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BT i-plate Claims Potential 100% DSL Speed Boost

Gordon Kelly


BT i-plate Claims Potential 100% DSL Speed Boost

Science? Myth? We call it hope...

If you're one of the millions of DSL users out there currently scratching your head as to why your "up to" broadband connection speed is more "down to" then BT may have a solution: the 'iPlate'.

Apple-esque naming aide, the iPlate ('Interstitial Plate' in full - OK we forgive the abbreviation) is a wonderfully simple product which screws inbetween your master socket front cover and back plate and clears the line of excess noise and interference (you know, that job you continually ask BT to do which never gets done!).

Full effects can take a number of days to come through but the upside of a fully cleansed line is a potential speed boost in excess of 100 per cent with BT claiming seven out of 10 cats prefer it homes suffering from poor DSL speeds can benefit. Paramount to note however are routers must be plugged into the master socket to benefit (which may mean going into the 21st century wireless for some) and to remember it isn't a replacement for your ADSL filters - they all need to stay on.

Now we stress results will vary because line qualities vary, distances vary, exchange performance varies and, well... you get the picture. That said, BT claims a benchmark study of 36,000 lines showed that filtered lines typically had 20% fewer re-trains (denoting lost connections) and a 45% reduction in error rate and the early word from buyers is the iPlate is delivering in many cases.

Perhaps the best news about all this however is the iPlate retails for just £12.69 so the risk isn't large while the benefits could be huge. Be brave and see if this can fix your broadband woes... it's cheaper than moving house!


BT iPlate via broadband buyer UK


September 24, 2008, 8:09 pm

*heavenly choir*

Woohoo! Finally something that may be able to help me :) I've just switched to Be from Pipex and even though comparatively Be is a hell of a lot faster due to living where I do I'm limited to something like 1Mbps, so maybe, just maybe this can help! It may not, but for &#16315 I might as well give it a try!

Eddy Hall

September 24, 2008, 8:22 pm

So is this just for rural areas? Will this in cities benefit?




September 24, 2008, 8:47 pm

I can see the marketing spiel now: "get UP TO 100% speed increase!" ;-)


September 24, 2008, 9:28 pm

I thought that these things only benefit people with internal wiring/extensions that are causing excess noise on the line? Not a general noisy-line catch-all. Please could someone check with BT?


September 24, 2008, 9:40 pm

It'll work for anyone with poor quality wiring, although obviously if you're already getting 4mbps+ you won't see a 100% speed improvement.

It will only work if you've got an master socket that's the same style as the one depicted with the removable lower part.

Francis Phillips

September 24, 2008, 9:55 pm

The latest (since 2007) NTE5 BT master sockets which cost just &#1637.99 online, already include the bell wire filter and in fact the iPlate is not compaptible with the latest BT sockets. Furthermore the new sockest are a lot less bulky than the older NTE5 with the iPlate fitted

Matt G Baish

September 25, 2008, 1:13 am

From PC Pro Mag review "... BT automatically chokes the speed of your line to match your synch speed to improve connection stability &#8211 something which is known as your BRAS profile ... It can take up to three days for BT&#8217s automated equipment to adjust your BRAS profile once your synch speed improves ..."

Dos this mean that it will only work with BT Broadband? I have Bulldog/Pipex and was hoping this would improve things somewhat - but I guess it depends where `BT's automated equipment` sits in the supply chain?


September 25, 2008, 2:12 am

if i plug this baby into mai cable broadband, will it make virgin media see sense and remove their download caps?

Jordan McClements

September 25, 2008, 1:55 pm

Quote from broadbandbuyer.co.uk - "

The iPlate really only comes into its own for people who have their router plugged into an extension socket, rather than the NTE5 master socket."

So which way round is it TR? Do we benefit if our router is on an extension or master socket??

Matt G Baish

September 25, 2008, 5:18 pm

Looks like this is a prime candidate for a thrash test at TR. Will need to:

1) Check various ADSL broadband suppliers

2) Check various configurations (i.e. NTE5/iPlate/Modem/PC, NTE5/iPlate/Router/PC, NTE5/iPlate/WirelessRouter/PC, NTE5/iPlate/Extension(10m, 20m)/Router/PC etc, etc!)

