I wonder if anyone can help me make sense of our phone line setup which has me rather baffled.
I'm currently experiencing a low speed and intermittent broadband connection. This caused me to examine our telephone wiring for the first time since moving into this house (around 6 months ago) and what I've discovered is rather odd.
There are two drop cables entering the house, both attached to a pylon on the other side of the road. One of the cables is grey, the other is black.
The black cable enters the house through the front bedroom wall. The bedroom has a BT branded NTE5 master socket on the wall, but the cable is not wired into the socket. It's just an empty NTE5 box. The cable sticks out the inside wall and is not connected to anything (link to photo below).
The grey drop cable is more difficult to follow as it buries itself into the wall about level with the first floor floorboards. I believe it then goes to an old style junction box in the porch, which then feeds a socket in the hallway (old "T in a circle" branded LJ3/1A). We also have an extension at the rear of the house. I have no idea the route the wire takes to reach this, but it's either through the walls or under the floor.
Currently our phone and router are connected to the socket in the hallway and it's worked well until the past few weeks when we first experienced connection dropouts. The phone continues to work.
My question is, why do we have two drop cables entering the house? Other houses served by the same pylon appear to have a single black cable. Could it be that the house had a second phone line at some point, or that the old cable just wasn't removed when the new one was installed?
Is it feasible that both drop cables carry the same signal to our house? If so would it be sensible for me to wire the black cable into the empty NTE5 socket and try connecting our equipment to that, thereby modernising our setup and eliminating any dodgy old wiring?
Here are some photos:
NTE5 socket and (disconnected) cable in front bedroom
Junction box in porch which I assume is attached to the grey drop cable
Socket in hallway
I'd really appreciate anyone else's thoughts on this.
Edited by frogboy (Wed 06-Mar-13 20:27:58)