Discussion in 'BT' started by celtic1967, Feb 11, 2010.
I got my Infinity today. Very pleased so far
I was told to check my cabinet to see if there's a new one beside the old one to see if fbre optics is coming soon.
There is only the new one, there is no old one.
Yet when I type in my phone number to the bt site it still says I can only get 0.512Mbps (even though I'm getting 2.9) and doesn't mention infinity.
But if I say i'm not with BT and inut my Postcode and house number they quote 24.1Down and 9 up coming soon. Surely if I have no old box it should be up and running.
I should be getting infinity soon. The router I got now isn't good enough anymore and it's old. What router would you guys recommend me to get. I was thinking about getting the Belkin N+. Thoughts?
You will get a 'special' version of the BT Home Hub. Rather than the usual integrated ADSL modem, it has an upstream port that connects to the BT supplied VDSL modem.
I guess the someone who has this product needs to find out if that upstream port is simply an Ethernet connection just like a so-called 'Cable Router'.
Just got mine fitted today and for someone who lives right on the boundry of the exchange and only used to 1.5mb download 1mb upload, I am now getting 17mb download and 7mb upload but it is fluctuating around quite a bit but the bt engineer did say it would settle down after a week.
Anyway very happy here don't know what to do with all this speed
I'm in a similar position to you speedwise (and in fact I'm in Manchester as well), and it's now been implemented where I live. Did the installation take long ?
@ hanksey and davet010:
What part of Manchester do you live? More specifically what exchange are you guys connected to?
I live in Manchester but I can't get it yet.
I'm already a BT broadband customer. Do you have any downtime while they install the infinty? Is it just a straight switchover? My wife works from home and we can't be without Broadband.
It might be down for an hour at the most. The engineer has to re-wire your connection in the nearest green cabinet. Although mine was down for two hours as our box hadn't been rewired at all since it was put there.
AFAIK I'm connected to the Rusholme exchange, which is about 1.5 miles away. Current speed maxes at 2.2mb.
Great thanks rexel, that's not too bad.
Strange. I'm also connected to Rusholme. The exchange is enabled but it still says coming soon for me.
If you don't mind sayin', what area do you live in? I might give them a call.
I'm in Longsight - those larger green street boxes have been appearing near me for the last 3 or 4 weeks, which prompted me to have another look to see whether Infinity was now available to me.
Sorry guys forgot about this thread.
I live in levenshulme but am just on the border of the Heaton moor exchange.
As to down time just while the engineer was here which took him about 20 mins.
Just had mine installed and very pleased. Took about 40 mins. Speedtest was:
My XBox gaming is gonna be awesomeeeee!
when will it be in the shrewsbury area i have tried to find out i have rung bt but even they cant find out lol any ideas
Ping is more important than outright speed where xbox live is concerned.
On the pingtest it says ping 13. Not too bad I think
Nice, that's better pings than my Virgin 50 meg, although my line has been troublesome of late and is very unstable. Something that seems quite common with Virgin.
I'm waiting for this to become available in my area, seems ages away as no plans as of yet. I'll change over as soon as.
my dad works for openreach and this is how it works:
Fibre to the Cabinet is a part fibre, part copper infrastructure. Its capable of delivering download speeds of up to 40Mb and upload speeds of up to 10Mb.
Were overlaying part of our copper network with fibre the part that runs from the local telephone exchange to Openreachs street cabinets. A single fibre can carry great deal more information than copper wiring and do so in a far shorter space of time with minimal loss of signal power.
Even though the final link with Fibre to the Cabinet is still copper (i.e. from the Openreach street cabinet to homes and offices), the distance is comparatively short; typically no more than two or three hundred metres, and often much less, meaning any speed lost because of copper is substantially reduced.
Were also replacing the electronics at exchange with miniaturised cards and installing them in our street cabinets. Putting it another way, Fibre to the Cabinet is moving the exchange much closer to the doorstep.
Do you still get unlimited UK anytime calls with Infinity option 2 if you had the BT total bb option 3?
im not sure but i dont see why not mate give BT a call when its in your area and see what they have to say but im 99.99% you can still get unlimited UK anytime calls with bt infinty option 2
last year cable was laid down in my street going to the green cabinet and all the way down to the exhange. I know it was cable because of the massive reel that was on the pavements, also I asked the workers what they were doing and they kindly gave me a snippet of the cable lol
But infinity according to the website is due to be enabled in July 2010 in my area, and I am with sky phone and broadband which to be honest as been pretty good, but there can always be better.
Like banshee I am more interested in the ping rate as with sky I am currently on 43ish.
Hi. infinity installed today. Pleasant surprise, apparently there is a new exchange box 300m from our house and we get the full 40Mb coming into our BT socket. Problem is my wireless router(?), whilst claiming to be transmitting at up to 54 Mbps, is only delivering about 6.5.
Anyone any ideas how I can improve this without moving the computer to beside the bt socket or using data-loing extensions?
Two points. The medium and protocol used by WiFi are inherently inefficient and so even at full whack you are likely to get under 20 Mb/s throughput.
Second the shared medium means that you could be sharing a channel with neighbours. So use inSSIDer to find out what is going on locally and then set your WiFi channel to one that is not in use and is at least two way from any that are (the channels overlap).
thanks for that- have run the inssider check and three users come up using channels 1, 6 & 11. Take it that's good?
Any ideas how we can even get up to the 20mb you refer to? After all, I was only actually expecting to get 22 so 20 would be fine. Or, if I have to go down the wired route, can I get around re-locating the computer with data extension leads?
p.s. my wireless USB adaptor is a Buffalo WLI-UC-G if that makes any difference to anybody.
1. It's neither good nor bad. You just need to choose a channel that is not in use and least two from any that are. e.g. in this case I'd try 9.
2. In a word: tuning - a networking skill. However, you need to start by getting the basics right i.e. Point 1.
Wired Ethernet could give you about 90% of Switched Ethernet 10/100's rate of 100 Mb/s. Or, if pulling cable is a bit daunting, you could look at using HomeHubs. (See the FAQ on these forums.)
Girl in work reckons using a dLan to use the house wiring/ cabling as a conductor is the best solution. Any thoughts/ advice/ warnings?
Have updated my FTTC thread with how this is going (well not going really) for me:
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