The fast broadband myth had to be tested.here at the monkey house. A free regrade by our existing provider was offered -not fibre (my blog) although there where offers and so it would have cost.
However the information was a little scant and the ‘up to’ higher speeds featured prominently opposed to the real world. Being assured that nothing would change config wise i decided to give it a go.
I did get to slash our costs by losing our unlimited download* for a monthly capacity on our rather slow connection. The regrade happened within a day its results are not that impressive with the upload speed not really changing.
Download speed is double what it was but nowhere near the mythical up to speed and does not say much, and ping is down by a 33%. So it has improved but the marketing of up to leaves a lot to be desired, and i can see why it is now ‘free’. So i am glad i did not pimp this upgrade to the alpha ape and pay for such unimpressive results.
Fibre would have been nice, however it would require a new router, and probably not support ipv6** so again with the marketing speak of ‘maybe fast, or about the same’ we will hang on for that.
Overall the change was competently handled and i like our supplier who is not British Telecom.
Better marginally technical performance with less resending and queuing requests - i suppose but nothing to brag about as i notice the usage of it made has remained the same per month seemingly with less data..
* within reason ** we want both ipv4 and ipv6 – and that’s not yet available