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    MID or MAX

    This is a discussion on MID or MAX within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; In the next day or two I need to decide whether to go MID or MAX. I have registered with ...

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      MID or MAX

      In the next day or two I need to decide whether to go MID or MAX.

      I have registered with Sky but as I don't have a MAC code yet have not commited to the type of package.

      I've run a BT line test and I am 3.6KMs from the excahnge.

      I'm currently on DSLMax and my download stats are (ATT=48dB, SNR Margin=6dB).

      I know that I'm not going to get more than 8Mbps download connection, I don't download more than 40GB a month and I don't get involved in P2P so my upload usage is minimal.

      So on the face of it, the MID package looks the best way to go.

      One concern though - I've heard that the MID and MAX pacakages use different technologies MID=ADSL2 and MAX=ADSL2+.

      I've also read that MID is fixed rate (determined on connect) whereas MAX is rate addaptive (like MaxDSL).

      Is this correct?

      I asked Sky but they didn't know.

      I'm keen to have a stable connection, with minimum disconnections - would I be better with MAX?

      Cheers,

      Nigel


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      I've done some research and can now answer some of my own questions.

      ADSL2 and ADSL2+ are both rate adaptive - which means that they will adjust speed as the line quality changes in an attempt to remain stable.

      ADSL2 effectively uses different algorithms over standard ADSL which results in reduced overheads, increased data rates and an extended reach (additional 183m)

      ADSL2+ operates at twice the frequency of ADSL2 (2.2MHz opposed to 1.1MHz). This extends the reach out to 5000m and provides upto double the bandwidth for short distances (2700m and below). Beyond those distances the extra frequency has little benefit and the ADSL2 and ADSL2+ speeds are more or less the same.

      So assuming that MID is ADSL2 and MAX is ADSL2+ ...

      I would see little benefit from MAX in terms of download speed.
      I would probably see a benefit in upload speed but this is so important to me.
      My current download profile is well under 40GB per month.

      So it does look like MID is best for me. Besides Sky have said that I could upgrade to MAX at any time if I wished.

      Cheers,

      Nigel

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      I think you just need to decide on your expected usage. I'm a long way from the exchange (get about 3.2MB download speeds) but went for the max package as i do not know what my usage will be in 6 months time. at the moment i'm lucky if i exceed 5GB/month

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      I would start off on Mid and see what speed you get and how much bandwidth your using although this can be hard to track. If you went for Max and your speed wasn't that great I think you would probably find yourself disappointed.

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      Yep, the deed is done - I've committed to the MID package.

      Sky told me that the 40GB isn't a hard-coded limit - i.e. an attempt to go above 40GB is not blocked.

      If you do, then you get a polite letter pointing out your error. You are told not to do it again or if you think it will be a regular occurence to change to the MAX package.

      So it seems zero risk going to the MID.

      Been told router will be with me in 5 working days - fingers crossed - will keep you posted.

      Cheers,

      Nigel

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      A good choice Nigel and that sounds like a good deal
      Ray

      Some Advice.. Its always advisable to inform your old ISP as soon as you have migrated that you have moved.
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