21-09-2011 18:05 - edited 21-09-2011 18:17
We recently set up 30mb broadband in a student house. We figured that having 4 people in the house and a fair amount of devices, 30mb's would be a much better choice. However the speed is hugely inconsistent.
The connection jitter is upwards of 80-100ms at 'peak times' (4pm-11pm) which is causes a packet loss of about 2-4%. Now this isn't so bad for your random webpage surfing but for Internet gaming and streaming it's unbearable! There is absolutely no point in us having a 30mb connection, all 4 of us will only be hooked up at around peak times as we're students.
Now I have uses multiple packet loss testers, and speed testers because I'm well aware they're on all sorts of different servers in places all over. The packet loss and jitter is consistently too high to be stable on every test.
I have run tests when mine is the only device connected to the network via both wireless AND wired.
For reference my area is BH9 2SD.
Tracing route to bbc.co.uk [126.96.36.199]
over a maximum of 30 hops:
1 21 ms 258 ms 12 ms 10.56.20.1
2 176 ms 17 ms 21 ms sotn-core-1b-ge-400-861.network.virginmedia.net
3 173 ms 11 ms * glfd-bb-1b-ae3-0.network.virginmedia.net [212.43
4 104 ms 73 ms 67 ms glfd-tmr-1-ae5-0.network.virginmedia.net [213.10
5 36 ms 12 ms 16 ms tcl5-ic-1-as0-0.network.virginmedia.net [62.253.
6 119 ms 33 ms 31 ms 188.8.131.52
7 200 ms 12 ms 12 ms 184.108.40.206
8 289 ms 34 ms 141 ms virtual-vip-231.thdo.bbc.co.uk [220.127.116.11]
25-09-2011 15:18 - edited 25-09-2011 15:19
I have checked your local chassis (router) and can see that there are periods of high load which will cause your speed to slow. If this load continues to increase this will be passed to our network teams to look at ways to alleviate some of the load. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may be causing you.
25-09-2011 16:23 - edited 25-09-2011 16:32
It's a student area, 2 more groups have just moved in, the load is only going to go up.
I've been unable to do anything more than browse since 12pm today. It's just not something we expect to have to deal with when we're paying for 30mb broadband.We talked to virgin several times to make sure this area was suitable for the package we were going to buy from them. They never said anything about high load.
I realise that peak time slow down is unavoidable, but we can barely do anything but look at static webpages half the day.
The upstream power since my post has manages to reach 58.
We're going to have to tell any students after us not to bother with speedier internet packages.
on 25-09-2011 16:42
IWe talked to virgin several times to make sure this area was suitable for the package we were going to buy from them. They never said anything about high load.
They're fully aware of any problems with the network in your area but as you've found out, they won't tell you anything when you're giving them your money. You've been duped into buying a broken product.
First, report them to Offcom.
Secondly, you now have a choice. Upgrades to relieve overutilisation usually take months to resolve. I waited 3 months, numerous engineer visits and got given 5 different estimated fix dates before moving supplier. If you have alternate suppliers in your area, you need to seriously start considering them. A 2mb ADSL connection is considerably better than a heavily oversubscribed 30Mb Virgin one.
on 29-09-2011 08:43
The utilisation on the network segment has reached levels that allow us to escalate for priority maintenance. I have passed this to our network teams to resolve, we're sorry for any inconvenience caused.
on 01-10-2011 16:54
I'm also on a 30meg connection (BH9 1TT area) but have been experiencing the same issues as you (started around the 20th September). After daily calls to the lovely Indian helpline and being constantly fobbed off with "your problem will be resolved in 24/48 hours, definitely !!!" or having some technician connect to my router and change the wireless channel number (I'm using a wired connection), I finally got to speak to someone in the UK !!!!!! When I finally regained consiousness I was told that my area is experiencing "high utilisation" and would be resolved around the 25th November or later !!!!!!
Now, a small bit of history. I joined Virgin back in Febuary this year and from day one I experiend these "high utilisation" problems that were finally resolved towards the end of April this year. From the end of April to September everything has been fine and I havent been able to fault the service, untill now. So I'm now experiencing high utilisation problems again, which means I'm unable to play any online games, stream content, access online bank accounts or browse web pages.
So what to do now ? I've already waited over two months from when I first took out the service to actually get what I was paying Virgin for and they now want me to wait another two months !!! I don't think so. Time to look at other providers again !!!
It's a real shame that we are all having these issues again and that Virgin didn't put enough infrastructure in when they did the work back in April. I believe there is a saying "You have to spend money to make money" I'm suprised that knowone from Virgin has heard of this !!!
Here is a screen grab of some ping tests taken today. The first run didn't even complete.
on 01-10-2011 17:18
I'm also experiencing these same problems (BH9 1TT area). I'm going to keep this short because my last very long post failed to upload !!!!
I started having problems around the 20th September and have been on the phone daily to try and get my issues resolved. I've been assured by the India call centre that "my problems would be resolved in 24/48 hours, defiantly !!!" and I've even had someone connect to my router and change the wireless channel (I'm using a wired connection). Finally on Friday I spoke to someone based in the UK. After explaining my problems he informed me that the BH9 area is being affected by "High Utilisation" issues that would be resolved on November 25th or later !!!!
I joined Virgin back in February this year and from day one I had these same "High Utilisation" issues which were resolved at the end of April. Now Virgin are expecting me to put up with their appalling broadband service for another eight weeks !!!!
I'm unable to play online games, stream content, access email or online banking services and can just about load web pages (after several presses of F5).
Guess it may be time to start looking at other providers ? Hasn't anyone from Virgin heard of the following saying " You have to spend money to make money" ? I guess not
Here are some screen grabs I took today from Pingtest.net. The first run didn't even complete.