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Standard User Frogger21
(newbie) Thu 15-Dec-11 18:32:05
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What ever you do, DON'T choose Virgin Media!


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Hi everyone,

In a moment of insanity a few months ago I decided it would be a good idea to sign-up for Virgin Media's 50meg connection - how utterly stupid of me frown

Unfortunately what was an ok connection for a good while, has now turned into a complete and utter nearly unusable shambles. Oh, and contacting Virgin Media 'support' is a waste of time and money as the 'technicians' can neither speak nor understand English frown

If, for some bizarre reason, you choose to ignore my warning then here's an example of the connection you can expect:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6232429/VIRGIN/Speed11thDec2...
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6232429/VIRGIN/Speed11thDec2...
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6232429/VIRGIN/Speed13thDec2...
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6232429/VIRGIN/Speed13thDec2...
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6232429/VIRGIN/Speed14thDec/...
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6232429/VIRGIN/Speed14thDec/...
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6232429/VIRGIN/Speed13thDec2...
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6232429/VIRGIN/Speed14thDec/...
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6232429/VIRGIN/Speed15thDec/...


So there you go.

If you're thinking of Virgin, for the sake of your sanity and money, DON'T DO IT!
Standard User Roph
(newbie) Fri 16-Dec-11 11:53:56
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Re: What ever you do, DON'T choose Virgin Media!


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Of what you can expect, emphasis mine. A nationwide network will always have blotchy patches where they are either oversold or running on bad hardware.

I get ~31mbit/~3mbit all day, every day, with low latency and no packet loss.

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Virgin Media 30Mb
Standard User Frogger21
(newbie) Fri 16-Dec-11 14:36:05
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Re: What ever you do, DON'T choose Virgin Media!


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My suggestion is to make the most of it while you can - up until last week or so I enjoyed 50.34 Mb/s down & 4.72 Mb/s up all day, every day, with low latency and no packet loss.

Now it's a waste of space frown


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Standard User pete_thomson
(fountain of knowledge) Fri 16-Dec-11 14:49:35
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Re: What ever you do, DON'T choose Virgin Media!


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I had 50Mb for nearly 3 years - apart from 3 separate outages (lasting a total of 24hours or so)
I used to get 50Mb on the nose - all day, every day.

I could not fault VM and I lived in between 2 large universities.

It's very much swings and roundabouts.

Was
Virgin Media 50Mb/s
53.34Mb/s - 1.65Mb/s - 29ms @ 24/05/2011
http://speedtest.net/result/1310626245.png

Now
Andrews & Arnold
5.66Mb/s - 0.75Mb/s - 42ms
http://www.speedtest.net/result/1526709410.png
Standard User djfunkdup
(committed) Fri 16-Dec-11 15:16:43
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Re: What ever you do, DON'T choose Virgin Media!


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could you please do this test so i can see something..

if using a windows based pc..

start/run/cmd/hit-enter/ then type pathping then enter virginmedia.co.uk

remember and put a space between pathping and virginmedia.co.uk

then hit enter.. it can take up to 3 min for this test to complete..

could you screen print the results and post them here ? excluding your own 'IP' id


then repeat the above but pathping 'bbc.co.uk' this time


cheers

VirginMedia100 TiVo1TB

Edited by djfunkdup (Fri 16-Dec-11 15:19:15)

Standard User Zadeks
(committed) Fri 16-Dec-11 15:44:27
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Can you get FTTC?
Standard User Kathphlox
(regular) Fri 16-Dec-11 23:12:21
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Virgin have been bombarding me with junk mail for over 6 months, this is why I won't entertain them, I actually started to set fire to their marketing junk for the fun of it. .. they are too big for their boots

~Kath~
Always judge a person by the way they treat someone who can be of no possible use to them
Standard User NilSatisOptimum
(member) Fri 16-Dec-11 23:50:42
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Dont be to hard on yourself, its a easy mistake, been there too.

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Standard User ukhardy07
(committed) Sat 17-Dec-11 00:18:17
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Similar story here, was all great up near sheffield / doncaster, then went completely tits up. Packet loss for full evenings rendering the internet useless... & when the guy came to install the services, I needed them at the back of the house. The engineer wanted to run the cabling through the loft, which I agreed too as he said he always did it... Half of the loft was floored, the other was not. He came straight through the ceiling. Virgin paid up at least.

Down near London. BT line speeds were quite slow & I thought different area, different setup, prob be fine... was all ok at first, then started getting outages which didn't stop. Felt like an outage once a week in some shape or form. Some nights half of the internet didn't work e.g couldn't get on hotmail. Other nights, speeds too slow to use skype. Some nights nothing... Had an outage for over a week at one point. An engineer came out and said the equipment was overheating at their end but wasn't going to be replaced as it was too costly and the winter months would prevent it overheating for a while.

Absolute joke.

& the superhub GUI constantly crashed. If you're going to supply a router to millions, get it right.

In the end went back to sky broadband in both cases.

& I bigged up virginmedia at first in both cases, as it seemed great. Honestly do not have a good word to say about them now.

& a family member had a mobile contract with virginmedia. For some reason the sim wasn't recognised from day one. Had a new sim sent 3 times and 2 different handsets. Absolutely nothing worked. In all cases the sim wasn't recognised. They asked to leave in the end and virgin agreed on the grounds that they couldn't provide a service.

1 year later, the debt collectors arrived at the front door asking for the full 24 month contract as an upfront payment.

All I can say is, you learn lessons in life. Don't worry about it - move on and don't look back.

I've learnt I'd rather have a stable 1 meg that never goes off than a totally intermittent 30 meg connection.

In practice I get higher than this

Edited by ukhardy07 (Sat 17-Dec-11 01:55:23)

Standard User anon123456
(member) Mon 19-Dec-11 08:59:54
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It's worth noting that other people such as myself have been on 50mbit since it was released and get the full 50mbit all day every day.

while there are some bad areas which are either oversubscribed or need some kind of maintenance running, this is not representative of the whole network.
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