Entry re-published 20/1/2015 – in order to update some of the links
Doing one or more of the following could have a positive impact on your broadband speed:
1. Buy one of these for 12 quid: http://www.adslnation.com/phpapps/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=105 it just plugs in to your BT Master socket (you unscrew the old one – a 3 year old could do it) and gives you a less noisy signal along with two outlets – one pre filtered for your phone and the other for your broadband.
2. Buy one of these for £6.49 to go between your new faceplate and your ADSL modem: http://www.adslnation.com/phpapps/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=117 they come in longer lengths, see: http://www.adslnation.com/phpapps/catalog/index.php?cPath=21 but try and buy the shortest that you can get away with.
3. Optimise the service that your ISP is giving to you:
a) Find out what your actual upload and download speed is (despite the speed that your modem might have told you that it connected at) by going here: http://www.speedtest.net/ and clicking on the spinning Orange Pyramid. This will give you an idea of your real throughput – and you can use this to measure if any of the steps listed have made an improvement.
b) Go to http://speedtest.btwholesale.com/ and check the maximum speed that BT thinks your line can provide by hitting the “Further Diagnostics” button at the bottom of the page once the initial broadband speed tests have run. Note: that this site can get choc-a-bloc – so don’t be surprised if it takes a number of goes and crashes half way through …..
c) If the results from b) is a lot higher than a) it could be that your line is syncing at a higher speed than your ISP is providing you a service at. For example, your line might have synced at 6MB – and be capable of giving you a 6MB broadband connection – but your ISP may only be providing you a 2MB service – for example. Check your contract (to see what speed you signed up for) and talk to your ISP if the actual speed is a lot less than you could get – and which you signed up for.
d) A final/concurrent check, would be to go here: https://www.samknows.com/broadband/exchange_search and check the status of your telephone exchange – because if there is a problem with capacity there – your ISP can’t do much about it.