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What ISP to go for.

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by Graffix, 4 Jun 2006.

  1. Graffix

    Gangster

    Joined: 29 May 2005

    Posts: 289

    Location: Next to the PC !

    Ok my AOL contract is finishing very soon :D so ive decided i want to go to another ISP as ive heard all the news and stuff about them. Ive had a look at sam knows and i can get:

    BT Wholesale ADSL
    BT Wholesale ADSL Max
    BT Wholesale SDSL
    Bulldog LLU
    Homechoice LLU
    Telewest Cable

    Whats the best out of them, i have a pretty heavy internet user and game quite often so i would need a fast speed.

    Thanks alot in advanced.


    Tom
     
  2. tolien

    Caporegime

    Joined: 16 May 2003

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    Location: ::1

    Doubt you'll want to pay SDSL prices for starters...
     
  3. Graffix

    Gangster

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    Location: Next to the PC !

    nope not really looking into SDSL :)
     
  4. bbreezeuk

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    Location: Bath, UK

    Telewest hands down, i had it but moved house so had to go with AOL :mad: but the connection was solid and we never had a problem in the 2 years we had the service
     
  5. tolien

    Caporegime

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    BTw ADSL (including Max) has a choice of dozens of ISPs, with varying degrees of usefulness.
    ADSLguide is your friend. Same applies to Bulldog/Homechoice, except you're stuck with them as ISP (and for Bulldog at least, your voice service too).

    Cable's a totally different ball game, for one you don't have the same distance dependence. Stuck with one ISP though.
     
  6. Stellios

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Aug 2004

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    Location: Geordieland

    Telewest would be my winner, my mates on 10mb and he seems to have minimal bother even when doing in excess of 200GB a month.
     
  7. ArmoVanBuuren

    Hitman

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    Telewest for me 10gb uncapped, excellent service, never had any down time in a year
     
  8. Mercutio

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Jun 2003

    Posts: 5,002

    Location: Sheffield, UK

    Another vote for telewest - shame I cant get them where i am :( considering moving house (only renting) to get in a telewest area again :)

    Considering the deals they do with good cable tv packages they well worth a look.
     
  9. andrewbell1984

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    10gb ? i wish i had that sort of speeds :eek:! you mean 10mb ? lol
     
  10. Graffix

    Gangster

    Joined: 29 May 2005

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    Location: Next to the PC !

    oke i may have to look into telewest, seeing as my road was one of the first roads in london to be layed with the cables for them ;) for adsl max it says i live like 1.7 km away from the exchange so what speeds should i apect for say a 8mb service?
     
  11. tolien

    Caporegime

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    Somewhere between nothing and 8Mbps. Distance is worthless, the straight line distance Samknows quotes even more so.
     
  12. Graffix

    Gangster

    Joined: 29 May 2005

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    Location: Next to the PC !

    well it says i should get 5.5mbps but i dunno :rolleyes: oh well ive got about 2 months left so ill just make my decision near the end, thanks for all the help guys
     
  13. Beenom

    Hitman

    Joined: 10 Jan 2006

    Posts: 939

    Location: W. London

    If you know your line stats (which can be gotten from your router)

    A better guess of what you can get is this checker:

    http://www.dslzoneuk.net/maxspeed.php

    I think you should be able to get much more than 5.5mbps considering your distance. But it all depends on the exchange contention and also your line stats. :)