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inchindown
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Local Exchange Being Upgraded.

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I got an email from BT saying they will be upgrading my local exchange at Invergordon on Monday.

 

Is there any way to find out what they are upgrading?

 

They told me my phone and broadband would go off sometime before 6PM and then it would take upto 10 days to get back to normal. Has anyone who has had a an exchange upgrade experienced any problems afterwards in getting back to their normal speed. I would hate to get an upgrade which caused my current speed to fall.  I currently have an IP Profile 0f 2.5 mbps. Will the upgrade improve that speed?

 

Thanks for any info.

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You are probably being upgraded to ADSL2+, which is up to 16Mb.

 

Your speed should not drop, but you must leave things connected an undisturbed for at least 10 days afterwards, otherwise you could end up with a slower speed.

 

What are your current ADSL Statistics and I can give you some idea of what speed you are likely to get?

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inchindown
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Thanks for that info Keith.

 

here are my current stats.

 

System Up Time 4632:51:56
PortStatusTxPktsRxPktsCollisionsTx B/sRx B/sUp Time
WANPPPoA268026213301214801872304632:51:15
LAN10M/100M1332167591479022920471744632:51:52
WLAN11M/54M31160524100043490144894632:51:43
ADSL LinkDownstreamUpstream
Connection Speed2944 kbps448 kbps
Line Attenuation60 db15.5 db
Noise Margin5 db12 db
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Sorry, because of your distance from the exchange, you are not going to see any improvement in speed, and its possible that you will be left on ADSL max, even after migration, as ADSL2+ can cause problems on long lines.

 

If you get problems after migration, then some help is available on this forum.

 

The speed cacculator is on this link http://www.kitz.co.uk/adsl/max_speed_calc.php

 

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inchindown
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Thanks Keith.

 

I was talking to a BT engineer a few months ago and he told me they were likely going to be installing fibre to the cabinet on my line. Is this upgrade related to that? I' a lot of BT activity at the local cabinet and there have been contractors laying new BT cables in the area recently.

 

I'll be a little disappointed if I don't get a speed increase, but I can live with that as long as my current IP profile of 2.5 mbps doesn't go down permanently. I suppose I'll find out soon enough. Smiley Happy

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Exchange upgrades normally refer to the moving of ADSL connections over to the new 21cn network, which supports ADSL2+.

 

Upgrades to the local network, including the new Infinity street cabinets, is a different issue altogether, and is managed by Openreach.

 

If you read some of the posts on the Infinity board, you will get some idea of what the new cabinets look like.

 

I would imagine that owing to your distance from the exchange, Infinity may well be coming to your locality. Look for the new cabinets.

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According to Kitz, 21cn is already enable on my exchange.

 

Exchange Information  
Exchange: InvergordonBT Code: NSIGD
Location: Academy Road,IV18 0AX
Distance:-Direct: 3.9 km
 (appx)*By Road:5.5 km
 Status 
 ADSL enabled:October 26, 2004
 DSL Max enabled:March 30, 2006
 21CN WBC (Broadband)Enabled
 21CN due : (PSTN)info N/A
 FTTCNot available
 SDSL enabled :Not Enabled
Broadband Access MarketBroadband AccessMarket 1
BT price bandBTw Pricing BandBand E
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Here is my latest BT Speedchecker details.

 

Download speedachieved during the test was - 2.36 Mbps
For your connection, the acceptable range of speeds is 0.6 Mbps-7.15 Mbps.
Additional
Information:

Your DSL Connection Rate :2.94 Mbps(DOWN-STREAM),
0.45 Mbps(UP-STREAM)
IP Profile for your line is - 2.5 Mbps

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Exchange equipment upgrades are done well in advance of any migrations, which happen in batches, over a period of many months, as circuits have be be physically re-jumpered.

 

I doubt very much if you will see any change in speed. There may even be an initial drop in speed, until the new equipment determines the maximum speed for your line, which it does during the first 10 days.

 

 

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Disappointed to hear I will likely not get a speed increase from the upgrade, but as long as I get my current speed back after, I will be happy. My line has been very stable over recent months, and I don't want to lose that.

 

Thanks for your help Keith.

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