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Evening speeds on FTTC

zackarydoo
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Registered: ‎20-09-2012

Evening speeds on FTTC

This is the second day of having FTTC, and I see that the evening download speed is far far lower than full speed. During the day I get around 74Mbps on a speed test, but in both evenings since having it installed, it's gone down to between 20Mbps and 30Mbps.
I did a lot of research of which ISP to go with, and Plusnet seemed the best for price and performance, going by other user's experiences. I'm aware that I could pay an extra £5 per month to get higher priority, but I was led to believe it was barely necessary. I'd accept a small decrease in speed, but to go down to 20-30Mbps seems pretty bad when my line is capable of 74Mbps. If I can cope with a lower limit per month (I don't yet know what my usage will be like), then I may as well have the slower package if this is the way it's always going to be.
How do others feel? Will this be the way it continues to be or is it just a bad 2 days?
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Plusnet Alumni (retired) chrispurvey
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Re: Evening speeds on FTTC

Hi zackarydoo,
That's a big drop in speed, shouldn't be seeing anything like that.
Are you connecting wired or wireless? No issues on our side at the moment.
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Re: Evening speeds on FTTC

Which speed test are you using?
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zackarydoo
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Re: Evening speeds on FTTC

Thanks for the replies. I've tried 4 or maybe 5 speed tests, and they give similar results. I've used speedtest.net, speedtest.uk.net, the BT beta tester, the Visualware one and I think one other.
During the evening last night and the night before it went to a minimum of 20Mbps, and it was roughly that this morning too when I did some tests. I tried again around 11am and it was fine again. I hadn't made any changes and I'd be surprised if there was any more or less network congestion at 9am/10am compared to 11am.
I am sometimes using wired and sometimes wireless (right next to router). I have found that when using wireless on the same laptop in the same place, that it consistently gives me a full speed reading when my wired PC does. So although I'm double-checking it with my wired connection, I've pretty much proved to myself that the wifi connection from the same place will give a full speed reading when it's available.
There is a rectified loop line fault here that the engineer found when installing fibre that was causing problems, that is cleared by disconnecting all the extensions. So that is how the engineer left it (I'm awaiting a call from BT to come and fix that), so I have my phone plugged directly into the master socket for now. So I can't see how that would cause any issues but I thought it worth mentioning anyway.
Plusnet Alumni (retired) chrispurvey
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Re: Evening speeds on FTTC

If you could run a few speed test at http://www.speedtester.bt.com/ when you are noticing a slow down in speeds then I can have a look at your results.
zackarydoo
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Re: Evening speeds on FTTC

Ok will do. I did use that one earlier when things were faster, and just did again and it's slowing down now. I'm on wifi at the moment so will do it again later this evening on Ethernet, and will post again to let you know.
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Plusnet Alumni (retired) chrispurvey
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Re: Evening speeds on FTTC

Preferable through ethernet where possible.
Let me know when you have done them.
zackarydoo
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Re: Evening speeds on FTTC

I have just done the test and despite the time, I'm getting 71Mbps down and 18Mbps up, which is nearly what I get off-peak. So maybe it's been a glitch? I'll do another test later and if it's low I'll add to this thread. I don't want to go on about it if it's just the odd slow-down as that's bound to happen now and then, but it did seem to be all the last 2 evenings and also this morning.
I'll keep an eye on it and let you know if it goes very slow again. In the mean time I'll try to enjoy my new fast Internet instead of using up my monthly allowance with speed tests.  Grin
Plusnet Alumni (retired) chrispurvey
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Re: Evening speeds on FTTC

Keep an eye on your connection and let us know how you get on. Everything's certainly OK from our side Smiley