The internet is a great thing isn’t it? A lot of us wonder how we ever managed to live without it …However, a lot of people are disappointed with the quality of their broadband service.
Sometimes it can be like waiting for paint to dry….
Some things that can affect your broadband speed and quality are:-
Your distance from the telephone exchange and the quality of wire used to supply your service. Also, how far you are from the nearest ‘green box’ and fibre broadband availability
The equipment you are using(PC / router etc) and if there are any viruses or spyware on your system.
The time of day – The speed of your internet connection can change a lot during the day
Your wireless router settings- I can adjust your router for optimum performance
(Sometimes there are unseen appliances interfering with your signal and the router can be adjusted for this)
Try this link www.speedtest.net at different times of the day on your PC or laptop.
This will test your connection speed (download and upload) and you will be able to see the maximum speeds you are able to achieve with your current setup.
The majority of broadband faults are caused by faulty or inadequate wiring at your home or business, or equipment connected to your line. If you have a BT (or other service provider) master socket with a removeable faceplate (pictured, or see newer version below) then you can remove the front plate and plug your router into the test socket. If your broadband speed increases then the problem is most likely due to your internal wiring and I can help you improve this.
NTE5 Master Phone Socket with split faceplate
NB: I have one of the latest Broadband Testers which can test standard broadband lines and also the new ‘fibre’ or ‘FTTC’ installations. This can provide a complete set of readings for your phone line and determine what your line is capable of and identify if there are any problems and what they are. This gives you more confidence when dealing with your service provider in a dispute.
I can often discuss your issues with your service provider to help resolve problems.
Unscrew the faceplate to see the test socket
The new NTE5C master sockets are easier to remove the front plate
The test socket is in the middle of the base plate once the front plate is removed
(you may have to get right down on the floor to find it!)
If you think that your broadband could be better, then talk to me first.
Your internet service provider (ISP) will usually deny that there is a problem with their service and will tell you that to send one of their engineers out will cost you a lot of money if the fault is due to your wiring.
BT will tell you the same, quoting up to £130 just to come out to your premises.
I can do this for a lot less and if I find the problem is with your ISP and not your wiring then I can provide you with a report that you can send to them, or I can discuss the problem with them on your behalf saving you a lot of time and money.
(Many of my customers contact me after many frustrating days of trying – and failing – to get an answer from their ISP)
4G Broadband Internet
If you are struggling to get a decent service through your telephone line but can get a decent mobile phone signal, there is always the option of having a 4G router installed. I can install an external aerial if necessary to connect to the router and all your WiFi will work the same as before but faster and more consistent
Give me a call for more details and I will talk you through the options
If your WiFi is causing you problems – have a look at my WiFi page
Telephone Nick on – 07860 838207 or freephone 0800 112 3802