If the setup (plugged into the test socket) results in a good gain in download speed. I assume that to consolodate those gains I will have to fit an I-Plate (BT Accelerator) to the master socket?
better fitting a filtered faceplate - that means that router is connected to faceplate and you connect your extension cable to phone socket on faceplate and do away with any filters.
downside is your router must be connected to the faceplate as any extension sockets in other rooms will not provide a broadband connection
After speaking to BT Customer care yesterday morning (3/9/11) by mid afternoon my download speed, IP Profile and acceptable range of speeds had improved (back to the two day improvement of 30/8/11).
The Hub stats however seem to be much the same as when my download speeds were low.
I have made no changes and my set up is exactly as before. (as per sketch and photograph posted earlier)
The second line of support rang me and said that some work on my line had been completed and to monitor my broadband over the next few days.
the choice to make the changes suggested is yours and maybe one day you might try the suggestions. Be interested to see if you get any improvement after the work on your line - that appears to be a current theme from support
Because I lost the improvement of 30/8/11 in only 2 days, in regard to this latest improvement in connection speed, download speed and IP profile, I must admit I do fear a repeat of that experience.
Nevertheless in the interest of stability (BT Line not mine ) I am just leaving things alone for a few days.
Regardless of the outcome of the wait, I do intend to follow the suggestions made by several community members and change my set up as per the sketch below.
I believe that the set up shown in my sketch is the one that is being advised. Please correct me if it isn't.
If I get a marked improvement I will most likely fit an I-Plate (BT Accelerator), simply because I am so "fingers & thumbs" at anything as intricate as working with tiny telephone wires & connections.
the diagram is as I suggested (apart from using test socket) before and should improve your speed. I would recommend a filtered faceplate instead of an Iplate (accelerator) and fiddly wires are only the extension socket wires connect to the front face.
removing the orange bellwire on terminal 3 in all sockets will give the same and maybe better result than the iplate
So by disconnecting the bellwire I should not need to fit either an I-Plate or the flitered faceplate?
no the bellwire is similar to fitting an iplate but regardless of that you will still need a filtered faceplate or continue with your filter
Since master socket & connections are hidden from view I will probably just continue with filter.
Seems that test socket removes bell wire from circuit and filters prevent signal interference on extension line.
If that this is the case provided I manually disconnect the bell wire and fit a filter then my next step should be to set up as per my last sketch but directly into the master socket and not the test socket.