Thanks for advice regarding IP, I thought it was only the MAC ad that was vulnerable. Anyway, I contacted Orange last night, as my connection kept dropping out, and for once they were extremely helpful ! I was advised to reset the router, via the rear aperture, and it immediately cleared up the connection prob. Also my upload and downloead speeds are heading north again, which makes sense as a permanent connection can only help with an acceptable line speed. Perhaps I may now get near the 19Meg line speed you mentioned
I'll let things settle down for 24 hours, then post you my updated stats, hopefully it will be good news !