Internet / Broadband

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Internet / Broadband

Post by Bottlebrush-PJ » 01 Sep 2020, 16:18

Hi, can anyone advise on a reliable internet/broadband provider in the Somerton/Carr's Mill area?
Our current provider is Sky and the internet keeps dropping off, which isn't ideal when you're working from home for the foreseeable and regularly dropping out of work calls. I've also heard that many of the providers use the same line, so maybe Eir and Sky are on the same line, so wouldn't be any benefit in switching to Eir? Does anyone know which providers share the same line?
Thanks in advance for your help.

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Re: Internet / Broadband

Post by Fido » 02 Sep 2020, 21:06

I’m with Vodafone and in Turvey . I got a new router last week In the hope that I might get a better signal. It made no difference, maybe even worse, keeps dropping during the day while working. No fibre optic here.

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Re: Internet / Broadband

Post by Random Citizen » 03 Sep 2020, 08:26

Fido wrote:
02 Sep 2020, 21:06
I’m with Vodafone and in Turvey . I got a new router last week In the hope that I might get a better signal. It made no difference, maybe even worse, keeps dropping during the day while working. No fibre optic here.
Sorry for hijacking...

I'm also with Vodafone and in Turvey. Do you see a pattern to your Internet drops? Mine drops consistently (I can see the disconnect in the router logs) when I'm about 10-20% into a big download (like a Java or a game [Sims!] update).

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Post by Tomat » 08 Sep 2020, 13:04

Eir, Sky and Vodafone use the same infrastructure going back to the local exchange.
Switching between them with that service will make little difference.

Since April, direct fibre is being rolled out across Donabate, with Openeir completing tests at the moment.

Having spoken with them, the service will go live in the coming weeks meaning speeds up to 1 gigabit, and as it is direct fibre you should not be sharing with a neighbour and as a result, no loss of service even at peak times.

They are far behind schedule with the rollout, but it is badly needed.

A couple of things to keep in mind,

1.unlike the broadband you currently have, direct fibre has either a 1tb or 2tb limit for users, while generous you should still check on your current monthly usage

2. Price, it is more expensive especially when the contract ends. Read everything ask questions

3. Drilling may be required to get the fibre cable into your address and if you have external insulation you may have to pay for that to be done yourself as installers do not want to risk property damage.

4. The ducting the fibre runs through may need ckeanibg/ replacing, should that be on your property, once again, it may be down to you to resolve.

Those are not to put anyone off, but so you are aware of what happens to receive this ultrafast broadband service when it switches on here.

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Re: Internet / Broadband

Post by Vlad the Impaler » 08 Sep 2020, 14:20

The Virgin cable has been fine for me.

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Post by Bottlebrush-PJ » 08 Sep 2020, 15:13

Hi all,
Thanks for the responses. They're very helpful.

@Tomat, you've provided some very useful and detailed info there, much appreciated. Do you know who will be the provider of this direct fibre that is being rolled out across Donabate? Will this just be Eir or will other providers such as Sky etc. be using this direct fibre line also?

In Somerton/Carr's Mill, there isn't any Virgin Media broadband line to avail of here.

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Post by Donabate2005 » 14 Sep 2020, 19:46

Tomat wrote:
08 Sep 2020, 13:04
Eir, Sky and Vodafone use the same infrastructure going back to the local exchange.
Switching between them with that service will make little difference.

Since April, direct fibre is being rolled out across Donabate, with Openeir completing tests at the moment.

Having spoken with them, the service will go live in the coming weeks meaning speeds up to 1 gigabit, and as it is direct fibre you should not be sharing with a neighbour and as a result, no loss of service even at peak times.

They are far behind schedule with the rollout, but it is badly needed.

A couple of things to keep in mind,

1.unlike the broadband you currently have, direct fibre has either a 1tb or 2tb limit for users, while generous you should still check on your current monthly usage

2. Price, it is more expensive especially when the contract ends. Read everything ask questions

3. Drilling may be required to get the fibre cable into your address and if you have external insulation you may have to pay for that to be done yourself as installers do not want to risk property damage.

4. The ducting the fibre runs through may need ckeanibg/ replacing, should that be on your property, once again, it may be down to you to resolve.

Those are not to put anyone off, but so you are aware of what happens to receive this ultrafast broadband service when it switches on here.
Excellent news, it can’t come quick enough!
We have fibre to the cabinet in Somerton / carrs mill area and it’s been very poor since March.

