Eclipse ADSL - does it include usenet?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by if, Nov 24, 2005.

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    if Guest

    I was looking at the Eclipse Flex500 spec. (£18/mth)
    but I don't see any mention of usenet. Do they provide access to text?
    binaries? If so are the binaries usable (completeness/retention)?

    They also say it's truly unlimited connection - is this true?
    I would expect to use 20-30GB/mth, mainly P2P, usenet.

    Any other opinions on Eclipse?

    Webspace is only 20MB, but more important for me is do they limit bandwidth
    usage on it? My old 20MB demon site regularly hit Demon's 60MB/day limits
    so I wouldn't want too low a ceiling.
    if, Nov 24, 2005
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    Adrian Guest

    I think you'll find, Eclipse don't have any news service.
    Adrian, Nov 24, 2005
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  3. Eclipse provide Usenet using Giganews (IIRC), you get a maximum of 2
    concurrent connections that are limited to about 30kB/sec. You get all
    the standard Giganews groups.
    Yes, truly unlimited, no port blocking.
    Generally very good, only major problem has been a very recent (Monday
    afternoon to Tuesday evening) outage that affected a large percentage of
    their broadband customers due to some sort of software issue with their
    ADSL platform (Redback) and BT's end. They had their end fixed
    overnight, but the type of outage led to hung L2TP sessions across BT's
    network that had to be cleared manually by BT and this took some time to
    be noticed and diagnosed. Only real complaint is that customer contact
    was poor during the outage, but I gather that their normal daily tech
    support call quantity rose from 2,000 a day to more than 73,000 a day
    and they were totally swamped. I think they've learned a big lesson
    though, I got a 'sorry' email this morning and they are promising more
    call capacity and better and more frequent status page updates. At least
    I could read it using my Palm and GPRS via my mobile!

    In all honesty, they are one of the best ISPs I know of, you could have
    a look at the status pages on the Eclipse web site at:

    and look at the type and frequency of problems and see how you feel
    about them. Eclipse contracts are for one month BTW.
    I don't know this one for sure. There is bound to be some bandwidth
    limit, but offhand I don't know what it is.
    Brian Morrison, Nov 24, 2005
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    MinusNet Guest

    if wrote
    Eclipse do have a news server, they also offer bandwidth limited access
    to Giganews.

    It is unlimited.

    Thought of asking Eclipse?
    MinusNet, Nov 24, 2005
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    Andy Hewitt Guest

    As the others say, it is Giganews supply, two connections of 15k each. I
    see over 100,000 groups listed here though.
    Apart from the recent failure, none, I've only been with them a couple
    of weeks (how's your luck eh?)
    No, they have no limits at all, none, not even any of the port
    restrictions that other ISPs are noted for (PlusNet!)

    I actually wasn't bothered about the 20MB web space, as I now have my
    own web server running here, which is why I moved from Wanadoo in the
    first place (their web uploading is pants). You can also get a fixed IP
    address too (or more than one if you need it!).
    Andy Hewitt, Nov 24, 2005
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    Flying Rat Guest

    I thik you haven't got a clue (check my headers)

    It's provided by Giganews

    Flying Rat, Nov 25, 2005
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    Adrian Guest

    I realise now I got muddled up, apologies.
    Adrian, Nov 25, 2005
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    Alex Crosby Guest

    Yes, I'm sure Eclipse will be able to provide a completely unbiased and
    therefore valuable opinion of themselves in regards to their services...
    Alex Crosby, Nov 25, 2005
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    Peter M Guest

    Some time back there was debate about whether offering news was 'core' to
    being an ISP and that Eclipse had no news service (at that time). It was
    a while ago, but unless one is a customer, or can find their way around a
    website (and the Eclipse site was given some heavy criticism a while ago,
    too, for being inaccessible or depending on Flash etc) then missing their
    'fine print' for what is included, what restrictions might be in place or
    any other downsides, is something for which one can be forgiven, IMO, and
    for that reason, I don't think any apology is really necessary :) Peter
    Peter M, Nov 25, 2005
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