Possible workaround losing 2MB internet speed

February 26, 2010 at 05:21:37
Specs: Windows 7
Ok, long story short...

Recently built a house and have discovered the electrician was a cowboy to put it mildly. We are somehow losing 2MB speed between the master socket and the socket that is used for all the network equipment, that being:
- BT Home Hub (router)
- Sonos system
- Linksys media hub
- Ethernet bridge for netgear entertainer in living room

So there's quite a bit of kit in there, and the Sonos system in particular can't be moved as the speaker wires go into that cupboard.

What I'm wondering is whether I can plug in a single router (we have a spare Netgear one) to the master socket which all the PCs/laptops in the house use to connect to the internet etc, and then the other router is used as a sort of internal network, ie. to allow functionality of Sonos/Media Hub with the network, but not to connect to the internet?

I hope this isn't too stupid a question, but just trying to figure out a way around this as at the moment ripping out the telephone wiring is not an option.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer, even if it is just a simple 'no'! :)


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February 26, 2010 at 06:52:01
telephone wiring? cat3?

Or are you taking a cat5 network cable wired for telephone?
How are you determining you are losing 2mb?

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February 26, 2010 at 07:13:31
It sounds like a wiring problem. between the socket and the Sonos media centre although it the problem could be the Sonos itslef.

One thing you might try is the BT Internet accelerator. This may help as it is designed to eliminate noise on internal extension cables.


Make sure you have the new type BT socket which will be the case if it was installed in the last ten years or so.


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February 26, 2010 at 12:59:05
Sorry, no idea what cat3 and cat5 are?

BT were here today and did a line check from the master socket. He then did the same check of the secondary socket referred to above. The number of errors jumped up exponentially and it measured the line speed to be 2MB where on the master socket it is 4MB.

The Sonos is connected via ethernet cable to the router.. it is only relevant to my question as it means the entire setup cannot be moved to work from the master socket.

Can anyone comment on my original question at all?

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February 26, 2010 at 13:25:28
adding a router will not make a difference to the wiring and will add an extra hop slowing the network down even more.

cat5 is network cable
cat3 is telephone cable

Labor is normally guarenteed for 1 yr. Get the contractor back to correct/rewire the run.

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