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Getting faster internet - is it possible?

CalumUK Avatar
5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
Here's the deal ...

I currently only get half a meg broadband because of my location. Apparently we are too far away from an exchange to get it any faster. To say that it's a pain in the **** is an understatement.
I have to wait for youtube videos to load before I watch them etc etc.

I was wondering what could be done to get faster internet. Obviously phoning up and moaning that I have super slow internet would do anything so are there any alternatives?

Can anything be bought or anything at all to improve my current speed to a much higher speed?

Thanks.
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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
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2 Likes #1
move closer to the exchange ???
banned#2
ring virgin and let them fit a line dont have to worry about exchange then!

if you have a bt line then sorry but its tough if your far from the exchange then cant do nothing about that untill BT upgrade the existing exchange which is meant to be happening by 2014
#3
Sat Internet is extortionate.

@ HybridTheory - Will Virgin install a line?
#4
Apparently the slots on our local interchange have are all used up (?!?!?!) so we can only get an 'access' package - much more expensive and much slower and with a strict usage limit. Not in a cable area either (manc city centre/deansgate). Such a bad deal that we are just living without the Internet atm, using phones instead!
#5
Thats awful CReilly. How are you on this then haha?
banned#6
CalumUK
Sat Internet is extortionate.

@ HybridTheory - Will Virgin install a line?


ring them they should do as theyl want a customer and haggle for a good package.
#7
Using my iPhone mate, on the mobile version of the site atm - hence my inability to quote!!
#8
HybridTheory
CalumUK
Sat Internet is extortionate.

@ HybridTheory - Will Virgin install a line?


ring them they should do as theyl want a customer and haggle for a good package.


How do they go about putting in a line? As in underground?
#9
CReilly
Using my iPhone mate, on the mobile version of the site atm - hence my inability to quote!!


I see. Thats really awful mate. I can;t believe in 2011 people are still getting such poor internet.
#10
It's a nightmare. Feels like I've lost a limb! Maddening most of all because I'm in the middle of a huge city - thousands of apartments all around me all with Internet!
1 Like #11
Have a look at the website "Sam Knows", do their exchange search and then have a look at what is enabled in your area. Was with BT getting 0.5MB due to distance from exchange. TalkTalk had enabled their LLU service through my exchange so now I get 2.5MB from them. Biggest LLu providers are TalkTalk, Sky and O2. So see if you can get an LLU line and then speak to the available providers. Know what you are going through as even 2.5MB ain't great!
banned#12
not sure as they use different set up to bt someone here will know a little more then me, give virgin a call and ask if they can set up how much and what speed.
#13
If you don't live in a cable area then getting Virgin Media broadband is out of the question (unless you fancy their equivalent of O2's Access package, which sucks). Virgin Media uses fibre optic cables which are installed underground instead of using your phone line like other broadband providers do.

My parents live out in the sticks and their internet sucks. I've looked into alternatives for them and changing proviers doesn't help because they can all only offer a certain speed. Have to wait until your local exchange becomes LLU enabled (if you're in a large village or town, there might be hope that will happen but if you're right out in the country, it wouldn't be cost efficient for them to do this)

Do you have more than one phone socket in the house? If you do, there's some sort of DIY hack you can do to improve your internet speed as the second socket gives off a load of interferences or something. I think BT provide something called an i-Plate which does the same job. Best ask an expert - pretty sure there's someone on here that's clued up about all that kind of thing.
2 Likes #14
I checked and the exchange that i use has LLU with Sky and TalkTalk. I might give both of them a phone tomorrow and ask them about the LLU and what speeds they can do with that?

Reckon thats a good idea?
1 Like #15
Reckon thats a good idea?


Yes.
1 Like #16
Thanks for all the help people.
#17
Same here. Cheers for the advice fellas.
#18
CReilly - Can you not connect to a WiFi spot *cough*

You could get a USB WiFi High Gain aerial and.. have a look lol X)

That is only 3dB, you could get a more powerful one if need be.

Edited By: PhearFactor on Feb 09, 2011 01:09
banned 1 Like #19
CReilly
Apparently the slots on our local interchange have are all used up (?!?!?!) so we can only get an 'access' package - much more expensive and much slower and with a strict usage limit. Not in a cable area either (manc city centre/deansgate). Such a bad deal that we are just living without the Internet atm, using phones instead!

