Well I’ve just had the Bethere 24Mbps ADSL Internet service installed. So what’s the verdict? Well the setup was fairly faultless, plug in the box and go (it’s a Speedtouch modem router which is badged as the BeBox). Speeds? Well let’s just say it isn’t 24Mbps. In fact according to Numion and MySpeed I’m hitting around 6Mbps peak, which is around a T2 line speed. I’m running it via a Powerline rig from the incoming phone jack to my computer in an adjacent room. I tried a direct Ethernet connect to the router and there appeared to be no speed difference, but connecting via WiFi wireless LAN halved the speed!
So let me repeat that, we’re now at the stage where we can get T2 leased line speeds from a vanilla copper POTS line. Absolutely astonishing. I don’t know why I’m not getting anywhere near peak, I’ll get around to asking the Be guys soon, but it’s plenty fast enough so far. Uploads are also very impressive at around 1.16Mbps, which makes web serving from home suddenly quite a realistic prospect at £24.00 a month uncapped. How do those speeds translate for downloading etc? Well I just pulled down a 32 MB file in 24 seconds. It’s quick. Expect these speeds on a broadband line near you sometime soon then.