Report Broadband Response to Channel 5 - Gadget Show

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by CJB, Nov 12, 2007.

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    CJB Guest

    I wonder if others have the same problems with speed as I have with
    Demon's Broadband?

    As part of the survey on broadband speeds actual v.v. advertised the
    Gadget Show on Channel Five has set up a speed test. Below are my
    findings. Right now I am NOT a happy Demon customer.


    ISP: Demon Home 8000

    Advertised speed (i.e. up to 8Mb): The service operates downstream at
    up to a 8Mbps(*) and upstream at up to 448kbps. (*) Refers to maximum
    downstream line speeds only.

    Actual Download Speed: 656 kbps (82 KB/sec transfer rate)

    Actual Upload Speed: 353 kbps (44.1 KB/sec transfer rate)

    Comments: This is appalling. I did the test at 23.15 on 12/11/2007.
    The PC was only running this test. I live about 500 yards from the
    main BT exchange at Heathrow Airport.

    The Demon website states: "The service operates downstream at up to a
    8Mbps(*) and upstream at up to 448kbps. (*) Refers to maximum
    downstream line speeds only. The actual speed you experience will be
    subject to certain conditions and depends on a number of factors,
    including your distance from the telephone exchange and the quality of
    the wiring in between."

    Yet I would assume that being near the main Heathrow Exchange that the
    quality of the wiring would be a tad higher than most.

    CJB, Nov 12, 2007
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    max Guest

    The GS speed test is just rubbish - it's being hammered by everybody & so it
    shows very slow speeds sometimes and decent ones at others.
    max, Nov 12, 2007
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    Alan Guest

    In message <tE5_i.46586$>, max
    It's just showing how bad their Internet supplier/host is at supplying
    bandwidth to other ISPs.
    Alan, Nov 13, 2007
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    Eeyore Guest

    I got 7017 kbps and 358 kbps.

    Thank you IDnet.

    Eeyore, Nov 13, 2007
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    Eeyore Guest

    That would ALSO be the sign of you using a rubbish ISP.

    I'll try it from my IDnet connection at several times of the day and see if I
    get that too.

    Eeyore, Nov 13, 2007
  6. I got 6672kbps on my 8Mb Newnet connection but I am very close to the
    local BY exchange :)
    The upload test didn't initialise and now the upload test hangs as well.
    Probably something my fairly high level security doesn't like.
    Invisible Man, Nov 13, 2007
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    tony h Guest

    i got 436k download (or something near) on my 8 meg connection, the site was
    broken yesterday! downloaded a file immediately after at 667kbs.
    hope they dont use any info they get from last night on the show, cos the
    speed tests will give bad data!
    tony h, Nov 13, 2007
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    JamesB Guest

    I'd agree - they seem to be using, but not sure what node you
    connect to etc. Last night I tried a couple of runs on's own
    site and got just over 4000kbps. Tried the GS one immediately after and got
    around 900kbps!
    Mind you, tried the gadget show one this morning at 7am and got over
    6000kbps so who knows.
    JamesB, Nov 13, 2007
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    PeterC Guest

    Same here (upload not working), and that's due to my settings in The
    Proxomitron; bypass it and D/L runs OK.
    I'd rather have the security than run dubious tests.
    PeterC, Nov 13, 2007
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    Gizmo. Guest

    <shrug> **** 'em
    Gizmo., Nov 13, 2007
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    Mike J Guest

    Bit like the GS itself!
    Gadget is the operative word.
    Just an excuse to show flashy gizmos and absoultely no background
    technical information

    Mike J, Nov 13, 2007
  12. I stopped watching last series, are they still blowing things up?

    I cant get their speed test to run, it must know I don't watch the

    Michael Swift, Nov 13, 2007
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    Clive Savage Guest

    9:40am 5563Kbps down 374 up, although DUMeter shows about 7000Kbps
    which is the max I can get from my 8Mb connection.

    Thats the ideal, I usually get about 3 to 4 Kb/sec on average,
    connection is DSL from a Enternet reseller (UKFSN), which I am pretty
    happy with.
    Bye for now.

    Clive Savage, Nov 14, 2007
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    Mark Ingle Guest

    No, I find it performs very well for me, and has done since I was on
    their 512k tarriff years ago, apart from a hiccup when they upgraded to
    the adaptive rate (8 meg max)

    Although the router connects at 7616 (stats below), I generally get
    between 5-5.5 in speed tests.

    I use the thinkbroadband site for the speed tests, though I do use
    others from time to time to see how they compare.

    ADSL Line State: Showtime
    Downstream: 7616 Kbps
    Upstream: 448 Kbps
    Transmit Power: 9.7 dB

    Item Downstream Upstream
    SNR Margin 18.0 dB 453 dB
    Line Attenuation 14.0 dB 6.0 dB
    Mark Ingle, Nov 15, 2007
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