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Standard User chriscdotcodotuk
(newbie) Wed 10-Jul-19 18:21:00
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Zen, Plusnet or TalkTalk (mainly for working from home)


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I'm moving house in a few weeks and need to get a wired connection to use mainly for working from home.

I plan to use the connection for my work equipment and then load balance it to a 4G connection when out of office hours for the rest of the house.

I'm able to order whatever I want (well, <£40 or so) and Zen tell me I can get
38.51Mbps typical | 57.16Mbps maximum | 35Mbps min.

This means that I only really need to go for one of the lower packages as I very much doubt my connection would be reliable at the higher speeds.

I'm now coming to the problem of being able to go with plusnet or talktalk and getting £60/70 cashback OR just going with Zen and getting zero cashback.

Is Zen's service really that much better to miss out on the £60?

The actual line cost isn't an issue as I wont be paying it anyway.
Standard User jelv
(knowledge is power) Wed 10-Jul-19 23:25:43
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Re: Zen, Plusnet or TalkTalk (mainly for working from home)


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If cost isn't an issue and your usage fits, AAISP is a better bet for home working.

jelv

AAISP November 2016
(Previous ISP Plusnet November 2001 to October 2016) Why I left Plusnet
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Standard User lexden16
(committed) Thu 11-Jul-19 10:24:59
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I would recommend AAISP for line stability and speeds. I have been with them for a year now and my line hasn't missed a beat. They have also just reduced their price for high users.


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Standard User PhilipD
(experienced) Thu 11-Jul-19 11:29:14
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Re: Zen, Plusnet or TalkTalk (mainly for working from home)


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Hi

I would recommend Uno, they do a product via TalkTalk wholesale with an assured rate of 40Mbits/sec (assuming of course you sync at that speed or above) otherwise your maximum assured rate is your sync speed. Their support is UK based, usually with an answer in minutes for any problems. I use them for working from home and never have any issues.

Regards

Phil
Standard User professor973
(knowledge is power) Thu 11-Jul-19 12:26:16
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Standard User professor973
(knowledge is power) Thu 11-Jul-19 12:30:13
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I've been with all mentioned here and am with Zen FTTC at the moment. It is the best service I've had for years. The lowest latency and doesn't miss a beat. A very good £140 Fritz!box router supplied for free which outweighs cashback in my book!
https://www.thinkbroadband.com/broadband/monitoring/...

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Standard User lltfdaniel
(regular) Wed 17-Jul-19 16:52:00
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Re: Zen, Plusnet or TalkTalk (mainly for working from home)


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In reply to a post by professor973:
I've been with all mentioned here and am with Zen FTTC at the moment. It is the best service I've had for years. The lowest latency and doesn't miss a beat. A very good £140 Fritz!box router supplied for free which outweighs cashback in my book!
https://www.thinkbroadband.com/broadband/monitoring/...


I am on zen fftc 80/20 and here is my quality monitor.

https://www.thinkbroadband.com/broadband/monitoring/...


I also recommend zen, good customer service for one and the connection is rock solid and responsive.

I get 55mbps down and 17-18mbps up and am happy with that.

Dan
Standard User epyon
(fountain of knowledge) Sat 20-Jul-19 13:57:55
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My father just got a cash back deal from plusnet we had to chase it up for 2 and half months before they gave it to us lol
Standard User ukhardy07
(knowledge is power) Sat 20-Jul-19 23:51:09
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Used BT sky Virginmedia and TalkTalk all for home use and business use.

All of them worked fine for work VPN. I currently have skyís fastest package.

I have had the 80/20 speed on all providers and ended up with speeds just below by like 1 or 2 Mbps that due to line length. Noise margin of 3db.

I have 25+ home devices also connected nowadays, and never have any issues with business usage even when others are 4K streaming. Everything I use is over WiFi, most things on 5GHz. I also have a AC wifi booster in the middle of the flat which works really well.

https://ibb.co/XJHSVwV

Current uptime with Sky. Not sure why you say getting a faster speed would be unstable? I have a 3db noise margin the lowest possible set by DLM.

I donít see why you need to use 4G. Iíd just get a standard 80/20 connection and see if thereís any need for anything else. I use my internet for Webex, Skype for business, one drive upload, some forensics stuff which can be 50gb files, outlook etc.

Edited by ukhardy07 (Sat 20-Jul-19 23:52:29)

Standard User techguy
(experienced) Sun 21-Jul-19 18:21:08
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Have to work at home myself sometimes and Zen has been the best ISP I have used, ever, when I've had an issue it's been corrected promptly with no fuss.

Virgin (ADSL) => Namesco => Newnet => O2 => Plusnet => Zen => Newnet => Zen => Freeola => Vivaciti (using O2 Wholesale DSL) => Xilo (C&W Wholesale) => Xilo (O2 Wholesale) => Xilo (TT Wholesale due to O2 Wholesale closure) => Zen LLU => Zen FTTP (39.5 Mbps down, 9.5 Mbps up)
Router: Fritzbox 3490
Note: I don't lay turf for anyone. astro or otherwise, all views and opinions expressed are my own based on experience.
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