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Standard User Deft
(committed) Sun 06-Nov-11 19:19:08
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Will changing ISP help peak time contention?


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I am on Sky Unlimited (BT phone line / calls) and generally the service is good for me (sync at 18Mbps and get a healthy 25ms ping and 14Mbps download throughput).
However, at peak times (like now) - this drops to 3-4Mbps and a ping of 150ms. Ruins my online gaming and makes browsing sluggish. Would switching ISP help this (i.e. is it traffic on Sky's LLU bit or just at the exchange overall - Canterbury FYI).
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Standard User Sandgrounder
(knowledge is power) Sun 06-Nov-11 20:00:54
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In reply to a post by Deft:
Would switching ISP help this?
If you look at how much you are paying for the service? Then you can probably answer your own question.

But, you need to think about how much bandwidth you will use - and decide if you want to pay more.



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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Sun 06-Nov-11 20:04:37
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Re: Will changing ISP help peak time contention?


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Sky customers only contend with sky customers on the LLU service, so another LLU provider may have a very different peak time performance.

Sky is the ISP of choice at present for those who download a lot, so going to another is likely to offer an improvement

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Standard User Deft
(committed) Sun 06-Nov-11 20:12:29
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Re: Will changing ISP help peak time contention?


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That is useful to know. I'm happy to pay more for less riff-raff on the LLU. I always managed fine on the Zen 40GB package but I think the use of my PS3 online and now OnLive gaming probably destroys that (I need to install a data monitor for a while as I can't see any numbers in my Sky Router control panel that would give me a clue).
LLU providers seems pretty slim picking. O2? Don't like the sound of AOL, Talk Talk or Pipex.
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(staff) Sun 06-Nov-11 20:15:37
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o2 can be ok, used to be a safe bet, but has had a less stable period

Lots of upgrades expected in 2012 with o2

onlive will chew bandwidth at a vast rate, it tries to use the complete line

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Standard User Deft
(committed) Sun 06-Nov-11 20:35:58
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Yep I had heard OnLive will go for at least 8Mbps if it can! I blame my cheapskate brother who won't get a PS3 but has 'forced' me to use OnLive to maintain family relations. Works better than I thought it would though!
I have put in a request to Sky for my MAC - lets see how smoothly that goes.......seems a simple request.
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(member) Sun 06-Nov-11 20:45:42
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Standard User NilSatisOptimum
(member) Sun 06-Nov-11 20:48:25
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Just too draw attention to Onlive for the OP, it is in the realms of being Insatiable for bandwidth.

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Standard User henryc
(newbie) Tue 08-Nov-11 10:42:41
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It will likely offer an improved experience to your online gaming, but you have to weigh up the price you are willing to pay versus what you want to use it for and the download limitations that brings.

Do you use it solely for gaming?

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Standard User Deft
(committed) Tue 08-Nov-11 12:01:32
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Well I signed up to 02 today. Sky sent my MAC code with no fuss via e-mail within 24 hours so can't complain there.
I get 6 months free of a 12 month contract and seems pretty cheap (£12.50 / month for the second 6 months as I am an O2 mobile customer). I did almost go for the full 2.5Mbit upload and static IP but it's an extra £8.50 a month which seems quite a bit more for no massive value for me. Fair enough to the sales rep as well, he went through the traffic shaping that O2 do and what times it apples.

My connection is not hammered much apart from the OnLive gaming it seems, which probably amounts to <5 hours a week. I do also have LoveFilm via PS3 which I use occasionally, plus some 4OD and iPlayer. PS3 gaming regularly too but I guess that doesn't use as much (maybe 10 hours a week max). There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of choice here for LLU providers. I would go Zen if they did LLU here and maybe a 100GB cap just to give a wide safety margin.
If I ever buy a house, I think I will go for fibre as it looks like BT are due to do Canterbury in the next few months.
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