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    Internet MUCH faster at the weekend or using ethernet, any ideas?

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      Internet MUCH faster at the weekend or using ethernet, any ideas?

      Hey all,

      Does anyone have any idea why my broadband speed would be significant faster at the weekend than on weeknights.

      My exchange is not LLU enabled and during the week speeds can drop to around 0.16 down using wireless.

      If I plug the ethernet in speed goes to around 1.6ish. During the weekend the wireless speed will increase to around 1.6 as well with no need for the wire.
      Signal strength is exactly the same all week.

      I just cant understand it!

      Any help greatly appreciated!

      Cheers


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      Re: Internet MUCH faster at the weekend or using ethernet, any ideas?

      My exchange is not LLU enabled
      That means you are on Connect a dire broadband package, which is heavily throttled during peak times.

      You may be able to improve your speed by changing the channel in your router to one that is not heavily used. To do this download Inssider from the link below and use it to discover the channels in use in your area. Set your channel to one as far from those in use as possible. You will have to do this when your speed is at its worst, to ensure you are detecting the networks which are effecting you.

      This may improve your speed slightly but it will not overcome the severe throttling experienced by Connect user. The only way to improve that is to move to another ISP.

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      Re: Internet MUCH faster at the weekend or using ethernet, any ideas?

      There are a few significant ideas that come to mind:

      * Which BB Package are you actually on

      * Other WiFi routers in the local area interfering with you WiFi signal

      * Something electrical is interfering with the WiFi signal

      * Something wrong with your connection

      To answer a couple of these, could you post your stats?

      Can you also confirm how your router is connected to the telephone socket? Of particular importance is the Master socket, any extension/s, Micro-Filter/s, how the Sky STB is connected

      Also could you download and install inSSIDer and take a look at your surrounding area to see what the population is like for WiFi routers.

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      Speedtest: 17.15MB/s 0.97Mb/s Ping 31 ms

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      Re: Internet MUCH faster at the weekend or using ethernet, any ideas?

      Hey all,

      Stats are as follows:

      ROUTER STATISTICS

      System Up Time: 48:38:26
      Port Status TxPkts RxPkts Collisions Tx B/s Rx B/s Up Time
      WAN PPPoA 1162614 1363405 0 879 7655 48:37:42
      LAN 100M/Full 104319 50990 0 259 48 48:38:21
      WLAN 11M/54M 1156362 1119453 0 7147 891 46:50:39
      ADSL Link Downstream Upstream
      Connection Speed 5920 kbps 448 kbps
      Line Attenuation 18 db 19 db
      Noise Margin 13 db 26 db

      Is there a better way to format this?

      The wireless chanel is 11, there is a faint signal from a nearby wireless on 2 so I assume this is irrelevant. I have almost eliminated the wireless signal as a consideration as if I set the laptop right beside the router to get almost 100% signal the speed is still poor.

      Will my speed really benefit from a change of ISP? I assume without LLU all ISPs will be struggling through the same poor infrastructure?

      Thanks for the replies guys.

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      Re: Internet MUCH faster at the weekend or using ethernet, any ideas?

      Ok, straight away I can tell that you are on Sky BB Connect. This is why you are experiencing issues with your connection speed. Take a look at the link to the thread below:

      (Unofficial) FAQ - Sky Connect Users

      The issue with your WiFi is a Red Herring and can be safely ignored in this instance. For reference there are things that can interfere with WiFi signals, but I don't believe that in this instance this is a factor.

      To know whether there is an LLU provider at your local exchange, check through SamKnows.

      There are many ISPs who are able to resell BT Wholesale products and manage them much better than Sky manages to do with the Connect package. I could name my favourite ISPs, but perhaps it would be better for you to search around to see who can offer a product that meets your requirements and has a good reputation on other forums.

      An LLU provider will often be able to offer you the best terms. Some ISPs will use a particular LLU to get a better service to you. If you have 21CN in your exchange, you will also be able to get ADSL2+ on any BT Wholesale products. LLU services are also ADSL2+.

      ADSL2+ = max 24Mb d/l (Sky is max 20Mb)
      ADSL = max 8Mb d/l

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      Re: Internet MUCH faster at the weekend or using ethernet, any ideas?

      Hi Scubbie,

      Thanks for the quick reply. I think I'm in a pretty poor situation exchange wise. I am on an exchange that is not LLU or 21CN enabled.

      SamKnows - Broadband Availability - Belfast Stormont (NISTM) Exchange

      It is irritating as I used to live a mile down the road, linked to a different (significantly better) exchange. What a difference a new postcode makes!

      Would a change of ISP make any difference in this instance?

      Cheers

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      Re: Internet MUCH faster at the weekend or using ethernet, any ideas?

      Quote Originally Posted by bananarama View Post
      Would a change of ISP make any difference in this instance?
      Absolutely.

      Unfortunately Sky are not investing a lot of money in the Sky BB Connect product.

      This forum is littered with various members complaining about being capped to unreasonable speeds (0.56mb is a common figure) and there isn't anything that Sky is willing to do.

      The people on the telephone at Sky cannot change things. Your monthly allowance is severely capped IMHO (40Gb / 30 days=1.33Gb daily limit). If you go over your daily limit, you are often capped.

      Other ISPs have much better terms & conditions. They also often resell the BT Wholesale product for better prices.

      But having said all this, your exchange IS FTTC enabled. This means that you could get an up to 40Mb connection speed.

      Sky has yet to launch it's FTTC product (speculation is predicting September/October 2011) but many ISPs are already reselling it for you.

      The cost is a little more than Sky BB Connect (starts at 20 per month) but I would personally look at that.

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      Re: Internet MUCH faster at the weekend or using ethernet, any ideas?

      You are not in a great situation looking at SamKnows

      Especially since a lot of Belfast has Virgin and some have sky LLU.

      You would expect more when you live in a city.
      Links Router Stats Useful Tutorials Speed Test Check For Test Socket Repetitive Electrical Impulse Noise

      Results from http://www.speed.io (Copied on 2011-04-08 16:36:58)
      Download: 50000 Kbit/s Upload : 4361 kbit/s Connects : 2446 conn/min Ping: 21 ms

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      Re: Internet MUCH faster at the weekend or using ethernet, any ideas?

      Quote Originally Posted by I_Hate_Sky_Awnsers View Post
      You would expect more when you live in a city.
      With only 3,253 residential customers, and a Market 2 exchange, he's lucky in respect of having FTTC.

      Whilst currently it only offers a maximum speed of 40Mb, it is possible that 100Mb could come at a later date.

      BT recently announced that as of this month, FTTC would be uncapped for some of it's infinity packages. I haven't looked at what other ISPs have done with their FTTC products in order to compete with that.

      It's now gone midnight and I need to move my broom as it's been double parked all day.

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      Re: Internet MUCH faster at the weekend or using ethernet, any ideas?

      Hey all,

      Thanks for all the feedback, unfortunately FTTC wasn't enabled for my particular street. So near yet so far!

      However since I checked tonight Orange are listed as an LLU operator on my exchange.

      Would it be worth my while to change to them?

      Surely it would be better than what I'm currently getting here?

      Cheers

     

     
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