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Standard User clementscastle
(newbie) Thu 06-Feb-14 19:26:07
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Sky Broadband has pretty much 'dropped us on our proverbial'


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The story so far…
Having been a SKY broadband connect user since March 19th 2013 with no issues at all until a couple of weeks ago. The only thing we can reference happened at the same time roughly was we requested one of the free signal boosters sky offered via a TV advert. We installed said booster which yes, did then give us signal but also dropped any download ability with anything attached to it via wifi.

After then, we have been then affected quite drastically by what sky have told us is ‘Traffic shaping’ of which pretty much everyone in our small village it seems connects to the internet at approximately 15:30 every day and we then drop to virtually no signal (normally 0.03 download) It is now to the stage that we cannot even load the preview images on the likes of a twitter page at any point in the evening now.

Spent three evenings this week on the phone to Sky now, each call over one hour long only for them to conclude this evening that the traffic shaping is the cause and there’s pretty much [censored] all they can do really and we signed a contract to agree to this back last March.

So without going into the details of me shouting at them, a lot for such a poor service. Could anyone here please explain to this not a complete laymen exactly how in two weeks our services can just go from fine and dandy to utter unusable?

Also, as we will be cancelling this service with sky (and taking legal action to cancel both the phone and TV packages too) Could anyone please advise the best suppliers who will either be able to manage or do something about this traffic shaping tat or am I now just stuck in a small village with the option of not having any broadband again?

Could anyone advise please or at least point me in a useful direct link wise as to how we can help out with this please?

Thanks
Heidi



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Standard User clementscastle
(newbie) Thu 06-Feb-14 19:48:30
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Sorry, should have also stated once we realised how rubbish the signal extender was we disconnected it and haven't used it since.
Standard User XRaySpeX
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 06-Feb-14 19:50:37
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In reply to a post by clementscastle:
please advise the best suppliers who will either be able to manage or do something about this traffic shaping tat
Certainly not Sky Connect! Surprised that you had good service to start with.

Suggest BT, Plusnet or EE; all of whom will supply you with 21CN WBC ADSL2+. However both PN & EE will charge you more than the headline prices as you are outside their ' network area'.

Please post your current router stats so I can confirm that Sky are only supplying you with 20CN ADSL Max?

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Standard User clementscastle
(newbie) Thu 06-Feb-14 19:59:01
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Thanks for the reply,

Not that much of a genius when it comes to this so I hope this below is what you are referring to, if not let me know where to look please!

We are in a small village so didn't expect too much regarding BB but have so far had a consistent DL of 4mps normally which whilst wasn't great was certainly better than chuff all!

Systems Details
Manufacturer Sky
Model SR101
Firmware Version 1.15n.3591.R
ADSL Firmware Version A2pD039f.d24k
Modem
Modem Status Connected
DownStream Connection Speed 7616
UpStream Connection Speed 448
VPI 0
VCI 38
Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Thu 06-Feb-14 20:07:03
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Hi Heidi

First, (before I forget), do not cancel your Sky broadband and phone. Assuming you do leave them, which I expect you will unless something radical happens, it is much easier and cheaper for you if both stay connected and you migrate the broadband, followed by a phone rental and calls move.

Just to help me/us, what sort of speed did you get until recently, and do you still get that speed prior to 15:30?

As you signed up in March last year, isn't your minimum term about to expire, and doesn't it become monthly from then on? What date does it actually run out?

If it is next month, you will save yourself a lot of hassle by simply starting the move process, which can be as simple as placing an order for both services with another supplier. Not TalkTalk, as at that exchange you may have the same result and be stuck again with a long term. What to do about the TV I can't advise you on.

Are you saying that everyone you know in the village gets this drop in speed, or just that you have been told by Sky that it is because of all the children getting home from school and logging on that this slowdown is happening? Have you asked anyone who isn't on Sky or TalkTalk how their service is recently?

That last question is important. It could be Sky with inadequate provision, or the exchange is temporarily short. If it is the exchange then I would expect that to clear up within a few weeks.

Re the Sky provision, there are things happening to do with BT Wholesale that may have affected them. Though Sky should have reacted long ago to stop there being any issues for customers.

Could you also run the BT Performance Test. Ignore all the red instructions, just run it. It may fail if things are as bad when you run it as you say, in which case please try some time when things are better. When you get the Results page, please click the Further Diagnostics button at the bottom, than when you get the result of that you will see two text boxes with the download and upload speeds and info such as the IP Profile.

It's the contents of those two text boxes you need to copy and paste to here.

I've more to say, but my dinner is now on the table going cold smile. Back later.

My broadband basic info/help site - www.robertos.me.uk | Domains,site and mail hosting - Tsohost.
Connection - Plusnet UnLim Fibre (FTTC). Sync ~ 59.4/14.4Mbps @ 600m. - BQM

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Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Thu 06-Feb-14 20:09:21
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That all happened while I was cooking and typing! Those are great figures. We will get you sorted. Don't bother with that BT Test I suggested. I will leave you in XRaySpeX's capable hands for now.

My broadband basic info/help site - www.robertos.me.uk | Domains,site and mail hosting - Tsohost.
Connection - Plusnet UnLim Fibre (FTTC). Sync ~ 59.4/14.4Mbps @ 600m. - BQM

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Standard User XRaySpeX
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 06-Feb-14 20:20:19
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Yes, you are on ADSL Max as I expected. Altho' the faster, prob less contended, WBC ADSL2+ is available there, Sky Connect refuses to buy it at exchanges where they don't have their own LLU ADSL2+.

In your router do you see figures labeled Attenuation and Noise Margin or SNR?

