WiFi problems, or would like to carry out a Broadband speed test on your telephone line all the information you need is here.

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BT Openreach Criticised for Failing to Deliver Broadband

BT Openreach Criticised for Failing to Deliver Broadband to rural communities

BBC News Look East program interviewed a company setting up and operating Super Fast Broadband. It considered 160 villages across Essex and Suffolk, as an alternative to using BT Openreach. There is a big rural gap in the market for Broadband connection, to serve areas not connected by BT Openreach.

Wireless approach provides rural villages with High Speed Superfast Broadband

rural broadbandBT Openreach Criticised for Failing to Deliver Broadband to rural communities and not doing enough for it’s customers. The independent company featured in the BBC report use a very different technology – not using what’s referred to as ‘The Last Mile’ or ‘Copper Network’. This alternative network is wireless so it isn’t affected by the same issues surrounding civil work required for burying laying cable and ducting. In the report, a church was used as one of the bases for a transmitter. Churches are often situated on high ground with a clear line of site so I’m sure make very good places indeed for antennas.

Superfast Rural Broadband

Each village has 4 or 5 transmitter points. Each of these points also have multiple transmitters. A village can have between 20 and 25 transmitters to aid Broadband coverage.
The church houses one of many dedicated networks built for villages that want it. Services from small companies like this are growing in demand. The report backed by cross-party MPs, concluded that BT be forced to sell it’s Openreach service because of poor performance.

Broadband in Rural Location

BT Openreach CriticisedOne business owner commented on the attitude of BT. He claims that BT blames customers for choosing to live in a rural environment and there are many things you do not get in rural areas. One of these is adequate Broadband coverage therefore residential and business customers should accept that.
Finally, this customer now has Superfast Broadband. It is based on the wireless technology which is proving a viable alternative for customers in rural locations.
BT Openreach Criticised for Failing to Deliver Broadband to rural communities will hopefully do more now that they are in the media spotlight for the wrong reasons.

Can I Move Master Socket

Can I Move Master Socket ?

Many people call me asking can I move Master Socket to a more suitable position. Your main telephone point may not be in an ideal location. In some houses I’ve been to, the Master telephone socket is in the hallway and not next to an electrical socket. This is impractical when it comes to plugging in a router, hub or cordless phone. Trailing wires present a trip hazard and will wear through if positioned under carpet, therefore best to move master socket to a more practical position.

Where is the Best Position for a BT Master Telephone Socket

move master socketAn ideal solution is to move Master Socket to the lounge – close to the TV. The Broadband Router connects to the telephone line, Ethernet leads connect the hub to your Sky TV Box or X-Box. This will make the Sky On Demand download much faster than relying on WiFi.

Many TV’s nowadays are SMART TV’s requiring an Ethernet network connection, so position your router accordingly. Family members use mobile phones and tablets in the viscinity of the lounge, therefore your WiFi will work better with the router centrally located.

How to Move Master Socket

If you are a BT customer you can call BT on 150 for the Sales Department and book an appointment to move the master socket. It will cost you in the region of £130

If you call out an Independent Telephone Engineer some will be reluctant to touch the main telephone socket as this is down to BT Openreach to maintain. Some telephone engineers will do the work for you, others less willing. I worked for BT for 23 years. One of my main jobs was to remove obsolete dial phones , converting the hard wired installation to plug and socket. I have replaced and moved many BT Master Sockets.

Now that I am working as an independent Telephone Engineer I’m not sure if I should move the Master Socket. I have the technical expertise, and was trained by BT to carry out all work on phone lines. BT is a huge company – if I called 150 and spoke to someone in India, imagine how long the conversation would last if I tried to obtain authorisation to carry out this type of work? It’s possibly in BT’s interest for Independent Engineers to move Master Socket because if they make a mistake BT would recoup £130 to put things right. Independent Telephone Engineers are unlikely to make mistakes and the work would be completed to a high standard, and work perfectly.

You could move the Master Socket but get things wrong and BT will charge you to reinstate the wiring. Therefore, work should be completed by an experienced telephone engineer.

Master Socket Test Plate

BT-test-socketThe correct way of wiring a Master Socket (or as BT call it an NTE 5) is for your telephone line to electrically connect to it first. The NTE5 must be first in line, before any of the other telephone sockets in your house. Your extension wiring around the house connects to the removable front Test Plate. This gives you a way of isolating your own wiring by undoing the two font plate screws. Moving the front plate to one side reveals a second socket, or Test Socket. This enables you to plug your phone in making sure the incoming telephone line has dial tone and functions correctly.


Filtered ‘Digital Front Plate or Fibre Front Plate

filtered-front-plateWiring your Master Socket up correctly in this way makes it difficult to attempt as a DIY job. If the Master Socket is just ‘teed into the line’ then the extension socket wiring may slow your Broadband.

A Filtered Front Plate or ‘Digital Plate’ is crucial to have fitted. It acts as a barrier between the Master Socket and your extension wiring. Therefore you can achieve the highest Internet speed possible for your computer and X-Box. This Filtered Front Plate is also called a Fibre Front Plate. It should be installed when you have High Speed Fibre Broadband, or BT Infinity.