I am on the hunt for a new ISP and after some thoughts / advice / opinions etc.
Current ISP: Namesco (circa 7 years)
Router: Netgear DG834N (firmware V1.02.15)
Line Length: Circa 10k
Router Connection Speed Up: 723kbps
Router Connection Speed Down: 783kbps
Router Line Attenuation Up: 37.1db
Router Line Attenuation Down: 68.5db
Router Noise Margin Up: 4.6db (varies between 4db and 6db)
Router Noise Margin Down: 4.7db (varies between 4db and 6db)
Download Allowance: 26gb
Current Pay: £18.84 per month
Link to Samknows for exchange information: Metheringham Exchange
Ok, so as you can see by the above router information we are not looking for mega speeds. Sometimes the router will connect up to 1024 kbps download speed but not very often, likewise the noisemargins do occasionally drop to 3db but again not very often. Line is stable, uptime since last reconnection is 185 hours and counting.
My criteria for an ISP is pretty simple:
Good & reliable
UK based technical support should it be needed
Reasonable price (am happy to pay for the UK support)
So far I have looked at, and am considering:
Plusnet as they seem to be getting a better reputation these days.
Zen as they have recently doubled their allowances and the 20gb allowance would be fine.
Incidently as this router is now several years old is it the best for long lines (would need wireless and ideally four network ports on the device)
Edited by Mayrhofen (Wed 16-May-12 14:29:59)