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Broadband in waterford city

  • 01-04-2021 8:26am
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    Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    hi


    I am down with the out laws :) for a few days and have to work from here. yesterday was dreadful - broadband kept dropping and really bad speeds, essentially unworkable



    Am based in Ballinakill, I don't know much about the broadband scenario in this area. Neighbors are elderly and don't seem to know either etc

    I thought being in a big city that broadband speeds would be ok, not as if it’s out in a remote rural location etc.



    I am connected directly to the modem with an RJ 45 cable, and I am getting max 6 meg download and max 0.3 upload

    On wifi on my mobile, its the same, when standing right beside modem
    Brought down Alexa show and she spends more time offline than online !!



    Does anybody know if there is a general issue with broadband in this area?
    or is it just I need to get on to the supplier to upgrade the line if possible


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  • Registered Users Posts: 480 ✭✭ Flyin Irishman


    Do you know what ISP they are with? I haven't been having any issues with Virgin lately (~10ms ping, ~240 down, ~24 up)


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    Do you know what ISP they are with? I haven't been having any issues with Virgin lately (~10ms ping, ~240 down, ~24 up)


    Jaysus, thats good.


    With Vodafone
    Have been for years, Modem itself is years old etc, (not that the modem will magically fox this )


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,178 ✭✭✭ killbillvol2


    obi604 wrote: »
    Jaysus, thats good.


    With Vodafone
    Have been for years, Modem itself is years old etc, (not that the modem will magically fox this )

    My VM is 500/50 all the time. You have a specific problem which could be solved by changing providers.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    My VM is 500/50 all the time. You have a specific problem which could be solved by changing providers.


    to be honest, they have not rang the provider in years
    haven't even alerted them there is an issue
    so maybe if I get in contact, there may be some solution


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,163 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    obi604 wrote: »
    to be honest, they have not rang the provider in years
    haven't even alerted them there is an issue
    so maybe if I get in contact, there may be some solution

    definitely give them a ring, theyre brutal speeds, thats like dial up. virgin here to, rock solid, and im hammering the sh1te outta the line last few months streaming, not a bother to it


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    Wanderer78 wrote: »
    definitely give them a ring, theyre brutal speeds, thats like dial up. virgin here to, rock solid, and im hammering the sh1te outta the line last few months streaming, not a bother to it




    rang them just now, bleedin egypt call center, haven't heard that one before



    they said right now its not possible to upgrade, and they they have to initiate a 'surve'y to see if its possible to get faster speeds


    then we will be contacted about the 'survey' to see if its possible to upgrade the line and of course any extra costs


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,163 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    obi604 wrote: »
    rang them just now, bleedin egypt call center, haven't heard that one before



    they said right now its not possible to upgrade, and they they have to initiate a 'surve'y to see if its possible to get faster speeds


    then we will be contacted about the 'survey' to see if its possible to upgrade the line and of course any extra costs

    'thanks, but moving on'! lifes too short for that nonsense, would they be okay with you moving providers for them, you cant be working with that?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    Wanderer78 wrote: »
    'thanks, but moving on'! lifes too short for that nonsense, would they be okay with you moving providers for them, you cant be working with that?




    see im only here for a day or 2 so can manage
    the in laws are not overly concerned about it - and any talk of disruption or change will just 'frighten' them :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,163 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    obi604 wrote: »
    see im only here for a day or 2 so can manage
    the in laws are not overly concerned about it - and any talk of disruption or change will just 'frighten' them :)

    best to do nothing then, or life may create more drama, and lifes really too short for that, but slow bb is beyond painful, particularly when trying to work


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,731 ✭✭✭ BBM77


    obi604 wrote: »
    hi


    I am down with the out laws :) for a few days and have to work from here. yesterday was dreadful - broadband kept dropping and really bad speeds, essentially unworkable



    Am based in Ballinakill, I don't know much about the broadband scenario in this area. Neighbors are elderly and don't seem to know either etc

    I thought being in a big city that broadband speeds would be ok, not as if it’s out in a remote rural location etc.



    I am connected directly to the modem with an RJ 45 cable, and I am getting max 6 meg download and max 0.3 upload

    On wifi on my mobile, its the same, when standing right beside modem
    Brought down Alexa show and she spends more time offline than online !!



