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Hi Guys,

 

Just ordered my Virgin Media FO  last night, it's only Fibre to the cabinet with copper to the home though so unsure of how much improvement (if any) will be made to my current 3MB with BT. Anyone else have FTTC with copper to home that could shed some light about whether it's worth it or not? 

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I didn't know virgin did fibre optic i thought it was all cable/coax,if it's the same setup as vdsl as in fibre to the cabinet then copper to home it should be nice and jitter free unless it's not exactly what I'm thinking,maybe someone else with experience of this service could shed some light on it for you,I know a lot of people really complain of high jitter and slow down of speeds at peak times

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I didn't know virgin did fibre optic i thought it was all cable/coax,if it's the same setup as vdsl as in fibre to the cabinet then copper to home it should be nice and jitter free unless it's no exactly what I'm thinking,maybe someone else with experience of this service could shed some light on it for you,I know a lot of people really complain of high jitter and slow down of speeds at peak times

 

Yeah I went for the vivid 200mb deal. I also heard alot about the peak time scenario. But I guess that's just one of those things where you can't really pass judgement on it until you've experienced it yourself. 

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i would rather have my testicles rubbed with sand paper than ever go back to that crap. Was with virgin for years and wont ever go back to them......the speeds are much faster but the quality when gaming is worse than anything.

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I didn't know virgin did fibre optic i thought it was all cable/coax,if it's the same setup as vdsl as in fibre to the cabinet then copper to home it should be nice and jitter free unless it's not exactly what I'm thinking,maybe someone else with experience of this service could shed some light on it for you,I know a lot of people really complain of high jitter and slow down of speeds at peak times

no it is not fttc the same as bt, sky etc etc.....it is fttp (no it is no coalex either. But it is horrible for gaming, always has been and i was with virgin (previously telewest) for 18 years until bt upgraded my exchange to fttc. My speeds are half of virgin but the quality and gaming performance is 20 x better.

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Hi Guys,

 

Just ordered my Virgin Media FO  last night, it's only Fibre to the cabinet with copper to the home though so unsure of how much improvement (if any) will be made to my current 3MB with BT. Anyone else have FTTC with copper to home that could shed some light about whether it's worth it or not? 

http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Gaming-Support/Hub-3-Compal-CH7465-LG-TG2492LG-and-CGNV4-Latency-Cause/td-p/3271492

 

 

 

oops!!!!! Cancel while you can. Virgin won't be fixing this any time soon!

 

 

also i have said above....virgin is not fttc!!!!!!!

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Taking all that into consideration. Having it installed at the end of the month, will make my decision in the 14 day cooling off period

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From their website

 

‘cooling off period’

the fourteen (14) day period in which you are legally entitled (with no requirement to give us a reason) to cancel your order for the services from the latest of (i) the day after the delivery of the equipment, (ii) the service start date or (iii) receipt of the terms and conditions for the services.

 

So the 14 days start from any of the three mentioned so be careful.

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My experience with 200d 12u Virgin connection was crap. Full of jitter and packet loss.

On BT Infinity now. Much much much better, more stable line, almost 0 ping spikes, next to no jitter and no packet loss.

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It'll probably vary depending on where you are and how busy the network is in your area.

 

When my area upgraded gaming became impossible and I had to change isp.

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I was with VM (100/6 after a free "upgrade" from 50/3, not that I ever got anywhere near 100Mb down lol) and it made me want to dropkick my Superhub most days. Now with BT Infinity and it's 100 times better.

 

I thought it was cable; technically it's FTTC like BT Infinity, only with a copper coax to the modem rather than a VDSL cable coming from the wall, but it's a jittery mess either way.

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I joined them 3 months ago gamer package,  i made the wrong decision , its not good for gaming and the current superhub yey give has a major fault causing jitter etc. Avoid virgin for your own good 

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Like bigdog I was with VM for a good 20 years until changing to TalkTalk 76mb 2 weeks back.

 

The TalkTalk is leaps and bounds better than vermin media, playing rocket league for example I ping around 4ms higher but it is stable unlike VM which would bounce all over the place and that was even with the sh2ac

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fwiw i'm on the vivid 200 gamer, and it's great. *however* before you all shout at me, i've kept my superhub 2ac, which means my connection looks like this:

 

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This was me last summer with Virgin Media 100Mb. I had to reduce bandwidth to around 25-35% in order to get an A grade for bufferbloat, occasionally seeing A+ but not very often. It looked like this regardless of whether anyone was using the line or not

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I am currently with VM200 mb line. I have one TiVo box that isnt really used that much making the line pretty much Broadband only. There is something special about downloading from steam at 19mb per second. However, the peak time traffic control 20mb can be painful. Streaming videos such as YouTube can be a problem!

 

20mb should play pretty much anything. However, in my experience it is poor. It also got worse when they installed a Super Hub 3!

 

I have now switched to BT as they are giving a 200 pounds credit card and 80 pounds via TopCashback. The trade off is that I can only get 40 MB at my home. My brothers feedback and experience of BT is much better. I am hoping for 40 MB reliable vs 200 MB during the day and 20MB in the evening.

 

The after service from VM is fantastic with next day engineer visits etc.

 

Best of luck. Either way you will still be able to game and enjoy the web.

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I have now switched to BT as they are giving a 200 pounds credit card and 80 pounds via TopCashback.

Tip: send the money from the card to a family or friend's PayPal, then have them send it back to yours and withdraw it to your bank account. Free money ;)

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I've had to go back to Virgin as Bt seems to have lost its speed, engineer doesn't turn up ( bt) so had no choice, but I de test Virgin, but there terrible customer service is still better than bt and my gameplay hasn't changed at all on Iw or Destiny, I'd never no if I didn't actually look but.. it is full of jitter compared to Bt.

So Bt definitely the better option, but not dealing with thete customer service alone, makes me happy.

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im on virgin media 200meg gamer package wouldnt recommend at all rubbish support and bufferbloat problems with new modem and random lag even with the netduma

 

i swapped back to 2ac hub seems abit better but not alot 

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