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

How To Speed Up DNS Look-ups for Faster Performance

Updated February 2021. DNS or Domain Name System look-ups play a huge role in defining how fast your broadband connection really is with ‘real world’ applications such as browsing. In this article, we’ll be show you how to speed up DNS look-ups easily and for free by choosing the best and fastest DNS server(s) for your … Read more

Chart of Fibre Broadband (FTTC) Speed Versus Distance From the Cabinet

‘Fibre broadband’, or Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) as it is more formally known, is the technology that delivers the vast majority of superfast broadband connections in the UK currently. Often, the term ‘VDSL2’ is also used. The technology has two major weaknesses – by using the copper wires between you and the street cabinet, speeds diminish the further … Read more

Amazon’s Music HD Service Spells New Era for CD-Quality Music Streaming

Amazon’s launch of its new Music HD service comes at an opportune moment, at a time when superfast broadband (with download speeds in excess of 30 Mbps) is available to 95% of UK homes. Say goodbye to compressed music streaming. At a relatively affordable price of £12.99 for Amazon Prime customers, it offers true-CD-quality streaming … Read more

Review of Apple TV+: Apple’s Streamed Service Leads the Pack in Picture Quality

Apple launched its new TV streaming service in the UK on 1st November 2019, to compete with rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Pricing is certainly aggressive. Apple TV+ currently costs £4.99 per month although there is a cheaper way to subscribe for buyers of Apple products. Apple offers a year-long trial for buying a … Read more

BBC iPlayer Ultra HD (4k) Demonstrates Amazing Picture Quality

You may also be interested in: ‘A Perfect Planet’ and ‘Dr Who’ Demonstrate 4k HDR at Its Best in BBC iPlayer (Jan 2021). What a pleasure it was this Christmas and New Year period being able to watch the complete series of ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ and ‘Dracula’ on BBC iPlayer in Ultra HD 4k … Read more

Superfast Broadband Fuels Streamed Video-on-Demand Services

We enjoyed a fantastic Christmas period making the most of the large amount of Ultra HD 4k content that is now available across the streaming platforms in the UK, including ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ from the BBC (shown above). High-speed broadband has been making a dramatic impact on television production and consumption. It is allowing a … Read more

Why Does the Take-Up of Superfast Broadband Lag Its Widespread Availability?

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In its 2018 Connected Nations report, Ofcom found that “people do not always sign up to faster broadband packages when they are available”. Although at the time 94% of premises had access to superfast broadband packages (30 Mbps+), only 45% had signed up to them. Ofcom stated, “People should be given the choice to sign … Read more

Chart of ADSL and ADSL2+ Speed Versus Distance

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Updated February 2021. While ISPs often advertise ADSL2+ and ADSL services as having maximum downlink connection speeds of 24 Mbps and 8 Mbps, respectively, very few broadband users can expect to achieve such speeds. As shown in the figure below, a broadband signal generally has to travel considerable distances along the copper cable from the … Read more

Price Decreases in FTTP on Demand Although it Remains a Niche Service

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2021 Update:  Price changes haven’t really changed FTTP on Demand, which still represents an expensive option. There have been developments aimed at stimulating the adoption of Fibre to the Premises (FTTP). Openreach has recently announced significant price decreases in its FTTP on Demand product from February 2018, which (with the help of a forthcoming nationwide … Read more

Review of Synology RT2600ac Wireless Router

Our new recommended wireless router for conventional ADSL and fibre broadband Update: Read our Best Router Guide for our very latest product recommendations. Our new recommended wireless router is the Synology RT2600ac, which is a state-of-the-art wireless router that provides the capabilities we believe are necessary to get the very most from a broadband connection. … Read more

Amazon Ultra HD Launch of The Grand Tour Represents Major Milestone

Car enthusiasts have warmly greeted Amazon’s spectacular launch of its The Grand Tour series, starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May (who originally presented the BBC’s Top Gear). According to Amazon, the first episode of The Grand Tour has become “the biggest premiere on Amazon Prime”, with millions of streams in the USA, UK, … Read more

BT Trials Long Reach VDSL (LR-VDSL)

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Update: Sadly, BT has stopped trials of LR-VDSL as the technology has not proved as effective as it originally hoped. We think it’s best that BT focuses on bringing Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) to everyone as soon as possible. A major weakness of the Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology that BT is currently deploying for superfast broadband … Read more