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#173504 25-May-2015 21:45
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Hi there

I am on ADSL with Spark with current download speeds of 2.4 Mbps in the evening, It is pretty frustrating. We are due to get UFB in abut a month.

Without getting too technical, will I definitely notice an improvement with the basic up to 30Mbps plan compared to ADSL or is it not that simple?

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  #1311636 25-May-2015 21:45
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Hello... Our robot found some keywords in your post, so here is an automated reply with some important things to note regarding broadband speeds.



If you are posting regarding DSL speeds please check that



- you have reset your modem and router



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- Your ISP and plan



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Most of the problems with speed are likely to be related to internal wiring issues. Read this discussion to find out more about this. Your ISP is not intentionally slowing you down today (unless you are on a managed plan). Also if this is the school holidays it's likely you will notice slower than usual speed due to more users online.



A master splitter is required for VDSL2 and in most cases will improve speeds on DSL connections. Regular disconnections can be a monitored alarm or a set top box trying to connect. If there's an alarm connected to your line even if you don't have an alarm contract it may still try to connect so it's worth checking.



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  #1311645 25-May-2015 21:45
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  #1311675 25-May-2015 22:04
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  #1311683 25-May-2015 22:37

Yes. And if you find you still need more speed. All you have to do is just contact your ISP and switch to a faster plan. You will see an even bigger benefit if you have more than 1 person or device using the net at the same time in your house.

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  #1311691 25-May-2015 22:46
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  #1311692 25-May-2015 22:50
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Hell I went from VDSL to fibre and noticed a drastic increase in my speed. So yes, yes you will.

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  #1311749 26-May-2015 07:39
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Maybe, your question is phrased about your perception, which is difficult to judge. You're already getting 20Mbps, a jump to 30Mbps isn't really that noticeable, and you'll probably only get a speed increase with multiple downloads (torrents) or local content. You will likely notice lower latency. All in all I recommend UFB, but at 30/10 it won't be night and day. 100/20 or something may be.

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  #1311752 26-May-2015 07:43
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timmmay: You're already getting 20Mbps, a jump to 30Mbps isn't really that noticeable

OP says 2.4, not 20. Looks like you haven't had your coffee yet :)

Edit: Unless you're treating it as 2.4 mega*bytes*, but the OP also says that it's frustrating so I'm inclined to think that it's bits.

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  #1311754 26-May-2015 07:45
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Yes, you will notice an improvement.

Shorter ping time is the first thing I noticed, then a faster download speed.
Upload was also improved.

I have been very impressed with the change to UFB. :-)

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  #1311821 26-May-2015 09:35
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Yes. Its not just about bandwidth, but also latency where UFB is a big improvement.
You will notice things load faster, snappier.

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  #1311835 26-May-2015 09:49
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I'm going to be the odd man out here and say the answer is  "It depends what you do with your connection"

if you use your connection for stuff like email and browsing of simple websites (e.g. online banking), whilst there will be a difference, it might be not be all that noticeable in your day to day usage.  e.g. instead of taking 0.5 seconds to load a site it might take 0.1 seconds.

but for anything that requires a bit more bandwidth - video streaming, image heavy sites, file downloads etc then yes you will notice a difference. Likely a BIG difference.


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  #1311917 26-May-2015 11:41
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Thanks for your responses. It is indeed a slow 2.4 which makes streaming frustrating.

I can't wait!

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