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I am looking at broadband deals and a lot of them say 'Up to 8mb' and i know that the speed is dependent on the quality of cables in yout area. I was wondering if there is a way of finding out what sp… Read More
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1d, 7m agoPosted 1 decade, 7 months ago
I am looking at broadband deals and a lot of them say 'Up to 8mb' and i know that the speed is dependent on the quality of cables in yout area. I was wondering if there is a way of finding out what speeds are to be expected in my area? Is there a website with a postcode search or a phone number to call where i can find this out?

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1d, 7m agoPosted 1 decade, 7 months ago
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#1
Go here type your postcode or BT telephone number and it's guesstimate what speed you can get on the distance from the exchange. Other factors that will make a difference to your actual speed will be whether the cable in the ground is copper or aluminium and the state of your internal wiring.
[helper]#2
Go to here and sort yourself out with the broadband that suits you, do this as many times to find the best one matey.

http://www.adslguide.org.uk/isps/compare.asp

I dont think yo uget bulldog anymore tho.
#3
Paddy_o_furniture
Go here type your postcode or BT telephone number and it's guesstimate what speed you can get on the distance from the exchange. Other factors that will make a difference to your actual speed will be whether the cable in the ground is copper or aluminium and the state of your internal wiring.


Tried this it says 4.5mb I can actually only get 576kb and that was confirmed by a Bt engineer
[helper]#4
That either means your far away from the excange or there are loads of users connected to the exchange box.
What i was told was try the speed test in the early hours of the morning when there isnt a high usage on the lines.
Never listen to Bt engineers they tell you all kinds of things,
go here at around about 00.00 at night and try the link.
http://www.adslguide.org.uk/tools/speedtest.asp

edit: dont have anything running on your computer or downloading anything when you run this.

This is what i get and thats at 12:49pm sunday = 5,447.3 Kbps (5.3 Mbps) which is good.
#5
www.samknows.com is a good place giving detailed information on what is available on your line (including BT, Cable, LLU, Wireless etc) if you enter your phone number AND your post code
#6
This website http://www.dslreports.com/tools is also useful to download optimisation/tweak tools for broadband...
#7
saxo_appeal
That either means your far away from the excange or there are loads of users connected to the exchange box.
What i was told was try the speed test in the early hours of the morning when there isnt a high usage on the lines.
Never listen to Bt engineers they tell you all kinds of things,
go here at around about 00.00 at night and try the link.
http://www.adslguide.org.uk/tools/speedtest.asp

edit: dont have anything running on your computer or downloading anything when you run this.

This is what i get and thats at 12:49pm sunday = 5,447.3 Kbps (5.3 Mbps) which is good.


Why shouldn't you ever trust an Openreach/BT engineer?

Grimm6 how long ago was it since the engineer visited and told you this, are you out in the sticks?
#8
Paddy_o_furniture
Why shouldn't you ever trust an Openreach/BT engineer?

Grimm6 how long ago was it since the engineer visited and told you this, are you out in the sticks?



It was about 5 - 6 months ago. I eventually got 4 months free service from them.

I live in a Leeds Subburb about 2.4 miles from the exchange

He actually hooked his Laptop up to my Master socket in my house and showed me the output report on his laptop.It suggested a 1 Meg service but in the end they would only give me a 576kb service. Before the engineer came out the self test facility kept telling me I would have no probs getting the 2Meg service I wanted.

You might lucky and have no problems. I would just check how far you are from the exchange.
#9
Your unlucky then, I know of subs who live alot further from the exchange and get 2meg if not better, are you on DSL Max or standard ADSL?
#10
ADSL - I can live with it for what I use it for...

Probably the cables are old between the exchange and where I live
#11
You could try upgrading to DSL Max if you do want a better speed, I know of people who could only get 512 but can now get 2meg thanks to DSL Max.
#12
Paddy_o_furniture
Go here type your postcode or BT telephone number and it's guesstimate what speed you can get on the distance from the exchange. Other factors that will make a difference to your actual speed will be whether the cable in the ground is copper or aluminium and the state of your internal wiring.


Is there any similar tool for checking maximum ADSL2+ speeds?
[helper]#13
Is there nothing in that link to help you on those type of speeds?

link is above ^
#14
Go for Telewest and get a Cable Modem (DSL!).

You always get your advertised speed!!!
#15
saxo_appeal
Is there nothing in that link to help you on those type of speeds?

link is above ^

Only tests up to 8Mbps (using LLU technology - shows me as capable for only 6mbps) but I live <1KM from the nearest exchange.... (unless BT decided to wire the telephone lines AROUND the country first.

MattC
Go for Telewest and get a Cable Modem (DSL!).

You always get your advertised speed!!!


Unfortunetely there's no cable anywhere near and so only BT related products (i.e. ADSL) work.

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