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UK ISP iDNET Launches Broadband Package for Multiplayer Gamers

Friday, January 13th, 2017 (10:33 am) - Score 2,004
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Internet provider iDNET has chosen Friday the 13th as the day to launch its new “optimised” broadband package for online gamers, which promises that subscribers will benefit from “low latency, fast pings, a static IP address and plenty of under-subscribed bandwidth to ensure a fast stable connection

As part of this the ISP has created a microsite for “pro-gamers to review and configure gaming package options, prices, and router specifications“, which is available here: http://gaming.idnet.uk . The gaming broadband package also offers the option of a “battle-ready” pre-configured router (iDNET claims to have tested a number of routers across their network and have identified their top 3 for customers to choose from).

iDNET’s Gaming Router Options

* ASUS RT- AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router with Comtrend VDSL Modem
* TP-Link AC1900 Wireless Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Modem Router Archer VR900
* Netduma R1 Router with Comtrend VDSL Modem

Note: The Asus and Netduma routers come with a Comtrend modem while the TP-Link unit has a built in modem.

After that customers can pick from either an ‘up to’ 76Mbps FTTC (VDSL2) “fibre broadband” package with unlimited usage for £61.80 inc. VAT per month or a slower ADSL2+ based copper line service for £47.20 per month. The price includes the cost of line rental with standard call charges (inc. caller display, call waiting, call barring, choose to refuse, anonymous call reject and number withhold), although Anytime UK Calls can be added from an extra +£6 per month.

Tim Davies, iDNET Director, said:

“Our aim is to give pro-gamers an edge over their opponents. Anyone serious about gaming will know there’s nothing more frustrating than being outfought or outmanoeuvred just because your internet connection is laggy or becomes slow at peak times. For customers choosing this package, we’ll ensure traffic priority 24/7 so that your gaming data jumps to the front of the queue at the exchange…”

Tim continues “We know that when gamers worry about maxing out their download allowance, it can spoil the whole gaming experience. So we’ve included truly unlimited downloads as part of the package. Added to this, we’ve set up direct peering arrangements with prominent gaming host/server networks to make the connection as seamless as possible.”

We did try to use the ordering system on our Firefox web browser, although for some reason it didn’t work and kept sending us back to the top of the page. No doubt those are gremlins that iDNET will soon resolve (well it is Friday 13th).

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11 Responses
  1. Tom

    Ref: Ordering problem – wait longer or try again later. Looks like their website is being a bit slow. It worked for me after waiting about 20 seconds.

    This feels very BE-esque… which isn’t a bad thing as long as they follow up on their claims! Router hardware costs are astronomical.

    Interesting that the pricing is very similar to the Home::1 offering from AAISP but with the advantage of no usage cap.

  2. Mr

    Have those routers been certified by Openreach? If not iDNET/customers might run into problems with Openreach. Especially if customers have faults that need Openreach investigation/fix.

    • Webbs

      I would suggest it doesn’t matter in the case of the Netduma R1. I’ve been using one of those on a BT Infinity 2 service for some months and found it to be an excellent device for online gaming purposes.

    • Mark

      Just had a look at that netduma website and they make some pretty bold claims and the price is a bit eyewatering. Webbs can I ask if you notice any real world advantage with the modem and what kind of benefits you’ve noticed with BT?

    • Sean

      From a quick Google this “Netduma R1” looks like a rebadged Routerboard at roughly 32465x the price… WTF?

    • mike

      The Asus and Netduma routers shouldn’t need to be certified as they don’t have an integrated VDSL model. iDNET supply the Comtrend VR-3030 modem with these routers, so the question is, is this modem certified or simply any good?

  3. cyclope

    Without the like rental it’s an eye wartering £47.80 without line rental,As agamer things such as peering how the connection is routed ,ie pointless you being routed to london when the server is located in scotland and you live say in leeds or other middle of the country areas, that will just add latency,things O2 and BE didn’t manage well at all
    And the extra cost if it is using BTW’s network will be for the elevated traffic priority, which is supposed to garuntee a higher level of throughput at peak times than the standard does, but it doesn’t mean you will see the max throughput for your sync speed all the time, especially if their is congestion on the SVLAN ect

    • Mark

      Before I went with bt I was with zen and as a gamer they were great and very reliable connection wise. I changed to bt about a year and a half ago and pings to all the gaming servers I use are exactly the same as they were with zen (19ms to European servers).

      My understanding was a dedicated gaming connection was very difficult to provide as you never really know that what you will get will be any better than what you had until you sign up and gaining 1 or 2 ms is going to make zero difference in the real world.

      Could you not just sign up to talk talk or plusnet business and pay a bit extra for elevated network traffic? Also those two have no ports or network throttling so the only possible advantage would be routing and peering I suppose.

    • Simon

      @Mark

      Aye- and TalkTalk Business is £45.35 a month for 80/20 with line rental and anytime calls to landlines and mobiles!

    • Webbs

      @Mark

      I played a lot of PVP in Destiny and found that the Netduma was matchmaking me with players closer to my geographic location, so usually better connections with them. You can fiddle with it’s settings a lot I must say.

  4. cyclope

    The elevated traffic option on BTW is sold as 60mbps as a min instead of 40mbps as a min throughput level on standard for the 80/20 Vdsl2 product, and this can be checked bt running the BTW speedtester, and clicking further diagnostics after entering you phone number, this also controls when the tester will offer a TAP3 test ie standard=less than 40mbps throughput elevated = 60mbps throughput

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