Broadband Magic with the I-Plate

Well today I was amazed.

I bought, on the suggestion of my colleague Alan Bell, the I-Plate for BT’s master socket. It costs about a tenner including postage and there are lots of happy people who saw their broadband speeds increase when they used it.

Well, it arrived at lunchtime today and after puzzling a bit because of some strange extension wiring, we managed to work out how to plug it in.

Here’s what my cheap and old ADSL router said before I plugged in the I-Plate:

Downstream Upstream
SNR Margin 7.1 12.0 dB
Line Attenuation 42.4 31.0 dB
Data Rate 1888 832 kbps

And here is what it said in the time it took us to walk back downstairs to my office:

Downstream Upstream
SNR Margin 6.5 13.0 dB
Line Attenuation 50.1 30.0 dB
Data Rate 4160 832 kbps

Note the Downstream speed!

I’d say that was a tenner well spent. Of course YMMV but it seems worth a try.