Yes, at worst, TH may simply get the odd tut-tut from the engineer or a good telling off, but the point I was trying to make was the principle of the thing - that that master socket is the demarkation point of BT's territory and the subscriber's. You're not supposed to alter the master socket. If an alteration is needed, it has to be done by a BT engineer. The master socket is part of their
equipment, not yours. The fact that some people do doesn't make it right. If everyone did it, we'd end up with all sorts of lash-ups and malfunctioning lines.
I don't want to make a big deal of this but just want to make TH and maybe others aware, in case they aren't already. Enough has already been written about this in other topics and forums on thinkbroadband.
Of course, it'd help if BT's charge for installing/moving/updating a master socket wasn't so extortionate, as that encourages subscribers to do DIY jobs on the master socket. In a great many cases, those subscribers won't have a clue as to what they're really doing, technically. I myself have a pre-1980 pluggable master socket and would like to have an up-to-date NTE5. But the cost by BT puts me off. However, I do play by the rules and have no plans for a DIY job on mine, even though I know it'd involve only a two-minute refit.
Edited by meditator (Fri 24-Dec-10 13:18:18)