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Post by Tomat » 15 Sep 2020, 00:33

FTTH (fibre to the home) will be available from all companies who lease from Openeir so,, Sky, Eir, Vodafone, Pure Telecom etc.

An engineer today was running tests in the area to check that the distribution points are all properly connected,, final testing and splicing to be done then we should finally be able to enjoy reliable broadband, subject to a survey of the connection to your property as I mentioned in my original post.

Remember too if you have a monitored alarm running with your current provider,, FTTH will likely not cover that, check with your alarm company to see whether they have a GSM based alternative.

Each distribution point covers 12 properties. Look out for the Eircom covers with the codex written in white paint to see where they are near you. 👍

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Post by lofty » 15 Sep 2020, 11:45

Tomat, you seem to have quite some knowledge perhaps i can tap into. I have spoken to eir and they say they cannot assist me. Basically all the guys under the ground i have spoken to say the copper from the road to my house has me snookered as it by their speed measurement is "appalling". Should i wait for the rollout you mention or go with one of the satellite guys?.
appreciate your input and others.

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Post by Mr.Blowin » 15 Sep 2020, 16:34

Re Vodafone and dropouts, what should I be looking for in the logs?
I get the same problems, where the internet will just stop for 3 or 4 minutes, usually when watching Amazon or Netflix, and then having to reload and scroll to the last watched bit.

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Post by Tomat » 16 Sep 2020, 20:21

Based on what the engineers have told me, the fibre to the home/ direct fibre service will begin in the coming weeks.

I know people who have set it up elsewhere and are delighted with it as no sharing of whichever service you order 150mb/ 500mb/ 1gb

Im holding in for it.

Re satellite broadband, my brother lives in a rural area and gets about 40mb so is thrilled to get even that. It involved the ubstallation of an antenna on the side of the house and the costs linked with that, monthly bill is around 65e I think, but he has no alternative

At this point it is down to how urgent you need service. But whoever you select, check to see whether there are monthly caps on usage and what the penalties are for exceeding them.

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Re: Internet / Broadband

Post by lofty » 17 Sep 2020, 14:10

cheers Tomat think i will play the long game and wait. If you/anyone gets word of it going in would appreciate the heads up.

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Re: Internet / Broadband

Post by luckycat007 » 17 Sep 2020, 22:04

In Beverton virgin media has been very good...500mbps tier.

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Post by Tomat » 18 Sep 2020, 10:44

Delighted that you have a fast reliable service in Beverton, envious too.

I had thought of trying Virgin again despite an appalling service from them 3 years ago, however a neighbour switched to them about 4 weeks ago on the 360mb plan, they told me speeds have varied between 16! and 280 depending on the time of day. I can't waste my money on an experience like that again.

🤞 FTTH appears soon.

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Post by RAYBEV1! » 20 Sep 2020, 08:41

Hi Tomat
I am in Beverton and on the 240 plan with Virgin. When I signed up I ask what was the min speed i would get and was told 120.
I was not getting this and when I rang to complain I was told there was two broadband signals from the modem and I was setup on the wrong one. All I had to do was select the 5GHz single and happy days. No issues since.
You have a 14 day cooling off period.

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Re: Internet / Broadband

Post by yelruf » 22 Sep 2020, 12:21

Ray, does your router use a SIM card or connect to your home phone land line ?

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Post by Tomat » 22 Sep 2020, 20:18

Dual and routers are very useful but only if the broadband speed itself is reliable. 5ghz signal is better for high speed needs such as gaming, but signal quality and strength travels a shorter distance from the router. You also need devices which can run on the 5ghz bandwidth, a lot of older laprops/ pc's/ tablets don't have that option

The new housing developments around the peninsula mat well have a more reliable virgin media broadband, but as my neighbour has discovered most other locations are still running on their "daisy chain" configurarion wher your speed depends on who else is on the "line" (known as contention. Direct fibre, from whichever provider, removes that problem but networks know they can charge extra for it. I look forward to its going live

Apologies for the essays I have been writing, but I hope it gives some useful information and tips., for when the peninsula finally arrives at a 21st century broadband service.

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Re: Internet / Broadband

Post by SMcDermott » 07 Oct 2020, 11:39

We are in Glaslinn on the Portrane road with Virgin broadband and I've noticed that service can drop off quite a bit at peak times after 5pm. However from reading the messages on this board it looks like we already have the best option.

I'm just wondering if other Virgin customers have noticed the same dip in the evenings?

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