My main telephone connection box is in a really useless position, how
feasible is it to get BT (I presume the service provider has to do it) to
move it or add other points direct from the main line? I don't particularly
want to add extensions because a) it takes a broadband connection and b) I
would prefer the box another couple of floors up.
BT will gladly move it. The fee is steep though - in the region of
=A3140 as I recall. Also they don't seem to subscribe to the concept of
neat cabling. You can expect the cable to be festooned around skirting
boards and architraves.
If by "other points" you mean other master sockets they won't do that
- you can only have one master socket.
It's not clear from your post why you don't keep the master socket
where it is and put extenions in the more convenient locations.
Neither using broadband nor going up a couple of floors are good
reasons not to.
The people of uk.telecom are the experts.
On Sun, 28 Oct 2007 08:28:29 -0000
If this is your NTE5A box, then legally only BT can move it ( I assume
BT is your line supplier ). They charge a call out
fee of about =C2=A3200, plus the work, plus VAT (I know from recent
experience). Also, you will find that none of the people on BT's help
desks (on Mars somewhere, I think) have been told the name of the thing
is an 'NTE5A Linebox', so they will completely miss-understand what you
Illegally: it only has two wires to it. The ring voltage is 40v. There
are plenty of websites that will tell you how to do it. Remember: it's
illegal to electrocute BT engineers, (don't know why) so don't connect
it to the mains :)
Legally, you can wire an extension from it to a new NTE5A, positioned
where you want it, and then ignore the old one unless you get a fault.
This is what I've done in similar circumstances.
PS I should have added that the advantage of keeping the master socket
and just adding extensions to it is that you can do that yourself -
you wouldn't be interfering with BT's wiring. You could take the time
to hide the cable properly and save yourself =A3140.
In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
Very feasible, very easy - just b****y expensive!
If you're even *slightly* useful at DIY (and if you're not, why post here?)
you can achieve what you want much more cheaply and perfectly legally by
doing it yourself. Leave the NTE5 master socket where it is , but replace
its faceplate with an ADSL filtered faceplate such as the one shown second
from the left at
then simply wire your normal phone extensions from the filtered
connections on the back of the faceplate, and wire a dedicated ADSL
extension from the unfiltered connections to wherever your ADSL modem or
router is installed. Piece of cake!
 Because you're not officially allowed to touch anything on the BT side
Anwhere from 120v down to about 40v depending on how far from the exchnage
you are. Ringing hurts... There is about 50v DC on the line open circuit
that is also enough to make you go "ow, WTF" if attaching wires to a BT
block in the pouring rain.