Have been with Plusnet for ages, and I can't fault them. However we kept going slightly over our 60GB limit and with four of us using it, I looked at other options. We dont need unlimited, nor the 100GB Tesco claim is unlimited, but probably needed about 80GB a month.
It costs £16.25 a month for Tesco Home Phone (ie line rental) and broadband for a year, normally £20.25 a month. I got cashback of £35, so this sort of covered the £40 cost for a monthly contract. Its provided by Cable & Wirless LLU.
From ordering to completion took exactly two weeks, was kept updated by text and email. Received wireless router a few days before.
Its a Thomson TG580 which comes preconfigured and worked straight away. Other reviews slate this router, but it seems fine for day to day internet.
Eventually it was easy enough to customise, ie SSID/Wireless key. The default admin password was the wireless key, took me ages to find that out!
On activation day, my old broadband died at 10am and at 11am Tesco was working.
So far it seems fine, got full speed torrents, iplayer/youtube didnt buffer all the time, web pages loaded quick etc, speedtests same as before on Plusnet.
I did contact Tesco to get my username and password, in case I wanted to use my own router and they gave it to me without any hassle. Call answered within 30 seconds in UK call centre.
Speedtest (it thinks I am on Orange!)
(Since going over to LLU, some online speedtesters don't appear to work especially the upload test!)
Uptime:1 day(s), 16:19:33
Bandwidth (Up/Down) [kbps/kbps]:1023 / 12371
Data Transferred (Sent/Received) [KB/KB]:895 / 1870327
Output Power (Up/Down) [dBm]:12 / 18
Line Attenuation (Up/Down) [dB]:12 / 25
SN Margin (Up/Down) [dB]:10 / 10
Vendor ID (Local/Remote):--- / ---
Loss of Link (Remote):0
Error Seconds (Local/Remote):1939 / 0
CELL Count (Local/Remote):40917971 / 3158361
FEC Errors (Up/Down):61487 / 0
CRC Errors (Up/Down):2776 / 35
HEC Errors (Up/Down):25307 / 11
I will keep you posted if it changes! So far hasn't slowed down at peak times much. Will see if they keep up with capacity!
Edited by dmanicolo (Sat 17-Mar-12 12:10:35)