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Plain Old Telephone Service DSL Splitter?

Did you know that twenty-six million homes in the United States subscribe to broadband DSL and most subscribers receive about ninety percent of the speed from their DSL. Many households, however, do pay for much higher DSL speeds than they actually experience. Using an inexpensive “pots-splitter” at the location the telephone line enters the house, many people have more than doubled their broadband DSL speed without paying more to the phone company.

Although the telephone company has many tools to troubleshoot problems with their lines and equipment they can’t help you much with the phone wiring in your home. A weak DSL signal inside your home can be caused by long wire lengths, poor connections, multiple wires, multiple connectors, improper grounding and other variables. Your DSL speed will be better if you eliminate these issues. DSL modems are good at working around noise on the line, but do so at the expense of top download speed and latency (delay). DSL technicians tell us that many line problems originate from bad inside wiring, so splitting the DSL signal from the telephone line as early as possible would certainly eliminate this problem.

To do that, you can install an inexpensive pots-splitter where the phone line enters your home or garage at the box called the Network Interface Device (NID). By installing a pots-splitter at the NID, the DSL signal from the telephone company to your modem is as short and uncluttered as possible. Those “pigtail” pots-splitters you self-install don’t offer the optimum DSL signal path. The excess in-house line length, the phone jacks and the additional phone equipment in your home all contribute to noise and attenuation of the DSL signal — and therefore slower speeds.

To achieve a short and clean connection, you should install a pots-splitter and put your DSL modem next to the pots-splitter at the NID. By installing the pots-splitter at your NID, you keep your home telephone wiring out of the DSL signal path, and consequently your line condition is now the responsibility of the telephone company. The telephone company can then easily use their central equipment to monitor and troubleshoot the condition of the DSL line to your home. They otherwise cannot do the best job troubleshooting the line if the DSL signal also runs through your house. With the DSL signal terminating at the NID, they have no excuse to deliver speeds less than the one offered under your service plan. If the speed is much less than promised, ask your telephone company to fix their line until it comes close to the DSL rate offered under your service plan. That that phone company!

Let’s get a look at a DSL pots-splitter offered by Suttle from our YouTube channel.

Here’s a look at what your installation may look like.

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