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O2 IS ****ING AWESOME!

The firmware that came with the router they gave me was crap, but I found an update and now it's great - email for details

peter_kilfeather@hotmail.com

Once again, the best broadband EVER
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Yeh its the Thompson speed touch.
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Damn all you city folk.

I have been living in a rural area now for 8 years - this means the max. download I have managed to get is 5.5meg. Not too bad to be honest.

Now I have just moved house and now live even more rural. Anything from 1-3 meg is expected in the area

I went with BT for my broadband. I've used their broadband service for about 5 years with only 5 occurences of downtime within those 5 years! Pretty good I must say. In addition, I find that arranging BT Broadband with my BT line etc is always a lot easier.

If I lived in London or something I would quite happily shop around for the best performance, but I know that I will only get crap downloads where I live. No point really - just going for the easiest choice!
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I will agree. Virgin were atrocious for us too. Never got the speeds as advertised. Plus their DNS servers were always down. Traffic shaping was pretty bad too, only got 600kbps at peak times. (This was in Swindon). Supposed to be 8meg. Engineer would not check the line.

Tiscali I must admit are actually pretty good where I live, I get a steady 2.5mbps regardless of time of day, but the contention rates are low in my area. I also live out in the sticks and BT only reckoned I would get 1.9mbps.

No doubt though, the best ADSL is BE's ADSL2+ service. I just can't afford that .

ghell, I guess you were just lucky .
Virgin media have never done 8mbps internet, unless maybe you were on "NTL Freedom", which is ADSL anyway and is just as bad as any other ADSL. This is BT's fault really.

Everyone I know with Virgin media gets great speeds. I don't know how so many of you on here could have had bad experiences

24mbps for be sounds nice though I find it unbelievable that you actually get those speeds on ADSL unless you actually live inside the exchange, sleeping on top of the switches.

My Speedtest at peak time with other people using the network:


All of the people I know on VM are in Leeds, Surrey or Devon so perhaps certain areas are much better than others but I find it hard to believe that some are terrible.

I did have a problem setting up my VM connection in Leeds because I didn't get the engineer callout, I used the self install so when they accidentally put me on 2mbps instead of 20mbps, there was no engineer to sort it out quickly. By this time their deal had changed and they wanted me to pay the full £37 to upgrade to 20mbps even though I signed up for a "£25/mo for the first 12 months" deal. If I had an engineer there, I know he would have just called up and got it changed in a couple of minutes. Knowing people on the other end of the phone works wonders. When I cancelled it (because I moved away from Leeds) before the end of my 12 month contract, the guy on the phone did it instantly without me having to pay anything and that was the end of it, which was nice (cancelling everything else like the utilities was a nightmare, I still haven't even received my final electricity bill from npower). So, there's the sum total of my problems with Virgin Media (including Cable and Wireless and NTL) for the last ~10 years.

I suppose the moral of the story is take what everyone says with a pinch of salt because your experience will almost certainly be different.
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What are the BT Wireless Home Hubs like?

I'm getting one with my contract for free, but I already have a Netgear router...
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The homehubs are now wireless N aren't they
    
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What are the BT Wireless Home Hubs like?

I'm getting one with my contract for free, but I already have a Netgear router...
I would stick to the netgear (or any that comes from a well known "router" manufacturer). That said, I've never used a homehub and I don't think netgear is really that fantastic anyway.
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the home hub is just a rebranded and repackaged thompson speedtouch which will disconnect throughout the night to recieve updates and also disconnect randomly when you are downloading anything this is wired and wireless, my gf had loads of problems with hers as soon as i replaced it witn a netgear wpn824 all the probs went away
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the home hub is just a rebranded and repackaged thompson speedtouch which will disconnect throughout the night to recieve updates and also disconnect randomly when you are downloading anything this is wired and wireless, my gf had loads of problems with hers as soon as i replaced it witn a netgear wpn824 all the probs went away
Hmm doesn't sound too good. Not a fan of SpeedTouches

Might give the SpeedTouch to replace my parent's router and use my Netgear!
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