Thought I would ask on the forums as phoning the call centre is as much use as calling sainsburys to book a train ticket.
Having constant issues with my ADSL broadband because my signal margin is set way to low and the ammount of FEC errors is immense, causing my real world speeds to plummit or crash altogether and website become unusable. This has only happened in the last couple of weeks and my broadband had been running stable for months on the default 6.5dB signal marggin. I have a more advanced router which gives me better stats and line info, current my profile is sat at 3.5dB or less on the downstream depending on time of day.
I'm having to restart the router numerous times of day to try and achieve a lower sync speed so I can use the internet and play online games without constantly being disconnected from servers. This only work for a while and the router will resync again at silly speeds that my line just cannot handle, example being I used to get 6 - 6.5 mbits, the last week or so it's been syncing between 8-9.2mbits making the internet useless as it doesn't transmit data bevause of errors.
Can someone please look into this for me and get a profile reset back to the default 6.5dB, i telephoned earlier in the week and was told it would be looked into and I would be contact within 48hrs, still no call back and the issue persists.
If nothing is done I'm out of contract at the start of next month and will switch suppliers for both broadband and phoneline, plusnet looks very good at the minute with thier deals.
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FEC (Forward Error Correction) errors are corrected errors, and do not affect your connection. Its CRC errors that will impact on the connection.
You are looking too hard at the ADSL statistics. Do you have a BT Home Hub you can try?
A low margin can indicate other problems, like interference from extension wiring.
That's the issue Keith, BT hub 4 is useless at the minute with my line, I'm having to use an old thomson speedtouch 780WL and have it forcefully request upon syncing the desired signal margin. BT Homehubs are extremely basic and have most features locked down as BT prefer customers don't see what is happenning. I'm no idiot I have worked in IT and Telecommunications for over 20 years, so looking at line stats and signal margins, errors and real world dtata transfer compared to sync speed I can see there is an issue.
The 780WL is currently forcing the DSLAM into giving me the 6.5dB avaerage broadband profile, the home hub 4 if plugged in syncs with a 3.5Db margin, giving me silly sync speeds upto 9280kbps on the line, but a real world throughput of 1mbit if I'm lucky or just stops working due to the error rate.
Stats from the 780WL below:
Please bear in mind the 6.5dB profile has been forced by the router to get a stable sync, but as you can see there are a lot of errors.
CRC errors are not excessive for 11 hours, but I would expect a lower count. You could have some impulsive noise on your phone line, or even a bit of a high resistance connection. DLM does not always see this, so maintains a low margin.
How often do you use your phone, and is there any noise on it?
Phone is a BT cordless job with answer phone intergrated, connected direct to the master socket and have it double filtered to cut out any issue. I tend not to use it as I have unlimited minutes on my mobile which when used indoors relies on wifi calling through the broadband. Also the RJ11 cable from the NTE5 master is high grade and magnetically shielded and runs direct to router. Also it's the only socket in the place with no extension wiring at all.