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    Have the rest of you considered jumping ship?

    Feel free to drop me an email/PM and I'll give you some info & pricing

    Luke

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    Hi Luke

    Unfortunately for some of us it is not as straightforward as that, many schools currently have services that are only accessible with a Birmingham connection. Replacements for these services would need to be found or workaround solutions put in place. Obtaining enough information to be happy about making the move and knowing everything will still work is almost impossible.

    What I am saying is that you need to fully understand the individual schools current services before you can make any recommendation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foofighterjim View Post
    Hi Luke

    Unfortunately for some of us it is not as straightforward as that, many schools currently have services that are only accessible with a Birmingham connection. Replacements for these services would need to be found or workaround solutions put in place. Obtaining enough information to be happy about making the move and knowing everything will still work is almost impossible.

    What I am saying is that you need to fully understand the individual schools current services before you can make any recommendation.
    You also need to be aware of the way the BCC network and BGFL where designed to transmit data internally, making it very awkward for any school sitting outside the grid to communicate with the LA...note awkward but not impossible.

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    Likewise with @foofighterjim, my school is unable to ditch its internet connection purely for keeping continuity of services within BGfL. I suspect a lot of schools in different LAs also face the same problem. Everything else, e.g. support services, can be dumped quite easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckster View Post
    Likewise with @foofighterjim, my school is unable to ditch its internet connection purely for keeping continuity of services within BGfL. I suspect a lot of schools in different LAs also face the same problem. Everything else, e.g. support services, can be dumped quite easily.
    Strangely enough Brum is the exception rather than the rule most LA's allow greater freedom

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    Quote Originally Posted by foofighterjim View Post
    Hi Luke

    Unfortunately for some of us it is not as straightforward as that, many schools currently have services that are only accessible with a Birmingham connection. Replacements for these services would need to be found or workaround solutions put in place. Obtaining enough information to be happy about making the move and knowing everything will still work is almost impossible.

    What I am saying is that you need to fully understand the individual schools current services before you can make any recommendation.
    I completely agree. We know it's not going to be a quick turn around. I was just offering to get one of our phone guys to give you a call and run through a few options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocHouse View Post
    You also need to be aware of the way the BCC network and BGFL where designed to transmit data internally, making it very awkward for any school sitting outside the grid to communicate with the LA...note awkward but not impossible.
    Completely off topic but I wish the NZ MoE and @dharre49 actually read this, they are in the process of attempting to strong arm NZ schools into a nationwide one of these and point to all the UK networks as a success story they are trying to replicate. I did try to tell them that the vast majority are actually the cause of many problems rather than the solution but you know government, they persist in doing the dumbest stuff imaginable.
    Last edited by SYNACK; 10th April 2014 at 01:01 PM.

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    Hi All,

    As you know my school was one of the first schools to move away from Link2ICT, don't you think the more of you that decide to move away the quicker BCC will have to find alternatives to give you access to the various services you require?

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    anyone else tried links own speed test....
    Untitled.jpg

    http://speedtest.bgfl.eu/

    It's supposed to be more accurate than speedtest.net, but so far this afternoon has proved that the connection speed isn't what we're supposed to get and that's plugged straight into the cisco switch with nothing else on the network.

    :-s giving up

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    I never use Speedtest now as I find its results a bit of a joke.
    I usually use: Network Speed Test app for Windows in the Windows Store or just queue up a few ISO downloads.

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    speed.jpg

    That's via a netbook i'm working on.....similar on my workstation...
    Last edited by Little-Miss; 10th April 2014 at 03:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    speed.jpg

    That's via a netbook i'm working on.....similar on my workstation...
    hmmm why when I've plugged it into the switch is it so slow...?

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    speedtest.PNG My speed is fine, just web pages that wont load

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
    I never use Speedtest now as I find its results a bit of a joke.
    I usually use: Network Speed Test app for Windows in the Windows Store or just queue up a few ISO downloads.
    completely blocked by the kind folks at service birmingham :-s

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenlong1985 View Post
    speedtest.PNG My speed is fine, just web pages that wont load
    Yeah, yeah alright....with ya 100mb line.

    Our internet has been fine all day....

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