Caution for those that tinker

  howard64 09:27 05 Apr 2010

I have a spare adsl modem for testing purposes when asked to check out problems for people. I noticed a severe drop in my broadband speed from the normal around 7MB to 1.5MB. On investigation I found that I had left my spare modem plugged into the phone line in my workroom. This was not connected to the power and I would have thought it would have had no effect on my phone line. With it unplugged I was back up to my normal speed. There is still a lot to learn even with my age and years of experience. I have had a pc at home since 1975 and still get caught out now and again. Have a good Bank Holiday all.

  sunnystaines 09:32 05 Apr 2010

even another phone plugged in can affect speed too.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:49 05 Apr 2010

anything plugged in and not on a filter will cause problems.

We've all do something simular, I had booting problems messed for hours and finally decide I need to do a repair install from CD. Opened the drive to insert XP CD to find a blank CD in there, this was the cause of booting problem, booted OK with no blank in the drive.

  howard64 11:55 05 Apr 2010

yes Fruit Bat /\0/\ know what you are saying but this modem was connected with a filter - I know no other way of connecting a modem without one.

  lotvic 13:00 05 Apr 2010

I'll have to go round checking all mine, am only getting just over half a meg when I used to get 2+ meg
Router is plugged into master socket via a filter
(had new master socket fitted 5 months ago)

  howard64 14:38 05 Apr 2010

lotvic if your system is correctly wired removing the bottom half of the master plate removes all your extension wiring and just leaves the line -worth a try.

  morddwyd 08:34 06 Apr 2010

Filters are not failure proof.

It might be worthwhile substituting each filter one at a time.

  lotvic 23:34 06 Apr 2010

Yep, tried that, no difference so must be old copper wires from there to exchange or a problem along the way at one of junctions.
Things do wear out, will await BTOutreach checking of line.
At least I now know it's not my internal wiring etc.

  howard64 09:48 07 Apr 2010

yes lotvic it is comforting to prove that it is external also if it turns out to be your internal stuff you may be charged for the callout

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