Upgrading telephone lines

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  1. Ian Henderson

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    Hi

    I'm thinking of carrying out an upgrade on the internal telephone wiring in my flat. At the present moment, the line (provided by Sky) comes into the property to what looks like quite an old master socket which is located in our second bedroom. It then branches off to the hall (2 sockets), one of the bedrooms, the living room and the kitchen.

    I've just upgraded my broadband service (again, provided by Sky) to fibre, and I'm considering rationalising the various extensions that I have. I'd like the change the master socket to a newer model, perhaps one which includes the filtering necessary for a successful broadband connection. I then want to decommission the sockets in the hall (both of them), kitchen and third bedroom, and replace the socket in the living room with a double-socket that will both serve the home phone and satisfy Sky's requirement that their decoder is permanently connected to a landline.

    While I'm saying I want to do this, there's one thing I don't want to do, which is do damage to the existing internal telephone wiring and therefore require to call out an engineer. Can someone provide me with some advice on the best types of cable and sockets to use, and also point me in the direction of some online resources that would be available to guide me through the process?

    TIA
     
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    The Master Socket Connection box is the responsibility of the telephone line provider ie Open Reach/ Sky.
    After that any fittings the responsibility of the Householder.
    I would have thought they would have put in a new master socket when they installed the new telephone cable.
     
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    Yeah, you'd have thought. There are actually two master sockets in the second bedroom because for a while I had a business line as well as a personal line. The business line has now been decommissioned by the box is still there, so I'm thinking of nicking the new box (split-front BT socket) and using it to replace the old (non-split-fronted BT box). I think the way Sky would have looked at is that they don't need to upgrade the local loop therefore haven't touched the master socket.
     
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    What sort of Master Socket do you have ??

    is it one that you remove face plate for test socket or just a single plug in socket.

    does the master socket have a telephone socket and internet socket on the front.
     
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    The original master socket (i.e. not the one that was fitted for the business line) is a single faceplate with a single telephone socket on the front. The socket that was fitted for the business line is a newer model with a split faceplate. I'm not sure, but I think part of that face plate can be taken off for testing purposes.
     
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