[access-uk] Re: Service Providers

  • From: "Andrew Hodgson" <andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 15:18:00 -0000

Hi,

If you are talking about 2mb download speed and needing more than this, at the 
current time this ain't going to happen.  BT are only doing more than 2mb 
trials in certain parts of the UK, and while they will role this out to mor 
exchanges next year, you need to have dam good wiring to get it working.  I 
think you will most likely be on a 2mb speed unless you are either unlucky and 
have to go lower, or very lucky and can get the 4/8mb next year.  

The only offering currently doing 4/8 mb is the cable providers, but these tend 
to only be in city areas where they have cable, as the cable has to be 
physically laid down on the ground.

Thanks.
Andrew.


-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Peter Logue
Sent: Mon 28/11/2005 15:09
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Service Providers
 
Thanks for the tip about Wannadoo. They offer a number of nice  packages, so
I was about to sign up with them. I will now take a further look at PlusNet,
though they'd have to do Helensburgh in the firth of clyde.
24 pounds I suppose isn't so bad,   but I do take care of
www.sightconnections.com
So I'll need more than 2 megs of download.

Peter




-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Andy Collins
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 8:53 AM
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Service Providers

Andrew - thanks for explaining this, I get it now, and will be contacting
Plusnet - do you know if I can change packages with them over the phone, or
will I have to do this via the website?

Andy
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Hodgson" <andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 1:00 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Service Providers


Hi,

In a word yes!  Basically you are currently on the static IP address of 
80.229.142.25.  This means that if someone wanted to contact your machine 
directly on the Internet, they use this IP address.  This is grate for 
running servers etc on the system.  However, with a dynamic IP address, you 
get a different number each time you connect.  If you aren't running servers

don't worry about it.

The only other difference which may effect you on the lower package is there

is a higher contention ratio - that is, you share the router you connect to 
with several other people on the system.  On the £21.99 package a month you 
share with 30 other people, and with the £14.99 a month unlimited you share 
with 50 other people, however, I have been on several such packages, and 
they are fine and I don't think you would noticwe much difference in speed.

Andrew.


-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Andy Collins
Sent: Mon 28/11/2005 12:25
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Service Providers

Andrew, thanks - I still don't know what static IP is! They're still
charging me 24.99! I don't use any extra email addresses that they offered,
I just serf the web, listening to audio streams, and downloading, as well as
using OE for email. I have no restriction on how much I download per month,
so could I still do all the above for their £14.99 per month?


Andy
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andrew Hodgson" <andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 12:04 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Service Providers


Hi Andy,

Definately!  The £24.99 I think was the older package which they have now
changed to a newer package.  I think the package you are on currently is now
£21.99 a month, and if you did not use the features like static IP, the
larger webspace etc you could move down to £14.99 a month.

Thanks.
Andrew.


-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Andy Collins
Sent: Mon 28/11/2005 11:12
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Service Providers

Andrew - I'm with Plusnet, paying 24.95 per month; I'd like to stay with
them, but am wondering what I'd be giving up, if I went with their 14.95
package--I don't understand things like static IP, and you referred to other
services that the more expensive packages provide, so I'm not sure what I'm
getting for the higher price, and if I really need all that stuff. If you
could explain the difference I for one would really appreciate it, as it
would be great to save some dosh on this one:]

Andy
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andrew Hodgson" <andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 9:01 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Service Providers


Hi,

Telewest only works if you ahve cable in your area.  As i say Plusnet do an
unlimited package for £14.99 if you don't want other services like static IP
etc.

Here are some links for you:

Plusnet: http://www.plus.net
Zen internet: http://www.zen.co.uk
Metranet: http://www.metranet.co.uk
Freedom To Serf: http://www.freedom2surf.net/

Bulldog is another one, but they don't have a 100% press rating:
http://www.bulldogbroadband.com/

I use Andrews and Arnauld, http://www.aaisp.net.uk, but they are more of a
business ISP really, and give more features in the way of IP addresses and
tunnels etc, and most people aren't heavy downloaders.

I really wouldn't use Wanadoo, as everyone who has used them that I know of
has had problems with their phone support, and I had real problems setting
up one of their wireless packs for someone.

One other thing that people do if they are heavy downloaders is go with AOL
(I don't know how much the broadband is, but they go with the simple package
which doesn't give them many extra AOL features), and then use a router to
allow them to connect without the rubbish software.

Hope this helps.
Andrew.

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Peter Logue
Sent: Mon 28/11/2005 00:17
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Service Providers

Hi Andrew,
Thanks for that info. I have logged onto the plusnet site. They are
adequate, I suppose, but I still didn't like the fact that you are limited.
I also checked into Freeserve and, again, found that you are limited. Then I
came across Telewest and was very surprised. I liked them a lot. They
offered TV services, telephone services, and, hooray, unlimited broadband at
a very resonable price. Unfortunately, they didn't cover Helensburgh on the
firth of Clyde. I then checked on Virgin, which possibly does do
Helensburgh, but they too limit the user. I'm used to 10MB download speed
and no limit, so I might find being limited quite restrictive. At the moment
it looks like Freeserve, the wana do people will get my phone call later
next week. And what is this... Wanna do, anyway. Are they Australian? Some
kind of cross between a wallaby and a kangaroo?
Yes, I'm moving to Scotland. Well, someone has to take over from Rangers
manager, Alex McLeish and I aim to fill out an application.

Peter

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