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Standard User RepairExpert
(knowledge is power) Thu 15-May-14 17:03:59
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BT Open Zone and BT wi-fi


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Hi, today I updated my BT Business Broadband to Infinity 40Mb 100Gb limit. It works well but would like to know how the use by others affects the speed. I have no problem with other BT users having access to it; it's quite a good idea and I sometimes use other people's connections when I'm out.

What I would like to know is how the speed is divided up between the registered user and those others using it; i.e. suppose I am downloading a large file at 40Mb and someone joins the connection and starts doing the same. Do I get priority and do they get a low speed, or what?

Obviously if several people were using it just surfing the web the packets would be so small I doubt anyone would notice a loss of speed.

I also understand that others using the connection does not count to my top usage limit; how does that work?

Thanks in advance,

Mike.

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 15-May-14 17:07:36
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Re: BT Open Zone and BT wi-fi


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The hotspot is done over a tunnel, i.e. people do not appear as if using your IP address.

As for the speeds I think (but not 100%) it is something like 0.5 Mbps set aside for the hot spot.

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Standard User RepairExpert
(knowledge is power) Thu 15-May-14 17:10:30
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Re: BT Open Zone and BT wi-fi


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Thanks Andrew. I did notice a couple of months ago finding a hot spot locally at 16Mb on my mobile phone so if nobody else was using it does it let you have the maximum available?

Mike.

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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Thu 15-May-14 17:19:41
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Re: BT Open Zone and BT wi-fi


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Anyone logging onto your BT WiFi hotspot will use a VPN from the router back to the BT network. They cannot see anything on your network and you cannot see their traffic. It is effectively a separate connection as far as usage is concerned. Their usage definitely does NOT count towards your usage.

On ADSL the amount available to the HotSpot was originaly just 512kbps but I believe on Infinity lines it is now either 2 or 3 Mbps. So, if you have a 40Mbps connection you will loose around 5-8% at worst. Will you really notice that? and it will only affect you when someone is actually using the HotSpot - at all other times you will get that bandwidth yourself. The same maximum applies whether it is 1, 2 3 or 30 users sharing it and even if you are not using the connection they do not get anything more.


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Standard User Stevenage_Neil
(member) Thu 15-May-14 17:22:24
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Re: BT Open Zone and BT wi-fi


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FON owners/users can set the max speed at which "guests" can download. (FYI)
Standard User RepairExpert
(knowledge is power) Thu 15-May-14 17:22:44
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Many thanks for the detailed explanation MHC; very interesting and a good system.

Mike.

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