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BROADBAND what should i know an who should i go with

Discussion in 'Networking & NAS' started by SILVERBACK, May 7, 2003.

  1. SILVERBACK

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    title says it all really im able to get broadband from the 28th of may and think i might get it AOL who i am with now do it for 28 quid an bt are doing it for 27.now whats the pros an cons of broadband and what should i look for in a provider thanks in advance.also im a broadband novice so be gentle lmao.
     
  2. nathan_silly

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    Pipex are ~£24 a month. Get a router (ie DG814) this is a standalone modem/gateway & 4 way ethernet hub. No host PC req. And no drivers req.

    Pipex are a much better ISP than BT & AOL.
     
  3. Garrett

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    If you want to go with a supplier with not such a big name you can get broadband as cheap as £18-£20.
     
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    Dont go with Aol if you want to play on xbox live as Aol doesnt work with XBL. I'm going with Zen if all goes to plan and my phone line is up to quality. Have a good look at www.adslguide.org for loads of info and help on all the adsl ISP's
    You can compare different ISP's customer service,download/upload speeds, etc.
     
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    NTL 1Mb =£34/month

    Cant fault it.
     
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    Never had any problems with Pipex. Fit and forget.

    :smashin: :smashin:
     
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    Do wireless routers work at the same speed as normal ones?
     
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    No, much slower.
     
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    Cheers wont bother with one of them then :smashin:
     
  10. Sinzer

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    Silverback,

    There are two main types of broadband currently available, cable and ADSL (there are other forms of DSL, but these are only available in limited areas and are usually more expensive).

    Cable is provided by NTL or Telewest, please check at their websites for availability. I would recommend cable over ADSL as it is faster, more stable and cheaper.

    ADSL is sold from a whole variety of ISPs. Your best bet is to do a bit of reading at www.adslguide.org.uk this is the best site for ADSL information. Personally, I can recommend Pipex or Nildram. Nildram is the better of the two IMO in terms of speed and support. Pipex is slightly cheaper though. Both are cheaper than BT or AOL!
     
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    i completely agree with sinzer

    check out http://www.adslguide.org.uk/

    i used to be with btopenworld but migrated over to nildram and it's much better

    check out the forums to see what users are saying about their isps
     
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    Silverback have a look here for some background information on broadband and the internet in general.

    I agree with Sinzer go with cable if you can, I have had NTL cable for a year half now and it has only gone down once for a couple of hours in all that time, very reliable. If you do have to go down the ADSL route then go with one of the mid size ISP's like Pipex as they always give better service than the larger ISP's like BT and AOL.
     
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    I'm on the NTL 1MB connection. When it's working it's great, but when there is a problem the tech support department are not so great. But to be fair it's mostly great and when I did have a serious problem it didn't take much complaining to get a full month refund out of them
     
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    Telewest and NTL do have shoddy support, but for most users you will never have a problem.

    I had to change to ADSL because I moved house and I regret it nearly everyday I use the internet at home :p
     
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    I've just signed up with Nildram, and they've just this minute sent me through my log-in details. Can't wait to get home and get playing.
     
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    Ive been with NTL now for 5 months and never had a problem so I cant comment on support.

    I was with BT and used there support on several occasions due to outage etc, they were very helpfull i have to say.
     
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    I've been with NTL 1MB BB for about 2 months.. Superb thus far and I haven't been capped ^_^ Still annoying to know that its there but since it hasn't happened to me I can't complain... Until they put the prices up next year...
     
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    whats capped??????????
     
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    Its when a Gangsta rapper shoots you :D
     
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    I use Freedom 2 Surf (www.f2s.net) It costs £22.50 a months for 512kbits ADSL. Problem free. You get static IP.
     
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    Well, having got home yesterday, I think I downloaded more data in 5 hours than in my previous 6 and a half YEARS online using a dial-up connection - full mod of Counter-Strike, and the whole of Everquest. All I can say is WOW! Such speed! I may never leave my flat again! How can I persuade my employers that it is in their definite interests to allow me to work from home permanently?
     
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    Become a professional gamer :p

    IMO, Broadband really is the greatest revolution in modern computing.
     
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    It needs to become more mass market though to drive prices down, then we all can have a fiber optic line ^_^;;

    BTW A Capped line means that there is a certain amount of data that can only be downloaded everyday. For NTL 1MB broadband that cap is 5gig a day. Nothing has happened to me though ^_^ Plus it depends on how they process that... Do they take an average for the month or calculate it daily? No-one knows...
     
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    does the prices on broadband include the time online or are they just the pleasure of owning the high speed lol.to be honest im not sure i would pay 25to 30 month and then have the phone bill on top of that
     
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    NTL 1MB - £35/m flat rate IF you join one of Telewest's services i.e NTL Cable TV, phone line etc... Without a Telewest serviec you are looking at £40/m flat rate.

    5gig daily cap on this line remember but I haven't enoucntered it.
     
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    ive been on NTL for about 5months now. not a cap in sight (thank god) It's been good to me, though my ping is a little erratic at times causing chaos when gaming, but mostly is fine.
     
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    Is a 512k connection sufficient for most needs including gaming, or should one go for the 1024k instead?
     
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    512kbs/600kbs is enough for online gaming alright and prices are coming down for it. It purely depends on how much you really want it and are willing to pay for the service. I went for the 1MB because I wanted to DL other things plus the line will be shared to 3 PCs networked at my flat.
     
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    Does any one know what deals you can get with NTL, with regards having there broadband, a small Sky package e.g. with Sky1, Sci-Fi channel and CNX plus there telephone service?
     
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