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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #420 on: June 18, 2012, 12:26:36 pm »
maybe that end is yet to come online. the cabinets at top of moffats are enabled. have a look at cabinets near you-infinity cabinets are next to the main green cabinets and have an electrical warning sign on them. ta bp
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #421 on: June 23, 2012, 06:44:46 pm »
BrookP, is that Infinity "available to order" or are you already enjoying the benefits?  Gotta say that BT Wholesale and BT Openreach seem to differ on availability.
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #422 on: June 24, 2012, 05:20:52 pm »
yes-available to order-phoned up BT and to get best deal i have to wait a few weeks until im out of contract and then place order. they said ill get the best deal this way. anyway it seems its good to go at mimms drive end of BP. ta bp
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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #423 on: June 25, 2012, 11:29:16 am »
Thanks for the info. Just checked and it's available in Calder Av which is great news!
Were you offered a better deal than you can get online?

If I switch to infinity through BT's website I can get £60 cashback (quidco) and £50 sainsbury's voucher.
Think I'll also switch to their line rental saver option instead of paying quarterly.
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #424 on: June 25, 2012, 01:09:42 pm »
 Can't get it on my bit of Calder.

Perhaps its due to the water coming out of the their manhole covers when it rains??
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #425 on: June 25, 2012, 01:58:27 pm »
Thanks for the info. Just checked and it's available in Calder Av which is great news!
Were you offered a better deal than you can get online?

If I switch to infinity through BT's website I can get £60 cashback (quidco) and £50 sainsbury's voucher.
Think I'll also switch to their line rental saver option instead of paying quarterly.

i am under contract so its an upgrade option. I will get the £26 service for £18.  if you are not a bt customer then i know there are some serious offers out there on the cash back sites etc. ta bp
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #426 on: June 25, 2012, 02:19:50 pm »
Perhaps its due to the water coming out of the their manhole covers when it rains??

Actually one of the advantages of fibre is that it isn't affected by water  ;D
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #427 on: July 06, 2012, 11:57:42 am »
hi. Infinity 2 now ordered. anyone had it installed yet? and what speeds are you getting? any info handy.

big back log on on engineer appts so guessing that lots of take up in area.

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #428 on: July 10, 2012, 07:19:07 pm »
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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #429 on: July 11, 2012, 11:43:16 pm »
Just checked my speed  :o & :'(

See my results   http://www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk/bimages/106559367.jpg

Will definitely be registering !!
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #430 on: July 12, 2012, 12:18:57 pm »
wow...thats low...is bt infinity not online down there?  its available in a1000 end of BP.

im getting on normal BB 5 mb down and .8mb upload

im sure you can get a better connection. slow connections are usually down to fractured copper lines which are slowed by water ingress.

I had a bad service and complained to BT who insisted I would only get 2mb down and  .25 up.  I told them no and to get it sorted.

BT dude rocks up and swapped my lines at the exchange and bang 5mb.

good luck

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #431 on: July 12, 2012, 12:27:06 pm »
This is how Essendon fares



No infinity here until the taxpayer stumps up for it.
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #432 on: July 12, 2012, 01:01:24 pm »
essendon is on cuffley exchange i think. This is enabled for infinity.

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #433 on: July 12, 2012, 01:26:02 pm »
Bits and parts of all over the place, the south part is on Potters Bar, north on Hatfield, and the east on Cuffley!

All are closer to Bayford but that is not on infinity :( One option is to upgrade Bayford and shift connections to there as it sits central to a lot of villages are are at the limit of copper ADSL.

"In the beginning" the GPO fitted infrastructure as a service even though there were only a few hundred people to benefit, and it did not make economic sense. It's good the option is still there for this to happen (when it wouldn't otherwise). Just a shame that investment then allows private companies to make money out of it (just as it did when BT was privatised with its infrastructure paid for by taxation).
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #434 on: July 12, 2012, 02:46:09 pm »
it is a shame. what i find amazing is that some exchanges are enabled but then some areas don't get the service within that exchange.

good luck with it. bp
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #435 on: July 12, 2012, 09:36:24 pm »
I just checked mine and was amazed to see the variation in such a small area on the map.  Mine is strangely better than some locally, perhaps it's the work I had BT do on my line a few years ago to sort a radio interference problem out?  Anyone else with faster local speeds done the same?