    Does anybody know if there is a general issue with broadband in this area?
    or is it just I need to get on to the supplier to upgrade the line if possible

    I live across the road from Ballinakill and have virgin media broadband and it is ****e. On a 500Mb/s plan, even plugged-in 300Mb/s is about the best I ever got. Most of the time it is around 170Mb/s and it often much worse. Only waiting for SIRO to come here and I am going to change. Which should not be long now as I saw them working here the last week or two.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    Wanderer78 wrote: »
    best to do nothing then, or life may create more drama, and lifes really too short for that, but slow bb is beyond painful, particularly when trying to work


    I’d like to change it for them, but they may get flustered with new bills, new provider etc etc. You know old people, they dont like change.

    Vodafone are making out it’s an issue with the exchange, that it’s just all copper, but there is a possibility of getting part fibre, part copper.

    Is this just rubbish?

    My Real questions ;)
    if I was to move to a new provider, is there anything better they could do to get the speed improved? Or is it purely down to the physical line into the house and the exchange etc?

    Would moving to a new provider mean they would automatically just upgrade the line as part of the scenario?

    Last thing I want is the hassle of moving to a new provider and then be stuck with same speeds due to it being an actual line to the house issue.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,946 ✭✭✭ jmcc


    obi604 wrote: »
    I am connected directly to the modem with an RJ 45 cable, and I am getting max 6 meg download and max 0.3 upload
    That sounds like an ADSL connection using a phoneline. The speed for ADSL is generally limited by the distance to the local exchange.
    Does anybody know if there is a general issue with broadband in this area?
    or is it just I need to get on to the supplier to upgrade the line if possible
    It depends on the provider and the connection. There is a faster option for phonelines/copper and that that's Fibre to the Cabinet. (Eircom Fibre) That provides higher speeds due to the distance from the subscriber's premises being generally a few hundred metres from the cabinet rather than a few kilometres. The speeds on Eir Fibre are quite good and I generally get over 65Mb/s on a 70Mb/s connection. That's about 6 Megabytes download speed. The 'b' means bits and the 'B' means bytes. An ADSL connection maxes out around 4.4Mb/s download and 0.5 Mb/s upload.

    From what I remember, there were two exchanges serving the area. (This may have changed.) One was in the city near the Post Office and one was out around Knockboy (Brasscock?). Connections to the exchange in the city would have lower speeds.

    Virgin broadband tends to be the best option in terms of speed. Virgin generally provide their own router to customers. Not sure if the Gigabit fibre operators are covering Ballinakill yet so Virgin is probably the best for speeds over 100 Mb/s. It is cable broadband.

    The providers generally quote the maximum available speed for connections in advertising but they vary depending on where the customer is and the number of customers using the same infrastructure. At zero dark thirty, the bandwidth/speed might be near the maximum but at peak time when people are watching Netflix or playing Fortnite the speeds will drop.

    Regards...jmcc


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,013 ✭✭✭ hardybuck


    BBM77 wrote: »
    I live across the road from Ballinakill and have virgin media broadband and it is ****e. On a 500Mb/s plan, even plugged-in 300Mb/s is about the best I ever got. Most of the time it is around 170Mb/s and it often much worse. Only waiting for SIRO to come here and I am going to change. Which should not be long now as I saw them working here the last week or two.

    Let us know how that goes. They've been doing up the area I live in for months.

    There are parts of west Clare that currently get faster broadband than places in Dublin city centre.

    I thought that if you live in an area where there are services, and the likes of Eir have promised to upgrade, it isn't in the National Broadband plan and the likes of SIRO won't be coming?. If you live in an area without services, it feels like you can nearly expect to get the network upgraded quicker.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    obi604 wrote: »
    I’d like to change it for them, but they may get flustered with new bills, new provider etc etc. You know old people, they dont like change.

    Vodafone are making out it’s an issue with the exchange, that it’s just all copper, but there is a possibility of getting part fibre, part copper.

    Is this just rubbish?

    My Real questions ;)
    if I was to move to a new provider, is there anything better they could do to get the speed improved? Or is it purely down to the physical line into the house and the exchange etc?

    Would moving to a new provider mean they would automatically just upgrade the line as part of the scenario?

    Last thing I want is the hassle of moving to a new provider and then be stuck with same speeds due to it being an actual line to the house issue.


    The above is very long winded.

