Reading these forums, seems like BT does a lot of shaping on p2p transfers but only during certain hours.
I'm on a 6.5Mb sync with Be* right now. Only get 6.5 when I'm lucky tbh. Usually around 5.
I have been told I can get around 33Mbps down from the checkers if I switch to infinity and I'm really thinking about it a lot.
After being miles away from my exchange, having to deal with ~5Mb for the ~6 years I've had broadband and living in a no virgin cable/fiber area......I need some speed dammit! My green box is maybe 100m away from my property so hopefully I'll get something nice. Even 20Mb would be a massive increase to me.
Only reservations I'm having is that there seems to be all manner of "BT is throttling x" discussions most places I look but I never seem to find actual throttled speeds.
If I was to attempt to download a p2p hosted file in peak times, what kind of speed drop would I be looking at if my sync is 33Mbps? If its lower than the 500Kbps average I get now, then maybe it could be problematic.
Then again, I could just schedule all my downloads for non-peak times.
What about other things though? I've seen things like skype, flash, and even gaming being problematic during peak hours?
Well, I took the plunge......
Engineer came round Friday morning and did the usual "the engineer did this" stuff. He didn't wall mount the modem though.....infact he simply put in on the table and then put the HH3 on top of it! I didn't want to be rude (nor did I want a nuclear explosion in my house) so I waited for him to leave and immediately mounted it myself!
First sync was 27Mbps down and 7Mbps up.
Was happy to see my first ever sync of over 6.5Mbps, but it just wasn't the 33.1Mbps II was promised and hoped for, especially after all the talk of the promised speed being lower than real life speeds.
By the end of the day, the upload speed had dropped to 5Mbps.
Saturday morning, I did a speed test before I left to compare the non peak times vs the peak times of last night.
I was shocked as (insert foul word) to see 9Mb down and 0.23Mb up!!!
Went to work looking like ¬_¬.
Got calls from home that the net had been down for hours and it seemed like I'd have to call BT to sort it out.
When I got home, I immediately checked my speed and was shocked once more..........
37.5 down and 5.5. up!!!
That was what I was waiting for! Since I got home yesterday, my upload has been increasing very very slowly and is now up to 6Mbps. Downloads dont seem to be able to push past 37.6xMbps.
Hopefully it will continue to rise as my line stabilises itself.
I am very very happy with this service so far and I seriously hope it will stay this way.
No problems with Bad Company 2 server lists, no high ping, no throttled downloads. I had already come to terms with torrents no longer being my main option for urgent downloads so its not a problem. Tbh, at this point in time, I've pretty much given up on torrents and have found other means for obtaining my obtainables.
I have indeed started to DL stuff, just to laugh at how fast it goes and how long it used to take (as a previous poster predicted I would do). Almost eight times faster than before.
If BT can manage to keep up this service, they will have made me a long term customer.
I have a feeling Be*there, as fantastic an ISP as they are, will be losing many many customers to BT (as they have me) unless they get their FTTC shoes on in a hurry.
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