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Ok, so it's been a while since I looked into this, but what is the latest news on the block about ADSL2 - I've just checked my telephone number on dslzoneuk and it's suggesting that when my exchange (Mosborough) becomes enabled, I could get 3.0-6.0Mbps - which on the face of it, is pants, but better than I have now...

 

I'm currently just over 2km from the exchange, I have a "claimed" connection speed of 2944kbps with 51db line and a 12.8 margin, but realistically, I'm getting between 1.5-2.3Mbps. I've done all I can reasonable do to improve things, including having the router attached to the main BT box

 

My main gripe is whenever I want to stream a video from a news or film site or clips from places like gamespy of new games, the videos are choppy and freeze waiting for data to catch up - it's not the high res stuff, just plain simple low res 320x240 stuff - my ping seems worse now than I can ever recall and on some sites I feel like I'm back on dial up ! I've got a T-Mobile USB Broadband service, could this actaully be the future or are we going to have to suffer painfully slow ADSL for the foreseeable future ?

 

Any thoughts from the "experts"

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I'm 2 miles from the exchange and have and have a noise level @ 39-41db and get around 15meg with Be/o2. Thats on fastpath and its pretty stable. If I want it rock solid I drop my dmt profile to 10-12meg and it stays rock solid with great pings for gaming.

 

 

Hope this helps

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ADSL2+ has been available on the mosborough exchange for about 2 years: https://www.bethere.co.uk/

 

Out of interest I went and checked my line on the dslzoneuk website and it says I can't get Be and the maximum speed my line can reach is 2mbps, which is odd as I'm currently synced (on Be) at 2,234/17,769 (up/down).

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Hmmm... so whats "Be" like - do they have any hidden agenda on bandwidth caps or limit what you can do ?

 

I've been with Demon since the mid 90's, I've got my own domains now, so not too worried about changing my main ISP and losing my e-mail address

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They are pretty unique in that they have no bandwidth caps/limits or traffic shaping. There's been a few threads on here about them, my only real grumble is their support stinks (it's farmed out to Bulgaria or somewhere).

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Be careful changing Internet Service Providers!

 

If you are already using the ISP's own Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) equipment, then from what I read, the change over usually leaves you without ADSL for around 10 days. Certanly, I could not get "Be" to accept an order for ADSL+. Apparently I would have to terminate my existing contract with Bulldog, wait until my line appeared on the database as a BT line, before placing the order with Be and joining the que for connection to Be's equipment.

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Bulldog's a bit different though as they actually install their own lines, I dont think it's that much hassle normally as you just get the MAC code* and your new provider just uses that.

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Bulldog's a bit different though as they actually install their own lines, I dont think it's that much hassle normally as you just get the MAC address and your new provider just uses that.

 

MAC address of what?

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I knew that but the letters were stuck in the wrong order in my head, I was sure it wasn't a MAC you needed.

 

nm ;)

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My transition from BT to Be* was seamless I was without internet for about 5 mins, I was well impressed.

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