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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #330 on: December 03, 2010, 01:17:00 pm »
All I can say is that I registered some time ago, and this morning I got an e-mail from them inviting me to vote. This is why I passed the information on.
 

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« Reply #331 on: December 03, 2010, 02:21:06 pm »
I also registered some time ago and also got the email this morning - would recommend that if in doubt, get voting. I know I will be - anything has to be better than my current 0.3/0.4mb top speed!
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #332 on: December 03, 2010, 03:01:55 pm »
I rang BT this afternoon and they say March 2011 or there about!!?
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #333 on: December 03, 2010, 03:06:29 pm »
Ooh that would be fantastic! I wonder if the date is when we can expect to actually get service live or whether it's the date the exchange will be capable?
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #334 on: December 03, 2010, 07:12:18 pm »
thats great news...currently getting 3.5 mb dl but more is always good....bp
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #335 on: December 03, 2010, 09:18:13 pm »
It's still not clear whether that is when the exchange is upgraded or whether an improved service is available to the individual householder.

I suspect upgraded connections (which probably involve upgrades to the cabinets on the street) will be rolled out gradually with Potters Bar coming well ahead of outlying areas like BP.

Hopefully though it won't be long - I would love to get a faster connection but keep the same ISP and everything as it is now.
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #336 on: December 04, 2010, 09:48:01 am »
 ??? I do not use BT for my internet but have have them for phones. Do you know if /when this fibre optic is available would this be able to be used by suppliers other than BT?
BT have said to me that their engineers would connect into the home once I sign up and once it's available.
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #337 on: December 04, 2010, 11:11:47 am »
 ;D Yet more information form the news this morning!
Follow the link for 1 gigabit

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/03/bt_gigabit/
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #338 on: December 14, 2010, 08:21:10 am »
Is anyone else experiencing a sluggish connection in Brookmans Park this morning?  My download speed is 3,419 and uploads is 779, but connections keep timing out.

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #339 on: December 14, 2010, 09:14:16 am »
Is anyone else experiencing a sluggish connection in Brookmans Park this morning?  My download speed is 3,419 and uploads is 779, but connections keep timing out.

Hello Dave

Mine is as slow as ever 1.760 down and 343 up.

This is pretty much standard for me (AOL) , however its all working same as usual.

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Colin
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #340 on: December 14, 2010, 01:09:13 pm »
Things were very slow in Potters Bar too. Couldn't get into various websites - even turned off my firewall --> no effect.
All seems ok now though
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #341 on: December 14, 2010, 01:42:42 pm »
Thanks Mungroo, seems to be better now.
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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #342 on: December 14, 2010, 02:21:18 pm »
Wow! what are you lot on?  I rarely get over 800 Kbps down and 350 up. I had 920 down and 410 up about 10 mins ago!
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #343 on: December 14, 2010, 02:50:45 pm »
BT Broadband and situated at the village end of Moffats. Just tested on http://www.speedtest.bbmax.co.uk/ and getting 3,410 down and 761 up. 
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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #344 on: December 14, 2010, 02:55:46 pm »
It has been slow today.  Currently 1957 down, 426 up in Calder Ave.
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #345 on: December 14, 2010, 03:22:06 pm »
looks like it depends what you use...
with http://www.speedtest.bbmax.co.uk/ I get 5197 down and 809 up
with http://www.speedtest.net/ I get 4110 down and 720 up
big difference in the download
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #346 on: March 19, 2011, 08:51:42 am »
My talktalk/tiscali contract has ended and I'm very tempted to switch to Virgin for the speed.  That would mean giving up my BT line, which I've always been reluctant to do.

Has anyone any experience with Virgin, good or bad, including their Customer Service, please?
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #347 on: March 19, 2011, 09:05:01 am »
There are a number of review sites online set up for customer evaluations and recommendations.  Just google Virgin Broadband Reviews.  Here are a few.

Broadband Choice gives a fairly upper average rating

http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/article.asp?id=virgin-media-broadband-reviews&kt=1293&gclid=CMX_xfih2qcCFdFX4Qodij5x9g

However, Review Centre gives it 1.2 out of 5

http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews77262.html

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #348 on: March 19, 2011, 10:31:49 am »
Hi Chickenlegs. I have been with Virgin for quite a few years now, since when they were first known as NTL. I've very rarely had any problems with them service wise. My phoneline, TV & Broadband consistently work and BB at a reliably good speed. When i upgraded to wireless they sent me all the equipment free of charge and their tech support was very helpful in getting it all set up and working correctly. The only thing that i feel lets them down, is their main customer service line. Quite often there are long queues to get through, and they don't offer any kind of ring back service, as most other companies now do. I havn't had to call them for a good 6 months now though, which i feel is good considering they provide me with all three services.
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #349 on: March 19, 2011, 11:24:24 pm »
We were originally with BT but had problems 18 months ago when our broadband kept dropping out.  Apparently this was caused by the quantity of users being added to the line(?) and because we were the maximum distance from the exchange we lost out.   BT tried everything but said that short of running a cable to our house we would only be able to get broadband by using a "dongle" which we had from Orange.
We were contacted by Sky about 12 months ago, who told us they could provide broadband for us and they have, We now have excellent broadband speeds.   We also moved our phones to Sky and have been able to keep our old number.
Hope this helps.
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #350 on: March 19, 2011, 11:31:36 pm »
Thank you, David.  I have been on lots of forums but local knowledge is very valuable.  And thank you Peppermint and Emma.
 