1999: Freeserve 48K Dial-Up => 2005: Wanadoo 1 Meg BB => 2007: Orange 2 Meg BB => 2008: Orange 8 Meg LLU => 2010: Orange 16 Meg LLU => 2011: Orange 20 Meg WBC
Standard User clementscastle
(newbie) Thu 06-Feb-14 20:33:06
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Right, to make sure I actually did answer each bit will paste the lot with my answers in - Hopefully this makes sense! I am now giving up being online for the night as its taking so long to load I want to beat the monitor!

Thanks for your help so far and I will come back again tomorrow morning when all those kids are back in school tongue

Hx

Hi Heidi

First, (before I forget), do not cancel your Sky broadband and phone. Assuming you do leave them, which I expect you will unless something radical happens, it is much easier and cheaper for you if both stay connected and you migrate the broadband, followed by a phone rental and calls move.
**Oddly, Sky also said the same thing regarding cancelling and considering they only told me this evening the services cannot be fixed I did say I would need to wait until tomorrow when I actually have some decent bandwidth to actually shop about so haven’t cancelled just yet.

Just to help me/us, what sort of speed did you get until recently, and do you still get that speed prior to 15:30?
**Looking back though ookla speedtests it ranges from 2.34 up to 4.31 around that time before it went daft. Yes the speeds before then are mainly as normal and fine.

As you signed up in March last year, isn't your minimum term about to expire, and doesn't it become monthly from then on? What date does it actually run out?
**Yep, as it runs out on 19th March sky were happy to allow me to cancel but they also stated not to bother as it takes the 22 days to do anyway so we will end up just transferring.

If it is next month, you will save yourself a lot of hassle by simply starting the move process, which can be as simple as placing an order for both services with another supplier. Not TalkTalk, as at that exchange you may have the same result and be stuck again with a long term. What to do about the TV I can't advise you on.
**Yes, sky advisor also said that it was worth changing BB and telephone too. The TV we might need to seek legal advice on as how can we use this downloadable TV package we are now on if they can’t supply the decent broadband?

Are you saying that everyone you know in the village gets this drop in speed, or just that you have been told by Sky that it is because of all the children getting home from school and logging on that this slowdown is happening? Have you asked anyone who isn't on Sky or TalkTalk how their service is recently?
** Haven’t asked any of the locals as yet, not sure many of them are on SKY but quite a few are on BT so I’ll ask them tomorrow.

That last question is important. It could be Sky with inadequate provision, or the exchange is temporarily short. If it is the exchange then I would expect that to clear up within a few weeks.

Re the Sky provision, there are things happening to do with BT Wholesale that may have affected them. Though Sky should have reacted long ago to stop there being any issues for customers.

Could you also run the BT Performance Test. Ignore all the red instructions, just run it. It may fail if things are as bad when you run it as you say, in which case please try some time when things are better. When you get the Results page, please click the Further Diagnostics button at the bottom, than when you get the result of that you will see two text boxes with the download and upload speeds and info such as the IP Profile.

It's the contents of those two text boxes you need to copy and paste to here.
Download speed – 0.04
Upload speed – 0.03
Ping – 0.00
Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Thu 06-Feb-14 20:46:18
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I don't think the detail stats matter too much XRay, though would be of interest to forecast the potential speed smile. She's on top whack for ADSL Max Interleaved, so anything will be better. Possibly far better. Any reputable ISP on ADSL2+ will at least equal what I suspect are the wireless speeds she just gave.

My broadband basic info/help site - www.robertos.me.uk | Domains,site and mail hosting - Tsohost.
Connection - Plusnet UnLim Fibre (FTTC). Sync ~ 59.4/14.4Mbps @ 600m. - BQM

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Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Thu 06-Feb-14 21:46:45
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I missed a trick or two from running too fast whilst cooking tongue.

The slowdowns are almost certainly due to Sky and the BT Wholesale changes they may not have catered for properly yet. The non-techie explanation is that the BTW product you are (or possibly were) on with them is being withdrawn soon. See this News Article, which as per the "Update" footnote applies to your exchange.

They may have moved you over to the Sky equivalent 21CN product, but purchased insufficient capacity at the handover point to them. Or cut back too early on the 20CN handover capacity.

In terms of the biggie suppliers I basically agree with XRaySpex's short list. BT's telephone support is reputed to be poor, but their internal online forum not bad. Just slow.

All of them will automatically put you on the "up to 24Mbps" service. From the connection speed you gave us it would be expected to be faster than you have ever been. The attenuation and SNR/Noise margin figures XRay requested would give us a fair idea of what you are looking at.

The unlimited download product with Plusnet that I am with would cost you one of the following, depending on whether you took line rental/calls with them or elsewhere (The line rental is of course in addition to the "with phone" prices). They do an annual line rental cheaper:-
Contract / Standard monthly price / Monthly price with phone

Minimum term 12 months and monthly thereafter / £19.49 / £16.99
Monthly / £21.99 / £19.49
There is a cheaper 10GB peak time, unlimited off-peak product, Essentials:-
Minimum term 12 months and monthly thereafter / £15.49 / £12.99
Monthly / £17.99 / £15.49
You can get line rental at a couple of places quite a bit cheaper. Zen and Primus being the favourites, but ask here before jumping in with either. Or with Plusnet line rental as well. The baseline figure bears little relation to what you need to pay for what you need.

My broadband basic info/help site - www.robertos.me.uk | Domains,site and mail hosting - Tsohost.
Connection - Plusnet UnLim Fibre (FTTC). Sync ~ 59.4/14.4Mbps @ 600m. - BQM

"Where talent is a dwarf, self-esteem is a giant." - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn.
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Edited by RobertoS (Thu 06-Feb-14 22:04:05)

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