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ISP Reviews by sparkatb

 Virgin Media (Broadband Fixed Line)
Posted: 15th Dec, 2010    By: sparkatb
Title: Very happy
Been with them since 56k dial up days, never needed to change ISP so im grateful i dont have to go through the hassle of changing and forking out money to do so. VM arnt perfect but no ISP is.
My cousin across the road has TalkTalk, we live about 1.5 mile from the exchange, shes on the £7/month service with a free wireless G router. On her laptop she gets 0.2Mb speed.
On my £25/month 50Mb VM i get the full 50Mb speed using free wireless N router.

As for the STM/throttling, i only download on average 1-3GB every day, and if i get throttled i still get 12Mb speed, not that ive noticed ive been throttled yet.

Value? what i get is what i pay.
Speed is perfect.
Customer support is ok, some departments are clueless and some are ok/helpful.

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 Hyperoptic (Broadband Fixed Line)
Posted: 18th Sep, 2016    By: sparkatb
Best ISP I've ever had over the last 17 years.

Edited to say that now after 6 months my 1Gb broadband is still rock solid great.

The only thing that needs improvement is they need to offer a better router with the latest Wifi technology as their current Hyperhub only gives speeds of 80Mb over wifi, which I suppose is fine if you have the 100Mb package.

I've bought an Access Point just to boost my home wifi, now getting up to 500Mb, usually 400-450Mb.

Ethrnet speeds are great at 750-900Mb, and latency times of 3ms to local servers around Birmingham-Manchester, 7ms to London, 14-17ms to west EU servers.

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 EE (Mobile Broadband)
Posted: 09th Jan, 2009    By: sparkatb
£15/month, free USB-stick/dongle, 18 month contract. 1GB/month cap but no extra cost if you go over, they dont seem all that bothered anyway. Been using it for 3 months.

One of the reasons i chose T-Mobile is because of the free unlimited access to the national Wi-Fi "hot spots" which is great whenever i want to use the internet in some cafe or where ever.

On the T-mobile website they got my home street coverage rating as "Very good" (4 of 5 bars), i live in Stourbridge, West Midlands - a very large built up area, and my next door neighbour is the greenbelt - im on the outskirt of town and still got a decent signal from home.

Ive done some tests from time to time from home, using download test sites and downloading different files - some of them each from different server-websites for faster download to get real results.
On average i get:
download: 60-150KB/sec, thats about 1 to 1.5mb
upload: 40-50KB/sec, thats almost 0.5mb
The maximum official ("upto") download limit im supposed to be able to get is 7.2mb.

For online gamers:
Considering ive only as of yet tested from home which is located quite a bit away from a local phone mast...
Ping times are fine, except for FPS type games.
My cable broadband 50mb - Virgin Media landline has very good ping times, and compared to this mobile broadband its about 20-80ms worse than cable/adsl. Checked on WoW, Everquest 2, Battlefield 2.

Sometimes, the connection will lag worse and worse over a couple/few minutes. Ive found by clicking reconnect, then the lag is gone.

Services 8, would give it a 10 if the network wasnt so congested.
Support 10, not had any need for support other than a billing enquiry at the local shop.
Speed 7, very rarely spiking upto 200kb/sec which is 3ish mb? half of the "theoretical maximum" they advertise.

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