ADSL Upgrade from 512 kb service to 1 mb

  CurlyWhirly 06:48 09 Sep 04

I am soon going to be upgraded from the standard 512 kb service to the faster 1 mb service and what I was wondering is HOW it is carried out?
Do BT, for example, just change a card or flick a switch?
Does anybody know what ADSL equipment looks like and if so could they send me a link as I am curious?

  TomJerry 08:55 09 Sep 04

ADSL line/equipment is capable of higher download bandwidth (8MB, if I remember correctly). The upload bandwidth is limited to 256K, so ADSL ("Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line"). The actually speed setting can be set by software at BT exchange.

here is a few technology link click here, click here, click here

  Sapins 09:22 09 Sep 04

Can't answer your question, but, I moved from 512kb to 1.2mb it's brilliant, especially for downloads which seem to complete before you can blink.




  daisy2bell 10:05 09 Sep 04

I'm still on 512, so for normal browsing is it worth me upgrading (I hardly download anything)

  dth 10:27 09 Sep 04

daisey2bell - not really

  CurlyWhirly 12:16 09 Sep 04

Thanks for the links.

  CurlyWhirly 12:21 09 Sep 04


When you say that you moved from 512 kb to 1.2 mb don't you REALLY mean 1 mb?
I am glad you are enjoying your faster connection!


I would say it's worth upgrading IF the 1 mb service doesn't cost much more than what you are paying now, for example, upgrading costs me just £5 more a month but if the difference was £10 or £15 then I wouldn't bother.

  CurlyWhirly 12:28 09 Sep 04

I'm still on 512, so for normal browsing is it worth me upgrading (I hardly download anything)

I forgot to mention that as broadband becomes more popular then websites will be offering more broadband specific content (like streaming videos, music, etc) and a 512 kb connection might not be enough to enjoy these new features.
For example when I play a LONG video stream (like on the ZD Net website) where there was a SP2 discussion that lasted over 18 minutes I had to wait twice for RealPlayer to 'catch up' as I assume that the data couldn't be downloaded fast enough.
This spoils the experience IMHO.

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