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    Hi
    I have a 0.5mb line and with Eclispe at the moment but it is sooo slow, if I change to Virgin Fibre Optic 2mb would I get that regardless of how much my line is capable of? Well thats what the person I was chatting on their website was telling me.

    Thanks in advance!!!

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    depends on the number of simultaneous users.
    You rarely get the max speed

    If you are in a Virgin cable area you'll get what they say you'll get, 2Mbit means 2Mbit.

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    warmapplepie;2408011

    depends on the number of simultaneous users.You rarely get the max speed



    Robotochan;2408016

    If you are in a Virgin cable area you'll get what they say you'll get, … If you are in a Virgin cable area you'll get what they say you'll get, 2Mbit means 2Mbit.



    I am in Virgin cable area so does that mean although I have a 0.5mb line I can actually get higher than that with Virgin. I understand that I would rarely get max speed I did ask about that and they said I would get that speed 99.9% of the time but I doubt it :roll:

    Yeah Cable is fixed speed (other than when they limit you for downloading too much). You could get 50Mbit whenever they decide to release it if you wanted

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    Robotochan;2408062

    Yeah Cable is fixed speed (other than when they limit you for downloading … Yeah Cable is fixed speed (other than when they limit you for downloading too much). You could get 50Mbit whenever they decide to release it if you wanted



    lol :giggle: so my best bet must to be go with virgin then!

    virgin takes 7 days to activate so if i want to minimise my loss of internet could i disconnect from current provider on the 7th day and then have virgin or is that up to the provider?

    I'm on virgin 10mbit and I get around 9.5mbit between 9pm and 4pm overnight.
    During the day they traffic shape, so i get between 2mbit and 4mbit.

    Jav

    jawaid87;2408152

    I'm on virgin 10mbit and I get around 9.5mbit between 9pm and 4pm … I'm on virgin 10mbit and I get around 9.5mbit between 9pm and 4pm overnight.During the day they traffic shape, so i get between 2mbit and 4mbit.Jav



    You must download a lot to get traffic shaped everyday

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    jawaid87;2408152

    I'm on virgin 10mbit and I get around 9.5mbit between 9pm and 4pm … I'm on virgin 10mbit and I get around 9.5mbit between 9pm and 4pm overnight.During the day they traffic shape, so i get between 2mbit and 4mbit.Jav



    that sounds good enough to me! 0.5mb is soo slow and it gets slower throughout the day and they still charge £16 per month and virgin only £9!

    thanks guys for all the reply! it has been appreciated!! rep left for all

    brillangel;2408246

    that sounds good enough to me! 0.5mb is soo slow and it gets slower … that sounds good enough to me! 0.5mb is soo slow and it gets slower throughout the day and they still charge £16 per month and virgin only £9!thanks guys for all the reply! it has been appreciated!! rep left for all



    Just another tip when you get their modem through the post don't bother with their CD that was the hardest thing I have ever had to do with a PC

    Just put the fibre optic cable in the back of the modem, plug it in, leave it 5 minutes then turn your pc off conect up the ethernet cable and turn your pc back on. nice and easy that way

    If you ever want to knw what speed youractually getting use this site;

    ]http//ww…et/

    I actually have Virgin and BT Internet (i'm in the middle of switching between the 2 so still have both active

    I paid 24.99 for BT Option 3 (Up to 8MB) and got these speeds;

    http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/210/btbo8.jpg

    And now pay 16 for Virgin (10 MB) and get this;

    http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/6850/virignrr5.jpg

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    and use the ethernet cable rather than the usb one to connect it (assuming your PC handles ethernet).

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    RedIron;2408382

    Just another tip when you get their modem through the post don't bother … Just another tip when you get their modem through the post don't bother with their CD that was the hardest thing I have ever had to do with a PCJust put the fibre optic cable in the back of the modem, plug it in, leave it 5 minutes then turn your pc off conect up the ethernet cable and turn your pc back on. nice and easy that wayIf you ever want to knw what speed youractually getting use this site;]http://www.speedtest.net/I actually have Virgin and BT Internet (i'm in the middle of switching between the 2 so still have both activeI paid 24.99 for BT Option 3 (Up to 8MB) and got these speeds;And now pay 16 for Virgin (10 MB) and get this;



    Thanks for the reply!

    The Virgin speed seems quite good! There is no download limit right? Also you have two line active at the moment so this is possible as opposed if you were to change providers you had to keep the line free for a period of time?

    Also how much did you pay for the installation of the fibre optic cable?

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    csiman;2408854

    and use the ethernet cable rather than the usb one to connect it … and use the ethernet cable rather than the usb one to connect it (assuming your PC handles ethernet).



    I think I know what the ethernet cable is but when you say usb do you the wireless adapter or something else? I am not too bright when it comes to these matters hehe :oops:

    I know once I do have it installed I will be back here with my questions again, but people here are so helpful! Thank you all!! :thumbsup:

    your in a vm area right? your not just switching ti vm's adsl service which will have the same restrictions qs your current adsl provider.

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    brillangel;2409609

    I think I know what the ethernet cable is but when you say usb do you the … I think I know what the ethernet cable is but when you say usb do you the wireless adapter or something else? I am not too bright when it comes to these matters hehe :oops:I know once I do have it installed I will be back here with my questions again, but people here are so helpful! Thank you all!! :thumbsup:


    your router should go into the ethernet port on your pc and your VM connects wirelessly to the wireless router (adaptor as you call it, unless you mean wireless USB adaptor).

    brillangel;2409591

    Thanks for the reply!The Virgin speed seems quite good! There is no … Thanks for the reply!The Virgin speed seems quite good! There is no download limit right? Also you have two line active at the moment so this is possible as opposed if you were to change providers you had to keep the line free for a period of time?Also how much did you pay for the installation of the fibre optic cable?



