There's good news and bad news there, so I will try to explain clearly. Just a quick question though, did you copy and paste the line stats, or did you re-type them? The reason I ask is that the down and up attenuations and noise margins look the wrong way round to me. (It may be a reporting error in the router - such things do happen).
As you say, your exchange is BT ADSL2+
enabled, (that's the WBC line), but the way that works requires equipment changes at the ISP for them to supply it to you. For various reasons I think it likely AOL have not moved to that equipment.
Nearly all LLU ISPs and equipment are ADSL2+, and that is quite independent of BT Wholesale WBC, as you may have read by now from my LLU page. I also have a page about WBC explaing the "equipment changes" above, but unless you are keen to know about it I suggest you don't bother. At this stage it is of no practical use to you.
On ADSL2+, your stats indicate a connection speed
of between 11Mbps and 16Mbps, and to narrow that down a bit I would guess 13Mbps-14Mbps. Note that connection speed is not the same thing as actual download speed.
Your connection speed is 8160Mbps. That almost certainly means you are on an AOL LLU connection and deliberately capped at that speed. The best way to confirm or confound that is to try to run the BT Speed Tester
and see what that gives us. Probably an error message.
There is a faint chance you are on a now rare type of connection called Datastream. I can't remember if that allows 8160kbps or not. That's why I said "almost
certain" in the previous paragraph.
Whatever, your best move would definitely be to Sky LLU Unlimited. The problem there, (the bad news I mentioned at the start), is that with the LLU suppliers there I think it highly likely the Sky LLU capacity will be fully taken up. If it is, they will put you onto the Sky Connect service. That is limited to 8128kbps connection speed and is dire even within that.
Read my LLU page if you haven't done, as that explains about Full and Partial LLU. On Sky you have a sort of choice. If you take Sky LLU Broadband and Sky Talk calls package, that will be Partial LLU. If you also take Sky Line Rental that will be Full LLU. Full LLU can be messy to leave, but may not be much of a problem with Sky. It could be significant with the AOL/TalkTalk one.
The range of estimates you have been getting are based on one of two or three BT databases which don't all show the same
. The one you have already looked at is the one I prefer.
That's probably enough for now. There's a lot there to take in, but it boils down to if you can get Sky LLU Unlimited
go for it. It will be far better than anything else at a lowish price on that exchange. All you would have to decide would be whether or not to go for Sky Line Rental as well.
If you can't get it due to them being full up, then we can look into several alternatives. Let's just try the best option first.
PS - If I remember, I will check tomorrow, (now later today), about the Sky router and wireless N, but I think it unlikely.
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Edited by RobertoS (Wed 22-Jun-11 00:10:47)