I posted on another forum some weeks ago complaining about Virgin Media's troubling peak time traffic in the area as it has been horrendous for a good number of years. I have been a loyal Virgin Media Broadband customer since 2007, well I say I, my folks have. We decided to cancel our one month rolling contract last week and are now on the lookout for a new broadband provider. When we were cancelling they offered us a massive deduction in our monthly bill but we declined as the reason we were cancelling is not money related, it's the poor download speeds we are getting on a daily basis from 15:00 to 00:00, which causes lots of arguments when everybody is on the net at the same time with pings spiking, constant buffering, slow webpage loading and slow speeds on the whole and this as absolutely nothing to do with traffic management, happens regularly with the one user connected too. Many calls to Virgin, many review dates and no actual fix. They could offer us the top service for free for 24 months and I would decline at this moment, we were already on that package by the way.
My only choices seem to be cable and a BT ISP. Hyperoptic and Gigabit? Are not available in the area. The distance from the cabinet to my house following the most logical route would be 400M according to Google Maps and the PCP cabinet is pretty close to the FTTC cabinet.
Which brings me to the subject does anyone have any knowledge of the postcodes and cabinet above? It would be nice to know in advance what I may be letting myself in for before putting an order through with one of the ISP's. Low latencies? Fairly accurate estimates? stable speeds? Peak time speeds? drop outs? any extras like vectoring enabled etc. Anything that is useful. We are quite far from the telephone exchange and the FTTC cabinet is awkwardly located for most of us. Just to add I have absolutely no idea if the wiring used underground is aluminium or copper, anyone know how I can find out? The FTTC cabinet is at the top of Sholver Lane for anyone not in the area who may want to check on Google maps.
BT Broadband Availability Checker (address check) believes I can get upto 74.6MB High 57.1 Low on download and 20 High and 17.7 Low on Upload on VDSL Range A Clean. Range B obviously lower, can post them up too if it is important information.
I would like a 76/19 package if the line and distance allows 70 MB ish download and 15M + upload. Dropping down from 150MB to 50MB seems a bit steep. What I want more than anything is a stable connection with no mass drops in the afternoons and evenings is it possible? What I do like about some of the BT ISP's is the change in traffic manage policy which will work in my favour as working around Virgin Media's policy on upload is a ballache.
Edited by Swift0r (Fri 27-May-16 07:19:33)