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Openreach VDSL Interstitial now available on Amazon
Tuesday 10 January 2012 21:01:04 by Andrew Ferguson

VDSL2 installations by Openreach in the UK are still carried out by Openreach engineers, and they fit a new style of faceplate filter, which slots in between the existing removeable faceplate and the backbox, without the need to disconnect extension wiring. Now as with the original ADSL faceplates, a source of this Interstitial Faceplate for VDSL is available for consumers, who want to use it to tidy up their ADSL/ADSL2+ connections.

The simple but elegant solution of a slotted design of the original I-Plate continues, in that the new plate allows the existing faceplate to be removed and this filter solution slipped into place. The original I-Plate simply removed an undue influence due to the ring wire on phone extensions, this new design, filters all the telephone extensions such that dangly micro-filters are no longer required, and in cases where people are unable to locate the DSL modem close to the master socket, there are two IDC connections for connected a suitable twisted pair cable to run as a dedicated data extension.

If you already have a good quality ADSL faceplate installed, there is no real benefit to this new model. If you are getting VDSL installed then Openreach engineers will still supply and fit their socket. For those that have bought the I-Plate to improve their broadband speeds, the only real advantage is that microfilters are not needed and if you are a fingers and thumbs person there is no need to fiddle with extension wiring. A small note, while the product description mentions a filtered RJ45 socket, this is compatible with standard RJ11 DSL modem leads.

The new socket is £18.99 plus £2.99 shipping on Amazon.co.uk and is sold by PC Supplies Ltd.

Comments

Posted by TonyHoyle over 5 years ago
Since at the moment you're technically not even allowed to unplug the VDSL modem, let alone start farting around with the socket, it's a bit premature to advertise this.

3rd party DSL faceplates has been able to do the same with adsl for years, and are cheaper.
Posted by Going_Digital over 5 years ago
A crazy price for a simple filter.
Posted by systemx over 5 years ago
@TonyHoyle.
There is understandable confusion when it comes to the VDSL modem, but the situation when you have a FTTC service is that there is now two demarcation points,

(1) The nte master or dumb demacation for the whole service and
(2) the VDSL Modem or active demarcation for broadband.

Its fine to move your modem, of fit an extension for it from the master faceplate yourself, so long as you use the modem to access the FTTC service.

Posted by bit_bucket over 5 years ago
The same piece of kit is being advertised for a quid less (£20.99 inc VAT and shipping) here:
www.run-it-direct.co.uk/btvdslfaceplate.html
(I cannot yet vouch for this supplier as I have only just placed my first order with them.)
Posted by mhc over 5 years ago

They have been available for quite a while from Pressac's distributors. But I would guess that very few have been sold.



Posted by mhc over 5 years ago

Looking at te image closely, the socket is possibly too small for an RJ45 and may well be RJ11/12

Posted by systemx over 5 years ago
Like all filter faceplates the socket for the modem is an RJ45 and will accept a RJ11
Posted by mhc over 5 years ago

To correct my last comment ...

On a BT unit, which looks identical it is an RJ45 socket behind the face plate, but the opening is very small and the size of a typical RJ111 opening. Some RJ45 connectors fit and some don't - it is a very tight/close fit.

Posted by hijac over 5 years ago
"....this new design, filters all the telephone extensions such that dangly micro-filters are no longer required, and in cases where people are unable to locate the DSL modem close to the master socket, there are two IDC connections for connected a suitable twisted pair cable to run as a dedicated data extension."

I've got an iplate on the master socket but then my router and some filters all run off an extension at the other end of the house (30 metres of cable away). Would this improve my performance by filtering the signal at the earliest moment?
Posted by Going_Digital over 5 years ago
@hijac

probably wouldn't make much difference, the simple way to find out is remove the faceplate and connect your router to the test socket, this will give you an indication of the absolute maximum performance you will get. If you see no improvement then there would be no point changing your setup.
Posted by 2pods over 5 years ago
"....this new design, filters all the telephone extensions such that dangly micro-filters are no longer required, and in cases where people are unable to locate the DSL modem close to the master socket, there are two IDC connections for connected a suitable twisted pair cable to run as a dedicated data extension."

Could someone link me to what the IDC connections and twisted pair cable would look like please ?
My router is at the end of an extension, and the speed definitely improves if I connect directly to the socket.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
You can see the IDC connections on amazon picture.

Note the correct socket, but a close up of similar connectors on http://www.thinkbroadband.com/images/faq/faceplates/IMG_1353-crop.jpg

Twisted pair cable
http://www.adslnation.com/phpapps/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=96


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