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BT Infinity / Fibre Optic internet connections
« on: October 13, 2011, 11:43:35 AM »
I had BT Infinity installed yesterday, so have upgraded from an unreliable internet connection shared by eleven other people in my building, to my own personal connection running at high speeds. Whereas previously I was seeing anywhere between 15-200kbps, I now run a steady 4500kbps (haven't tested upload speed yet). My connection now looks like this:



Speeds will stabilise within the first week, apparently. Right now they're up and down, although I never drop below 30mb down.

This is the fastest internet I've ever had, and speeds are due to double next year. Cost wise, I'm paying about £30 per months for the first three, then about £38 after that (including line rental). Given that all calls are essentially free in the package, and it gives me unlimited wi-fi minutes for my upcoming iPhone, I'm pretty satisfied with the cost.

Now I just have to spend at least three hours of each day downloading pornography like a maniac to justify it all.

I know this is just opening up as a market now (BT are signing up about 5,000 a week I understand, with 144,000 already receiving the service) and isn't available to everyone, but has anyone here also had any experience with this fibre optic stuff?

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Re: BT Infinity / Fibre Optic internet connections
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2011, 12:43:08 PM »
I've had it for months so ner.

Gonna miss it when I move, mind you... :-(

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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2011, 12:51:40 PM »
I know this is just opening up as a market now (BT are signing up about 5,000 a week I understand, with 144,000 already receiving the service) and isn't available to everyone, but has anyone here also had any experience with this fibre optic stuff?

As I mentioned on the other broadband thread, I haven't really noticed any difference with my day to day usage on infinity. However, there's no longer any competing for the bandwidth, so there's more people using media streaming and the like concurrently with little loss in performance, when before it was confined to one person.

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2011, 07:58:44 PM »
£38 a month is a good price. I'm on Virgin's 100mbit service, £54 a month including free calls and line rental.  When I'm downloading legitimate software from newsgroups (honest) I get about 11mb/s, so an 8gb file in around 13 minutes.

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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2011, 08:02:35 PM »
I'm also with them, and apart from it dropping out more often than my old service (still not that often, but...) it's been brilliant. Two computers with constant torrenting, numerous handheld devices and online gaming, all at the same time, without any slowing down of service.

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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2011, 08:10:25 PM »
I'm really looking forward to switching to Infinity when it rolls out in West Wales some time in 2025.

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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2011, 11:06:16 PM »
I'm also with them, and apart from it dropping out more often than my old service (still not that often, but...) it's been brilliant. Two computers with constant torrenting, numerous handheld devices and online gaming, all at the same time, without any slowing down of service.

I'd read that BT were pretty tough on torrenting. Not as bad as Virgin but still bad. I'd probably give them a go if it wasn't for the 18 month contract. I'm on Be* now and getting about 5mb although my neighbour gets 10mb on the same package which rankles. I also recently noticed that Plusnet now offer Fibre Optic internet but it's capped, shaped and 18 month contracted again. Be* say they are close to being able to offer properly unlimited and pure Fibre Optic soon so I'm going to wait for that I think.

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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2011, 11:36:10 PM »
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I get about 11mb/s, so an 8gb file in around 13 minutes.

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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2011, 07:47:23 AM »
I'd read that BT were pretty tough on torrenting. Not as bad as Virgin but still bad. I'd probably give them a go if it wasn't for the 18 month contract.
Depends, I suppose. I do most of my torrenting first thing in the morning, when I grab last night's US telly programs and the odd film, and I can usually get a full schedule downloaded before I leave for work. But during the day / after work it's fairly well throttled, it seems. Still, it's about a billion times better than my last provider, so I can't grumble.

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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2012, 04:44:53 PM »
I got the sky flavor of the FTTC thing £20 a month and its pretty fast;



Upload is ropy but I don't do much of that anyway.
Looking forward to the 80/20 later this year.


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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2012, 04:50:27 PM »
*continues to weep into his sheep-flavoured beer*

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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2012, 06:42:58 PM »
Just tested mine now on that site and, with two other laptops running currently downstairs, I'm getting dload of 64.11Mbps, upload of 16.32 and I've no idea what Ping is but it's 10.

I've still no idea if that's good or not, to be honest; it's a blackspot my brain cannot overcome (like spelling "does").

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« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2012, 07:01:06 PM »
I'm still on ADSL (max 7.5Mbps[nb]Being out in the sticks means it never reaches this speed.[/nb]) and they just resurfaced the road outside my place, so I don't think we're due to be upgraded any time in the near future.

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« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2012, 08:49:18 PM »
I currently get a maximum of 4mbps. In Balham. No more than five miles from Westminster.

London is fucking stoopid.

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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2012, 09:14:13 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2012, 09:22:22 PM »
Love it.



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« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2012, 09:28:12 PM »
Managed to beat that out here:


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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2012, 09:38:40 PM »


0.29Mb. That's not bad actually, it rarely gets over 0.2

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« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2012, 09:41:25 PM »


What does 'ping' mean?

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« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2012, 09:42:57 PM »
It means "fuck you, gonzales"

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« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2012, 09:44:23 PM »
I think it's how fast your computer speaks to the other one.
All I know is when it goes red in most computer games I die a lot more than usual.

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« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2012, 09:55:38 PM »
My ping can get lower than they recorded, definitely. Ping is the time it takes a signal from your computer to be sent to a server and bounced back, I believe.

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« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2012, 09:56:25 PM »
Ping[nb]in this case[/nb] is the measure of how long it takes a message to reach the destination and be sent back to you.

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« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2012, 09:58:30 PM »
It's the number of people who answer your question on a forum.

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« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2012, 09:59:10 PM »
This increase in b/b speeds means I can now play steam games on a solid state drive, discard them after completion and download a later date with the game saves intact. 15.8GB in an hour is pretty outrageous. I was tempted by BTs infinity BB but their traffic management did not appeal. England is now slowly edging ahead of some parts of the US, but very slow compared to other modern EU providers. In Sweden you can get 500mb/s now.


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« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2012, 10:12:37 PM »
I'm not really bothered with download bandwidth. I'd give away half of my measly download capacity for 2-4 times my upload bandwidth. I could run servers for games and music (NINJAM) and Teamspeak then (instead of forking out to do all three).

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« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2012, 10:35:13 PM »
How much are you paying for your server(s)? If you don't mind me asking.

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« Reply #27 on: May 21, 2012, 10:44:56 PM »
Well... the first two are in theory as I can't afford to run either (about £20 a month each... possibly the game server could be £10-15, but then it would really be a choice between one or the other anyway). Teamspeak just cost me a fiver for 3 months (special offer, 50% discount) for 12 slots.

I would love to run a NINJAM server privately but it would require setting up a virtual server which comes at around £20/month, which is too costly for something that would only be required now and then (and I'd have to remotely set up the software with a Mac, which I don't have experience of, or even know is possible). I can run a NINJAM server locally, but only one or two people could connect before it would overload my bandwidth.

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« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2012, 11:21:15 PM »


I guess this is probably quite average. My download speeds on torrents usually maxes out at 2MB/sec. which is OK for me. I can imagine spending more time downloading stuff I don't need if I had super fast speeds.

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« Reply #29 on: May 22, 2012, 12:13:23 AM »


That's Plusnet which I think is owned by BT but not run by them.