Thursday, May 02, 2013

Fast Fibre Frivolities

So, we have abandoned Be (UN)Limited now that they're owned by News Corp; and I think we did so just in time. We were promised, when NC took over, that nothing would change; but that was a blatant lie. No sooner had the deal been signed then our web speed dropped from 8Mbit to about 4Mbit. Not only that, but eww, News Corp. No way in hell are we giving them our money.

So now we are with PlusNet. PlusNet are from Yorkshire. You can tell this because I can't keep a straight face when using their automated phone system. PlusNet also give us 70Mbit fibre-optic broadband for half the price of copper-line broadband. And it is amazingly fast.

We've also decided to drop line rental, which is why the price is so low.

In a world where everyone has a mobile phone, it's cheaper just to Pay As You Go. Now it costs 14p/minute if we want to tell people how amazingly fast our connection is, rather than a contractual £15/month.

For en example of how fast it is, I was able to download almost 15GiB total of Steam Games in an hour. This is impressive in itself because Steam is notorious for shaping download speeds and for quite a lot of the hour at least one game would be suspended (at one point four were suspended and one was crawling at 3MiB/s - I say crawling, this is still three times faster than our old copper-line's maximum speed).

Anyway, gloating aside, I can heartily recommend PlusNet to all my British friends. The installation is a little bizarre however; we now have TWO white boxes with Blinkenlichts. The cable from the outside world is fed into a BT Openreach fibre modem - though I should stress at this point that BT Openreach is not actually BT, it is a shell company for carrying out contract works using the BT architecture, and they are all authorised BT technicians - and from that a very short ethernet cable links to our PlusNet router.

Our PlusNet router, which has Wireless 802.11N. N. I've never had an actual native 802.11N connection before and it is sooo nice. I can steal files from Paul's computer at warp speed.

So, how was your week?



  1. Well I would have had the same but given our exchange only supplies a few thousand properties it's not getting fibre any time soon.

    1. I doubt our exchange has any more than that, but we're still connected :P see if the green box has a Fibre sticker on it


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