Speed up your broadband

I was at the Parish Council meeting last month and the subject of Internet access was raised. Some of those present complained that they did not have a very fast connection. As I have a bit of knowledge and experience in the field I thought I would make some suggestions to help people improve their bandwidth.

When I moved to Hernhill I was told by BT that I would be unlikely to get more than about 2.5Mbps downstream bandwidth because of the distance to my local exchange (Boughton). Currently, however, I get a pretty reliable 3.5 to 4 Mbps on ADSL Max. This is achieved by several things:

1. A good connection device. There are many broadband gateway/router/switch combinations on the market and some will negotiate with the exchange better than others. The dial up type ‘modems’ are to be avoided. Netgear range is pretty reliable

2. A good ISP. That is one that manages their own hardware. The cheapest is often cheap for good reason. The best according to all independent surveys are Zen Internet. Eclipse are also very good

3. An interstitial plate (Iplate). This is much simpler than it sounds – it’s a basic add on to your BT phone socket which further filters out ‘noise’ on the line, particularly that caused by extensions to the phone line in your house. Very economical upgrade costs just £5.20! see here  for info and here to buy

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3 Responses to Speed up your broadband

  1. avatar Crispin Whiting says:

    Iplate sounds wonderful – but if it replaces the bellwire which the review site says is no longer needed, does that mean that our old black-and-brass bellset which rings for our 1934 black bakelite phone will no longer work? I would rather have slower broadband speed than lose that glorious ring. And I suspect our PCs are too slow for increased broadband speed to make any difference.
    But if the bellset would still work, I wouldl definately cough up for the iplate

  2. avatar Simon says:

    Yup your old phone would not ring so you musst sacrifice potentially faster broadband for your nostalgia!

  3. avatar Crispin Whiting says:

    Sorry, only just seen reply because our broadband is so slow – you should hear the phone though. Wonderful. Ironically the iplate would cost about the same as the 1940s dial disc centre I had made up in black and red stating BOUGHTON 948 – Emergency 999 etc.
    Actually broadband speeds seem fine up at Staplestreet, possibly because we are closer to the Boughton exchange. Don’t ever move to the far side of Selling, or you’ll be back to a dial-up modem.

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