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« Reply #351 on: March 20, 2011, 12:31:22 am »
Let's have some numbers folks. I've moved to BT Business Broadband for work and am within 100m of a cabinet.  The best I get is 0.8Mbps download, maybe 1.3Mbps if the electrons are in the mood.  So I plan to switch back to Plusnet where I got 3Mbps.  I know we're not meant to advertise in the forum, but we all need better a broadband service than we currently get in the village.  So let's think of it as a service for the community by pointing out the good service providers :)
 

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« Reply #352 on: March 20, 2011, 09:00:44 am »
I don't think its as simple as that, Midnight.

I recently had a connectivity problem with AOL.

After two weeks of pulling my hair out and a visit from a BT engineer I was still getting intermittent connections, with varying speeds.

I then tried three different routers and I was getting a completely different download speed from each, between 350kb up to 3meg.

After a lot of messing around I found a router that worked without any dropout errors, I am now using this unit but the speed is 1.5meg, which is not great but it works without any problem.

So I guess the telecommunication systems we have in place in the UK compared to the rest of europe is so flaky we must be grateful we even get a connection, after all we are only in the 21st century! ;D

 

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« Reply #353 on: March 20, 2011, 10:28:16 am »
I take your point colinr, and it's well made.  The thing is that over the same cable and router, just switching from Plusnet to BT Business BB has led to a drop in speed from 3 to 1Mbps after the stabilisation period.  I've also done the router swapping thing.  Judging from something that the BT helpdesk said, BT may not have adequate equipment in the exchange compared to the equipment installed by other vendors.  In fact he used the term "not as good" before he hastily retracted ;D.  To be fair, BT helpdesk and the engineer that came out were really helpful and tried very hard but it's delivery that counts.

I think there's another thread on this sort of thing, but even so, if anyone is prepared to post up the speeds, provider and approximate village location I for one would be grateful.

Anyway, I think I've hijacked chicken legs' thread enough.
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #354 on: March 20, 2011, 10:44:53 am »
Hello Midnight

It might be useful to take a look at this site


http://www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk/broadband_speed_in_my_area.aspx


It gives an indication of speeds close to your post code.


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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #355 on: March 20, 2011, 10:45:15 am »
In Peplins Way (once considered too far for ADSL due to the distance from the Potters Bar exchange) I get approx 1.5M down and about 450k up. This is reasonably reliable with occasional router reboots required.

I'm with Plusnet and always have been (maybe 5 or 6 years) so cannot comment on how they compare from a personal experience but generally Plusnet seem to do well in surveys. Plusnet are actually owned by BT these days  :)
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #356 on: March 20, 2011, 12:59:08 pm »
Thank you for that "speed in your area" link, colinr.  It shows one poor person in my area only getting 0.31Mbps from Virgin.  Don't know how that can be. 

Can I ask another (connected) question?  My speed comes out at 2.72Mbps and 0.74Mbps.  I find it generally satisfactory in that if I click on a link, or type in an address, it's an instant connection.  Do we only need very high speeds if we do a lot of downloading of films, or uploading of photos?
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #357 on: March 20, 2011, 09:16:51 pm »
I'm on Virgin in Cuffley, I don't appear on the post code link and I can't agree with the poor comments about them. I pay for 20mb and get 18 or 19mb 95% of the time on my pc. The only complaint that I have is that it can take a while to get through to an operator but when you do I have always found them very helpful.
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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #358 on: March 20, 2011, 10:48:36 pm »
I think you get used to low speeds when loading normal web pages and I hardly notice the difference between here and work. The front page of brookmans.com takes 2 seconds to load on my 1.25MBPS line south of Essendon. We moved from Potters Bar with double the link speed but I can't say I've noticed the extra second it takes here and the nicer surroundings make up for it :)

I download bits and pieces off newsgroups for TV catchup and I just leave it overnight as nothing's that important. I can still use iPlayer at this link speed and the VOIP in the BT Hub works fine too.

We're due BT Infinity in December, that might bump speeds up a bit but I don't expect to be noticing it too much.
 

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Re: Village broadband and high-speed optic fibre
« Reply #359 on: March 21, 2011, 09:12:59 am »
The only thing you really need the speed for is streaming video - iPlayer being the most common example. Obviously it is nice to have extra speed for downloading but I've found 1.5M just about OK - I certainly wouldn't pay a big premium for 16 or 20 meg because I'd so rarely benefit from it.
 

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