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Old 17 July 2007, 15:43   #1
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ISP Advice

After 12 years of 'putting up' with AOL I am moving. Got my MAC code on order but not picked my new ISP yet. Looking for some advice please.

I use a home PC which will be the primary machine for the connextion its running XP. I want to be able to connect wirelessly with a MAC and also with my XBOX360.

I download music and upload pictures.

I am a techno dinasaur so it needs to be a simple install and support service.

Any thoughts?

Ollie
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Old 17 July 2007, 16:04   #2
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Is their a good ISP out there ?

You horror stories about all of them.

I've used AOL for years now and its adequate. My connection speed has slowed down lately and I use Internet Explorer instead of the AOL stuff. But it always works.
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Old 17 July 2007, 16:09   #3
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Orange broadband I cant fault it, easy to install, great customer support and best of all the price £5 a month as I have an orange mobile phone.
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Old 17 July 2007, 16:21   #4
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After 12 years of 'putting up' with AOL I am moving. Got my MAC code on order but not picked my new ISP yet. Looking for some advice please.

I use a home PC which will be the primary machine for the connextion its running XP. I want to be able to connect wirelessly with a MAC and also with my XBOX360.

I download music and upload pictures.

I am a techno dinasaur so it needs to be a simple install and support service.

Any thoughts?

Ollie
I use plus net seems to work well and is ok for my playstation connection
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Old 17 July 2007, 16:46   #5
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Have a look at Zen Internet, Global Internet and Waitrose. The were the tops in the last couple of Which? tests.
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Old 17 July 2007, 17:09   #6
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Plus net for us, been 6 years now absolutly no probs www. hosted with them aswell and IRL registered thro' them
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Old 17 July 2007, 17:16   #7
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We've had Pipex (in Surrey) for years - no probs until recently ... now tends to spontaneously lose connection quite regularly.

At least you have a choice though ... on IoW it's WightCable or WightCable!
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Old 17 July 2007, 17:28   #8
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Go with virgin media if you can it is a cable service and does not rely on your BT phone line, very good service, and ive never had a drop out on it been very impressed with it, and at the moment, its only £10 per month, bit of a bargain really for a 2Mb service, which is more than plenty for what you want to be doing with it by the sounds of things.

If you want to use it wireless then you will need to get something like this: http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/103185
this will work with the Cable modem that Virgin media will supply you with.

If you decide to go down the ADSL route (internet down you BT phone line) then you will need the following wireless kit: http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/118662

Any questions feel free to PM me and ill do my best to help.

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Old 17 July 2007, 17:37   #9
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Another vote for Plusnet from me - I'm actually with Free Online, who are a part of Plusnet, and not had any problems in 4+ years - good price and good service.

Have a look here:

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/

for other options and comparisons. Looking at their comparison page for some of the suggestions in this thread:

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/isp/co...p_84=1&isp_6=1

Zen seems to come out the best, though they are more expensive than others.

Cheers

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Old 17 July 2007, 18:01   #10
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My company create websites and I cannot fault Zen and usually recommend customers to them. I use this for me as well.

They are really helpful - reasonably priced - not the cheapest but very reliable. They are the sort of company that say to you that the price has come down - rather than you having to chase the latest deal.

Really good.

I have had really bad experiences with Pipex, Demon or Thus as they are known as (accounts are a nightmare - they have no idea what they are doing).

Some clients use Tiscali which has been OK.
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