Ideally would be good if tested in an older property too, where wiring is often poor - like my 100 year old (small) pile.

Even though this is only a &#16315 (ish, delivered) gadget it is potentially so important that I for one would love to see an in-depth review (not that you have anything else to do ;^)).




September 25, 2008, 6:48 pm

Looks like a good solution, but it's a bit of a pain to only be able to use the master socket for your DSL?

I dissconnected the bell/ring wire from my master socket and got 500-600KB/s increase in speed taking me up to 1.36MB/s on Be*!


Geoff Richards

September 25, 2008, 8:20 pm

I live in a *brand new* terraced house and the wiring is apparently SO bad that my 200Mbps Homeplug gets choked down to around 100Kbps when testing using one of those broadband speed test websites. I can't even watch BBC iPlayer!

I don't think we're using the master socket, since that would compromise the placement of our wifi router but I'm still intrigued by the promised benefits of this product. My concern is that this looks like it might resolve only a very specific cause but most people probably hope / expect it to fix their slow speeds magically.

I'd suggest everyone takes positive (and negative!) experiences with a large pinch of salt, since "mileage may vary" :(


September 26, 2008, 1:03 am

Would I be right in thinking that this BT thing is similar to this:


If so, I'm on Be and my speeds went up from 3meg to 4. I considered that &#16312 well spent!

Matt G Baish

September 26, 2008, 2:58 pm

No that looks like an (albeit snazzy) ADSL filter (unless of course it does do what the iPlate does in addition to professional filtering, but just isn't advertising it?); you still need to use and ADSL filter with the iPlate to split out phone/ADSL. I wonder if you could use both of these together and get even better improvements?


September 28, 2008, 12:28 am

I have O2 premium (so, "up to 16 meg") but never got better than 8.5. The BT wiring in this house looks a bit Heath-Robinsonish, so I thought I'd try this device after seeing reviews. Took 2 minutes to fit and immediately my speed went up to 14 meg. Whatever noise was causing the problem has disappeared and I have the speed I expect from the service. Best &#16310 ever spent improving broadband speed. This huge jump in speed may not work for everyone, but whatever was causing the speed problem for me has now been solved. Totally satisfied with this little gadget.


September 28, 2008, 7:21 pm

I bought one of these after reading the news item. Best &#16312 I've ever spent. I live in rural Buckinghamshire, and quite a distance from the exchange. Consequently my usual speed is 1,100 kb/s download. Although it can be worse. Installation took two minutes, and my download speed immediately increased to 3,200 kb/s - a 200%-ish increase and well worth having considering my low base speed!!! For information, my router is plugged in to my master socket.


September 29, 2008, 2:55 pm

wow.. the preview two comments look just like talking ads for BT.

Certainly worth trying or at least I can hav a refund within 28days right?

p.s. envy Geoff Richards with his 200mbps super broadband.......... hope it's not a typo~


October 10, 2008, 7:43 pm

 just remember the BT underground cabling more than 65% is aluminum In UK and the rest Is copper!

This means the extra filter will help if your line is old one, but the best way is get in touch with BT and tell them to change the cabling :D and good luck with that.


October 27, 2008, 1:26 pm

It's worked for me. The i-plate has boosted my speed from 1.5 to 4 meg, although i am using the BT home hub direct from my NTE5. &#16311 well spent though!


January 29, 2009, 10:02 pm

Quite sceptical, but I bought one after being plagued by drop off in speed( as low as 125kb/s) for lengthy periods and having to " listen" to time wasting suggestions supplied by ISP. My best speed of 1.4 Mb/s went up to 1.8 Mb/sec within 24hrs. Ten days later its showing 2.9 Mb/s. My line is "supposed" to be capable of 4Mb/s. But I was frankly amazed that this easily fitted piece of kit produced the increased speeds. More of the ISP providers should suggest using this device.


April 27, 2010, 9:36 pm

If this is included in the equipment with BT broadband option 3, then I have this. on average I get around 4-6MB, sucks tho out of a potential 20mb

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