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Service Specific Face Plates (SSFP's)
April 28th, 2016 11:57 am

SSFP's or Service Specific Face Plates, this little buzz term covers what we commonly call a filtered faceplate or ADSL/vDSL faceplate. If you have broadband (ADSL or vDSL) then there are a few reasons why you should really consider one of these. Over the years we've sold thousands of these little gizmo's, they all do basically the same thing, the main types are as follows...

NTE2000

NTE2000 front viewNTE2000 rear view

The NTE2000 is as old as ADSL itself! Earlier versions had ADSL V 1.0 printed on them but later on in production this was changed to ADSL 2+. This really was nothing more than a marketing exercise as the filter design was unchanged. This filter simply replaces the lower front of the NTE5 and filters any extension wiring so no need to have plug in filters around the house! Installation is simple, remove the NTE5 lower front plate, note which wires are going to 2, 3 & 5, remove the wires & reinstall on the new NTE2000 using an IDC tool. Removing the need for plug in filters isn't the main benefit mind, remember when we covered the NTE5 & explained how the bell wire filter improves connections by isolating it from the broad band signal? Well, a filtered faceplate takes this a step further. Any copper wiring between you and the exchange adds to your line length, the longer your line the slower the download speed. A filtered faceplate isolates any extension wiring from the broad band signal so in effect shortening your line.

But there is a downside, with this fitted you can only plug your modem or router into the socket on the faceplate as all extensions are now filtered (filtered means the broadband signal has been taken away), now a lot of people have their master socket in a hallway and really don't want (or can't due to lack of power socket!) to have their router in there. Fear not as the NTE2005 fixes this issue...

NTE2005

NTE2005 rear view
Those paying attention will notice a subtle difference - the IDC block on the rear has more terminals and is BLUE! For extensions carrying just voice (so you just need a telephone on them) the wiring goes to 2, 3 & 5 as before. Now the added part, for a broadband extension you wire a pair of cables to A & B on the blue IDC block. At the other end you can either terminate to one of these (connect to 2 & 5):-
Filtered BT socket with RJ45 port 

or to a standard secondary BT socket (again, connect to 2 & 5). If using a standard BT socket you will need a plug in filter. Not because the router or modem requires it but simply because the lead will be fitted with an RJ11 plug & th...