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On 15 Feb 2012 at 3:37pm wanderer wrote:
Hi I'm currently on O2 in Lewes it's ok 7.9meg downloadiing stuff is fine speed wise but browsing is slow on everything ie pc ipad etc
Bt website is saying I can get 14-18meg I have called and they said they cant see why not.
So does anyone else have BT BB in lewes estates and whats it like I know its dearer than O2
On 15 Feb 2012 at 3:53pm Southover Queen wrote:
Before you do something radical like changing providers, have you tried using different browsers? I'd suggest Firefox or Chrome. Switching can make a big difference. The other thing which might speed things up a lot is a new router, particularly if you're using a wireless network.
7.8mb is actually a good fast connection, and I'm not sure you'd see a huge benefit from spending a lot of money switching.
On 15 Feb 2012 at 3:56pm wanderer wrote:
Thanks for reply many new routers even latest o2 router , firefox running same on ipad
On 15 Feb 2012 at 4:03pm Cliffite wrote:
Depending how technical you are, you might want to change the channel that the router wifi operates on as I've had this issue with my Box-IV router with O2 in the past; wired connections i.e. PC were uber quick whereas wifi was slow as a dog i.e. laptops, iPads etc. I changed it from the default channel of 11 i.e. the one that pretty much everyone is on to 6 and it improved my wifi speeds no end as there was no conflict or interference from other routers etc nearby
On 15 Feb 2012 at 4:06pm Cliffite wrote:
broadband speed is all kinda down to how much you are prepared to pay as well. I don't know where you are based but you can probably quess where I am and I get 24Mb down and 2.5Mb up without fault on O2 / Be (same network) but that is their high-end Unlimited Pro package with phone line etc too. So BT might say you can get up to 14Mb but depends what package they would charge you for and to be honest, you can probably get that with O2 if you cough up a bit more. But to be honest, the average punter isn't going to really need much more than 8Mb
On 15 Feb 2012 at 4:06pm wanderer wrote:
its both wired and wireless the techies are baffled saying whats the problem downloads are great but websites slow on all hardware
On 15 Feb 2012 at 4:11pm wanderer wrote:
thats what im looking at coughing up more dosh dont mind that at all ive got alot of stuff connected
Just would be nice for the providers to say This is what you will get not maybe
On 15 Feb 2012 at 4:32pm Southover Queen wrote:
That is weird, wanderer. I've added a link to the broadband speed checker I've used in the past. I've just done a test in fact, and I'm getting at least 2mb more than speed shown on my contract (so over 10 rather than 8). That's Utility Warehouse who (I believe) use the TalkTalk network.

Once you've done the test you can go to a page which allows you to see the kinds of speeds others are getting in your immediate vicinity and which providers they're using. However I really think I'd try to get to the bottom of the mismatch between the measured speed and the actual speed you experience first, as switching providers can be very expensive particularly if it doesn't actually solve the problem!

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On 15 Feb 2012 at 4:58pm Ed Can Do wrote:
Another cause of slow browsing is a ton of malware installed on your computer although if you're experiencing the same thing on multiple devices that'd seem either unlikely or unfortunate.
On 15 Feb 2012 at 5:25pm wanderer wrote:
yup its something, def not pc related this end ..but I do have the original o2 bb package the totally unlimited one could that be something ie they only giving me what the original contract stated nothing more or less which is a throttling like clause
On 15 Feb 2012 at 5:25pm Techie wrote:
If it's just websites that are the problem you may be able to speed things up with OpenDNS for example. I'm in Cliffe and get 14.5Mb with Be Broadband (same as O2).
On 15 Feb 2012 at 6:44pm Gill Bates wrote:
Change your DNS settings. Try using '' and '' (Googles open&free namesevers).
Websites often have links to other websites (images, adverts etc) and a slow/faulty lookup to the links would make your browsing experience sluggish, even over a speedy link.
Worth a try.
On 16 Feb 2012 at 12:31am bloke wrote:
I'm with Be There which is a rebrand of O2. I noticed a lot of problems with latency ( that is the time it takes to get a response once you send a packet out)/ If you do a speed test you wouldn't necessarily notice a problem because once you get a response to a request to download a file it downloads just fine. But on something like a BBC news webpage which consists of lots of different files the problem amounts to parts of the page taking forever to load or not loading at all. I checked the forums on the BeThere website and found that there were a lot of people complaining about this problem. I think it may be fixed now as I'm not having the problems ATM, but I'v only been online for the last 10 minutes.
On 16 Feb 2012 at 9:39am some0ne else wrote:
Minor whinge on a similar subject, but I've changed channels on my router a few times to try and sort out interference issues.

Dear Oyster Project, Lewes Community Internet et al -I don't actually want your wireless storming through my house, thanks, but there's nothing I can do about it. Even if you put them on an 'ignore' list they still seem to cause me problems.

Unfortunately, the only thing I can do is go out and buy a monster of a router, which blasts everything else locally out of existence. And then all my neighbours will get interference, will do the same and we'll be back to square one. Short of lead-lining my walls, I can't really see a good way out of it.
On 16 Feb 2012 at 10:35am Southover Queen wrote:
It's not a solution for everyone, but if you're rewiring your house do get the electricians to run Ethernet cabling alongside and enjoy the wonders of wired internet points everywhere! (Cost: approx £100 for the cables, benefits: instant trouble free access)
On 16 Feb 2012 at 10:57am Cliffite wrote:
Ah I once lived in a newly built house that had ethernet built in with a lil patch panel in the study room - absolute bliss! Another alternative is to get homeplugs but still, doesn't help with wifi-only devices like iPads, Kindles etc
On 16 Feb 2012 at 12:05pm Southover Queen wrote:
True, Cliffite. In my house, the devices that are able to hardwire do so, and everyone else uses the WiFi.
On 16 Feb 2012 at 7:42pm wanderer wrote:
Ref bloke
Thats the problem I'm getting exactly thanks for finding the word i was looking for
now /i can start looking for a cure
On 21 Feb 2012 at 12:28am Dickie wrote:
Have you also checked to see if anyone is piggy backing your connection? Check in your router for connected devices.

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