Been with Virgin media since time began and always been a big advocate. The main reason I've stuck with Virgin is the fact that my @ntlworld.com email address is the only email address I have ever had and the hassle to change is massive.
Nevertheless I am being pushed to the edge by the really [REMOVED] connectivity I have suffered for the past year.
Basically, the router needs restarting every day - sometimes 4 or 5 times a day. When I contact the technical helpdesk they run their tests and restart the router and they say it will be sorted. It is, for the next hour if I am lucky. Occasionally, I kick up a stink and say that we need an engineer to come to the property. They arrange this and subsequently attend.
My router is situated upstairs in a 2-storey house and is a 3.0 hub.
The last-but-one-engineer said that one of the problems was that the router was placed by a wooden desk and that dampens the signal downstairs, which is where the majority of the wifi stuff is. Moving the router downstairs isn't something I want to do, as I only have Virgin broadband and telephone - not TV.
The last engineer suggested that I needed to upgrade my broadband speed from 100mbps to 200mbps as I have around 20 wifi devices connected (who doesn't!). So, last month I upgraded the speed as suggested to 200mbps.
Sadly, the performance is exactly the same - dropping daily. The dropping is sometimes dropping of wifi and sometimes total dropping of the internet.
Help, otherwise I'm going to have to think about BT or something else!!
"The last engineer suggested that I needed to upgrade my broadband speed from 100mbps to 200mbps as I have around 20 wifi devices connected (who doesn't!). So, last month I upgraded the speed as suggested to 200mbps."
If VM do reject the mis-selling complaint, then you will need to escalate to the (free) arbitration service CISAS, but in both the complaint to VM, and any escalation to CISAS keep your story clear and concise - bullet point paragraphs, clarity on what, when, why and the outcome you want. And if escalating to CISAS request compensation for the ongoing poor connection and hassle to sort out the mis-selling.
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Thank you for your post Nubster and sorry to hear of your connectivity issues.
I'd like to look into this further as you advise you're losing connection through wired devices as well as wireless devices, this would suggest there may be some issues with the downstream levels as I can see no known area faults on our system.
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Well, the engineer attended on Friday evening (6th Dec) and advised that the signal needed adjusting. He did this. He also changed the cable from the box on the wall to the router. He was certain that this would fix the problem.
Unfortunately, since then, the connection has dropped on the following occasions and has necessitated the router being restarted:
Sat 7/12 10:12
Sat 7/12 20:38
Sun 8/12 17:03
Mon 9/12 07:15
Mon 9/12 12:38
So this is currently 5 times in 3 days that the connection has dropped. These have been a combination of losing the wifi connectivity and also internet drops.
I have now reduced the number of devices connected to just 10, but still have these problems. Something is badly wrong.
Can you confirm for definite that ethernet cable connected devices are dropping out or is it just a wifi problem?
If wired ones are losing internet connection set up a free “Broadband Quality Monitor” to continually monitor the state of your connection and will record any of those network dropouts. It does it 24/7/365 and it keeps a visual record of any/all of your network disconnections, useful data to have to match to the Network logs (in your Hub settings) and also in discussions with VM. Make sure you uncheck the “ignore ping from WAN side” box in the settings if you see a wall of "red" - note it will take an hour or two to start seeing a sensible picture.
I do not work for VM. My services: HD TV on VIP (+ Sky Sports & Movies & BT sport), x3 V6 boxes (1 wired 2 WiFi,) SH2 in modem mode with Airport Extreme Router +2 Airport Express's. On VIVID200, Talk Anytime Phone, x2 Mobile SIM only iPhones.