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Andysworld! to get Superfast Broadband ? Possibly ?

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

If you don’t know, I live in a rural idle in Yorkshire which some have described as a “Shire out of Tolkien” where the hobbits live! (I’m actually a little larger than a hobbit, some would say much larger!)

Lovely as it is, it does suffer one draw back, currently I’m in the 10% of the population without what the Government calls “Superfast Broadband” - at best when the wind blows in the right direction I may get up to 3.5 Meg download speed, my telephone line is still connected to a telegraph pole, and my line length is approx 3.9km from the BT exchange, and that’s not as the crow flies, because the came runs in a junction at the side of the road.

So broadband speed is slow. Three years ago, I blogged when I “nerded or geeked out” - Welcome to Cabinet World! - Andy stalks more cabs! , checking out the local cabs in the area, that had been upgraded, and fibre enabled, and hoped one day that poor old Cabinet Number 10 would be upgraded. All the other cabs in the local town have been upgraded but this sad cabinet has been left, and this is where my telephone line terminates!

3 years later, it remains the same!

BUT…

Whilst out walking in early March 2017, the noisy bugger I am, spotted a notice on a BT Telegraph pole, near my house

Openreach Notice on Telegraph pole

Openreach Notice on Telegraph pole

When I first noticed it, I didn’t read it fully, and thought maybe they were replacing the old telegraph poles because they had rotten, but then I visited When Can I get Fibre ? which I have visited many times, last year!

When Can I get Fibre ?

When Can I get Fibre ?

I could not believe it now states FTTP - Fibre to the Premises, so excited, and I’m sure a little bit of wee came out, I rushed back to the notice on the telegraph pole, and read in more detail…

“to install fibre broadband pole/s” - I’ve read articles, by Openreach, which have suggested they are now using poles and not holes!

Early April, I spotted Openreach Engineers near my Cab 10, but it had not changed, and more recently I’ve been seeing them getting closer to my house.

img_1338I asked this engineer, how far they were going and he said he didn’t know! This was 24 April 2017. Approx 1800 metres from my house.

Today, they are just round the corner! (750 metres away!)  You can see the reel of fibre on the rear of the lorry.

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The muts nuts of Access Points - The Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-PRO @ubnt

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Very impressive hardware, with lots of features, and statistics, logging….Good Radios, for 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Setup is straightfoward, and if you know what you are doing for shits and giggles, you can hit the Advanced Button!

The UniFi Controller software can be linked to the Cloud, so you can spy on your installation from remote Web browser or Smartphone application, available for Droid and iThingy.

UniFi Overview

UniFi Overview

An excellent feature shows WiFi devices MAC and IP Address, but also looks up the manufacturer, and also shows device signal quality, and data transmitted and received, I’m now puzzling why my Chromecast and Amazon Firestick are so chatty!

Here are some screenshots from the Droid app

UniFi Controller Stats

UniFi Controller Stats

UniFi Controller Stats

UniFi Controller Stats

So 16 hours into testing, and I’ve connected a total of 24 devices concurrently, and transferred a massive 23.1GB of traffic across the WiFi network (single access point). All other WiFi devices are turned off now,  no router WiFi or other access points, I’m still using the TP-Link router, at present because my Signal to Noise ratio on the Broadband Line has been reset to 6dB again!

That’s another story…..

Catch you later folk.

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The WiFi Cure! - Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-PRO

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

So hopefully this will cure my issues - Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-PRO

Available to purchase from here.

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Too many WiFi devices and used up all my WiFi beans in my Broadband routers!

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Well the title says it all, with the addition of more WiFi Home Automation devices, it would appear I’ve used up all the WiFi beans in my Broadband Routers, or they easily get overloaded with too many devices. I’ve just added another 12 WiFi devices, and it would appear that’s overkill for a 2Wire 2700HGV and backup BT Home Hub 3 broadband routers.

2Wire 2700HGV & BT Home Hub 3

2Wire 2700HGV & BT Home Hub 3

I’ve been meaning to overall my WiFi for a while, so turned off a dedicated 2.4GHz  and 5GHz access points, and replaced with a single inexpensive broadband dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz router from TP-LINK Archer D20 AC750 Wireless Dual Band ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections, those devices that have 5GHz have been migrated to the 5GHz WiFi, e.g. Amazon Echo, Nexus, laptops & iPads.

Boxed TP-LINK Archer D20 AC750 Wireless Dual Band ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections

Boxed TP-LINK Archer D20 AC750 Wireless Dual Band ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections

TP-LINK Archer D20 AC750 Wireless Dual Band ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections

TP-LINK Archer D20 AC750 Wireless Dual Band ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections

It does not look very pretty, and has the standard, LEDs for Power On, 2.4GHz/5.0GHz Enabled, ADSL Connection, Internet Connected and LAN states, this router, is on the top of a shelf, so I need to standard on a stool to check the LED status, it would have been handy, if they were visible… (ignore the whitebox in the above picture, that’s the SamKnows UK Broadband Availability monitoring box)

I’ve now got a few devices from TP-Link, a Chinese company, and the products are of good quality and inexpensive. I’ve got TP-Link  battery  power banks, and recent WiFi smart switches, all with a 3 Year Guarantee, and 24/7 Technical Support! and if you are a real Techie Nerd, you can visit the TP-Link website, and checkout the GUI Management Interface of their products, using their TP-Link emulator

TP-Link router interface

TP-Link router interface

and for shits and giggles, it has SNMP (for a budget router a bargain), you can graph traffic….

