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Help with Broadband Provider Choice?

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Andy-K2, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. Andy-K2

    Andy-K2 Posting Addict

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    Guys

    I know, its a minefield trying to chose a Broadband provider. I have always been with Virgin Media through its many name changes over the years and never swade away from them for my BB. I have a 200mb package at present but at £45.00 a month and not overly happy with the speeds I am getting over the WiFi connections. So as a unhappy customer I have given notice and have around 28 days to chose a replacement. I know I am going to get various suggestions pointing to all of the providers but I am just looking for help with questions like, are you getting close to the speeds you were promised by say Talk Talk, Sky etc, Prices, customer service etc, which I might add I don't get much of from Virgin maybe because they know they are close to the number 1 of the companies providing BB. Not interested in TV or a home phone although I do realise that I will have a home phone connected as part of the service with some but will not be used here as mobiles are cheap now and we all have them now.....:confused:

    I promise to keep an eye on this thread, but as its Mothers Day and I cannot connect whilst in work I will only be able to connect as and when but I promise I really am in need of advise and really interested in what you have to say, I will also agree that this may not sound like an Air Gun related question but, it is in a round-a-bout way as I hunt YouTube and many other airgun related subjects so it is airgun related in the long run :D:up:
     
  2. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    My Dad got broadband installed last month from talktalk,

    unlimited fibre and house phone for £28 a month.

    Hth:)
     
  3. mike-carter

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    I shopped around a few years back and went with SSE, free broadband as long as you had the telephone package. Being as I already had gas & electric with them i got a really good deal. Yes you can go through SKY or BT or even Virgin with a TV package but I'm haemorriging blood at all the bloody repeats. I dumped Sky, bought a PVV recorder and have not looked back, not looked at repeats either. Repeats? well repeat that some 50,000 times. They've ruined Halls and Forces (Only Fools & Horses) & Top Gear. I am not prepared to pay for poop coming into my humble abode. (Err, Kensington Palace?)
     
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  4. terry1001

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    The poor wifi speeds amy not be anything to do with your provider unless the router is old and not working properly. Of course your laptop/tablet may not be capable of working at high speed over wifi. It's easy enough to add a good wifi router of your choice and hook it up to your Virgin router.
    You could have asked Virgin for a new router if you were otherwise happy with them and they would probably have been happy to do that and offer a better deal to keep you as a customer.
    I don't think any of the other suppliers are likely to offer higher speed fibre, most only go up to 80Mbps although all will have up to the minute routers/wifi and if you can connect on the 5G wifi rather than the 2.4G you're likely to get better speeds although you may not get the same range.
     
  5. snipperuk

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    As above .... poor wifi will be down to router ..
    might be worth trying different wifi channels as this can help or the bt home hub is a decent router .... I get virtually no drop in speed over wifi compared to my old one
     
  6. XplosiV

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    Speed to your house means nothing unless the devices you intend to use within your house are mostly compatible. If you have a dual band router, ethernet as many devices as you can, 5ghz wifi has a shorter range than 2.4ghz but will outperform 2.4ghz within that shorter range, longer range 2.4ghz will do you just fine.

    As for providers, it may be worth seeing if you can get Vodafone at your location (although I suspect they'll just rent bandwith from Virgin, like EE have the monopoly on 4G, or at least used too) or see if you can get a good deal through someone like SSE.
     
  7. Andy-K2

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    A wired connection will give me 220mb but I think somewhere you guys have answered a problem I didn't think I had. I recently bought a make do laptop as my all singing laptop burned out (a long and uninteresting story), I think now this one may not be man enough over the wifi to deal with my BB speed. However also you have pointed out that it could be an issue with the modem as the issue with the wifi has been around for a while so I may ask for their v3 modem a little nearer to my end of contract to see if things will improve.... Also time to save up for another high spec laptop...
    Had a little time this afternoon and looked around a little, Talk Talk seemed to be pretty good but at £32 for their boosted 76mb BB seemed a little rich for 1/3 of what I have already... as said, a minefield lol
     
  8. XplosiV

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    It's always a minefield Andy, imo. The thing is, Virgin know damn well they are the only provider that can give you that speed, and as such, have absolutely no issue charging silly money for it, and then adding to the cost at least once a year.

    It comes down to what you need, how fast you need it, and what you think that's worth. For me, the inevitable price hikes put me off after several years, so I cut out pretty much everything and kept the phone and BB for £33 pm but if I could get Vodafones offering, I'd jump at it, being that I'm no longer downloading TB's of stuff, I don't need the speed or newsgroups.
     

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