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Jasper

posted on 6/4/11 at 02:33 PM Reply With Quote
BT internet speed - shocked!!

So I have my business broadband with BT - I recently had a few problems with the router and BT sent someone straight round to sort it. The guy fitted a new router and said watch your speed, it'll probably get better over the next few days.

Just done a speedtest on the line (I've just got the standard set-up and standard package, not fibre optic) and I'm getting 18Mb

I used to get a max of about 6Mb.

Now I'm genuinely surprised, I didn't now you could get speeds like that on a regular line.

[Edited on 6/4/11 by Jasper]





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blakep82

posted on 6/4/11 at 02:41 PM Reply With Quote
nice one! think i get about 2....

sky offer 20Mb over normal phone lines, don't know what the maximum is though





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nitram38

posted on 6/4/11 at 02:59 PM Reply With Quote
I get 42mb......would be 50mb if the link from the street was fibre optic






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Daddylonglegs

posted on 6/4/11 at 03:13 PM Reply With Quote
We're too far away from the exchange to get BB Luckily we can get a wireless service from a local company but it's not particularly cheap.





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MikeFellows

posted on 6/4/11 at 03:27 PM Reply With Quote
it all depends on your local exchange and the distance to your exchange from your house

this is only relevant to ADSL connections

1. the greater the distance from your property to the exchange the more noise on the line, the more noise on the line the slower the speed.

2. different exchanges have different equipment ADSL, ADSL Max, 21CN and FTTC. FTTC or fibre to the cabinet is still very new and was only available to heavily populated areas last time i looked its due to be nationwide by 2015, by which time it will be outdated as they have no IPV6 support and they should have gone to the extra expense of the last few meters to peoples homes/businesses.

3. make sure you have the correct router for what your exchange is capable of (your ISP must also support these services). if your run an ADSL router on a 21CN network your cant hope for more than 12Mb (probably more like 8Mb), but your line supports up to 24Mb (more like 20Mb)

4. find out here http://www.samknows.com/broadband/exchange_search what your local exchange supports.

5. make sure your provider is either BT or one of the LLU (local loop unbundling) providers. ISPs that have access to your exchange are more likely to support the features of your exchange.

6. get a virgin media cable connection, where available it has 50MB and in some cases 100MB connections. there really isnt anything better for reasonable money.

hope that helps explain some stuff

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monkeyarms

posted on 6/4/11 at 03:36 PM Reply With Quote
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6. get a virgin media cable connection, where available it has 50MB and in some cases 100MB connections. there really isnt anything better for reasonable money.



Virgin dont do buisness do they? Also their traffic managment is prohibitive to anyone looking to really get the most out of a 50/100 line.

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blakep82

posted on 6/4/11 at 04:21 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by monkeyarms
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6. get a virgin media cable connection, where available it has 50MB and in some cases 100MB connections. there really isnt anything better for reasonable money.



Virgin dont do buisness do they? Also their traffic managment is prohibitive to anyone looking to really get the most out of a 50/100 line.


i think they do. girlfriend phone up vigin media about her bill coz there was some mistake, shes got unlimited broad band already, the foreign guy said she would be better on the business broadband package (she wasn't calling about that anyway) she said no, and he put her on it anyway. so she had to phone again the next month to complain and get it sorted. so they do lol





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BigFaceDave

posted on 6/4/11 at 05:41 PM Reply With Quote
I have BT broadband too and supposed to be upto 5mb but I regularly get over 16 and could never belive it or work out why until I realised that everyone else in my road is knocking on a bit and I suspect im the only one with the internet!
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Jasper

posted on 7/4/11 at 09:10 AM Reply With Quote
Yeah - I've got Virgin cable at home, rock solid 20Mb until I went and upgraded (for free) to 30Mb and had nothing but trouble since! Apparently it's in external area problem and nothing to be with my upgrade that will be fixed in a couple of weeks and they're crediting me the whole month.

As for downloading lots with Virgin I got a letter about 2 years ago asking nicely if I could schedule my big downloads for night time, done that ever since and no more worries.





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MikeFellows

posted on 7/4/11 at 06:44 PM Reply With Quote
VM isnt throttled on a business connection, but I think you can only get 20MB on a business - might be wrong though






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