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Peddle Up!
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Broadband Speeds

Postby Peddle Up! » Tue Nov 13, 2012 15:27 pm

I'm supposed to be getting 60M from Virgin, but rarely see anything over 20M and a quick servey of a few friends with different ISPs shows a similar story. I looked at a few speed maps on the Broadband Speed Checker site and the speeds all seem to be much lower than advertised with only a few exceptions.
Are all the ISPs lying about speeds? It's like ordering a pint, paying for a pint and getting a half. :|
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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby daviesee » Tue Nov 13, 2012 15:52 pm

Yes.

As I read with envy.

Currently at 6.5Mb which was 2Mb only a few months ago and no option of fibre optic.
Living near blissfully quiet country roads has its downsides.
On balance, I will settle for things as they are.
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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby thegreatdivide » Tue Nov 13, 2012 16:40 pm

I get about 40Mb on my 60Mb Virgin service. I think I once saw 44Mb but I might have imagined that.

I work for a provider that will be rolling out a 300Mb fibre to the premises service in a wee while.

Note that I work for a ‘provider’ but use Virgin ;-)
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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby tiredofwhiners » Tue Nov 13, 2012 16:42 pm

Peddle Up! wrote:It's like ordering a pint, paying for a pint and getting a half. :|


Its nothing like that as anyone with a modicum of technical knowledge will tell you.

You only get 60M if several things happen.

1. Nobody else is using the Virgin system as you are on a shared system. You don't have a dedicated 60M pipe to everywhere else in the world.

2. If the other end e.g. the website, is doing so little that it will give you a 60M capacity worth of continuous data without anyone else accessing the servic, and its own system is actually capable of pushing data that quickly. Most are not.

3. If the links between you and the destination are all also 60M, are also not being used and are also capable of meeting your end requests.

A much better analogy is that you have bought a 6 lane connection to the internet motorway, but the motorway is not controlled by your ISP and there are only two lanes on the motorway which are already full of traffic. And at your destination, there is already a queue to get into the car park and a waiting list for a parking slot, so don;t expect to get a speedy response when you eventually arrive.

Buying a fast connection does not guarantee everyone else in the world accepts your requests as a priority.

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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby daviesee » Tue Nov 13, 2012 16:49 pm

Always beware the following phrases:-

"Up to" and "From"

Treat them with the disdain that they deserve.
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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby bianchimoon » Tue Nov 13, 2012 16:57 pm

6.5mb here, but in a very quiet village, does the job for most things, can still download films to sky box, after a minute or 3 delay. 20mb pah luxury!!
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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby Dabber » Tue Nov 13, 2012 17:02 pm

I've just got the basic Virgin 10Mb offering. I usually get around that... just now 9.5Mb but sometimes around 11Mb.
Our area hasn't had its doubling upgrade yet so 10Mb is still the claimed service.
I had some problems a while back and had to tweak some wireless settings and once they had kicked in I was getting around the 10Mb mark.
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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby mattshrops » Tue Nov 13, 2012 19:04 pm

Feckin whingers- 0.984mb , no wonder the xbox is hard work.

On the bright side, I live in a fantastic place with not enough people to justify cable. All the phone lines are ancient.
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Edit when i first took out the package with sky there was an offer of free superfast broadband. I'll have that please. er no you can't get that. And you cant have the slow one free either, thats not on offer. B@RST@RDS
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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby Daz555 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 19:39 pm

Peddle Up! wrote:I'm supposed to be getting 60M from Virgin, but rarely see anything over 20M and a quick servey of a few friends with different ISPs shows a similar story. I looked at a few speed maps on the Broadband Speed Checker site and the speeds all seem to be much lower than advertised with only a few exceptions.
Are all the ISPs lying about speeds? It's like ordering a pint, paying for a pint and getting a half. :|

Virgin are the best ISP for delivering their advertised speeds.

Of course it depends where you are pulling the data from. What do you get on speedtest.net?
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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby Redjeep! » Tue Nov 13, 2012 20:30 pm

0.88Mbps...... :(

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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby Kieran_Burns » Tue Nov 13, 2012 22:21 pm

Image

Sorry.

(although I usually only get something in the 75Mb region)
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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby NickintheLakes » Tue Nov 13, 2012 23:15 pm

Cumbria 2.5Mb.

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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Tue Nov 13, 2012 23:38 pm

The wonders of University Accommodation:

67down/73up 5ms ping.

Do I win?

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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby bowden769 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 23:39 pm

Kieran_Burns wrote:Image

Sorry.

(although I usually only get something in the 75Mb region)



Ah man

That's just plain rude

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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby redvee » Wed Nov 14, 2012 00:25 am

My 60 Mb/s VM line gives this :D

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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby bompington » Wed Nov 14, 2012 06:55 am

daviesee wrote:Yes.

As I read with envy.

Currently at 6.5Mb which was 2Mb only a few months ago and no option of fibre optic.
Living near blissfully quiet country roads has its downsides.
On balance, I will settle for things as they are.

Exactly this, but "3Mb which was 2Mb only a few months ago".
I would rather live where I do with a 9.6K modem than in the big smoke with a fibre cable.

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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby Peddle Up! » Wed Nov 14, 2012 09:35 am

daviesee wrote:Living near blissfully quiet country roads has its downsides.
On balance, I will settle for things as they are.



You can have both. :D

I appreciate the comments on how network traffic affects speed, but so many ISP claims seem to be wildly out.
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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby Graeme_S » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:10 am

I live in a newly built house, in a Virgin cabled area, but I'm stuck with ADSL over copper that gives me 3Mb/s on a good day. Virgin didn't cable the new estate, and BT seem to be prioritising exchanges in non-cabled areas for fibre optic upgrades, so I'm back of the queue for that too. My mate lives up the road and has Virgin 100Mb. Bastard.

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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby Wunnunda » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:29 am

Down here in mid-Sussex we've recently had the BT Infinity upgrade. Haven't bothered upgrading yet as I want to shop around when my contract comes up in a few months, but one useful side effect is that my ~4mb speed has more than doubled to ~9mb without me doing anything. TBH I don't need much else.

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Re: Broadband Speeds

Postby Peddle Up! » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:38 am

Well knock me down with a kipper. I've just re-run the test and it's reporting 62.9M download and 2.9 upload. :shock:

Maybe VM support lurk on bikeradar. :D
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