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Broadband speed test on Rightmove
« on: November 25, 2017, 10:22:41 PM »
We're hunting for rentals, and the broadband tests often come up with something like "up to 76MB provided by Vodafone"... I'm wary of a bait and switch. That's barely enough for our family. What's the most reliable estimator for a postcode? And what does 76MB from Vodaphone mean? DSL?

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Re: Broadband speed test on Rightmove
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2017, 08:48:13 AM »
What's the most reliable estimator for a postcode?

BT's speed checker will give you a reasonably accurate range of speeds for a particular address:

https://www.productsandservices.bt.com/products/speed-checker/

Click on "I don't know my landline number" to get it to work for an address only.

We generally get about 5 Mbps (we're a long way from the cabinet where the line comes from to our house), and the speed checker estimated we'd get between 3-7 Mbps.

And what does 76MB from Vodaphone mean? DSL?

Yes, the vast majority of people get internet via DSL through their phone lines. The lines are all maintained by a company called Open Reach which used to be BT. While you have a wide variety of providers, they're all using the same lines, so one of them isn't any faster than any of the others. The only differences are price and customer service. If you use a website like Uswitch or MoneySavingExpert you can see which providers are available in your area and what packages they're offering.

Speed depends on how much of the line to your house is fibre or copper. Some places you get fibre to the cabinet that serves your area and then copper to your house (that's what we have, and it's never going to be upgraded to fibre to the houses because there are too few houses where we live to make it cost effective). In other places you get fibre all the way to the house, and speeds there will be considerably higher.

Some people get the internet through cable using Virgin as their provider, but Virgin doesn't cover as many areas.

« Last Edit: November 26, 2017, 08:49:27 AM by camoscato »


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Re: Broadband speed test on Rightmove
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2017, 11:10:54 AM »
I'm not really an expert on the exact technical details, but here's my 2 cents:

All of the speeds quoted by anyone for anything are pure BS.  All of those speeds are  "Up to ".  I believe advertising standards are about to have a crack down on the ridiculously untrue claims made about broadband. 

Another ridiculous thing is that providers will sell "superfast fiber broadband" when actually they mean that the fibre optic cable goes to the green box nearest you.  From the box to your house is DSL, which basically means it's over the 40 year old copper wires that your phone is plugged into.  Every time it rains, your Internet will slow down. 

What you want is fibre cable to your actual house, and that is mostly sold through Virgin and possibly BT. 

Other than the correct suggestions given above, you could also use the virgin site to see if any potential houses have fibre to the door.


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Re: Broadband speed test on Rightmove
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2017, 11:14:36 AM »
Reading back over Camoscato's post, I essentially said the same thing with added   rant just in case you can't believe how badly people get ripped off here.  Except for mobile phone data which seems to be much better here than in the states.


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