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I dont think its my ISP they regularly get excellent reviews and have come top in connection speed comparisons. Thats why I went with them - i'd been with Virgin for years but because they seemed really slow ( and the customer service wasnt great) I moved to this lot - only to find much the same speeds.

I do notice a difference at different times of the day.

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One reason why I stayed with Plusnet was that the speed remains fairly constant throughout the day. Because they have no unlimited services it keeps the bandwith hogs away.

Did the link for the exchange checker work for you?

some more useful limks here.

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Thanks - I checked the exchange and it says everything is fine and has been upgraded. So its a puzzle really. Sometimes it goes so slowly it wont even load simple games on kids websites .

Oh well, I shall upgrade my bandwidth package anyway.

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Does your exchange have the O2/Be services - they go twice the speed and the Be service has good reports of late.

If the exchange is okay then your ISPs pipe is probably overloaded - maybe only in your area.

I used to be with an ISP which was incredibly slow from 17:30 to 20:00 or thereabouts - so changed to someone else.

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Whirliegig wrote:really? Thats average? It seems so slow! Anyone who ever uses my computer tells me its terribly slow.


Hey whirlie!!

Do you have any internal phone wiring between your master socket and your modem/router?

I did and I was having all sorts of problems. After advice from a BT engineer I removed all the internal wiring, removed the front of the BT master socket and plugged in the phone/ADSL filter into the socket behind ( this bypasses the crap in the BT master socket ). And now I have a much better speed and I don't lose ADSL signal.

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Smeggy I have an extension lead running from the phone socket to my modem of about 10 metres.


I'm already using the test socket ( in behind the BT front plate) because the wires all fell out of the normal socket ( my fault, I pulled them) and I dont want to pay an engineer to fix it

Its just so slow!! :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: the laptop is quicker running off the wireless. ( same connection)

maybe I need a new computer?

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Mine seems to be reasonably fast in the mornings (when everyone else on here is asleep ;)) but slow in the mid-evening - sometimes very slow so that YouTube vids take a lot of time buffering.
Just did a speedtest.net test -
down 3848
up 378

I'll do another test this evening to compare.

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8:30pm
down 2588
up 377

It's definitely slower in the evening - must be a contention ratio thingy.

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it was awful for me this afternoon - but I'm now beginning to think its my computer rather than the connection.

There's even a time lag for my typing to appear on the screen

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diablo wrote:
Whirliegig wrote:I just did a Speedtest and my results are:

Down 2.6
Up 0.4

It drives me insane.

And I got another email this month from my ISP telling me I'm over my bandwidth and need to upgrade.

Those speeds seem to be about average according to the speedtest site. I get 3meg down 378k up since I tuned my 'rwin' setting. When I get my wireless router I'm going to change my wiring as well, which may speed it up further - though it's fine for all practical purposes as it is.

I've heard some good reports about Sky internet recently.

For anyone who is remotely interested. :rofl: I finally got my wireless router from Plusnet. Installed using the ethernet connection.

With the old Speedtouch 'frog' USB modem I got -
Today 17:05 2429 kbps (304kB/s) 375 kbps (46.9kB/s) Share

After installing the BT modem it was better -
Today 17:16 4017 kbps (502kB/s) 373 kbps (46.6kB/s) Share

Whey-hey - never had 4 meg speed before! :)

edit, done two more tests -
Today 17:31 4544 kbps (568kB/s) 374 kbps (46.8kB/s) Share
Today 17:30 4601 kbps (575kB/s) 373 kbps (46.6kB/s) Share
even better. :):

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congratulations diablo! :thumb: enjoy! :):

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Whirliegig wrote:it was awful for me this afternoon - but I'm now beginning to think its my computer rather than the connection.

There's even a time lag for my typing to appear on the screen

I keep wondering what is up with your machine. If it was a PC I'd have a few suggestions, however I seem to recall that you use an eMac.

So I'm completely baffled. For what your typing to be slow in appearing on the screen there must be some major problem. :confused:

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I have done some experimenting, and it would appear that adverts are part of the problem. However, that still leaves other stuff -for example the juddering youtube clips unresolved ( which is overloaded pipes at the exchange?)

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There is to be an item on C4 news about the slowdown of broadband and the effect it will have on business.

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