Telephone wiring for broadband

The usual setup was to have a separate filter for each telephone. I had a lot of noise on phone lines, which disappeared when I removed the master socket faceplate and plugged the router into a filter plugged into the test socket

If you suspect the BT backplate of a fault-a new replacement can easily be fitted-but is theoretically a BT engineer job: soldering required….

http://www.amazon.co.uk/BT-NTE5a-Master-Connection-Version/dp/B006V1P39A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358789444&sr=8-1
(copy & paste this url into your browser)

If the noise disappears when using the internal BT master socket test socket, then it is a good upgrade to buy a combined filter faceplate-which has a RJ9 for the modem, and a RJ11 for a phone, but has one integral filter, removing the need for a separate filter on each phone-although one (or two, three) can be added if required. Individual filters can become ineffective, so try replacing with a brand new tested filter.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/BT-Telephone-Broadband-Filter-Centralised/dp/B003V7782M/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1358789444&sr=8-4


Hard of hearing phones:

Amplicoms Powertel 50 Alarm plus (and only this model), is a very effective amplified phone (for deaf aid users without deaf aids).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Amplicomms-POWERTEL-50-ALARM-PLUS/dp/B004GEF042/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358789962&sr=8-1

Big button mobile phones for the disabled

Do not buy the Blue Chip big button phone from Tesco
It is very flimsy, cheap and nasty-made in China.
The ergonomics are terrible-about ten keystrokes to add a contact

It gives an error message file failure and locks up

There is no manufacturers website telling how to do a hard reset, and Tesco spend a full thirty minutes trying to solve the problem.
Tesco refuse a refund after 28 days, and insist on a manufacturer repair.
Do not buy this phone


Far better is this-the Maxikey by Aspect-Two

http://www.aspect-two.com/s-k1580-ngm/big-button-plus-sos-mobile-phone-k4.htm

or, cheaper,
this phone by Aspect-Two

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TTfone-TT002-Button-Sim-free-Mobile/dp/B003HKDHSC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1359022523&sr=8-2

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Maxi-Button-Mobile-Phone/dp/B00623IFL0/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1359022523&sr=8-13

I suggest using only T-Mobile SIM PAYG cards-easily top-up able at Tesco, Coop etc

Orange & Vodafone PAYG’s often cannot be topped up at supermarkets, only online.