With the data demands of computers, phones, entertainment systems and other pieces of internet-connected equipment increasing all the time, it's no surprise that the outdated data cabling found in older homes across Australia is not always up to the challenge. The data cabling in these older homes was only ever designed to handle landline telephone calls or basic 56k internet, and the taxing demands of modern equipment can cause interference, delays and even complete outages in older data cabling systems.
Fortunately, upgrading a home's data cabling for the modern age doesn't necessarily mean tearing it out and replacing it with modern replacements. By having a simple, unobtrusive device known as a central splitter installed on your property, you can help your aged cabling deal with modern data demands far more effectively.
What are central splitters?
Also commonly known as central filters, central splitters are small devices which plug directly into the data cabling system in your home, and are usually fitted in a dedicated cabinet installed just outside your property (although models hidden in walls and ceiling voids are also available. They function by filtering the data stream entering your home from the mains cabling in your neighbourhood, partitioning off individual data streams that are used by different telephones, modems and fax machines around your home.
What are the benefits of installing a central splitter in my home?
By partitioning the flood of data that enters your home via telephone and internet services, the central splitter prevents communications devices from causing interference with each other during operation. By eliminating this interference the data splitter can help solve a number a problems associated with older data cabling, such as crackling, poor quality telephone signals, and slow, unreliable internet service.
Central splitters are particularly valuable if your home features a central alarm system which alerts authorities when it is activated. These specialised alarms have high data requirements that can tax conventional ADSL systems, and installing a splitter can dramatically increase the speed and reliability of alarm signals sent by these systems. Installing a central splitter also centralises all the data filters contained within your home's cabling system, allowing them to be accessed repaired and replaced more easily if they should fail.
How should I have a central splitter installed in my home?
Installing a central splitter is a complicated business requiring specialased knowledge, so having your splitter installed by professional data cabling services is always the best way to go. Your chosen data cabling service should be accredited by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to ensure that the job is conducted legally and adheres to local utility codes. These services will also be able to advise you on the best location to install your central splitter to maximise its effectiveness.