    In simple terms - would changing the supplier somehow improve the situation, meaning that when they were to do the install they would upgrade the line etc?

    Or am I still in the same boat with the new supplier - still have the underlying issue of copper to the house?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,077 ✭✭✭ CoBo55


    Ok. Let's start at the beginning. What package are they on at present? Do they have a bill you can look at? Go to bonkers or any other comparison site and put in the eircode to see what's available to their address. Looks like they're on an ancient ADSL package.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    CoBo55 wrote: »
    Ok. Let's start at the beginning. What package are they on at present? Do they have a bill you can look at? Go to bonkers or any other comparison site and put in the eircode to see what's available to their address. Looks like they're on an ancient ADSL package.




    I have a bill alright. they are on 'Vodafone at home Talk Bundle' which has:


    • Home extra broadband
    • Simply talk National extra


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,077 ✭✭✭ CoBo55


    obi604 wrote: »
    I have a bill alright. they are on 'Vodafone at home Talk Bundle' which has:


    • Home extra broadband
    • Simply talk National extra

    Any results on the comparison sites? Does home extra BB exist on the VF site now? Try the eircode on the VF site to see what available now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    CoBo55 wrote: »
    Any results on the comparison sites? Does home extra BB exist on the VF site now? Try the eircode on the VF site to see what available now.


    Yeah, as follows:



    https://ibb.co/Wf7dzg6
    https://ibb.co/ZGv2ZCD


    saying 'part fibre'
    speeds seems a bit optimistic, based on what is available now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,946 ✭✭✭ jmcc


    obi604 wrote: »
    Yeah, as follows:



    https://ibb.co/Wf7dzg6
    https://ibb.co/ZGv2ZCD


    saying 'part fibre'
    speeds seems a bit optimistic, based on what is available now.

    Part fibre means that it is Fibre to the cabinet. It is generally more stable than ADSL. Have you done any speed tests (speedtest.net etc) that you could post?

    Regards...jmcc


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    jmcc wrote: »
    Part fibre means that it is Fibre to the cabinet. It is generally more stable than ADSL. Have you done any speed tests (speedtest.net etc) that you could post?

    Regards...jmcc




    download speeds slightly up today
    this is when I can get speedtest to actually work - half the time it times out

    this is via a wired cable connected directly to the modem about 2 ft away



    https://ibb.co/TWd2vZg
    https://ibb.co/GTLxz4W


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    And attached is from WiFi on my mobile, again about 2ft away from the modem.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,077 ✭✭✭ CoBo55


    obi604 wrote: »
    Yeah, as follows:



    https://ibb.co/Wf7dzg6
    https://ibb.co/ZGv2ZCD


    saying 'part fibre'
    speeds seems a bit optimistic, based on what is available now.

    What you have now is copper wire all the way back to the exchange that's why the speeds are so low. A new connection would be copper from the house to the cabinet and fibre from there to the exchange. The maximum available speed on this system is 100meg. Distance from the cabinet affects it greatly. Do you know where the cabinet is? When I was on that system before I went to VM I was about 660meters from the cabinet and was getting a rock solid 65 down and 15 up and it worked perfectly. It would be easy enough to get changed over to the fttc system although an engineer's visit would be required. Once that's done everything would still look the same etc.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    CoBo55 wrote: »
    What you have now is copper wire all the way back to the exchange that's why the speeds are so low. A new connection would be copper from the house to the cabinet and fibre from there to the exchange. The maximum available speed on this system is 100meg. Distance from the cabinet affects it greatly. Do you know where the cabinet is? When I was on that system before I went to VM I was about 660meters from the cabinet and was getting a rock solid 65 down and 15 up and it worked perfectly. It would be easy enough to get changed over to the fttc system although an engineer's visit would be required. Once that's done everything would still look the same etc.

    Great info.

    Even if I got 30 meg download and 10 upload, it would be massive. ANYTHING but the [email protected] I have now.


    I’m not overly familiar with the area so don’t know where the cabinet is. Any way or map to check this out?

    Would fibre to the cabinet be done by current supplier? Or is this more so a general infrastructure thing?

    Why would an engineer need to visit the house if work is done at cabinet?


    What do you mean by everything would still look the same?

