My line is poor (an underground line just dumped in a 1960s estate and neglected by BT ever since though in fairness there is no access to it. So with the hardware falling to bits after 50 years we have to rely on software to try and compensate). When I investigated routers (FTTC) the Fritz seemed best at coping giving me in excess of 30 Mbps down and 6Mbps up, much better than the BTw forecasts. For the last 5 years the line has been good with minimal latency spikes, even with streaming and minimum latency below 8ms, with negligible packet loss except on the rare occasions when there have been problems on the IDNet network. But in the last few days streaming became near impossible and BTw tester said i should report a fault after the Tap3 test came up with 6 Mbps down and less than 600kbps up. But on reporting a possible fault to IDNet they are only interested in selling me their standard router.
The Fritz has three adjustments 1-4 (between stability and max speed) for SNR, INP and RFI. Any ideas which I should adjust and where to reduce latency and improve streaming? I presume at least the SNR (presently between 6 and 8 at max speed) , and probably the INP both too starting at midway level 2 of the 4? The modem has been restarted (by me, deliberately) a lot over the last few days, for troubleshooting, so I don't want to adjust too often and start DLM kicking off to make matters worse. Otherwise it holds the line well, for months on end. None of the reported stats except for speeds have changed.
I think the Fritz! line management software still improves the line: without it using the OR modem and a standard cable router shows on TBBQM a consistent 40-60% packet loss. With it, the packet loss disappears, minimum latency more than halves (down from around 25ms to below 10ms), but there are still regular latency spikes of up to 120ms+. (Both, when the connection is not in use, with nothing connected other than the router). Uploads improve though with the OR modem. IDNet say my line passes their test and is therefore acceptable and nothing can be done.
I know I'm stuck and changing ISP is my only option. Any cheapn'cheerful could not be any worse, surely. Bit disappointed, though. I hoped for better with their Fibre Pro, which is useless on my glorified ADSL.
I've ordered the latest Fritz in case the router has just clapped out but I can see no evidence of it.
We see things not as they are, but as we are .- Anais Nin
Edited by smurf46 (Thu 05-Nov-15 12:02:56)