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steveb6
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Can I remove old unused BT sockets in my house?

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The BT box on the outside wall of our house has 3 wires coming out of it going to sockets in different rooms in our house. We only use the socket in our living room so I want to remove the other two (wires and all) as it’s a mess.

Inside the two sockets i want to remove there are two wires connected (orange and white) and two floating free (black and green).

my question is can I do something about disconnecting the unused wires at the box outside the house (which would allow me to remove all the external rubbish as well as the unused sockets) or should i leave that box and just cutoff the wires at the two sockets and “lose” them in the wall.

sorry if this questions already been asked/answered but I couldn’t find anything.

ta Steve

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Devon_Dave
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You could remove the wiring however you would need to  make the one remaining socket a main/master. 

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iniltous
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If the three sockets were wired from the one point , rather than in series, that is ‘star’ wiring and isn’t very good from a broadband speed and faulting point of view, so removing the unnecessary wiring and sockets and only leaving one ( master ) socket may improve broadband performance as well tidying up the cabling 

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Odd that the 2 sockets you want to remove have external cable rather than internal cable. A few pictures of the various locations and connections would help.

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steveb6
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The external box looks like attached.C847E2AF-AE4F-4FFA-A857-8CA22D7147B5.jpeg

and the internal sockets like this76C67B4C-C1BF-479B-868A-532387A16EB1.jpeg

does that help in diagnosing? Thanks in advance.

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licquorice
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It should never have been wired like that. Just remove the cables from the external box to the extension sockets you wish to remove. Make sure the remaining socket is a master socket.

steveb6
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Thanks!
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Devon_Dave
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@licquorice Historically that is how wiring was done before NTE's came on the scene.

Even after they introduced NTE's  I remember converting a star wired instalation by putting an NTE 5B in the loft with all secondary sockets radiating out from there. 

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licquorice
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In my day it was 40lb cc wires terminated in an insulator 16 with a lead sheathed lead-in cable to a block terminal 20/4 😄

 

bt_20-4.jpginsulator 16.jpg

 

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