    Sorry for all the silly q’s


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,946 ✭✭✭ jmcc


    obi604 wrote: »
    download speeds slightly up today
    this is when I can get speedtest to actually work - half the time it times out

    this is via a wired cable connected directly to the modem about 2 ft away



    https://ibb.co/TWd2vZg
    https://ibb.co/GTLxz4W

    If it is Fibre to the cabinet and the distance is only a few hundred metres, the stats should be better than that.

    I'm getting 58.7 Mb/s and 6.4 Mb/s up on an Eir 70Mb/s FTTC connection to Vodafone. It varies throughout the day.

    Wired is the best way to test the speed. Also check if there are modems nearby using the same WiFi channels. Sometimes neighbours will be using the same WiFi channels and they will interfere. The modem should have a feature in the admin control panel where it is possible to do a scan of WiFi channels and set the WiFi channel.

    Regards...jmcc


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    jmcc wrote: »
    If it is Fibre to the cabinet and the distance is only a few hundred metres, the stats should be better than that.

    I'm getting 58.7 Mb/s and 6.4 Mb/s up on an Eir 70Mb/s FTTC connection to Vodafone. It varies throughout the day.

    Wired is the best way to test the speed. Also check if there are modems nearby using the same WiFi channels. Sometimes neighbours will be using the same WiFi channels and they will interfere. The modem should have a feature in the admin control panel where it is possible to do a scan of WiFi channels and set the WiFi channel.

    Regards...jmcc


    Ok previous poster reckons it’s copper all the way.

    Thanks for tips, but Somehow I reckon charging WiFi channels etc will not do much


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,946 ✭✭✭ jmcc


    obi604 wrote: »
    Ok previous poster reckons it’s copper all the way.

    Thanks for tips, but Somehow I reckon charging WiFi channels etc will not do much
    Possibly. The ping can be an indicator. The WiFi channel issue is more of a local thing due to neighbours using the same WiFi channel. The router/modem control panel would generally show the connection type and the maximum attainable speeds.

    Regards...jmcc


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,077 ✭✭✭ CoBo55


    obi604 wrote: »
    Great info.

    Even if I got 30 meg download and 10 upload, it would be massive. ANYTHING but the [email protected] I have now.


    I’m not overly familiar with the area so don’t know where the cabinet is. Any way or map to check this out?

    Would fibre to the cabinet be done by current supplier? Or is this more so a general infrastructure thing?

    Why would an engineer need to visit the house if work is done at cabinet?


    What do you mean by everything would still look the same?

    Sorry for all the silly q’s

    Yes VF should be able to give you fttc. The engineer needs to come into the house and remove the faceplate to connect a small device to the copper wires that are going back to the cabinet. He then finds this pair in the cabinet and connects them to the fibre section, he goes back to the house removes the device and puts the faceplate back on the wall, plugs the router back in and you're sorted, after this is done everything looks exactly as it was before, no extra wires or anything like that, things like that upset older people, believe me I know what you mean. I can't help you with finding your cabinet, maybe others might be able to help with that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    CoBo55 wrote: »
    Yes VF should be able to give you fttc. The engineer needs to come into the house and remove the faceplate to connect a small device to the copper wires that are going back to the cabinet. He then finds this pair in the cabinet and connects them to the fibre section, he goes back to the house removes the device and puts the faceplate back on the wall, plugs the router back in and you're sorted, after this is done everything looks exactly as it was before, no extra wires or anything like that, things like that upset older people, believe me I know what you mean. I can't help you with finding your cabinet, maybe others might be able to help with that.

    Yeah, you know yourself, any change like this is massive for older people, the thoughts of potential disruption and the absolute blind panic of the landline number changed would be carnage ;)

    Would doing this work mean a higher monthly bill etc due to the potential ‘upgrade’?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,077 ✭✭✭ CoBo55


    obi604 wrote: »
    Yeah, you know yourself, any change like this is massive for older people, the thoughts of potential disruption and the absolute blind panic of the landline number changed would be carnage ;)

    Would doing this work mean a higher monthly bill etc due to the potential ‘upgrade’?

    What are they paying now? VF are doing good deals at the minute, BB and phone for €30 per month, one of the comparison sites are giving an extra fiver off for a few months if you sign up through them.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    CoBo55 wrote: »
    What are they paying now? VF are doing good deals at the minute, BB and phone for €30 per month, one of the comparison sites are giving an extra fiver off for a few months if you sign up through them.

    Last bill was 61 Euro !


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