    No it's unlimited usgae but they do have traffic shaping so if you do a lot of p2p data (Limewire, Torrents ect) they will cap you speed putting you down to about 5MB's I think but even when im being throttled I can still download faster than I could with BT.

    I can have both because BT uses ADSL Internet i.e. it comes down your BT phone line and Virgin uses it's own cable connection coming straight into your house. As someone said though if you are in a non cable area(i.e. you don't have Virgins wire coming into your house) the will supply your broadband over the BT phone line in which case you wouldn't be able to have both suppliers at the same time.

    Installation with Virgin is 30 quid and you have to wait about 10 days alternatively if you already have the Virgin socket in your house which looks something lke this;

    http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/7853/telewestol3.jpg

    I will usually be at the front of your house in your living room, if you have that you can ask them for a self installation kit where they will send you your box out in the post, all the wires you will ever need including a stupidly long ethernet cable (20 metres long) and even the little cable clips to run your cables round the house a little spaner to do the wires up. Oh they send you a tea bag too! Self Installaton kits are free and you wll be givinga delivery day usually 3or 4 days later.

    If you do require a new cable though their engineers are alays top notch (unless you live i London). I've always found them to be realy helpfull i.e. you can tell them exactly where you want everything and they will do their best to put it there and they always spend the extra time to make sure they've done a good job.

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    RedIron;2410246

    No it's unlimited usgae but they do have traffic shaping so if you do a … No it's unlimited usgae but they do have traffic shaping so if you do a lot of p2p data (Limewire, Torrents ect) they will cap you speed putting you down to about 5MB's I think but even when im being throttled I can still download faster than I could with BT.I can have both because BT uses ADSL Internet i.e. it comes down your BT phone line and Virgin uses it's own cable connection coming straight into your house. As someone said though if you are in a non cable area(i.e. you don't have Virgins wire coming into your house) the will supply your broadband over the BT phone line in which case you wouldn't be able to have both suppliers at the same time.Installation with Virgin is 30 quid and you have to wait about 10 days alternatively if you already have the Virgin socket in your house which looks something lke this;I will usually be at the front of your house in your living room, if you have that you can ask them for a self installation kit where they will send you your box out in the post, all the wires you will ever need including a stupidly long ethernet cable (20 metres long) and even the little cable clips to run your cables round the house a little spaner to do the wires up. Oh they send you a tea bag too! Self Installaton kits are free and you wll be givinga delivery day usually 3or 4 days later.If you do require a new cable though their engineers are alays top notch (unless you live i London). I've always found them to be realy helpfull i.e. you can tell them exactly where you want everything and they will do their best to put it there and they always spend the extra time to make sure they've done a good job.



    Paddy_o_furniture;2409807

    your in a vm area right? your not just switching ti vm's adsl service … your in a vm area right? your not just switching ti vm's adsl service which will have the same restrictions qs your current adsl provider.



    I am in the Virgin cable area so hopefully I should have a faster internet connection soon!!! hehe!!!

    csiman;2409874

    your router should go into the ethernet port on your pc and your VM … your router should go into the ethernet port on your pc and your VM connects wirelessly to the wireless router (adaptor as you call it, unless you mean wireless USB adaptor).



    I meant wireless USB adaptor, would that be the same as I have now i.e. wireless router etc.. and then the VM cable will be plugged into the route?

    brillangel;2411814

    I am in the Virgin cable area so hopefully I should have a faster … I am in the Virgin cable area so hopefully I should have a faster internet connection soon!!! hehe!!!I meant wireless USB adaptor, would that be the same as I have now i.e. wireless router etc.. and then the VM cable will be plugged into the route?



    Virgin don't give you a free wireless router you have to either hard wire yourself in (ethernet) or but a wireless router that is compatible with Virgin and connect that to the modem that they give you

    Something like this;

    ]http//ww…138

    Or this;

    ]http//ww…WO2

    Basically a DSL router rather than an ADSL one

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    RedIron;2412027

    Virgin don't give you a free wireless router you have to either hard wire … Virgin don't give you a free wireless router you have to either hard wire yourself in (ethernet) or but a wireless router that is compatible with Virgin and connect that to the modem that they give youSomething like this;http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Peripherals/Network+Products/Wireless/DSL%2FCable+Router/TP-Link+TL-WR642G+108M+Wireless+DSL%2FCable+Router+?productId=28138Or this;http://www.amazon.co.uk/Netgear-WGR614UK-Wireless-Cable-Router/dp/B0000C1WO2Basically a DSL router rather than an ADSL one


    VM do give you a wireless modem. You just have to ring them and ask. :thumbsup:

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    RedIron;2412027

    Virgin don't give you a free wireless router you have to either hard wire … Virgin don't give you a free wireless router you have to either hard wire yourself in (ethernet) or but a wireless router that is compatible with Virgin and connect that to the modem that they give youBasically a DSL router rather than an ADSL one



    csiman;2415003

    VM do give you a wireless modem. You just have to ring them and ask. … VM do give you a wireless modem. You just have to ring them and ask. :thumbsup:



    I will have a look into this :thumbsup:

    Thanks guys so much for the help and all the past help given it has been much appreciated!!! :-D
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