I've just discovered my mother's woeful rural broadband connection problems may be down to a very old XNTE box - I had no idea she had one. It seems to be from the neolithic era. Pic of the outside here and wiring photo here.
Apart from the wildlife, it looks a bit of a mess. This feeds into the house and the NTE5 the other side of the wall (less than a metre from this XNTE), but surely this ancient setup can't be helping her ADSL.
So, presumably the orange cables are the old ring wires - can I cut those, or is it best to remove them? I'm fairly sure the NTE5 isn't even using the orange one as I checked this years ago.
There are two of each colour cables - I'm guessing this is for the (unused, bedroom) extension line. Is there an easy way to identify which set of cables are for the main NTE5 and which are for the extension?
And finally, would it be best that I simple ran these cables into the house myself, direct into the NTE5? I know xNTEs haven't been used in anger for a while, and I'm desperate to make sure her wiring is as good as it can be (FTTC coming this year), but only if there's a good chance my work will actually help.
The house was probably built in the 1980s, so I'm guessing that's the last time anybody looked inside. The wasp was perfectly preserved, almost mummified!