Can you inprove your DSL connection v. upgrade phone lines?

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  1. BAC_311

    BAC_311 New Member

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    If you live in an old house with antiquated phone lines, could replacing them up to where the phone company hooks in to your house, make any dramatic improvements in download speed, etc. ?
     
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    The connection speed depends on the phone company and how far you are from the hub I dont think the wiring will really make any noticable difference
     
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    Maybe if you have REALLY shitty phone lines. When I first got my DSL modem I used this old ass 50' length of cable to test it out because the jack was too far away...and I got like 30kB/sec download maximum. Once I got some new cable and wired it up the right way, my downloads maxed out at what they should have.
     
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    If the wiring is shitty.. yes it can improve your connection speed. What are your line stats? attenuation, SnR etc.
     
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    Somewhere outside there is a grey box located on the side of your house.
    That grey box is the point where the phone company is responsible for lines, between the box and the telephone pole the phone company owns, between the box and the house you are responsible for.
    If you open the box up you should see an open phone jack (is marked test or some shit) go ahead and plug your DSL modem into that.

    That is the best signal you can get off that phone line.

    If you notice a difference in the connection it is possible to get someone (yourself, a techie friend, the phone company) to run a dedicated line from that box directly to your DSL modem/router.
    I highly recomend this in houses with old shitty wiring.
     
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    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Funny the question of line quality should come up.

    At the house I grew up in (still in the family), the cable internet worked like shit for about a year before we realized the problem was THE CABLE RAN FROM THE BOX TO THE HOUSE ABOVEGROUND, LAYING ON THE FLOOR OF THE WOODS. Astoundingly, something (only one thing in ten years!) had nicked the casing and let water in, and about two feet of the shielding had rusted through. The cable company replaced the entire run; this time we laid down about 250 feet of ABS pipe on the ground for them to run it through, so at least the cable wouldn't get crushed by falling shit.

    Just a funny story, nothing really to do with DSL.
     
  7. BAC_311

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    trying to run a line test on dslreports, says you have to be a member, do you know another test?

    got 1079 KB/s down

    and 332 KB/s up :hsugh:
     
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    speedtest.net

    I meant the connection stats that will be in your router.
     

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