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BT Openreach External NTE (XNTE)
April 28th, 2016 11:49 am     A+ | a-
BT Openreach will discontinue the use of the XNTE when current stocks are exhausted. This is due to the fact that vDSL services require a SSFP (Service Specific Face Plate) which in turn require.....an NTE5 socket!! We saw this coming from day 1!! If you have an XNTE and upgrade to vDSL then the Openreach engineer will gel crimp your internal wiring directly to the BT pair outside. The XNTE will become nothing more than a junction box, a new NTE5 will be fitted along with the vDSL faceplate as pictured below (the vDSL extension connections are circled in RED).

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We first reported on the XNTE back in September 2009......


Openreach have started to fit external NTE's in place of the popular NTE5 socket. The only real benefit is to Openreach themselves as the new socket means they can easily disconnect any internal wiring & diagnose line faults without requiring entry to the premises. However, if you have ADSL then you should consider changing the first socket on any internal wiring so you can benefit from a centralised ADSL faceplate such as the NTE2000, NTE2005 and XTE2005 clone.

First lets identify an external NTE :-

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The customer side wiring can easily be seen on the right hand side.

To make the most of your broadband connection you need to trace the FIRST line box on the cabling that comes from the external NTE. Then simply connect the wires from 2 & 5 on the external NTE to A & B on an NTE5 socket, you can now install an ADSL faceplate and any other extension wiring as normal.

This means your ADSL signal is seperated from any internal wiring & will give the best possible performance. You also have the added benefit of no unsightly plug in filters around the house.

If you can not plug your modem/router into the new NTE5 then simply use an NTE2005 or XTE-2005 clone faceplate and run a dedicated ADSL extension from the faceplate to where your modem/router will be.
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