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Member Since 22 Jul 2016
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Need some advice folks (ISP switch UK)

A week ago

Afternoon all. Just got my inevitable BT price hike email so I'm now free of my 18 month contract should I cancel in the next 30 days. The price hike is only £2.50 but paying £36.50 a month for just 50Mb is enough as it is, and something's wrong with my connection anyway. Big time. I need to change to see if gaming issues disappear once and for all.

I've had a good look around online and, since Hyperoptic still isn't in my area (well, they only provide gigabit to a single apartment block on the edge of my local town centre, 5 minutes away :(), I've settled for choosing between Plusnet and TalkTalk. Both can give me 80Mb down and 20Mb up for less than I'm paying for laggy 50Mb on BT.

With Plusnet I can pay £28.99 for 80/20 on an 18 month fixed price contract, get the free Plusnet Hub One and even get the line rental saver by paying up front (basically £45 saved over the contract - have any of you ever done this?). With TalkTalk I can pay £29.50 for 80/20 and it's a 24 month fixed price contract (and locking the price in for that long sounds great to me), and it comes with the WiFi Hub free which is apparently worth £120 lol. I'm guessing BT would want their Dumb Hub back ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Couple of questions. If any of you are on ISPs that use BT's infrastructure, would you recommend it? Does it all work basically the same as BT's broadband (ie no traffic shaping or other weird annoying stuff)? Can I use my Huawei HG612 Openreach modem or TP Link VDSL modem/router with these similar-but-not-quite-BT ISPs? How are your gaming experiences in general?

I want to move from BT because even though on the surface it looks great - negligible latency, <0.2ms jitter average, barely any bloat - playing FPS games is more depressing than when I was on Virgin Media. I'll get flat 7ms pings to my local server and the game will play as if I'm on 500ms, either dropping packets or just delaying them with poor UDP RTT. I guess I'm just hoping whatever ISP I choose will be different lmao.

Thanks in advance for any and all thoughts on the subject.

R1 taking a dump?

01 June 2018 - 02:52 AM

I picked up my phone earlier to check a website and noticed it wasn't responding despite the WiFi symbol indicating I was still connected to the R1 WiFi, so I rebooted the R1 to see if that would clear things up. I haven't had any issues like this after my last reboot about a week ago, but I also haven't been on my GUI for a while as I haven't played any games for a week or so (kept my PS4 unplugged because of constant storms, and I don't want a repeat of 2016...) so all in all it was a bit strange. That didn't clear it up. Either my WiFi would keep dropping out every other second or it would say "connected with Internet" but nothing (not even the GUI) would respond. When I could get the GUI to finally load, I tried a diagnostic test but it failed with "something went wrong" and the weird white grade text as well as no ping results. I tried to open my speedtest app as it's usually a good indicator of problems when it doesn't immediately identify my ISP and my nearest server, and it just showed buffering symbols.

So I reset to factory defaults and did the usual - reconnected with the netdumar1 password, changed it to my usual password and reconnected, turned off IPv6 and miscellaneous settings, and changed WiFi channel. It was worse than before so I tried changing WiFi channel back to default and it made no difference. Pages would load (kinda) on the browser now, but even the GUI page load times were slow and you don't even need an Internet connection to access that. I ran a wired speed test with everything maxed (correct values in set bandwidth, 100% reactive, no device prio, no other devices online) and got 15Mb down, 1Mb up, 15ms latency and 22ms jitter. I turned my BT Smart Hub WiFi on, connected my phone to it and using the speedtest app, I got 7ms latency, 0ms jitter, 52Mb down and 10Mb up. No issues loading web pages there. Also when trying to do the diagnostic test on the R1 90% of them fail now, and the ones that work show double my usual latency. Never seen that before either.

Any idea what's going on? Usually this constant dropping out nonsense happens when you're forced to change WiFi channels, but none of them make a difference and the GUI itself is unresponsive lol. I'm saving a backup of this question to my clipboard just in case the connection times out when I send it ._.

Edit - now getting <4Mb down and <0.05Mb up. FML.

H1Z1 mislocated server IDs (and will you add this game to cloud?)

22 May 2018 - 04:59 PM

Just hopped on for the first time with the filter disabled to see what's what on PS4, and I see a single dot in California. Supposedly getting 13ms~ (although somehow it just dropped to 0.1ms) from the UK lol. ID is:


Will you guys be doing anything on the cloud for H1 or? I'm not sure how that works, regarding games you choose to support or whatever. I know it probably has a server browser but it'd be nice to know where they are haha

Anyone know how to interpret HG612 stats?

04 May 2018 - 10:40 PM

Just been messing around on my laptop monitoring performance over trace routes (been seeing some sus traffic to the US) and trying to optimise settings, and saw something barmy in the stats...

Mode - VDSL2
Traffic type - PTM
DSL synchronisation status - Up
DSL up time - 0 (???)

Attainable rates (kbits/s) - 62052 downstream, 25264 upstream
SNR margin (dB) - 12.3 downstream, 0 upstream
Line attenuation (dB) - 13.6 downstream, 1.7 upstream
Output power (dBmV) - 13.6 downstream, 1.7 upstream

Line rate (kbits/s) - 55000 downstream, 9999 upstream (path 0)
CRC errors - 126 downstream, 127 downstream
FEC errors - 0 downstream, 0 upstream
HEC errors - 122 downstream, 4294967290 upstream

Umm... 4.3 billion errors? Please tell me it's just trolling? LOL I don't know how to telnet BTW; that's totally foreign to me.

Also for anyone who's using the HG612 - what am I supposed to use for DSL latency (path 0 or 1 or both) and PTM priority (normal high or both)? Thanks.

Edit - also what do I need to use for 802.1p? I know the VLAN ID for BT Infinity is 101 but idk what the value below it is for. The possible range is 0 to 7.

Port 3074 to 3106? (not a range)

28 April 2018 - 07:00 PM

Hi, just a quick question as I've never seen this before.

Under UPnP on the R1 I've seen a couple of things I don't recognise. First UDP 9308 appears twice, even though the max number of rules I usually see on the PS4 is two (UDP 3074 and 9308). But the weird one shows external port 3106, internal port 3074.

I know that 3074 "translates" to another port server side - as seen by random five digit ports being seen on Wireshark - but that's never appeared on my R1 before. It's always just UDP 3074-3074 and UDP 9308-9308 lol. Why on earth would UPnP be showing port 3106? I've never heard of it being used in games.

BTW the different IP at the bottom is for WiFi on my PS4. I wanted to make and edit a video away from the PS4 so I turned on Remote Play (but I got interrupted hence the lack of Remote Play ports in there, like 9303). I don't see why 3074 would be in use on WiFi because I always have moderate NAT using WiFi even with UPnP on :P