[ubuntu-uk] What to do about black hole of broadband

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Wed Aug 11 20:35:28 BST 2010

On 11/08/10 17:19, Jonathon Fernyhough wrote:

> Remember that line speed estimates are hugely conservative, and also
> depend on sync speeds of those in the area. If cabling is of a low
> standard then sync will be very low.

That's very true, I just went to the original site which Gordon posted 
about (broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk) and did a speed test.  It suggested 
that I get about 13Mbit on 20Mbit Virgin cable.  I then went to 
SpeedTester.net and did two tests, one on the recommended server 
(Maidenhead I believe) and got about 15Mbit, and then another test on a 
server in Birmingham and got about 18Mbit.

Okay, cable is different technology wise, but it shows how the speed 
testers can vary.

One tip I found to get a slightly increased speed is to make sure your 
router is as close to the master socket if possible.  I'll use my mum as 
an example, she's on O2 and on an extension cable she was getting about 
16Mbit, we moved her router right next to the phone socket (which was a 
pain due to the lack of power socket near the phone socket and it 
increased to about 18Mbit.  I believe it speeded up even more when we 
used the test socket.


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