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Discussion in 'Internet, Connectivity and Communications' started by Fergal1982, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    hey guys.

    Im moving flat at the end of this month, and have been looking into which ISP supplier to go with. I'd like (ideally) a 2Mbps connection, but im not sure where to go (obviously i dont want to spend a fortune to have it), and was just wondering if you guys had any ideas????

    Fergal
     
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  2. cazzam35

    cazzam35 Kilobyte Poster

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    I've been with NTL Broadband since the first month they set
    it up, and have to say in over two years i've had one outage
    which lasted a whole night, so not too many problems.....
     
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  3. Stu_C

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    A few of my friends use Bulldog ADSL.

    At the moment there running a 4mb Pay As You Go promotion.

    4mb Pay as you go

    and they also have a 2mb service at £40 a month

    2mb Alltime

    Stu_C
     
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  4. AJ

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  5. Jakamoko
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    Bulldog did get some bad press lately on the ADSL forums - not sure if they've resolved this....

    Just my 2€-worth [​IMG]


    btw - deff make sure your chosen ISP offer IPStream, as opposed to Datastream, Fergal
     
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  6. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    whats the difference????
     
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  7. Phoenix
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    yeah im not to happy with bulldog recently, unfortunatly im stuck in for a 12 month haul, then its off to Zen or nildram
     
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  8. Jakamoko
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    Datastream - where an ISP puts it's own hardware, etc on BT's network. Generally less reliable, and slower to have faults fixed. Used to be cheaper, but not much in it now.

    IPStream - your connected directly to BT's network infrastructure, less-contended, much faster to have faults resolved, and now pretty much even in price with Datastream
     
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  9. Phoenix
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    Ok are you sure thats the only difference? i didnt know that was it, if it was i would recommend datastream over IPstream any day, if it is as you say
    the ISPs who have unbundled the exchanges offer services unparalleled to BT, whereas anyone providing BT wholesale lines is limited to BT configuration (50:1 for home users, 256k upload, et all) the unbundled telcos have the ability to give you whatever they want! I know easynet unbundled exchanges at great cost to themselves, but they are capable of offering 8mb 1:1 adsl (very pricey ill admit) and there service has been second to none (far superior to BTs)

    are you sure thats the only difference Jak? if it is then I have to say the unbundled ISPs offer far more choice and variety than a 'BT Wholesale reseller' which is what most ISPs are providing
     
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  10. Jakamoko
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    I was only giving the briefest summary of the generally accepted situation as it stood in my last job, Ryan, but as we all know, the ADSL market right now is pretty fast-moving, and changing on a regular basis.

    What I posted above were bare technical facts about the services we dealt with, and are in no way intended to be a definitive guide to the differences between the two types of ADSL .

    I have no probs with anyone elaborating, clarifying, or correcting me - please, feel free. [​IMG]
     
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  11. Sandy

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    I got to ask the question why do you need 2Mb?
     
  12. noelg24

    noelg24 Terabyte Poster

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    I would have asked the same question as Phoenix Gav as I thought the same thing. but I have a 1Mb which costs me £26 a month and its Datastream...but at the moment its flamin contention I am having a problem with 50:1 at the mo...and for 20:1 it would cost another £20...
     
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  13. Jakamoko
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    Guys - like I say, if I'm wrong, I stand corrected as always.

    Cheers [​IMG]
     
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  14. syntax_error

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    Phoenix Wrote
    I thought 256k upload was the max reguardless of your bandwith ? so having a 4mb connection lets you download at 4mb but still only allows you to upload at 256k ? am I totaly wrong here ?
     
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  15. noelg24

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    well not quite syntax...have you been to the Bulldog site? if you live bang slap in the middle of London you can get an upload speed of upto 1Mb if I am right...but I maybe wrong...so dont qoute me on this guys...but check out the site and you will see more info on that...
     
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