I recently jumped on the FTTC bandwagon signing up to BT a couple of months ago. While they've been OK, I'm not entirely happy with the throttling side of things and particularly unhappy with routing. I'm in south-west London and to get to other London servers I'm being routed via Sheffield - here's part of a traceroute to my IP:
11 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms 166-49-168-102.eu.bt.net [126.96.36.199]
12 12 ms 11 ms 11 ms core1-te-0-4-0-14.ilford.ukcore.bt.net [62.172.1
13 6 ms 6 ms 6 ms acc2-10GigE-10-0-0.sf.21cn-ipp.bt.net [109.159.2
14 9 ms 9 ms 9 ms 188.8.131.52
15 9 ms 9 ms 9 ms 184.108.40.206
16 10 ms 9 ms 9 ms 220.127.116.11
17 13 ms 13 ms 13 ms 18.104.22.168
18 19 ms 19 ms 19 ms my-super-secret-ip-goes-here
Hops 17-18 show that I'm on fastpath (6ms change) - but hop 13 I think indicates sheffield (sf.21cn-ipp.bt.net).
Just wondering if it's possible to know whether I'm likely to get the same shenanigans happening with other ISPs? I'm frankly a bit confused by BT's network so not sure how much of it is BT retail and how much is BT wholesale.
I'm looking for an ISP which is a little bit more 'enthusiast' focused after previously being with Be - which means no messing about with traffic and actually seeing things like the above as a problem, and not working as intended.
With BT's soon to be announced (to me) price rises, this seems like a good opportunity to move somewhere else.
On the shortlist is AAISP, Zen and potentially Plusnet. BT's usage monitor suggests I use about 80GB a month on average so anything 100GB plus should do the job. Sky isn't an option as I've done the pay for 12 months line rental in advance thing with BT.
So main questions:
- Will the above be fixed by moving ISP, or will it just be hidden from a traceroute?
- Comments on AAISP/Zen/Plusnet or others for an 'enthusiast'/gamer?
Edited by driz (Wed 29-Aug-12 15:29:24)