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    Just had the bill from our RBC for this year and it has gone up three fold on last year and 4.5x from the year before. I understand the reasons for this, govt cuts, but it may just be time to look elsewhere. Anyone using/looking at non RBC internet providers?

    We currently get 100Mbs (60 in reality) syncronous/uncontended connection, not sure we need this as we rarely see use anywhere near this level.

    The bundled services we get are not a deciding factor.

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    if you dont need it, then dont go for it. Better to go for a 10mb line on a 1gb pipe which will allow for expandability in the future Virgin do great deals at the minute.

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    I had the same experience with our local authority quote.

    Basically you can get a 100mbit fiber line for around 14-16k a year from companies like Virgin, Easynet, Globalaxs ect. Virgin even do a 1gbit line for 20k which I was very tempted with

    I'm currently testing a BT business VDSL line which is 1k a year and seems good so far. I blogged about it here.

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    What about filtering etc?

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    We run our own filter already, are already talking about alternatives to the RBC VLE and email as they are causing us problems. Only remote access and parental portal (when it gets delivered) are a cause for a headache if we move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    What about filtering etc?
    We are testing the Sophos Web Appliance right now. Its far better than the RBC supplied cachepilot.

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    RBC Cachepilot...I hate ours...but am stuck with it until they agree to let me buy a smoothwall box in my place (so far so good, just waiting for the final yes...order etc all been written up and the like)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    RBC Cachepilot...I hate ours...but am stuck with it until they agree to let me buy a smoothwall box in my place (so far so good, just waiting for the final yes...order etc all been written up and the like)
    Why are you stuck with it?

    I simply replaced the box with a smoothwall or Sophos box and it worked perfectly.

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    It's amazing how its cheaper to get your own filter, firewall and broadband provision in than rely on the LA.

    I'd rather run things yourself and know your in control of it than rely on someone else anyway.

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    Have a talk to LUNS, they have just provided me with a very good quote for 100Mb service here in Rural Yorkshire, and we have our own Smoothwall Filtering and in-house Exchange server and will start to use Smoothwalls email filtering product shortly so they are well worth talking to.

    If you drop an email to LUNS its probably a good starting place - LUNS – Lancaster University Network Services and see what they can do for you, they may still have kit dotted around Cumbria that they can access

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    Not with plus.net then lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    We are testing the Sophos Web Appliance right now. Its far better than the RBC supplied cachepilot.
    Just out of interest, how much does the Sophos Web Appliance cost? It gets really good reviews.

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    Hi John

    Am awaiting a call back from LUNS to see what they can offer. We shall see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InspireICT View Post
    Just out of interest, how much does the Sophos Web Appliance cost? It gets really good reviews.
    Around 3k I think.

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    We have globalAXS, its pretty awesome plus all geeks!

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