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    • Smeags
    • By Smeags 9th Jan 18, 1:59 PM
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    Speeds: SSE & Plusnet vs BT and Sky?
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    • 9th Jan 18, 1:59 PM
    Speeds: SSE & Plusnet vs BT and Sky? 9th Jan 18 at 1:59 PM
    Hi,

    I feel like I'm asking a stupid question, but also, i don't know the answer... I need to get fibre broadband and am currently with BT but the contract has recently expired. I'm currently paying 47 a month. I certainly won't be staying with them and negotiating a better deal as I've had trouble with their customer services during the contract.....

    (I need fibre because I live in a semi-rural area. If I went for standard, I'd get a pathetic speed. About 3 Mbps).

    The question is, in the past, I've always been with either BT or Sky for broadband. I'm now considering going to one of the 'smaller' companies like SSE or Plusnet who have the best prrices at the moment.

    If I go to this, can I expect the broadband to be slower because of the lower price? Or would the price be the same? As whoever I go with, I'm going to be using the very same fibre optic cables right?

    I'm quite a heavy user. I do a lot of online gaming, and netflix streaming. I'm simply worried about getting a lot of lag during the gaming, or buffering whilst streaming?

    Thanks
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    • Gary_Dexter
    • By Gary_Dexter 9th Jan 18, 3:27 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 3:27 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 3:27 PM
    As it will be using the same Openreach line you can expect your speeds to be around what you are currently getting.
    • Smeags
    • By Smeags 9th Jan 18, 3:38 PM
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    • #3
    • 9th Jan 18, 3:38 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 3:38 PM
    That puts my mind at ease. Thanks!
    • Mister G
    • By Mister G 9th Jan 18, 3:43 PM
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    • #4
    • 9th Jan 18, 3:43 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 3:43 PM
    However, as a heavy user, you may wish to look to see if any of the alternatives do traffic management/shaping, as this could well affect your speeds.

    See here

    https://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/reviews/sse-broadband

    and here

    https://www.plus.net/help/legal/key-fact-indicators-for-broadband-traffic-prioritisation/
    Last edited by Mister G; 09-01-2018 at 3:49 PM.
    • AndyPK
    • By AndyPK 9th Jan 18, 6:01 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 6:01 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 6:01 PM
    avoid SSE though, as there are a lot of complaints about speed/performance
    • Smeags
    • By Smeags 9th Jan 18, 8:57 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 8:57 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 8:57 PM
    Thanks again. I've just signed up with Plusnet and am not worried one bit now.

    Chose them because of SSE's traffic management policy, as you said Mister G. Although I did like the fact they had a rolling contract and can leave at any time.

    Also went via Topcashback. That's 80 cashback if it tracks properly!
    • downshifted
    • By downshifted 13th Jan 18, 8:58 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 8:58 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 8:58 AM
    I!!!8217;ve just moved to plusnet fibre and my speeds are much lower than they were with BT. It!!!8217;s noticeable even with just 2 of us in the house. We often have young family to stay and it will drive them mad.
    Downshifted

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    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 13th Jan 18, 10:12 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 10:12 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 10:12 AM
    Are you measuring speed the correct way ??
    Ethernet cable and router fed from master socket .
    • iniltous
    • By iniltous 13th Jan 18, 10:28 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 10:28 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 10:28 AM
    However, as a heavy user, you may wish to look to see if any of the alternatives do traffic management/shaping, as this could well affect your speeds.

    See here

    https://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/reviews/sse-broadband

    and here

    https://www.plus.net/help/legal/key-fact-indicators-for-broadband-traffic-prioritisation/
    Originally posted by Mister G
    I!!!8217;ve just moved to plusnet fibre and my speeds are much lower than they were with BT. It!!!8217;s noticeable even with just 2 of us in the house. We often have young family to stay and it will drive them mad.
    Originally posted by downshifted
    If you were using BT Infinity 2 or had BT Infinity 1 but had been given the free speed increase to Infinity 2 levels, it's possible that if the Plusnet package you have bought is the upto 38Mb, it could conceivably be around half the speed of the BT Infinity product you had previously
    Last edited by iniltous; 13-01-2018 at 10:31 AM.
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