Everything seems smoother this morning which is great, but we're still not getting the full 10Mbps, but more like 6-8Mbps according to this speed test.
How do you guys compare?
it's gone off and come back on.... fingers crossed :-)
hmmm. something is not right it's not downloading from Microrsoft VLSC, ITunes or Google Sites... oh fmphfffph!
I'm wondering if our bandwidth is being throttled to compensate the amount of traffic that goes through the firewall? Just a theory?
I've tested again and it's now averaging 3.5Mbps. I don't think this battle is won just yet.
finally got onto Itunes - 2hrs estimate to download new version of Itunes 95mb, normally do this in minutes.... very slow on downloads, uploading seems reasonable.
Just performed another test and achieved 8.5Mbps average. This is much more like it.
80 down 24 up for us..
I was speaking to BT directly a couple of months ago and one of the things that was really good about their service was the ability to flex the bandwidth. IE you have your full 100Mbps during term time and during the Summer and Half terms you could reduce it down to 20Mbps reducing the cost of service at the same time. I had a good look at Smoothwall for filtering and firewall, call me old fashioned but I'm still not completely sold on having a software filewall. I also liked the look of the Lightspeed Rocket appliance for filtering. Looks like we are moving our MIS support to Sandwell, already sourced an alternative to the AV.
One of the problems I noted was (apparently) whilst on the BGFL service some of our MIS data is automatically collected. If we moved away we would have to find a way around this (VPN??).
It sounds appealing being able to increase or reduce your bandwidth, but do you really save that much money? 13 weeks per year out of 52, it's only a fraction. The biggest issue with BT is the SLA or lack of, which means (in a worse case scenario) is you could be without internet for days.
We currently have a 10Mbps line - and at peak times this is really no longer sufficient. The next jump up is currently 100 Mbps (apparently there are plans to offer an intermediate step in january), but the price increase is too much.
I have tentatively made alternative enquiries - just to get an idea of the costs of alternative provision.
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