Following on from the responses I received about broadband speeds in the Parish it’s pretty clear that they vary wildly, even houses quite close to each other (and therefore the same distance from Boughton exchange) can have considerably different speeds. If you want to improve the speed of your internet connection then you can try the following:
1. Ensure your landline phone signal is clear. Broadband is affected by poor quality lines. If you have any noise on your phone then report it to BT (don’t mention broadband as that will muddy the waters). They will perform various tests and then hopefully tell you that they will send an engineer. It is important to ensure that none of your own equipment is responsible for the noise. The best way to do this is to use an analogue phone (that is non-digital old type which takes its power from the line ) plugged straight into your master socket which is the first phone socket in your house which the outside line connects to. Dial 17070 to do a silent line test and if your line has problems then you will hear interference quite clearly
2. Get an I- Plate. These are very cheap and act as a filter on your line to improve the connection see here www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk
3. Ensure you have a good connection device. One of the leading brands of routers.
Alternatively there is a service available from www.vfast.co.uk Vfast will connect you to the internet using Wimax, a wireless service. This involves putting a transceiver externally, normally on your roof which will connect to transceiver on Boughton mast. It needs clear line-of-sight but if you can’t see the mast from your roof then it may still be possible by ‘bouncing’ off another transceiver.