Oooo I guess you have moved to sunny mcr now.

From MSE:-

Get it free across the UK!

First of all, if you're in town, you can find free, no password necessary wireless access at these high street mainstays (as well as local coffee shops etc):

•McDonalds restaurants. Wi-Fi should be instantly accessible; just selct it on your machine

•JD Wetherspoons pubs. Again, just select it, but stay for too long without buying anything and you might get a few funny glances from the bar.

•Walkabout pubs. Again here you may need to buy something out of politeness if you want to stay awhile!

•Slug & Lettuce. The Slug & Lettuce chain now boasts free Wi-Fi throughout. The networks, provided by The Cloud, should be accessible instantly; just make sure you choose the right one.

•Pret a Manger. The tasty sandwich emporium now offers totally free, no-password-necessary wireless to all comers (and people standing nearby, ahem...)

•Krispy Kreme. The latest chain to strike up a deal with The Cloud, the doughnut vendor's currently offering free wireless access in 18 stores nationwide, with more to follow.

•Starbucks (for some). Having implemented BTopenzone hotspots in 650 shops nationwide, Starbucks now offers free WiFi to rewards cardholders, iPhone users, O2 mobile broadband users, and most BT total broadband customers.

To get it with a Starbucks card, grab one instore and register it online, topping up by at least a fiver. Now you'll be able to sign into its network using your details. Existing cardholders needn't re-register.

More details: Starbucks Card

If you've web access and a few spare minutes at home, there are a host of sites that list wireless hotspots, and a few tools to help you find them. One of the most popular (and hence up-to-date), is JiWire, which allows you to type in a postcode or place name and search for local spots amongst the 25,000 or so on its database.

It's also worth checking My Hotspots, Free Hotspot, and Hotspot Locations for finesse. Where necessary, be sure to limit your search to hotspots listed as free only.
#20
My block of flats are brand new and nobody has Internet. My phone can't pick up any wifi networks in or around my flat (a stones throw from the Hilton hotel in deansgate) so not sure who I'd be able to hijack any Internet off anyway :/
banned#21
CReilly
My block of flats are brand new and nobody has Internet. My phone can't pick up any wifi networks in or around my flat (a stones throw from the Hilton hotel in deansgate) so not sure who I'd be able to hijack any Internet off anyway :/

Get yourself over to wetherspoons (_;)
1 Like #22
As DLM says, there are free hotspots, with a good enough aerial you should be able to get access from the comfort of your own home.

Obviously the aerial in your phone won't be as strong as say a 9dB aerial. You could mount that outside a window, if you have a window, I take it your not in prison? :p

Edited By: PhearFactor on Feb 09, 2011 01:21
#23
No but I'm on the second floor so no idea how I would go about fitting it!
#24
PhearFactor
As DLM says, there are free hotspots, with a good enough aerial you should be able to get access from the comfort of your own home. Obviously the aerial in your phone won't be as strong as say a 9dB aerial. You could mount that outside a window, if you have a window, I take it your not in prison? :p

Nah he needs one of these:D

Or make your own here

Mount it on a tripod and aim it out the window.


Edited By: trog0 on Feb 09, 2011 04:10
#25
CalumUK
I checked and the exchange that i use has LLU with Sky and TalkTalk. I might give both of them a phone tomorrow and ask them about the LLU and what speeds they can do with that?

Reckon thats a good idea?


Same phone line isnt it , so dont think speeds may improve

Who is yorr ISP at the moment ?

I got Talk Talk to tweek my broadband to go faster your ISP may have to change your profile

Also have you tried the removing the bell wire ?

http://www.jarviser.co.uk/jarviser/bellwirenutshell.html
#26
Or maybe use mobile broadband ?

When my broaddband packed up i used 3 for a couple of weeks and got good speeds
#27
>>>>I currently only get half a meg broadband because of my location

Sorry to make you feel worse, I have Virgin coming today to upgrade my 20Mb to 30Mb (cable) for free.


Edited By: guilbert53 on Feb 09, 2011 09:23

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