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Old 22 February 2008, 15:19   #11
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did a test on mine
ISP Plusnet
They sell up to 8Mb speed
I live 150 Metres from exchange
Speed achieved 1906Kb/s

£27.99 Per month
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Old 22 February 2008, 16:03   #12
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Try a few different locations on the site.
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Old 22 February 2008, 16:59   #13
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I had a heated discussion with BT regarding their claimed 8Mb/s on our office connection. The first point to note is that all the providers will sell as "up to 8Mb/s" and make no promises.

I suspect the contention ratio is as important as the distance to the exchange. We see a noticable difference in speed test results at different times of the day - so at 3am we get close to 4 Mb/s but at 4-6pm ish (when everyone in the nearby houses comes home it can be less than 2!).

One final point - if you are getting poor speeds worth doing a virus check etc - we found a virus (which had set up an smtp server and was mailing out spam) on a machine in the office which reduced our connection to less than a meg.
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Old 22 February 2008, 19:09   #14
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If you’re having speed problems the first thing to do is find out what speed your ADSL modem/router is synchronised to the exchange. You should have two figures - up and down stream - something like 668800 down and 44800 up.

Keep an eye on these for a couple of days and note the slowest speed the modem connects. If the results you get from one of the speed test sites - http://www.speedtest.net/ or http://speedtester.bt.com/ - are pretty much the same as your sync speed then unfortunately your probably getting the best speed your likely to get regardless of your ISP.

You can try better quality micro filters and removing phones/extension leads etc - running CAT5e twisted pair instead of standard telephone cable in the house can make quite a difference.

If there is a big difference between your router synch speed and your actual download speeds (try speed tests over a couple of days) your IP Profile might be stuck. The exchange is supposed to work out the maximum reliable rate at which the network can send data to your adsl modem. It’s quite common for the profile to get stuck, so even though your connection to the exchange may support a higher speed the network is only serving data at the rate specified by your IP profile. Your ISPs technical support should be able to force an update of the IP Profile.

I’ve had stuck IP profiles several times now – one of my lines was upgraded from 1Mbps to and up to 8Mbps service recently, however the IP Profile stayed at 1Mbps. After a phone call to get it reset its now running at 6Mbps.
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Old 22 February 2008, 19:28   #15
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Just for comparison purposes. We pay $45.00 per month for cable service up to 9Meg download. Usually runs at around 7meg.
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Old 22 February 2008, 21:59   #16
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Thats even more expensive than the Uk - and people think everything is cheaper in the USA..............
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Old 23 February 2008, 04:23   #17
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I subscribe to the top of the range BT service at home -

Not that great, it's meant to be "up to" 8MB
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Old 23 February 2008, 04:42   #18
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This is what I got this morning, the company pay for my internet which is unlimited download and speed to be 12 meg (I think) cost is I believe GBP 12 a month.

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Went a bit further into the Speedtest and found this, my company is dealing with the slowest speed provider

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Did another test with speedster.bt and got this:

Test1 comprises of Best Effort Test: -provides background information.
IP profile for your line is - 7150 kbps
DSL connection rate: 448 kbps(UP-STREAM) 8128 kbps(DOWN-STREAM)
Actual IP throughput achieved during the test was - 458 kbps
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