Some of you may remember the problems I was having with my ADSL Service last year. No solution was resolved apart from “wait until they upgrade your exchange” (this set to happen in 2029).
6 Months later, even after installing a master splitter, speed and stability during peak times has reduced further, and maximum DL speed during non-peak times has also seen a reduction. Upload speed, which was a stable 0.45Mbps no matter what, has now been significantly affected too.
Upload and Download speeds hover around the 0.1Mb/s range between the hours of 5pm and 12pm daily. Currently there are 9 households waiting to be connected to the exchange that provides my service, some of them have been waiting for over 200 days.
Switching ISP’s seems to be a non-option in this case, because likely, there aren’t any free slots left in the already hopelessly overwhelmed exchange.
Vodafone have just completed a cell-tower at the end of my road (2km away) as part of their RBI rollout. Farmside offer the best deal at the moment which allows us to keep our landline over the copper but have broadband over fixed wireless from this tower. 15gb Peak cap with 10gb Off-Peak cap @ 3Mbps DL and 4Mbps UL.
The speed sounds fine and the small data cap is workable, however I am unfamiliar with the technology and could do with some things clarified before I jump ship.
Stability: A business is operated from this address that requires constant reliable internet access. How reliable is the connection provided? Is it affected by geography and trees/prone to drop outs etc?
Security: How safe is the transmitted data? Can it be snooped on far more easily than a copper line connection? Is the use of a VPN service necessary?
Latency/QoS: What sort of performance can I expect from applications like Skype/Teamspeak, and how will the connection handle online gaming?
Equipment: What physical components/wiring are required for the connection to work? Obviously there is an aerial/dish, but is there a special modem/receiver required?
Cheers in advance!