SNMP monitoring of TP-Link router

SNMP monitoring of TP-Link router

So all in all, Good value router, with 3 year guarantee, we will see if it struggles with the WiFi!

Update :- It made no difference, the end result, the WiFi radios in routers cannot cope and struggle with too many WiFi devices, in my case 30, which in the future more and more households, we will start to see the same issue….as more households embrace WiFi, how many WiFi devices are you currently using ?

So I purchased one of these - The WiFi Cure! - Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-PRO

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Welcome to Cabinet World! - Andy stalks more cabs!

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

On my travels, I’ve been stalking more BT Openreach “Cabs”, that have been upgraded or added to facilitate “Superfast Broadband” in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Pocklington area.

This FTTC cabinet is taller than me, at 6ft!

This is the largest FTTC cab I've found!

Another large FTTC cabinet, outside Co-op

Another large FTTC cabinet, outside Co-op, in fact this cabinet obstructs your view, when pulling out of the Co-op car park!

Different older style PPC cab

Different older style PPC cab

Recently, these stickers have been stuck on the cabs!

Recently, these stickers have been stuck on the cabs! Note the ventilation slits to cool the switch gear inside!

Now the next photo is very interesting….(well I think so…), this is Cabinet 1, and it’s NOT been upgraded as yet, I thought all the cabinets in Pocklington, had been upgraded except Cabinet 10. Cabinet 1 is located on the main high street in Pocklington (Main Street!), which supports ALL the shops, so they’ll not be on Superfast Broadband yet!

Cabinet 1 on Main Street, Pocklington

Cabinet 1 on Main Street, Pocklington

and this is Cabinet 10

Cabinet 10 on "The Mile"

Cabinet 10 on "The Mile"

Cabinet 10 on "The Mile", plenty of space for a new FTTC cab!

Cabinet 10 on "The Mile", plenty of space for a new FTTC cab!

and the importance of Cabinet 10, is it’s My Cab! Well not my personal cab, but where my fixed telephone line terminates!

So there is plenty of space near Cab 10 for a new FTTC cab, and I understand that Cab 1 and Cab 10 are still being evaluated, for upgrade, so there is maybe still hope!

It’s possible, that as quite of lot of work may be required for Cab1 (it’s on a busy high street), and my new Cab needs to planned, because it’s near residents garden….

Lets keep fingers crossed!

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Superfast broadband is coming maybe - Andy stalks Cabinets!

Monday, September 15th, 2014

In the lasts couple of weeks, driving on the way to work, I’ve noticed these new “green daleks” appearing on the street..

older BT "PCP" distribution cabinets

older BT "PCP" distribution cabinets

near the older BT “PCP” distribution cabinets

New FTTC Cabinet

New FTTC Cabinet

recent BT manhole cover

recent BT manhole cover

these are in fact the new style FTCC cabinets (fibre to the cabinet/premises), they have ventilation holes, because the new cabinets, just do not contain patch panels, but also electronic network switching gear, so they’ll run warm!

These are for Superfast Broadband, or BT Infinity. These cabinets are just off the A1079, at Bolton Lane, there are also many in Pocklington, that have been recently installed….

I’ve been stalking my cabinet, which has a cable run of 3.7km from my house, to the nearest junction box, and as yet no new  FTCC cabinets has appeared, most of the others in Pocklington have now been completed!

I now fear, I could be in the 10% of Rural people, that are excluded from the Governments project to equip 90% of the country with Superfast Broadband!

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Broadband Change! Draytek Vigor 2600G versus BT Home Hub 3

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

As I was passing the “Save the Children” charity shop in Pocklington, at the weekend, I spyed a BT Home Hub 3, Mint, Sealed, New in Box, in he front window, for £5!

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Always, after a bargain, I snapped it up for a fiver! If you didn’t know BT Home Hubs supplied by BT are “locked” to their Broadband network, you cannot change the username, but a few minutes later, I had an unlocked version, and can use it to connect to my ISP - Eclipse Internet.

draytek

I’m interested to see, if replacing my aging, Draytek Vigor 2600G router, would I get a better connection speed, and download speed! Here are the test results

Draytek Vigor 2600G test results

My Broadband Speed Test

My Broadband Speed Test

BT Home Hub 3 test results

My Broadband Speed Test

So it does not look like my aging Draytek versus BT Home Hub 3, is the cause of my slowness! and looking at these non scientific tests, the Draytek appears to be faster!

