ADSL Broadband Information Please

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by indyjones, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Hey There

    From yesterday according to the little section on the BT website they now say that broadband Internet is now available at speeds up to 1mbit.
    What is exactly involved with this? Do they need to run a second line or is it split from your main line (as cable is)?
    Also if you just use a splitter off from the phone line does this have to be done at the main box or can it be done from an extension?

    Cheers
     
  2. Dublex

    Dublex Quazatron R6 droid

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    I don't necessarily know since I'm more of a software tech than a hardware tech, but I always thought that they control it from their end - if you sign up for the 1MBit connection they will just increase your capacity to download / upload data at their end.

    I use their standard broadband connection - and that is 512kb through a standard ASDL modem. I am sure it could cope with the extra 52k when you download things through the same modem / setup without needing another cable. I could be wrong though :)
     
  3. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Sorry Dublex that was not really what I was asking
    I dont have broadband fitted at all and wanted to know what was involved with fitting it
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    They flick a switch, voilla. Your phone line is now DSL enabled.

    All you need to do it put a splitter/filter into each socket which has either a telephone or modem connected to it (or other device, of course) which will split the line singal into two parts, one for the net, and one for voice/audio/fax/analog.
     
  5. ZeroHour

    ZeroHour ho3 ho3 ho3

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    Not much really.
    All you actually need to do is plug the microfilter and modem into the wall.
    Its all done at the exchange by BT.
    Just DO NOT go for BT openworld or BT Yahoo.
    They are simply crap :D
    I use eclipse ADSL.
     
  6. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Hmmm we have alot of extensions at home as in 6 (and a line amplifier to encrease ren capacity (number of phones supported))
    Would we need a spiltter for each extension?
     
  7. SkazzyUK

    SkazzyUK XP-erience Oldie

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    Yup, need one for every extension, they reset your line amplification because its a digital line!

    Skazzy
     
  8. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    hey skazzy not heard from you in a while!

    The amp is a unit we had to buy which hooks in the phone wire and plugs into the mains to give you that extra juice. So would this would no longer work then?
    A
    lso I looked at eclipse broadband website and their flex service does not seem what I would like plus there is a lot of setup charges etc. I was Just thinking of the BT Yahoo 1mbit service is this strongly not recommended then?
     
  9. ZeroHour

    ZeroHour ho3 ho3 ho3

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    Its just pretty much anything with "BT" in it is bad.
    Check out www.adslguide.org.uk
    Lots of usefull info for you there. Pipex seem to be not too bad and no setup.
    I like the thought of flex because the only time I ever really need 1mb is when I am downloading something urgently. Otherwise I cant justify the extra £10.
    Its good though if you have say a couple of machines accessing the net at once.
     
  10. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    I'm told, here at work, that I could improve my connection...
     
  11. ZeroHour

    ZeroHour ho3 ho3 ho3

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    ROFL
    how big is your pipe?
     
  12. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    They simply enable a large amount of data to pass through

    ADSL has max limits of 9mb down and 6mb up I think, depending on your distance from the exchange of course, but as BT own the monopoly and the wires they have capped it at a 256kb/s upload speed and a max download of 2mbit/s download, though they oddly dont offer 2mbit adsl :s
     
  13. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Cheers for that site Zerohour just been reading up and it does seem that I am going to get stung for splitters (for each phone extension) although I dont know how the amp will come into play
     
  14. Tweakfiend

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    BT Have been doing a nationwide upgrade to Broadband lines since May July this year.
    All lines within 5 kilometres of an exchange have/will be upgraded to 1Mbps and 2 mbps, although the spec was that this had already been the case !

    Mind you I am 400 yds from there and was only upgraded 3 months ago !

    This allowed me to take advantage of Wanadoo 1Mbps for £17.99 per month....seems the best deal in U.K.
     
  15. Steevo

    Steevo Spammer representing. Political User Folding Team

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    That SLOW!!! OMG you could really use a internet connection accelerator, next time teh one form AOL comes up just click on it.:D
     
  16. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    1mb for £17.99/mo, I'm guessing that's with a monthly limit, right?
     
  17. tommy

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    2 Gb limit on that one Speedy
     
  18. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    1 day's torrent'ing the limit for the month. I'll pass on that one then :p
     
  19. tommy

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    Yeah right mate :D
    The next one up is about £22 for a 6gb limit then £27.99 for 30gb.
    Also the limits have not been actioned yet so you could download a bit more the it states, but they will put it on in the new year.
     
  20. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    I'm more than content using a real isp without limits at the moment, admitedly it costs a bit more, but it's worth it.