I’ve traded reciprocal guest posts with the nice people at Broadband Genie – my post on this topic lives here, so you can compare advice and see who you rate better :-). Yes, it’s a kind of mutual self-promotion, but I’ve written about the topic before and they’ve put together something that fit my specific request, which is how I’m always happy to receive (and indeed contribute) guest posts.
This post was conrtibuted by Rob Clymo from www.broadbandgenie.co.uk.
If you live in the centre or even the outskirts of a town or city then chances areÂ you will probably be able to enjoy high-speed Internet in one form or another.Â After all, the choices will be more extensive and connectivity is likely to beÂ more durable too, either via ADSL or cable.
Out in the sticks
However, if you live out of town then it may well be an entirely different storyÂ because of less connectivity options and more issues with the technical sideÂ of things. Even if you live in an area covered by the extensive BT network,Â there are distinct possibilities that you’ll have to endure a poor level ofÂ performance due to your proximity to the local telephone exchange.
Broadband only deals and offers may well be plentiful back in town, but if you’re away from populated areas then you may well have to be just a little bitÂ canny in order to pep up the performance of your current Internet connection.
People in this kind of scenario can often find that any chance of NGA, orÂ next generation access, will be sorely forgotten because the range of next-generation optic fibres does not extend to them.
Although Ofcom has already stated that the average UK broadband downloadÂ speeds in the UK back in 2009 were 4.1mbps, many rural user still get farÂ from that sort of performance even now. Of course, there are some things youÂ can do to get a little bit more out of your current connection. Start by using theÂ free tools on broadband comparison websites to find out what sort of speedÂ you’re currently obtaining.
If it’s poor, or fluctuating, then you could try tracing back all of your cabling,Â repositioning routers, refreshing your supply of filters to the phone pointsÂ and also shortening the distance between the connection point and yourÂ computer. If you’re on a conventional BT landline ADSL setup, or one thatÂ comes via their network, but through a different Internet service provider, thenÂ you may have the same problem.
And while wireless broadband via a router at home can be handy, it canÂ also mean slower connectivity. If you have problems, then try relocatingÂ your device to sit closer to the machine you’re using. Remember that theseÂ devices can suffer interference too, not only from things like walls and otherÂ obstructions, but also devices including baby monitors.
There are plenty of things that can slow down a broadband InternetÂ connection, so working methodically back through the obvious potentialÂ suspects may reveal a defect or positioning issue that could resolve things aÂ little and offer up a bit more speed.
Make a change
If all that fails to make much of a difference then consider another angle,Â including cable broadband from a provider such as Virgin Media. TheirÂ network doesn’t doesn’t cover all areas, but it could be a great alternative ifÂ you’re lucky enough to be in a catchment area.
Another route to take is that of mobile broadband, which is becoming cheaper,Â better performing and also very competitive. All of that means lots of greatÂ deals and offers for consumers, and although there are shortcomings withÂ using large amounts of data, it can be an ideal solution if you considerÂ yourself to be an average user of the high-speed Internet.