Upgrading my broadband part 2

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In my last post I was weighing up options for a new ISP (Internet Service Provider).  I have since made my decision and am now signed up with Sky for satellite television, broadband and telephone.

I’ve gambled on BSkyB and gone all-in.  The upshot is that I’m saving a good amount of money each month compared to BT, Plusnet and Sky separately.  The potential downside is that I’ve bunged all my eggs in one basket.

My change-over date was Friday 3rd February and I’m currently in the 10 day learning period for the broadband.  The telephone line switch-over was straight forward with the only issues being Caller ID not being enabled by default (I have to phone customer services), and and alarming increase in pre-recorded cold calling.  Because I haven’t got Caller ID activated yet I find myself picking up every call, most of which are very important calls about payment protection insurance.

I plugged my funky Sky router in at ten to six on Friday night and connected initially at a worryingly low 4095Kbps.  I’m not sure when the learning period kicked in but I’ve been logging the ADSL statistics fairly regularly since then.

Friday 3rd February

Slightly worried at the low sync speeds, the upstream figure is a lot better but the initial downstream sync is half what I was getting before.

ADSL statistics for Friday 03/02/2012 @ 17:50
ADSL link Downstream Upstream
Speed test 3.5 Mbps 0.5 Mbps
Connection speed 4095 Kbps 606 Kbps
Line attenuation 23.0 dB 10.7 dB
Noise margin 15.5 dB 17.6 dB

Sunday 5th February

Didn’t have a chance to check on Saturday but the sync speeds have bumped up a little.  Sync speed still not what I was getting previously however.  Stories of dodgy Sky hardware in exchanges are starting to bug me…

ADSL statistics for Sunday 05/02/2012 @ 07:48
ADSL link Downstream Upstream
Speed test 5.1 Mbps 0.6 Mbps
Connection speed 6142 Kbps 797 Kbps
Line attenuation 23.5 dB 14.2 dB
Noise margin 15.6 dB 17.3 dB

Tuesday 7th February

Left things alone for a bit, probably should have checked on Monday because things are looking much rosier now.  Only worry now is that the noise margins have halved, Sky apparently won’t drop lower than 6dB for downstream connections.

ADSL statistics for Tuesday 07/02/2012 @ 09:12
ADSL link Downstream Upstream
Speed test 10.8 Mbps 0.9 Mbps
Connection speed 12284 Kbps 1116 Kbps
Line attenuation 23.0 dB 14.1 dB
Noise margin 8.4 dB 9.0 dB

Wednesday 8th February

Things are moving along nicely.  The noise margins still look pretty healthy but the upstream sync hasn’t changed at all.

ADSL statistics for Wednesday 08/02/2012 @ 18:30
ADSL link Downstream Upstream
Speed test 12.8 Mbps 0.9 Mbps
Connection speed 15385 Kbps 1116 Kbps
Line attenuation 23.0 dB 14.1 dB
Noise margin 8.6 dB 8.9 dB

Thursday 9th February

The downstream sync speed is increasing although my noise margin has dropped a fair bit.  Upstream sync still isn’t going anywhere.

ADSL statistics for Thursday 09/02/2012 @ 18:37
ADSL link Downstream Upstream
Speed test 13.9 Mbps 0.9 Mbps
Connection speed 16382 Kbps 1116 Kbps
Line attenuation 23.0 dB 14.1 dB
Noise margin 6.6 dB 9.4 dB

Friday 10th February

I can’t be any more than eight days into the ten day learning period but things appear to have stalled with what appears to be an artificial cap on the upstream sync speed.  I may have to call Sky to confirm, but a review of local speed tests (uswitch.com street stats) shows it may apply to everyone on the exchange.

ADSL statistics for Friday 10/02/2012 @ 17:50
ADSL link Downstream Upstream
Speed test 15.8 Mbps 0.9 Mbps
Connection speed 16382 Kbps 1116 Kbps
Line attenuation 23.0 dB 14.1 dB
Noise margin 7.0 dB 9.5 dB

 

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