DSL attenuation - can it be reduced with a booster or repeater

Posted on 2006-06-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-14
I am 19000 feet from the DSL telephone company switch and therefore have an attenuation of 63.5.  As a result, whereas I could get a speed of 1.5 if I was closer to the switch, the telephone company reduced my speed to 350 (I had been getting a lot of errors and a low SNR).  The telephone company will not put a booster or repeater between the switch and my office site, so I was wondering if there is a piece of hardware I can put at my office site and that I buy that would boost the DSL signal, lower the attenuation, and then allow the Telephone Company to reprogram back my DSL service to a speed of 1.5?
Question by:SpringLake
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    Normally, telcos are a bit sensitive about what gets connected to their lines - anything you do should of course be done after some kind of discussion with them. Generally speaking, having the booster at your end might work, but it might not... if the problem is interference in the line, a booster at your end will not help the signal-to-noise ratio and the modem will still have problems with the signal. If the problem is "just" a too low level, a booster should help - if such a thing exists at all. If you find the right person/department at your telco, talk to them. Contrary to popular belief, these guys are the experts on transmission...
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    63.5dB is not a bad number, and by itself does not preclude 1536kbps service.
    You may have a defective pair, with bad splices bridge taps, or hard ground.
    Boosters are not available, but you could employ a complainer who would call telco repair every hour and complain about noise on the line.
    The telco then may send somebody to remove any impairments, or to switch you to a different pair.

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