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Connected with Sky!!

We're now connected with Sky Broadband! :nod:

Are we stupid? Probably! But hell, who cares it works. :D

We're on the £5 Mid package (upto 8Mb and 40Gb bandwidth allowance). We were apparently connected on Monday 27th, but we've been away for a few days and today was the first opportunity to try it out. So far so good.

I'll try and keep this thread updated with any problems we come across. If anyone has any questions I'll try and answer them as best as I can.

Laters! :D
 
Right, time for a brief update...

We've been connected for one week now and had no major issues. The supplied router (Netgear DG834GT) has been working flawlessly, as has our old router (Linksys WAG354G).

From what I've read so far the LLU connection appears to be an ADSL2+ (capped at 8Mb) connection. There's none of the Adslmax 10 day training period or BRAS profile malarky here, the line speed is the same as your connection speed. In other words, if you reboot the router and you negotiate a higher connection speed you automatically get a faster line speed.

We don't exactly live out in the sticks, but the exchange does live further away from us than I'd like = long line that would only previously support a 512k connection. Ho hum! Our line stats are as follows:

statspy8.jpg


And here's a speed test from peak time on a Friday!



Over all we've been pleasantly surprised. :D

Only time will tell if things stay as good as they are now. I'll keep you all updated as time goes on, just so that you can all point and laugh when things go tits up! :laugh:
 
Alrighty.......

Well overdue for an update, so how have things been with Sky broadband?

The connection has been rock solid, and I can only recall one outage which lasted all evening but came back the following morning. I guess an engineer may have been doing an upgrade at the exchange - hell who knows :D

I've been a bit naughty and flashed my sky router (Netgear DG834GT) with the latest DG834GT firmware! :eek:

The upshot of this is that I can now recover my username / password, enter my own dns settings (OpenDNS) and I've enabled the telnet server so that I can tweak my target SnR to get a higher sync speed! ;)

Here's my current connection status:

syncng7.jpg


And my latest peak time speed test:

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Looks interesting, might give it a go if I have problems with the router not holding the target SnR after a reboot.
 
I've been a bit naughty and flashed my sky router (Netgear DG834GT) with the latest DG834GT firmware! :eek:

The upshot of this is that I can now recover my username / password, enter my own dns settings (OpenDNS) and I've enabled the telnet server so that I can tweak my target SnR to get a higher sync speed! ;)

I expect you already know this, but you could have got your password out of the router without flashing the router by exploiting a flaw that allows you to inject shell commands via the URL :)


http://192.168.0.1/setup.cgi?todo=ping_test&next_file=diagping.htm&c4_IPAddr=1;(Shell commands)>%261

where shell commands must include full path.

This works on my dg834g

shows command lines includes password & username
 
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Yeh I knew that and used that method originally. :D

But I found the Sky firmware a little too restrictive for my liking - I like to meddle ;)
 
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Oh, and just in case any gamers are thinking that pings are a little on the high side (from speed tests above).....

Here's a ping to jolt.co.uk

Pinging jolt.co.uk [82.133.85.65] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 82.133.85.65: bytes=32 time=31ms TTL=56
Reply from 82.133.85.65: bytes=32 time=32ms TTL=56
Reply from 82.133.85.65: bytes=32 time=33ms TTL=56
Reply from 82.133.85.65: bytes=32 time=32ms TTL=56

Ping statistics for 82.133.85.65:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 31ms, Maximum = 33ms, Average = 32ms
 
Actually, that is a tiny bit on the high side compared to AOL :D. Not that I would recommend AOL for gaming :eek:

Pinging jolt.co.uk [82.133.85.65] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 82.133.85.65: bytes=32 time=13ms TTL=48
Reply from 82.133.85.65: bytes=32 time=15ms TTL=48
Reply from 82.133.85.65: bytes=32 time=16ms TTL=48
Reply from 82.133.85.65: bytes=32 time=14ms TTL=48

Ping statistics for 82.133.85.65:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 13ms, Maximum = 16ms, Average = 14ms

Do you have interleaving on?
 
:eek: Those pings are pretty respectable then, from what I've read AOL have the same daft policy, but I'm on 1mbps fixed so I get excellent pings until they decide to LLU or max my connection.
 
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Oh, and just in case any gamers are thinking that pings are a little on the high side (from speed tests above).....

Here's a ping to jolt.co.uk


If I get pings like that I'm gonna be VERY happy, got a feeling its gonna be more like 44ms for me up here in Glasgow tho :hrmph:
 
Isn't a migration, was a cease/reprovide :( 3 weeks on Dialup was/is a killer, I wouldn't wish it on anyone. :(

Looking Forward to tomorrow tho :D
 
I see from your post on adslguide that you're connected now.

I'm sure that they'll get you bumped up to adsl2+ (i.e. >8Mb) once you've called CS.
 
Emailed Andrew at Thinkbroadband and see what he can do :) if nothing happens in the next few days I'll phone CS on the 0870 :hrmph:
 
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Quick update :D

A Quick update..

ADSL Link Downstream Upstream
Connection Speed 16382 kbps 764 kbps
Line Attenuation 29.5 db 15.9 db
Noise Margin 7.8 db 13.5 db

much better than what I got with bulldog :D
 
So why don't Sky provision ADSL2+ in the first place, make the router default to ADSL1 (gdmt) and allow them to select adsl2+ themselves? :confused:
 
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