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Phone Sockets


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Does anyone know if there is a difference between phone sockets from different companies? I have just bought a house and the previous owner has 3 NTL phone sockets at various points around the house that do not work on my activated sky phone line.
I was wondering if I could link them together somehow to activate the other sockets as they are in very useful locations, and my current single working socket is not in an overly useful area!


I think you have to get a BT engineer to connect the NTL master socket to your BT (Sky) line before they will work.


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Trace back the extension wiring from each ntl socket, they may have just been disconnected somewhere.


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Open the NTL sockets up & have a look how they're wired. My understanding is that the only important pair these days is blue/white & white/blue which should be connected to terminals 2 & 5. All you need to do then is trace the wiring back & if necessary, run a new cable from the newly installed socket to the first extension. Assuming that the NTL sockets are still wired.

UK Telephone Wiring

If one of the sockets has a large capacitor in it then that's an old master socket which may interfere with ADSL.
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I'll try the suggestions here.
The previous owner was with Virgin, so assumed they were just phone sockets that I could connect up to the BT master socket.

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