UK ADSL Broadband Internet Connection Tips and Tweaks
UK ADSL Broadband Internet Connection Tips and Tweaks
By: Mark Jackson - January 17th, 2011 : Page 1 -of- 8
"the chances of you actually receiving your ISPs advertised performance (e.g. up to 24Mbps) is fairly remote, unless you live right next door to your exchange"

router broadband adsl phone connection The vast majority of broadband internet connections in use around the UK today are still run over traditional copper wire based BT telephone lines via Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line ( ADSL , ADSL2+ ) technology (see our 'Broadband ISP Technology' page for details), which offers download speeds of up to 24Mbps (Megabits per second). This kind of internet access is generally very affordable and often quite fast but it doesn't always work as intended.

In fact ADSL performance can suffer due to a whole range of issues that include, but are not limited to, ISP congestion, poor home wiring, distance from the local telephone exchange (shorter lines = faster connections, anything over 6.5Km is usually slow) and interference from other electrical devices in the vicinity.

As a result we’ve constructed this simple tips guide that's aimed at helping you to get the most out of your broadband line. This article is partly designed as a troubleshooting tutorial, yet it mostly provides a list of the most popular broadband ADSL tips and tweaks. Please feel free to suggest any that we may have missed.

Remember, there is no miracle cure to improve the speed of a physical ADSL line beyond its existing limitations, although removing some common roadblocks can have a significant impact upon your connection speeds and service stability.

*This article does not apply to wireless, satellite, Virgin Media cable customers or those with FTTC/FTTH or FTTP fibre optic broadband connections*

Background Details

uk adsl adsl2 broadband speed versus distance graphThe speed you get from your ISP often depends on a number of primary factors (mentioned above). Hence the chances of you actually receiving your ISPs advertised performance (e.g. up to 24Mbps) is fairly remote, unless you live right next door to your exchange and have perfect home wiring.

To get a better idea of what your line can cope with we’d recommend putting your phone number into our 'Broadband Coverage Checker' first. Viewing the output for 'ADSL MAX' in the results (near the top) should give you a rough indication of expected line speed. Be aware that those with an unbundled or cable line will only be able to use the unreliable postcode check (i.e. because the number might not exist in BT's database).

Be careful with the prediction though as it’s usually too high and can be extremely variable between different providers; It's not uncommon for your real-world connection to be around 20%-30% slower than the estimate. In addition, if you already have a faulty broadband line then the checker might only reflect your current connections performance and not what the line itself could actually be capable of (that's just how BT's system works).

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Posted 888 days ago
First let me know where is the second roeutr connected to the first one ? The cable coming out from the first roeutr is connected to the second on which port Internet or Ethernet ? If it is connected to the Internet port on the second one then the IP address of second roeutr must be changed. connect the computer to the second one and check the IP address of the second roeutr.If the cable is connected to Ethernet port then the DHCP on your roeutr must be turned OFF. In this case you will need to reset the wireless roeutr and reconfigure it.
Posted 890 days ago
I recently puacrhsed the Linksys wrt54gs router upon the recommendation of our firm's IT manager. We use this same router in our business office. I am using this one in a 3000 sq ft home and the router covers the entire house with an excellent to very good reception (54mps). It does take a little while to hook up. AND, this is important it is much easier to hook up the router using a program download from the web site. The program will walk you through the set up process and program the router for your system. I figure Linksys created the program to reduce all the time their technical people were spending with people like me. In fact their technical support recommended the program instead of the cd. So skip the cd that comes with the router and don't mess with the easy set up button ; just use the free download. Also, if you're a novice like me you need to know that you program the router using your internet browser. The address is in the manual. Finally, be sure to set up the security features otherwise your wireless network will be open for anyone within range to connect.
Posted 890 days ago
The key to your question is ADSL modem with built-in 802.11g Wireless Router Taken at face value I would say no beucsae your device appears to have an ADSL port for the WAN interface. Ethernet and ADSL are twoo very different technologies. Most cable/dsl routers have an ethernet port for the wan interface beucsae you usually have a dsl or cable modem in front of the router which actually converts the ethernet coming out of the WAN port on the router into something the provider can understand.If your router has an integrated modem, then you just need to go get you a $60 wireless router from staples and set it up.Just for the record, DSL and Cable modems are not modems, they are actually layer 2 bridges.Hope this helps!VA:F [1.9.12_1141](from 0 votes)
Posted 890 days ago
Thanks for your help. The online tecnaicihn was very good. I was able to understand the steps to setup my network. He was very good and patient with me. I am not technically good when it comes to computers. But thanks any ways. It was very good experience. my Xbox is now working properly. I was trying to setup NAT type open so that I can play game on my xbox. I was not able to play game with my friends just because the NAT type is not change to open. Your tecnaicihn was very helpful and he did it in just 20 minutes.
Posted 1431 days ago
I have found the IDC punchdowns of the NTE5 to be quite poor and fail to break the insulation after 2 or 3 uses. In particular if more than one extension cct is linked to the master this tends to happen. The original single piece faceplate LJU2 seem to be better.
In my case my router was connected to the extension socket (I know not ideal) so in the end I fitted the extension wire straight on to the A/B pair on the back to keep me going until I could get a new faceplate.
Posted 1470 days ago
I found Internet Explorer is very slow and switched to Google Chrome.

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