is there a way i can find out how far away my exchange is

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by epaton, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. epaton

    epaton Guest

    just wondering if anyone knew of a list of the telephone exhange
    locations, i know it isnt quite that simple but it would give me a rough
    idea what sort of service i could get switching over from cable
     
    epaton, Jul 14, 2005
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  2. epaton

    Chip Guest

    http://www.samknows.com/broadband/checker2.php

    Stick in your phone number and postcode, it will tell you the
    exchange, availability, distance from the exchange, a map of the
    exchange's location and some stats on the exchange.

    HTH
     
    Chip, Jul 14, 2005
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  3. epaton

    epaton Guest

    cool cheers
     
    epaton, Jul 14, 2005
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  4. epaton

    rchick Guest

    Unfortunately that is not the complete picture. BT say I cannot have
    Broadband on my phone number as I am too far from the exchange even though I
    have had a BT 512KB connection for the last 3 years with no problems.
    Samkows tells me I am 3.1km from the exchange (straight line distance)

    Results from samknows below

    You may be able to receive 512Kbps ADSL
    (Engineer visit likely)

    You are approximately 3.21km from the exchange (straight line distance).

    However, there appears to a compatibility issue with your phone line. This
    could be caused by an existing broadband connection, ISDN, a DACS unit,
    TPON, a pending ADSL order or many other common issues. This will need to be
    resolved before ADSL can be supplied to your line.
     
    rchick, Jul 14, 2005
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  5. epaton

    kraftee Guest

    Well seeing as you have already got an ADSL service on the line, try
    engaging brain & then reading the last paragraph again. It should become
    clear then.


    To spell it out, the compatability issue is the fact that you already have
    DSL service.....
     
    kraftee, Jul 15, 2005
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  6. epaton

    rchick Guest

    To kraftee

    I was only trying to be helpful to epaton. Try using your eyes and let them
    send some signals to your brain and read all of my post.

    I applied to BT for a upgrade when the 1M service first became available and
    was told this was not available as I was too far from the exchange, my next
    door neighbour could not even get BT to supply a 512K connection quoting
    distance from the exchange being to great (he does now has a 512K service).
    BT still insist, despite them now providing an up to 2M service, that we are
    too far from the exchange for anything greater than 512K.

    All I was pointing out was the fact that the results from the samknows
    website can be misleading. If I input to samknows just a post code without
    a phone number I am informed that only a 512K connection is available at my
    location despite the straight line distance of 3.21km
     
    rchick, Jul 15, 2005
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  7. epaton

    ABC Guest

    It doesn't really matter what the "straight-line" distance is from the
    exchange, it's the route of the 2-wires that count (as well as the
    condition/quality of the copper). If the route takes the copper across the
    other side of town, then it will be too long for anything other than 512k.
    If BT have used an alloy to replace a section of cable instead of using
    copper, or the copper is poor quality, then this will also have an affect.
    The only way to determin one way or another is for a BT engineer to conduct
    a site visit and to carry out extensive tests.
     
    ABC, Jul 15, 2005
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  8. epaton

    rchick Guest

    Thanks ABC that sums up what I was trying to say. Exchange distance is only
    one factor.
     
    rchick, Jul 15, 2005
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