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #436 on: July 12, 2012, 11:05:29 pm »
I think there are a lot of contributing factors, joints particularly. I often wonder how much of a lasting effect it has when cable thieves nick lengths of it, if BT fit a new length you get another joint :(

I moved in to a house and plugged the router into the obvious socket (I thought) that was the master - got 288kbps after many hours of attempting to sync. On inspecting the wiring I found the master socket was upstairs, and on plugging into that socket I got 1.8 meg. Since then fitted a faceplate filter and soldered joints where possible. On a good day I achieve 2 meg but lose sync too easy, perhaps the phone ringing for example. It is currently settled at 1.5 meg and has been about 40 days.

For me, master jack if at all possible, your closest point to the drop wire, and a faceplate filter. Nothing more you can do really :(
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #437 on: July 19, 2012, 12:32:49 pm »
Infinity now fitted.  ;D

I am getting 25mb to house master socket and then Getting 15mb Download and 5mb upload inside house.

on wifi fi in house i am getting 25mb DL and 5mb UL

Will be part scrapping the powerline 85 system in the house and going back to hard wired Cat6 shielded cable as this is the cause of the 9mb data loss on download inside the house

Its a shame as the signal to the road cabinet is 80mb so there is a loss of upto 60mb along the BT copper lines to my house.

As it is, its fine for me (iplayer/blinkbox etc)

For business it would be good to have higher speed for uploading audio programmes to clients, but not much i can do, so will sit tight for the next decade; until BT manage to fibre/cable to peoples houses.

If Virgin can do it im not sure why BT cant-hey ho :mblah05:

Location Calder Av area (a1000 end)

ta bp

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #438 on: July 21, 2012, 10:36:31 am »
essendon is on cuffley exchange i think. This is enabled for infinity.

ta bp

The Cuffley exchange serves Little Berkhamsted and Newgate Street Village. Essendon village centre is served by the Hatfield exchange with the southern area served by Potters Bar. There are no plans that the cabinets in Essendon will be upgraded to Infinity (FTTC).
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #439 on: July 21, 2012, 10:49:33 am »
As I am about to move to Essendon and with an IT background have have been looking at alternative solutions rather than wait and hope that BT will bring Infinity to the area.

I have found a company who can provide a 5Mbps down and 5Mbps up service for £17.99 a month and a 10Mbps down with 10Mbps up for £30.00 per month. The do however charge £150-£200 for installation as they need to fit a small aerial outside (normally on the TV aerial mast) and run a cable inside.

Without this sounding like and advert they can also cover a wider area than just Essendon for those not living in the village. They are just about to get a transmitter and aerial installed in WGC so the coverage should be quite good.

Any more info please send me a private message and I'll supply you with the contact details. I have no connection with the company or any financial gain, purely the quest to obtain faster broadband in Essendon.

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #440 on: July 25, 2012, 04:12:46 pm »
Hi,

New to this forum and not sure if this has been mentioned or posted elsewhere, but a couple of links with some info on fibre (FTTC) availability in the village:

I believe the folllowing link lists BT exchanges and cabinets and which phase they are to be deployed (it's a long list, but under 'options' the list can be filtered by exchange, postcode, etc):
https://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?snapid=S351604JNil
As it's a lot of data, someone has kindly turned it into a searchable website at http://fttc-check.alc.im/

Additionally, the BT Wholesale broadband availability checker website http://www.dslchecker.bt.com/adsl/ADSLChecker.postcodeoutput suggests that my postcode (Bradmore Way) is scheduled to be FTTC enabled by 30th September 2012, so it may be worth checking other non-fibre postcodes.

HTH.

 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #441 on: July 25, 2012, 09:29:16 pm »
http://fttc-check.alc.im is an excellent resource as the data (which was welcome) is awkward to interpret :)
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #442 on: October 30, 2012, 05:56:58 pm »
Thanks for the fttc-check link; it confirms what BT's website states: that I should be able to double the 9.5mb that I currently receive (in Swanley Bar) by switching to Infinity.

