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# 177707 12-Aug-2015 06:37
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Hi there,

My area is just about ready to go for fibre. I will be staying with Spark for UFB who offer 100/20 and 200/20 plans. Is there much of a difference between them? We mainly use the internet for streaming netflix / hulu and general browsing. We do have plenty of devices connected to wifi. Im curious if its worth paying the extra $20 per month for the higher speed or if it would be unnoticeable.

We currently struggle to maintain a 5mb connection to the exchange, when one person is watching netflix the picture pixelates if the internet is used on another device. Fibre will be a huge change for our household!

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  # 1363346 12-Aug-2015 06:37
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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.

 



 

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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.

 



 

I recommend you read these two blog posts:

 



 

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  # 1363364 12-Aug-2015 07:05
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Highly unlikely.



 
 
 
 


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  # 1363369 12-Aug-2015 07:14
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I wouldn't get the faster option to start.
A good adsl2 connection would probably be good enough, fibre should blow you away.




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  # 1363376 12-Aug-2015 07:35
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I was on 200/200 with Bigpipe but dropped to 100/20 to save a bit of money.  The only thing that came through at 200Mbit was stuff from CDN, eg windows and apple updates, some steam and so on.  And the speed test results annoyed my friends and workmates.  :)

For day to day use I've noticed no major difference.  Though I don't usually torrent, maybe if you got a file with heaps of peers you might get over 100Mbit.

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  # 1363388 12-Aug-2015 08:09
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Ideal for many concurrent users, such as a large tech family or flatmates, if they are often streaming or downloading, otherwise I'd suggest 100/20

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  # 1363396 12-Aug-2015 08:35
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I've just gone from 30/10 to 100/50. In general web browsing etc there isn't a huge difference in speed. I feel most of the delay loading web pages is the ping time on US servers. For downloading files there's a difference in speed. 100 should be more than adequate for multiple HD simultaneously.

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  # 1363467 12-Aug-2015 09:50
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You wont notice any difference with streaming.  It only makes a difference if you are doing big downloads.

Save your money.




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