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Wired or Wireless, ADSL or 3G? that’s the question?

Friday, February 10th, 2012

I’ve recently been running trails using 3G Wireless Internet with Celltime Provider Three and O2, you are probably thinking I’m as mad as a badger! (well once upon a time, I did study Electronic Communication Engineering, so I know a little about Radio Frequencies! - (thanks to Mum & Dad! for the funding!).

But check the results below, and this is with a -85 dBm signal (boffin speak for GOOD! or three bars good buddy! have you got your ears on!), using the internal antenna on a Option GlobalSurfer III (3G Router). I’ve recently noticed that Three have upgraded their transmitter to now support HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access), well what does that load of gibberish mean, well other than the UMTS or 3G symbol changes to “H” on my phone or router. It means that rather than max speed of 3.6Mbps, the max speed could be 7.2MBps or 14.4MBps. Yes via Wireless!

At present I’m getting faster wireless speeds than wired!

Eclipse Internet Three 3G Internet
Eclipse Internet ADSL speedtest by Speedtest.net Three 3G speedtest by Speedtest.net
Eclipse Internet ADSL pingtest by Pingtest.net Three 3G pingtest by Pingtest.net
Eclipse Internet ADSL speedtest by Broadband SpeedChecker.co.uk Three 3G speedtest by Broadband SpeedChecker.co.uk
Eclipse Internet ADSL speedtest by My Broadband Speed hree 3G speedtest by My Broadband Speed
Eclipse Internet ADSL speedtest by Thinkbroadband Three 3G speedtest by Thinkbroadband

I generally use this 3G router, because when normal wired ADSL fails, it automatically fails back or fails over to 3G Wireless Internet, and after the recents drop outs and faults, I noticed my 3G wireless broadband was faster!

Option GlobalSurfer III 3G Network Router

Option GlobalSurfer III 3G Network Router

I need to complete some more calculations, and purchase a directional Yagi antenna, so I can get a stronger signal = more signal = more power = faster throughput and downloads! (does that sound like Captain Kirk to Scotty the Engineer - Give me more power! Scotty! )

Microwave Wireless Aerial or Twig!

Microwave Wireless Aerial or Twig on biscuit tin!

This aerial is not correct, the VSWR (sorry boffin alert) is too high, and not correctly matched at 3G frequencies! It reminds me of long ago with a DV27 on a biscuit tin!

I now understand, when I visited China, why they did not role out copper wires to peoples houses for telephones, they just jumped to wireless 2.5G communications (whilst the UK, was still using GSM! (2G)).

Well Good Buddy Signing Off!, 10-10.

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Broadband Woes Revisited!

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Earlier in the month, I reported (here’s the blog) that my Broadband has an intermittent fault AGAIN. Back in 2010, I had similar if not the same issues, and it had to be escalted to BT, it looks like, it will have to be escalted to BT again! The problem is an unstable line, disconnects, occasional slow throughout, down to 0.4Mbps.

It’s been reported to Eclipse Internet, my ISP, who are not to blame, as they do not own the telegraph wire from my house to the exchange. British Telecommunications plc, “BT” own that!

Eclipse Internet, changed the Interleave on the line from ON to OFF, to try and stablise the line, but it did not make any difference, and the issues continues…….

stay tuned for the next installment of Broadband Woes Revisited Update Soon!

Draytek Vigor Connection Statistics Interleaved ON

Draytek Vigor Connection Statistics Interleaved ON

ADSL STATUS Interleaved

ADSL STATUS Interleaved ON

Draytek Vigor Connection Statistics Interleaved OFF

Draytek Vigor Connection Statistics Interleaved OFF

ADSL STATUS Interleaved

ADSL STATUS Interleaved OFF

Notice the increase in sync speed (Down Speed), but unfortunately, it did not make any difference to throughput, or fix the issue.

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Frozen @EclipseInternet Broadband!

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Everything else freezes around here, so why not my Broadband “wires”

It sounds like food you have with chips and peas!

Again, I’m having broadband issues, for the last four days, during the twilight hours, under clear Yorkshire Wolds skies, the temperature has been falling to -7 degrees C, and I have a theory this causes a fault on the line! It just seems very coincidental, if we get a cold spell or very hot spell my Broadband has issues. Recently spoke to Eclipse Internet, that states that four other Eclipse Internet users on the Exchange also had issues this week, at the same time, so it was suggested it was BT, playing with their Exchange!

I’ll think I’ll be opening that call again Eclipse Internet!

Here are some lovely test results

SpeedTest.net Broadband Speed Test Results

SpeedTest.net Broadband Speed Test Results

Thinkbroad Broadband Speed Test Results

Thinkbroad Broadband Speed Test Results

Router Connection Statistics

Router Connection Statistics

Whilst the rest of the world, surfs the Net, at lighting speeds of 8, 20, 40 and 100MBps, I can only dream!

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