I have finally found some time to attempt to improve my broadband speed. My broadband speed was around 1843 kbps and was connected to an extension socket.
I was also getting lots of disconnections which after getting O2 to run some line tests it appeared there was a fault on my router. The router has now been replaced and my connection stability has improved and I haven't had any disconnections since. I would recommend anyone with an old O2 wireless box II (my box was over 4 years old) to get O2 to replace it). The new router also has an improved wireless signal around the house, presumably due to increased power and/or improved firmware.
I connected it to the master socket (the main BT socket) and saw no improvement. I then opened the socket and connected directly to the test socket which showed a dramatic speed improvement, doubling to 4048 kbps.
I then removed the bell wires (the extension sockets were connected directly to the master socket so 3 bell wires had to be removed) and was disappointed at only receiving 3300 kbps. I then moved the router back onto the extension socket and had a surprising small increase to 3313 kbps.
So, I am now trying to figure out how to get 4048 kbps without having to leave the socket open and allowing my 2 year old to pull it off the wall!
I've been reading lots about the iplate and I'm getting differing opinions. Some are saying that it only disables the bell wire, which I have already done. Other say it also reduces interference. Will an iplate allow me to realise the 4048 kbps?
If an iplate will do nothing in addition, is there anything I can buy which will allow me to connect directly to the test socket without leaving the cover hanging and wires exposed that little fingers can tamper with?