The price for the Siecor SPS-H50-SR1 outdoor DSL splitter went up from $35 ($48 total with T&S&H) to $62 ($75 total with T&S&H), despite being assembled in Mexico last time I got one. Are there equivilently good quality alternatives for far less cost?
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In one particular location, at one point, I got the Rolls-Royce of DSL splitters for my line (Siecor SPS-H50-SR1). It had 6016kbps/608kbps DSL at the time, and worked great with good SNR and other stats, using a 2nd line. I switched DSL to the main line later with1500kbps/384kbps with a different ISP (reasons unrelated to this message), using the same DSL splitter, circuit and modem for that, but don't know the recent statistics for the main line, which undoubtedly had to be moved from the CO to the RT. Later than that, I got a 3rd line and put DSL on that, at only 1500kbps/384kbps, with a hodge podge of cabling and weak splitters. I only recently checked the stats for the 3rd line, and it is barely good enough in one direction (relcap 24% at 1500kbps when I want 6016kbps) and sucks in the other (relcap 95% at 384kbps when I want 768kbps). I currently have two DSLs at that location, and one is to be upgraded.
So, now I want to clean up the connection that is going to be upgraded. I already know how (I think), but when going out to get the splitters, I ran into some trouble (money).
Temporarily, I may just swap the stuff (circuits, modems, locations, splitters, etc.) for the two DSL lines (from the demarc to their respective nets) so that I can just bypass this annoyance, and/or just plug the 2nd line (the one to be upgraded with currently bad stats) DSL modem in directly to the (customer side of the) AT&T demarc/NID/box without POTS connection, and instruct the residents how to make outgoing voice calls via Skype or something instead of the 2nd POTS line, but for a more permanent solution, I have some questions.
I previously obtained the Siecor Outdoor DSL Splitter / Filter SPS-H50-SR1 from Hippo Wholesale for $35+stuff= $47.67 total, now installed in the above configuration in the main line. I checked, and now they have it listed at $62, so + stuff would equal about $74.67 total. The price raise of $27 sucks, especially for a part assembled in Mexico (last time), so I am interested in alternatives.
I'll start with their listing, since it has some curious stuff in it:
Keptel TA 230 ADSL Splitter $17.45
Brand New Keptel TA 230 ADSL Splitter. This Keptel splitter is designed to "split" the data signal from the voice signal ... signal so it doesn't interfere with the conversation. With the TA-230 Splitter device installed, there is no need for the indoor filters which ... system, your data is running throughout the entire inside wiring. With a splitter mounted at the phone box, you are isolating data to a particular ...[my comment: cheap. decent?] Siecor Outdoor DSL Splitter / Filter SPS-H50-SR1 $62.00
This splitter is designed to "split" the data signal from the voice signal ... system, your data is running throughout the entire inside wiring. With a splitter mounted at the phone box, you are isolating data to a particular ...[what I have. outrageous price, unless there's something I don't know about it.] Siecor POTS DSL Splitter SPS-H70-SR1 $47.00
The standard for DSL splitters, Siecor SPS-H70-SR1. This splitter is designed to "split" the data signal from the voice signal ... system, your data is running throughout the entire inside wiring. With a splitter mounted at the phone box, you are isolating data to a particular ...[Notice the lower price, and higher model number. Unknown differences.]
My DSL ISP contract goes monthly in November, which is when I will be upgrading, so I have until then to work on this problem.