Friend's broadband with AOL has been useful for 'checking email and doing a little bit of things' at just under 1Mb (see stats below) And yes - I'm aware it's AOL, but he was plodding along using it in old place, before he moved out into the middle of nowhere I ditched AOL several years back when they capped me, swore they didn't - switched and had no problem, and no limits.
However, his connection did okay for him, but... Now the kids are wanting to use stuff for videos\school projects and so on, plus he's interested in iPlayer (he thought it always stuttered until he saw it at my house!)
Recently had an engineer in to do some wiring for telephones and so on, and the engineer suggested he should be getting 4-5Mb - I've checked his router stats, and I'm fairly certain it's 'good' - unless I'm reading things back to front...
About 7pm on Friday night
Connection Speed 704 kbps 448 kbps
Line Attenuation 44 db 14.5 db
Noise Margin 10 db 18 db
About 10am on Saturday morning
Connection Speed 736 kbps 448 kbps
Line Attenuation 44 db 15 db
Noise Margin 11 db 18 db
BT's broadband checker suggests he might get 'up to 8' (more likely 4-5) - however BT have messed him around at business premises, so he's not sure whether he wants to use them. I tried the postcode at plus.net, expecting the same result, but got 'around 1Mb' back.
Edit: Further checking - rather than just search for the 'bt product page' which asks you to put in postcode and get the above results, I put in the phone number, and got the much less impressive 0.75 - 2Mb. Hmm!
So - any suggestions or guidance - should he plunge for BT, and what recourse do I have if it's a not-spot like other providers suggest?
Edited by reech (Mon 02-May-11 14:11:11)