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General Chat Thread, Any One Recommend This ISP For Home Use ?. in General; @tickmike: With so many good ISPs out there with unlimited download, why limit yourself? You really need to check out ...
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    Re: Any One Recommend This ISP For Home Use ?.

    @tickmike: With so many good ISPs out there with unlimited download, why limit yourself?

    You really need to check out www.adslguide.org.uk - every little detail is described on there and you can compare ISPs and even different packages offered by ISPs.

    You need to decide what you want though. If you want remote access to your desktop then a fixed IP is preferable and if you want to stream videos and do IP TV type stuff you need a high speed connection. If you just want the convenience of using the phone and net at the same time with a bit of a speed increase chucked in then go for a nice cheap 512kbps service and save yourself some money.

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    Re: Any One Recommend This ISP For Home Use ?.

    Not necessarily. All ISPs that are cheapish and have 'Unlimited Downloads' work by an FUP (Fair Usage Policy) which means they will limit your download speed at peak times (basically when you are at work or in bed) I'm not sure if that will affect streaming, you would have to ask.

    Make shure you read the terms and conditions and the FUP before you sign a contract.

    Even those who have Capped services may run an FUP although usually not as strict as those with 'Unlimited Downloads'

    Can you get Bulldog where you are, they are pretty good.

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    Re: Any One Recommend This ISP For Home Use ?.

    Blueyonder don't, I can abuse my 10mbit as much as I wish.

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    Re: Any One Recommend This ISP For Home Use ?.

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight
    and further to Woodies comments, it is possible to host a website with a dynamically assigned IP address!
    Nope you can, www.dyndns.com does it and updates dns records if your IP changes. I think there a few more others that do it. But though I would recommend a static ip, life is just simpler. Mind you though some ISP's block port 80 incoming on home accounts.

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    Re: Any One Recommend This ISP For Home Use ?.

    dyndns here. My linksys router (a WRT54GL) has inbuilt support for keeping my dyndns domain pointing to my ip. Only thing to note is some webfilters block dyndns.org hostnames.

    Blueyonder don't block any ports.

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    Re: Any One Recommend This ISP For Home Use ?.

    Hello, I'm back again after looking at loads of ISP's .
    We do not have cable around here, some of them are not covering our area, the local exchange has ADSL Max. But no LLU.

    Have been looking at this > http://www.eclipse.net.uk/index.cfm?...comparison_res

    Free connection.
    Free modem with 12mth term.*
    Static IP.
    Unlimited useage (subject to FUP from 6pm > 12pm.)
    Price range not bad.

    * The free modem is a " Speedtouch 330 USB ADSL modem"

    I was thinking of plugging this USB modem into a 'Smoothwall Box' red/green, then into my wireless router.

    Does any of you smoothwall experts know if this USB modem is compatible with smoothwall because I understand USB input are one of smoothwalls weaknesses.




    Regards Michael.

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    Re: Any One Recommend This ISP For Home Use ?.

    here is a speedtouch and smoothwall site (i use a BeWan adsl pci card):
    http://www.hystedjp.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/

    plus.net or zen are my personal favorites btw, I hear eclipse are pretty good.

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    Re: Any One Recommend This ISP For Home Use ?.

    Personally, I wouldn't use a USB modem at all if possible. USB was never meant for networking and these things use the dial-up interface to connect. Much better to use one with a network port IMHO.

    Something like this would be better:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/48449/rb/21903191259

    or

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/90977/...rb/21903237434

    Or see what you can pick up on ebay.

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    Re: Any One Recommend This ISP For Home Use ?.

    Re "woody"
    I was just reading the 'small' print on the eclipse site and came across this >

    http://kb.eclipse.net.uk/display/2n/...e.asp?aid=2395

    http://kb.eclipse.net.uk/display/2n/...L=&r=0.1612818
    You have probably tried this so good luck with your problems.

    I also have gone off USB modems when the school had ISDN and I built my first smoothbox ( gave up in the end trying to get it to recognise the usb modem)

    Regards Michael.

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    Re: Any One Recommend This ISP For Home Use ?.

    FWIW I've been looking at doing something similar with my own setup at home and will be playing with possible options that allow differential or incrimental backups based on a locally obtained "full" backup.

    My thinking at present is to try something out with Acronis True Image 9.1 Server and see if I can follow something like this as a backup path.

    1. Take a full backup of the server onto an external hard drive
    2. Take back to offsite server (based at home on static IP)
    3. Copy full backup to server
    4. Setup differential or incremental backups using the full backup as a starting point
    5. No brainer, set the backups to occur during early hours, every night.
    6. Repeat the entire process every month or so, depending on the amount of data that builds up.


    I figure this will work reasonably well for a primary school but I wouldn't want to go that route for a secondary due to the sheer amount of data being built up in a bigger institution, but it'll be interesting to see how well it all works.


    I'm not planning on this being the primary backup however and already have a NAS setup in a seperate building network cabinet taking NTbackups regularly and a 2nd domain controller in a seperate room also taking NTbackups.

    I figure paranoia can't hurt...

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