I use 5-10Mbytes in a typical month, my highest ever was 14Gbytes, Clearly a 10Gbyte monthly allowance is inadequate, especially as many ISPs count both downloads and uploads against the allowance.
Exchange is Hulme Hall, a Market 3 exchange. We’re about 0.8km straight line (c.1km as routed) from the FTTC cabinet adjacent to our ‘old’ cabinet so fibre will be a bit quicker but not as much as if we were a lot nearer, but in reality I don’t believe that for my usage I can justify the cost of fibre for the small extra speed. Distance to exchange, 1.25km straight line, Kitz suggests around 2.5km as routed.
The BT NTE5 socket is about 1 metre cable run from the outside BT line entry point, it’s the only socket and feeds the adjacent router and a DECT base unit for the house telephones. We do not have Sky.
Router stats (Netgear DG834GT):
Down- CS=9745 kbps, LA=43.5 db, NM=5.4 db
Up- CS=1127 kbps, LA=25.0 db, NM=5.4 db
I’m not interested in cable, nor am I interested in including telephone calls, we’re currently with BT and intend to stay that way.
I do want reliability, my experience with Eclipse is that I get no noticeable performance degradation at any time of day or night, so clearly I’d like that to continue.
In their new home in Kent my son has recently gone to Plusnet and is, currently, very pleased with the service and the installation. So clearly Plusnet is on the list of potential providers. BT itself is clearly another possibility. My only dealings with the overseas help desk (for my sister a few years ago) were very positive.
So my current thoughts are Plusnet Unlimited Broadband @ £9.99/month (12 month contract).
The equivalent BT offering would appear to be BT Unlimited Broadband at around £16 / month (18 month contract), free for first 6 months.
I'd be happy to continue to use the Netgear router (it's on Plusnet's list of ones that work on their service).
On Plusnet, after the 12 months contract period what is the required notice period?
It appears that there's no web space with Plusnet - I get 100Mbytes with Eclipse, I'd need an alternative way of storing small amounts on the web.
Thoughts would be appreciated.