The 2021 Guide to Setting the Best and Fastest DNS Servers for Xbox

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Setting the most reliable and fastest DNS servers in your Xbox is critical to achieving the best gaming experience. This article shows you how to change the DNS settings on your Xbox to the very best settings available. This guide includes the Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Changing DNS settings on … Read more

FTTP Questions and Answers (FAQs) For an Openreach Community Partnership

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I’ve produced the following FAQ question and answers guide for my local community, which should get FTTP in 2021 as part of an Openreach Community Partnership. Hopefully, many other people across the UK will be find it useful. What is ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP), and why is it better than the Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) we have now? … Read more

‘A Perfect Planet’ and ‘Dr Who’ Demonstrate 4k HDR at its Best on BBC iPlayer but We Want More

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The start of 2021 provided a great demonstration of ‘the art of the possible’ with the Ultra HD (4k) High Dynamic Range (HDR) format with some exciting new programmes becoming available as part of the BBC’s iPlayer Ultra HD ‘trial’. These are still available through the iPlayer. Two standouts are the incredible ‘A Perfect Planet’ … Read more

Review of the Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Machine (UDM) Pro Router – ideal for ultrafast broadband connections

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In this article, we review the Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Machine (UDM) Pro, which is now our recommended router for 2021 for ultrafast broadband connections, as shown in our Best Routers for 2021 page. The UDM Pro is great piece of equipment that seems to provide the ultimate future-proof ‘prosumer’ option for broadband users with the … Read more

10 Gigabit Ethernet Guide: is it time to upgrade to 10 GbE?

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In this guide, we help you identify whether it worth upgrading to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (or 10 GbE for short) and the best way of doing so. Currently, Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T) is the most widely deployed Ethernet standard in modern electronic devices currently on sale. However, 10 GbE offers the prospect of increasing transmission speeds by a factor of … Read more

15 Ways to Improve Video Conferencing including Zoom and Skype

This guide provides 15 proven ways to substantially improve video conferencing. Too many people are currently getting a poor experience with video conferencing services like Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting and Microsoft Teams. Low-quality video feeds, which suffer regular interruptions and blips, are often combined with awful sound, which is infected with irritating delays and echoes. The … Read more

Guide for Rural Communities: How to Get Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) Now!

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There is huge uncertainty over the extent to which full-fibre broadband – also known as Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) or ‘gigabit-capable broadband’ – will be rolled out in the coming years, particularly in rural areas. However, with the recent improvements in the Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme and the introduction of ‘top ups’ by local authorities, there’s never … Read more

TV and Video Will Triple Average Home Monthly Internet Usage to Beyond 1 TB By 2025

Figure 1: Forecast for Average Monthly Home Internet Use (2013-2025) Over the next five years, average home monthly Internet usage in the UK will triple from its 2019 level, surpassing 1 TB per month by 2025, as shown in our forecast shown above. This growth, which is in line with usage growth predicted for the … Read more

Disney Plus in the UK Finally Matches Bit Rates in the USA

The exciting launch of Disney Plus in the UK in March 2020 was sadly hampered by the widespread reduction in bit rates among streamed TV providers requested by the European Commissioner Thierry Breton due to the coronavirus pandemic. This resulted in 4k content not being delivered in true 3840 x 2160 resolution and the removal … Read more

Wi-Fi Set Up Guide – how to set up and optimise your Wi-Fi to boost performance and speeds

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Wi-Fi, and not the broadband connection, is often the weakest link in a home network. When our local community was migrated from conventional ADSL broadband services (delivering download speeds of between 0.5 and 4 Mbps) to fibre broadband (with speeds up to 80 Mbps), we were surprised by the number of people reporting problems after migration, … Read more

Online Speed Tests: The Best and Worst and How to Use Them

We’ve lost count of the number of people that have told us that their broadband connection is not working properly because an online speed test has reported low or highly variable speeds. We identify the best and worst online speed tests. You need to be very cautious with online speed tests. In most cases, because … Read more