The service is a cheap broadband solution and with Three you get what you pay for. It's adequate at best, pi$$ poor at worse
I fully understand - but most ISP's are the same sadly.
I live out in the sticks, West Lancashire/Yorkshire border - the phone line is worse than baked bean cans + wet string.
For about 10 years I shared a Plusnet landline with my nearest neighbor (1Km away across the valley) he could get 2~3Mbps at his end, so we used a couple of (Tenda?) repeaters with ext. antenna. At least I could use email and a browser - slowly.
Then 5 years ago I discovered the WISP (formerly iLoveBroadband) Boundless Networks. They offered a 10Mbps relay for £20/month - so I've been using that ever since.
At first it was [email protected]
, but a few years ago they merged/got taken over by Boundless and it improved somewhat - so I returned the favour to my neighbor, we now link using Ubiquiti LM2's.
Then came Lockdown and the network almost collapsed, I am seeing speeds of <2Mbps at peak times - I'm not greedy, just want to stream NowTv (3~5Mbps) in the evening occasionally.
Despite Boundless being a small(?) local company, their support is not good 'we can't see any issues with your link' etc. despite acknowledging that Lockdown overloaded them.
Now they say I shouldn't be streaming over their 10Mbps package - and want me to pay £30 for their 30Mbps deal....
If their network can't support 10Mbp, how can it magically do 30Mbps?
Support discussion on-going.....
Then I found that 3 4G used the same local mast - I use a Plusnet (EE) sim for my mobile, it's connection is usually good ~30/40Mbps, but I can't afford an EE package cost - step in 3.
I've signed up for a 24 month (supposedly £17/month) deal - I'll check my bank account to see what I'm actually charged.
As I said I've got until the end of the month (14 days) to see how it does, then decide.
If it is £17 then I'll probably keep Boundless as a backup - just in case.
3 4G is so annoying! - had loads of problems, latency is ~60ms, not really an issue as I don't play games etc. apart from my wife, who's had problems with CandyCrush on her tablet - not loading 'goodies/adverts' or something.
So I've trawled these posts and others, used LTE H Monitor to 'fix' the bands, switched off the B535 firewall (my USG does that) - played with the DNS settings (DNS Benchmark etc.) and was amazed this morning to see 93Mbps download (Speedtest.net)
But now things are back to 'normal' 30~40Mbps, pages not loading etc.
It's a tough one, but yes,you have to be realistic - you can't polish a 't*rd'....