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can i have 2 internet providers at the same time (virgin and bt)

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#1
Is there a reason they need to overlap? Normally they'll use the same line and everything, and you just pass the MAC from your current provider to your new one. The transition is usually pretty effortless with minimal down time.
#2
Quietus
Is there a reason they need to overlap? Normally they'll use the same line and everything, and you just pass the MAC from your current provider to your new one. The transition is usually pretty effortless with minimal down time.

Virgin doesn't use the Openreach infrastructure. They have their own, separate infrastructure.

Edited By: RossD89 on Aug 25, 2016 16:47
#3
if moving from Virgin cable to BT fibre then they are separate methods so you can have both running to a house.
#4
yes you can have both.
#5
RossD89
Virgin doesn't use the Openreach infrastructure. They have their own, separate infrastructure.
Ah, OK. Knowing what they're like, it sounds like you'll likely end up with both whether you like it or not then.:D
#6
If you can have a Virgin Rolls Royce why would you want a BT/Openreach banger?
#7
Yes you can. Some providers support line bonding as it's known for both diversity (redundancy) and increased throughput.
#8
landros1
If you can have a Virgin Rolls Royce why would you want a BT/Openreach banger?
I am paying for 200mb and getting 1mb and yes i have complained without a resolve
#9
Yes I did last year for about 2 weeks. When I switched from Virgin to BT and very handy it was
as BT installation was delayed for 24 hours.
#10
raptorcigs
landros1
If you can have a Virgin Rolls Royce why would you want a BT/Openreach banger?
I am paying for 200mb and getting 1mb and yes i have complained without a resolve

Shame on Virgin.
#11
landros1
If you can have a Virgin Rolls Royce why would you want a BT/Openreach banger?

Good service? Virgin is the only ISP on their network, so your only choice is them. The local phone line infrastructure maintained by openreach may not be quite as fast but it'll connect you to just about every other ISP's network and offer a far wider range of options.

@Quietus: There are no MAC codes anymore either. Ofcom switched to a system called Gaining Provider Led which means the ISP you're signing up with handles it through a national system. (Again, excluding satellite/cable/fixed wireless etc. providers like Virgin).
#12
It depends on whether you live in a Virgin cabled area, if not they use the Openreach network, ( they have just announced they are transferring their non-cable customers to Talk Talk ), if you are in a cabled area then it shouldn't be a problem
#13
You can have both but you can't connect to both at the same time on one device as you can only have one IP address which is routed from your modem/router NAT. Swapping between them will just annoy Windows 10 and you'll have to reset winsock etc.

As for load balancing, NIC teaming, LACP etc etc is pretty dodgy in windows 10 to get setup and is mostly used for Windows Server OS's. My switch supports it but I couldn't get it to work in windows 8 using powershell as Microsoft stripped out the files for it to make you buy a server OS :(
#14
EndlessWaves
@Quietus: There are no MAC codes anymore either. Ofcom switched to a system called Gaining Provider Led which means the ISP you're signing up with handles it through a national system. (Again, excluding satellite/cable/fixed wireless etc. providers like Virgin).
That shows how long it's been since I last checked. Still, it's always good to learn, so it wasn't entirely pointless. Thanks.:)
#15
kester76
You can have both but you can't connect to both at the same time on one device as you can only have one IP address which is routed from your modem/router NAT. Swapping between them will just annoy Windows 10 and you'll have to reset winsock etc.
As for load balancing, NIC teaming, LACP etc etc is pretty dodgy in windows 10 to get setup and is mostly used for Windows Server OS's. My switch supports it but I couldn't get it to work in windows 8 using powershell as Microsoft stripped out the files for it to make you buy a server OS :(
You can and it depends on the gateway device. In fact, you can even do so via windows by weighting the gateway IP's for the NIC. Of course, we are not expecting the novice to do anything of the sort and this is taking the conversation way beyond where it needs to be.

Load balancing, teaming and LACP is all done via the appropriate drivers not Windows.
#16
popolou
Yes you can. Some providers support line bonding as it's known for both diversity (redundancy) and increased throughput.
Downvoters need to speak up and not hide behind obscurity.
#17
popolou
kester76
You can have both but you can't connect to both at the same time on one device as you can only have one IP address which is routed from your modem/router NAT. Swapping between them will just annoy Windows 10 and you'll have to reset winsock etc.
As for load balancing, NIC teaming, LACP etc etc is pretty dodgy in windows 10 to get setup and is mostly used for Windows Server OS's. My switch supports it but I couldn't get it to work in windows 8 using powershell as Microsoft stripped out the files for it to make you buy a server OS :(
You can and it depends on the gateway device. In fact, you can even do so via windows by weighting the gateway IP's for the NIC. Of course, we are not expecting the novice to do anything of the sort and this is taking the conversation way beyond where it needs to be.
Load balancing, teaming and LACP is all done via the appropriate drivers not Windows.

To be honest I didn't really know what I was doing. I had a couple of network cables free and a new semi managed switch that supported link aggregation so I thought I would set it up to see if it worked. Switch was easy enough but I didn't have any software/drivers that supported it for my onboard dual network adapter on the mini-itx I was using. I knew windows server 2012 did NIC teaming out of the box so I wrongly assumed that windows 8 pro did as well :) Usual thing, got bored and gave up :)

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