Hi, I'm considering taking out a fibre broadband contract (upgrading from standard broadband), and wonder if someone could give me some guidance on whether it'll improve and issue I'm having...
My existing standard broadband says it can operate up to 11mb/s, but because of the poor signal in the South Manchester area it's actually more like 3mb/s. This is actually fine for me working from home on my own, and I never have issues. But when my partner comes over, and there are 2 computers on the network, it'll crash one or both of us out. I guess this is because I just don't have the bandwidth to handle it?
My question is - if I get fibre broadband advertised at 108mb/s, will it really be close to that or will I still be stuck in 3mb/s and having the same issue?
Yes you will (should!) get the bandwidth advertised on ethernet cable connected devices. Whether you can achieve that on wifi is another question 🙂
The connection you describe is useless for "modern" connections. A 4K UHD Netflix stream needs ~25Mbps, a HD stream needs about 5Mbps - per device! So going up to a 100 or greater packge should solve all of your woes.
I am in South Manchester too (Didsbury) on the 200 package and have no bandwith issues at all
-------------------- John --------------------
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.
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Download Speeds Upload Speeds
Expected Speed Range**
Minimum Guaranteed Download Speed
Expected Speed Range**
52 - 54 Mbps
108 - 111 Mbps
209 - 218 Mbps
20 - 21 Mbps
350 - 380 Mbps
34 - 37 Mbps
463 - 545 Mbps
35 - 37 Mbps
510 - 647 Mbps
38 - 42 Mbps
Gig1 Fibre Broadband
1120 - 1140 Mbps
48 - 52 Mbps
* The advertised download and upload speeds for our Virgin Fibre packages are calculated by taking the median average, or the mid-point between the fastest and slowest speeds for each package at peak times (8-10pm), each month. This is in line with the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) guidance.
** The expected speed range is the normal download and upload speed that you could expect at peak times (8-10pm, Monday-Sunday). This is in line with Ofcom’s guidance.
Our advertised speeds
The advertised download and upload speeds for our broadband packages are average speeds, calculated by taking the mid-point between the fastest and slowest speeds for each package at peak times (8-10pm). We’ve done this in line with the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) guidance.
As these are average speeds, they’re not guaranteed.