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Serenak

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Icon 1 posted July 26, 2005 16:44      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
At last.

I've been offline at home for a whole month and it has been hell.

Trouble with my previous ISP (OneTel) caused me to rapidly lose patience when they couldn't explain why my service went down, was down, or might be back on. This was followed by a run of assurances that it "will be back by tomorrow" that were never delivered on and then accusations that it was my Mac, BT's phoneline, my router, etc. (Oh and the 6 week wait for a never appearing upgrade to 2Mbit that was always gonna be on in "a couple of days")

So I kicked them into touch (took them over 10 days to actually disconnect me even though I had no actual service) and applied to Demon for a 2Mbit account (which takes 10-15 days to set up after BT have received the instruction and removed the previous service.... Ghaaaahhh)

Anyway tonight I went back live at home (if I didn't have BB at work I think I'd have gone mad).

So there you are - I'm back bigstylee [Smile]

[Big Grin]

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Snaggy

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Icon 14 posted July 26, 2005 17:43      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Congrats!!!

I know your pain... I was stuck on dialup earlier this year and my gawd, it is HELL!!! I can't believe we used to run the site on dialup way back when... [Eek!]

I guess the Internet is a different beast now, as pretty much everywhere you go, sites assume you have broadband.

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maximile

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Icon 1 posted July 27, 2005 15:04      Profile for maximile   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Congratulations - I envy you. I'm on dial-up at the moment, and planning to get broadband within the week. (Well, order it at least. I had no idea it took so long to arrive).

I'm looking at the 1mbps service from Pipex - anyone had good or bad experiences with them?

What router do you use (if any)?

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Icon 1 posted July 27, 2005 15:26      Profile for rivenGlitch     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Welcome back to the super fast highway!!!!
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Serenak

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Icon 1 posted July 28, 2005 01:32      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Maximile

Before making a decision on ISP do check out Demon, they don't advertise much/at all but are the oldest ISP in the UK IIRC. They cater mostly to business these days but they do offer a home service and to my mind a very good one.

My 2Mbit is 19.99UK per month and uncapped and comes with unlimited mail addresses - not sure about webspace as that doesn't bother me.

Also check out adslguide which shows a lot of really useful info on broadband providers (like where they are getting the service from - if like me you wish to avoid simply buying a rebadged BT Home 500 this is interesting reading...)

I have a Zoom X5 router and it seems competent enough. If you only have one machine the Speedtouch 500 ADSL "modem" that many/most ISPs give out is good enough in my opinion. A router is obviously better but with only one machine is it 50UKP better?

In the end the choice is yours but do check adslguide - you might be surprised what you find...

Oh yeah, BB provision in the UK *usually* takes about 5-10 working days (that's 7-14 days in the real world) from a cold start. I had to kill one service to get another one in so that got nearly doubled plus the initial week of outage... I think I was just unlucky.

Good luck - hope you get bb soon

[Smile]

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maximile

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Icon 1 posted July 28, 2005 05:27      Profile for maximile   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Wow, how did I miss that service? It looks amazing for the price!

I think that I do need a router, because there'll be a couple of computers connected.

Anyway, thanks for the recommendation. I'll definitely be using Demon.

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Icon 1 posted July 28, 2005 06:19      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It is easy to miss/forget Demon because they don't seem to advertise in the consumer space anymore I think they are concentrating on bigger fish.

I remember them from way back when there was Demon and AOL and erm... that was about it!

I went with them because I'm sick of being p****d about by all these "so called" cheap BB providers who are just flogging on BT Home 500 and also because we use them at work and they haven't let us down - ever - period.

The Zoom X5 is a 4 port ethernet hub with broadband "modem" built in and the ability to connect one machine via USB (why?). Doesn't have a built in firewall though (whaddya want, blood already?)

It is pretty basic, easy to set up and cost about 50UKP (available all over the place, PC world, etc.). For a bit more of the old cashola they do wireless jobbers too...

[Cool]

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If you have the know-how or the coin, get a Linux firewall and a hub to do your 'net routing.. it might seem like overkill for a home network, but the configuration options are boundless.
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