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Had a chin wag with a Talktalk service operator on Thursday because the PC has become hidiously slow. They suggested that changing to fibre optics, including a FO router will improve things. They also said there won't be any hidden or additional costs. All sounds rosey on the surface, but is there a catch or will I notice an improvement with speed and overall quality?

One thing that makes it appealling: I can run more than one PC from one router, according to the rep.

Any insight on this subject would be apprciated.

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I had it done sept 2011, an engineer comes round & hard wires a lead into your phone socket, you can choose how long or short you want the wire, i had a plugged in (powered)  box attached to the wire/cable & then my router into that, i must admit i haven't noticed much difference, but i only pay about £50 for my telephone & internet provider a month but i hardly use my telephone though.

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PP, what exactly has become slow on your PC?

Internet or just any operation? If the 1st is the case, then yes, faster Internet access can help.

If any operation has become slower, check how much free space there is left on the hard disk. Also check with control + alt + delete how much room there is left in processor speed and physical memory. If everything seems to have enough headroom I would do a complete virus scan.

 

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Depends on your surfing habits as to whether fibre is worth it. If it's just for surfing and email etc then you won't notice much if any difference to speed. Streaming, downloading and online gaming etc is where it will make the biggest difference.

plastic penguin wrote:
One thing that makes it appealling: I can run more than one PC from one router, according to the rep

This is an odd comment, most routers will have multiple LAN ports and support multiple wireless devices, regardless of whether you're on ADSL or fibre.

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PP, what exactly has become slow on your PC?

Internet or just any operation? If the 1st is the case, then yes, faster Internet access can help.

If any operation has become slower, check how much free space there is left on the hard disk. Also check with control + alt + delete how much room there is left in processor speed and physical memory. If everything seems to have enough headroom I would do a complete virus scan.

 

Don't really know - when Talktalk checked  out PC's capacity it was reading fine. As I don't know how to check the capacity I can't verify their claims. One day it was fine and the next it just takes ages: When I go onto internet explorer it'll take around 3 minutes before I can use it. It has the circular blue ring which usually means it's trying to find the internet.

The other day I tried a 'Clean up' which took around 3 hrs to complete, but didn't improve matters, (nor did it detect any viruses) even though it didn't change the speed. No idea.

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daveh75 wrote:

Depends on your surfing habits as to whether fibre is worth it. If it's just for surfing and email etc then you won't notice much if any difference to speed. Streaming, downloading and online gaming etc is where it will make the biggest difference.

plastic penguin wrote:
One thing that makes it appealling: I can run more than one PC from one router, according to the rep

This is an odd comment, most routers will have multiple LAN ports and support multiple wireless devices, regardless of whether you're on ADSL or fibre.

According to TT I will have the capacity to use laptops and/or iPads, in addition to the desktop.

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There are about 12-15 devices in my house connected wirelessly to my ADSL router, including phones, laptops, iPad & Nexus 7.

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RE: Fibre Optics on the PC

Daveh75 wrote:
plastic penguin wrote:
One thing that makes it appealling: I can run more than one PC from one router, according to the rep

This is an odd comment, most routers will have multiple LAN ports and support multiple wireless devices, regardless of whether you're on ADSL or fibre.

Talktalk only provide a modem as standard (or did), my mum's with them and didn't get a wireless router.

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Talk Talk gave me a wireless router, if you can call it that.  Absolute junk. 

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Im on talk talk fibre optic unlimited +free evening and weekend phone calls for only £30 a month .it went from 2.5mbs before fibre optic to 24.4mbs after which is excellent for online gaming .

 

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plastic penguin wrote:

When I go onto internet explorer it'll take around 3 minutes before I can use it. It has the circular blue ring which usually means it's trying to find the internet.

This doesn't sound like due to slow Internet connection. Fibre optics is unlikely to help here. Something's wrong in your settings. Try turning your firewall off & see if it helps things.

Also, clear your browser's cache.

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Honestly, I'm a little suspicious of this. Although I don't think it's necessarily genuine dishonesty, there is a tendency these days for support folks to just recommend upgrading something to improve speed etc., then deal with the issue if that doesn't fix it. The issue with this attitude is unnecessary money can be spent due to their laziness.

You need to tie down exactly what is slow - if possible, get someone you trust to have a look at your laptop. Even if they can't fix it, if they can at least let you know if (a) is everything is a bit slow or (b) is just browsing the internet slow, you're in a good place as if it's (a), then increasing your broadband speed isn't likely to make any difference at all.

Working in IT, I get used to people complaining about slow performance because many people are impatient and don't realise that their PC won't always do everything they want instantly every single time - they then start angirly clicking buttons which makes the issue worse as the PC then tries to carry out their new commands - more buttons are pressed and eventually everything crashes (I've seen this time after time!). However, just a quick test run of their PC lets me know if they're just really impatient and need to learn that sometimes things do just slow down and they need to pause, or if there actually is a problem.

That's what you need really need to know - then you can make an informed decision on the best way forward.

 

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The_Lhc wrote:
Daveh75 wrote:
plastic penguin wrote:
One thing that makes it appealling: I can run more than one PC from one router, according to the rep

 

This is an odd comment, most routers will have multiple LAN ports and support multiple wireless devices, regardless of whether you're on ADSL or fibre.

Talktalk only provide a modem as standard (or did), my mum's with them and didn't get a wireless router.

Was previously with TT before upgrading to fibre, they supplied me a D-Link wireless router.

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daveh75 wrote:

The_Lhc wrote:
Daveh75 wrote:
plastic penguin wrote:
One thing that makes it appealling: I can run more than one PC from one router, according to the rep

 

This is an odd comment, most routers will have multiple LAN ports and support multiple wireless devices, regardless of whether you're on ADSL or fibre.

Talktalk only provide a modem as standard (or did), my mum's with them and didn't get a wireless router.

Was previously with TT before upgrading to fibre, they supplied me a D-Link wireless router.

Did you have to ask for it though? They told my mum she'd have to pay extra for it. They then didn't set up her email account properly and have never fixed it, this was about 3 years or so ago.

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Did you have to ask for it though? They told my mum she'd have to pay extra for it. They then didn't set up her email account properly and have never fixed it, this was about 3 years or so ago.

Nope, they just supplied it free when i signed up with them.

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daveh75 wrote:

The_Lhc wrote:
Did you have to ask for it though? They told my mum she'd have to pay extra for it. They then didn't set up her email account properly and have never fixed it, this was about 3 years or so ago.

Nope, they just supplied it free when i signed up with them.

Well, I don't know when that was but they certainly didn't when my mum signed up.