However, having ordered Infinity, after installation on 24 September the speed went down from 9.5mb to 5.0mb.  The BT engineer checked the cabinet in Hatfield Road; speed at the fibre connection was 50mb.  Unable to fathom out the problem, he called BT who instructed him to check the speed at the telegraph pole opposite our house; it was only 5mb.  I asked him to reset the connection to copper and he did so.  I am now back to enjoying 9.5mb.

BT were meant to reinstall Infinity on 15 October, but failed to turn up.  Impossible to call BT (unless you want to wait 25 minutes for someone to answer), so have given up.  However, without any apology or notification, the My BT website now shows a new order having been placed on 17 October for delivery on 6 November.  (The website still shows that Infinity was activated in 24 September!)

Unknown to me, I recently found out that my neighbour has had similar problems with BT Infinity.  He has been arguing with them for many weeks and has since been assured that he will receive a connection in December.
 
Has anyone else in the area suffered similar issues with BT Infinity?
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #443 on: November 02, 2012, 11:23:35 pm »
Would love to be able to order Infinity (Peplins Way)
Originally was going to be available March, 2012, then June, then October. Now December apparently.

I'd actually be quite happy with 9.5Mb,, I'm getting about 1.5M  :(
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #444 on: November 03, 2012, 11:50:55 pm »
Would love to be able to order Infinity (Peplins Way)

I'd actually be quite happy with 9.5Mb,, I'm getting about 1.5M  :(

I'd be happy with 1.5mb - we are only getting 0.5 on a good day :'(

Anyone got any suggestions!
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #445 on: November 04, 2012, 04:47:33 pm »
I'd be happy with 1.5mb - we are only getting 0.5 on a good day :'(

Anyone got any suggestions!

There's a few things you can check youself. For example, has your line got an RF filter fitted in the past to prevent interference from the Bell Bar transmitter ? If so this needs removing. Have you tried disconnecting all internal wiring and having the router connected straight to the master socket to see if that makes any difference ? Have you tried another router ? Another splitter ?

I've fixed a few people's broadband issues over the years, as you're in Peplins feel free to PM me if you'd like me to take a look.
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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #446 on: November 05, 2012, 12:30:22 pm »
We had one of those RT filters fitted by BT years ago to improve our broadband speeds. Are you saying that this filters now has a negative effect on broadband speeds? Is removing it a DIY job?
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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #447 on: November 05, 2012, 02:51:56 pm »
The filters I'm referring to go back many years (well before broadband) and were fitted by BT to alleviate interference from the Bell Bar transmitter (where you can here AM radio in the background)

These are part of the BT part of the line (ie before the master socket) and strictly speaking shouldn't be touched by anyone other than BT. However, in practice, I'd doubt there would be any problem in removing one yourself if present.

If you had a filter fitted specifically for broadband, then leave well alone.
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #448 on: November 05, 2012, 07:49:27 pm »
OK. Thanks for that.
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #449 on: November 06, 2012, 12:45:22 am »
I had an RF3 filter here which I removed when I had broadband installed as I fitted a faceplate splitter which has one anyway. I believe some/most/all ADSL splitters also have RF filters in them. You would know if you didn't have one - you'd barely be able to hear dial tone over the interference! My RF3 had been removed from its case and installed as a bare board behind the faceplate in the plastic box. YMMV but I think anything installed in series with the circuit has the potential to attenuate or mess with the circuit properties.

There is a bit of info including some pictures on Kitz and there it's mentioned if you have slow speeds with an RF2 filter you need an RF3. As these tend to be installed on the BT side of things, it's really BT who ought to be dealing with them.

We're 3.8 miles from Potters Bar exchange (south of Essendon) and sync at 2MBPS with an IP profile of 1.5MBPS. The furthest in the village should be less than this so ought to be the same or better in terms of speed.

It may be that forcing connection to ADSL1 (AKA g.dmt) if you connect at ADSL2/ADSL2+ might give you a quicker and/or more robust connection. Avoiding resetting the router is a good idea too as the exchange interprets frequent re-syncs as instability and will make your router connect with a higher margin for more robustness at the expense of speed.

For us, BT have confirmed they will be upgrading cabinet 44 which means we will get FTTC though it remains to be seen how quick it will be as we are 1.2 miles from the cabinet. This upgrade will benefit Wildhill and all the users served from this cabinet. Similarly cabinet 33 at the other end of the village on Hatfield exchange has already been upgraded.
 

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