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What are these sockets on extension cable?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by jonbey, 21 Nov 2020 at 3:45 PM.

  1. jonbey

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    Surge protection for phone lines/aerials
     
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    They are for phone lines, not that anyone has them these days lol
     
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    Not even for their internet access:?:
     
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    well that yes, had virgin in for so long i forgot ADSL still exists..
     
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    don't think so. Phone plugs have the thumblatch on the side. I think those are RJ45 or similar connectors.

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    oh, you mean the ones on the end? photo not clear but yes, probably
     
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    Yeah, those ports are RJ45. I can only assume they are to protect a broadband connection / network connection from potential surges. Input would be broadband / network feed in and out would be going to a router, switch or PC for example.
     
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    And phone line on the top grey side. I wouldn't be using anything that old though for a adsl internet connection though.

    As mentioned, the ones on the black end side are for a LAN connection.

    OH AND HAVING THE SAFETY SHUTTERS MISSING ON 2 OF THE SOCKETS. CUT THE LEAD OFF, SMASH IT WITH A BRICK AND BIN IT.
     
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    what do you mean?
     
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    Two of the 13amp sockets have damaged or missing / jammed shutters.
     
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    Which means a child or any other dimwit can insert a screwdriver, knitting needle, skewer etc into an exposed live socket and get electrocuted
     
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    I suspect said shutters are just jammed and if it's possible to dismantle the thing (some extension leads can be, some can't) they could be cleaned and un-jammed.
     
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    If they can jam (invariably due to poor design) then it's time to dump the unit.
     
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    might possibly be due to dust or grit in the moving parts? if you can be bothered you could open it up and inspect or clean.

    but I don't know if it's worth the trouble. AFAIK these protectors were a bit of a gimmick, I don't know anybody who's ever benefitted from having one.
     
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    I see. Will replace it then, although where it is placed is pretty safe. It probably is quite old now, cannot remember when I bought it
     
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