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3 sudden speed drops

VWW

Casual Member
I’ve recently got the 5G 3 home router. It works great most of the time (45ms ping/150dl/15ul). However, every few days for an hour or so the ping shoots up to 900ms and the download/upload drop right off. The router still says it has a 5G connection. This doesn’t happen exclusively during peak times either, and a reboot usually seems to fix it.

I’ve got 48 hours left on my 3 cooling off-period, so I’m trying make a decision on whether to return or not. Any ideas are welcome.

Thanks
 

kommando828

ULTIMATE Member
Three's 4G service is highly contended in peak hours in some area's, and in the UK 5G depends on 4G for the uplink. If you are in one of these area's the 5G will not get better until the 4G is fixed. Some people get good speeds by using a VPN which bypasses the traffic shaping or just bad setup of Three on contended masts.
 

Seani

Top Member
I’ve recently got the 5G 3 home router. It works great most of the time (45ms ping/150dl/15ul). However, every few days for an hour or so the ping shoots up to 900ms and the download/upload drop right off. The router still says it has a 5G connection. This doesn’t happen exclusively during peak times either, and a reboot usually seems to fix it.

I’ve got 48 hours left on my 3 cooling off-period, so I’m trying make a decision on whether to return or not. Any ideas are welcome.

Thanks
Unfortunately this is one of the issues to non wire delivered broadband internet access, Three or otherwise.

If needs be a smart plug you can use from a app to switch on/off or even set to periodically to do even remotely seems the only option.

If you can get 150 down at a reasonable price via wire do so if you don’t take ever your FWA 5G anywhere, otherwise unfortunately it’s just one of the disadvantages of wireless broadband.

Example:
iBurst (AU) & Relish (UK) pre Three Broadband) and other ISPs suffer this fate when not even carrying voice along with data on their networks where voice would be priority. It’s just one of the few limitations of 5G, the good defo outweighs the bad.

 

VWW

Casual Member
Thanks the advice. I think I’ll stick with 3 then. Since rebooting seems to fix the issue, I guess it’s a price worth paying for decent speeds.
 

Seani

Top Member
Three's 4G service is highly contended in peak hours in some area's, and in the UK 5G depends on 4G for the uplink. If you are in one of these area's the 5G will not get better until the 4G is fixed. Some people get good speeds by using a VPN which bypasses the traffic shaping or just bad setup of Three on contended masts.
700MHz indoor/landmass coverage should be live now where 5G is and that should make a big difference to upload of basic clicks whilst navigating the internet.

4G Band 20 800MHz is again more than ample for clicking links uploading basic ‘move to here‘ commands, uploading esp large files will be down really to 5G SA splicing .

There really shouldn’t be a saturation issue on 5G upload spectrum like 4G, they maybe one generation but even (4.5G NSA) 5G is light years ahead in how it does not saturate like 4G, 5G SA again is light years ahead of NSA in generational terms of what the tech can do with speed.

4G here in my area of the city is saturated on all networks, & thats before the impact of Covid.

Three isn’t the worst EE is, Three performs 3 times better as a minimum, o2 & Voda get twice the speed of Three, Lycamobile generally hits its o2 100Meg 4G cap but saturation still happens off peak of 9-5pm office hours.

5G sails on both V/o2 but I have noticed I have to reboot 5G much more than 4G, it’s just one of the things of NSA being a cross breed of 4/5G, it’s a stop gap the UN ITU agreed on to fulfill networks cries that 4G was breaking & it couldn’t wait for 5G SA specs to be agreed as everyone is demanding more and more 4G data off a wired connection.

For me VPN only slows 5G as a work around and uploads can be even more horrific, much easier just to reboot 5G that doesn’t have the same issue as wired copper line reboots causing problems.
 
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