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Just thought I would kick off this "new" forum with finding out who uses what ISP and which ones are best?

Personally I use a company called Eclipse Networking, you pay a setup fee (about £50) and you get a 512/256 connection with contention ratio of 50, and most importantly, a fixed IP address!

The only trouble we ever had is when the nice people at BT were doing things with our line and in the process managed to cause a line cease which disconnected the ADSL, then BT said they knew nothing about it, until I rang eclipse and they told me what was going off and thankfully organised to get it all switched back on!

Theyre support service is pretty good, dont have to wait on the end of a phone line for ages like you do with most companies! Even easier if you use the online support system.

Think we pay about £23 a month.... any one with any company they think is better? Cheaper?

Dale

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I use PIPEX www.pipex.net. Good service same ratio as eclipse and connection at 512/256. Never have problems very reliable. B) Free setup + Speedtouch modem I think it is about £25 a month

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I use Rednet, based in High Wycombe, used them for maybe 10 years now.

Check out www.red.net

They specialise in small-medium businesses but are OK for home users too.

Not sure what their setup charges are for Broadband as I migrated from a dial-up account, but the monthly charges are, I think actually slightly less than BT, about £250pa plus the dreaded VAT that many of you can reclaim.

And they have excellent tech support available 8am to 8pm on an 0845 number.

Beat that! :D

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I'm using Pipex solo 500 at the moment. 512/256k, 50:1 contention, 12 mailboxes and webspace (50Mb I think). All for about £23.50 a month.

Reliability is good, a couple of 'planned maintenance' outages but that's all in the last 12 months.

I avoided the "free modem" offer as it's not really free and I've seen them cause more trouble than they're worth, (which isn't much). Best peice of advice for anyone signing up is get a wires only package and buy a cheap ethernet router, far better all round.

We also use various Legend packages for our clients and have found them to be reliable too.

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Never had any problem with my Modem :D  and I swaped back after using a ADSL router  :lol:

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You're one of the lucky few then!

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B) I,ve no idea about the techy side of ADSL but I will be going live with broad band on the 10th Aug (512/256k)

Cost me £19.95 per month and no minimun contract with Telecom Plus

Adrian B)

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That sounds pretty good Adrian, have you got a web address for them? And can you write a review for us to tell us what you think of it when its been installed?

D

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We also have Pipex(512/256) at home, found there lack of communictation a bit disheartening when setting it up.

But the service has been very reliable and no problems at all with the modem.

Colin.

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BT openworld 512/256 at 50:1, had it for a good few years now and no bother at all, all for the princly sum of £27.99

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The only thing I dont like about BT broadband is that they dont provide fixed IP addresses without paying extra! My home network relies on having a fixed IP address.

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The only thing I dont like about BT broadband is that they dont provide fixed IP addresses without paying extra! My home network relies on having a fixed IP address.

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:o You dont have a way around it?

My home network powers 23 computers using an internal network and an external 108Mbps wifi (http://www.netgear.com/promotions/WGT634U.php), with a great big arial on the back of the house :P

I also use a BlueSocket for the WiFi which secures it alot, although the BlueSocket cost was a 4 digit figure :( (http://www.bluesocket.com/solutions/index.html).

My connection is powered by Blueyonder 3Mb and 2x Nildram 1Mb ADSL lines, all together for good redundancy.

All this was only recently setup though, so its still my best toy :P

23 Computers you say? The WiFi spreads quite a long way, so anyone with a WiFi adaptor or Laptop etc... let em connect too - only so I can browse their hard drives without them knowing :whistle:

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23 Computers you say? The WiFi spreads quite a long way, so anyone with a WiFi adaptor or Laptop etc... let em connect too - only so I can browse their hard drives without them knowing 

Now, Warren, surely you of all people know about the Computer Misuse Act... :ph34r:

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while its a topic thats current, i have been considering moving up to BT's 1Mb connection. It costs around another £10 per month and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts (good or bad ) about it.

Reason for upgrade is the X-box shares the ADSL and it would improve the occasional lag problems when both X-box and PC are running games on line.

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My ISP is Karoo. A service only available here in Hull and the surrounding areas due to BT not operating in Hull.

I pay £28.99 per month and get a 608kbps connection max downstream and around 400kbps upstream. I've seen better packages out there from BT and the likes outside the Hull area but considering my contention is very favourable, the fact that I get 580kbps speed more or less constantly, I can't grumble.

Work has a 2meg pipe by the same provider and ironically, due to their city crentre location, they get slower speeds than me during the main day. They get a max of around 1.5meg once it's gone 10pm as everywhere else is shut.

For my cash, I also get a nice 20mb worth of web space. No good for a serious website but adequate for me to post a bit of stuff about me and what I get up to.

Tony


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Reason for upgrade is the X-box shares the ADSL and it would improve the occasional lag problems when both X-box and PC are running games on line.

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XBOX Is a bugger for that, I fear to check my e-mail whilst on a game just in case I get booted!!

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Reason for upgrade is the X-box shares the ADSL and it would improve the occasional lag problems when both X-box and PC are running games on line.

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I think a change of ISP would be a vast improvement, BT aren't exactly renowned for being a decent ISP for gamers. Unfortunately, I'm not too sure who is at the moment, but it's definitely not BT. A 512k with a better ISP that's more geared towards demanding use would be an upgrade from where you are now, and probably for not much more than you're paying now.

OTOH, changing some settings in the modem\router or even changing it can help, as can upgrading the routers firmware, if you're using one... sometimes!

If you've got everything running at peak efficiency at your end, and it's still slow, then I would look at changing ISP's before splashing out on the 1 meg connection.

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www.freedom2surf.net

£22.50 per month, 50:1 512K, static ip address

Very reliable!

Mike

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Guest Adrian
That sounds pretty good Adrian, have you got a web address for them? And can you write a review for us to tell us what you think of it when its been installed?

D

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Hi Dale if you want more info go to my web site and click on my "links & Offers page"

As for a review well I recon I can but you will be getting it from a user view only, I can do things like change my modem upgrade the memory (You know the easy stuff) The more in depth stuff I'll leave that to you lot.

Adrian B)

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A friend of mine swears by Fair ADSL www.fairadsl.co.uk

Reckons they are cheapest and best.

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