on 12-03-2011 12h19
Been trying to use BT Fon within my own home to download game patches etc so I don't burn up my little allowance, first time I tried it I could have sworn I was getting speeds of around 700kps, but everytime since its been around 50kps - which on a 1gb patch is gonna take all day, also it seems to have a hait of disconnecting at times.. Now I am not sure if the first time I connected I simply connected to my own network and not the Fon account hence the faster speeds. Is 50kps about right for maximum on the Fon network - dude in BT Sales told me it would be just as quick as my normal accounts speed (getting a feeling I was lied to ......)
Anyone able to shed some light on this / is there any way to increase the speed (e.g prioritise the Fon over my own network when I am not using my broadband for anything else etc?)
on 12-03-2011 12h55
50kbps is about right as BTFON is a 512 connection. it is not meant for downloading large files more just to give you an internet connection on the move to enable you to browse and pick up emails
on 12-03-2011 13h32
You'll probably find that by default, the Fon connection will auto disconnect after 2 hours. This IS to prevent heavy downloads being carried out.
on 13-03-2011 9h38
Ah, have noticed it disconnecting but wasn't sure of the timescales - thought I read somewhere it was 15 minutes of idle... proper been stiffed by BT sales then it seems
on 13-03-2011 10h00
AFAIK, you're right with the 15min idle disconnection.
I had to go to the top to get certain answers regarding Fon/Oz...
on 13-03-2011 12h14
So if downloading something I have 2 hours to complete it or it disconnects no matter what? Is there any way aorund this as 1gb won't be done in 2 hours - don't mind leaving pc on overnight to complete if there is a workaround? Also does it see downloading as not being idle so 2 hours instead of 15 minutes? I really should time it and figure it out myself I suppose !!
13-03-2011 12h28 - edited 13-03-2011 12h28
So if downloading something I have 2 hours to complete it or it disconnects no matter what?
I'd say so...
Is there any way aorund this as 1gb won't be done in 2 hours - don't mind leaving pc on overnight to complete if there is a workaround?
I'm not sure if a workround exists - others may have one
Also does it see downloading as not being idle so 2 hours instead of 15 minutes?
It should last 2 hours when downloading
I really should time it and figure it out myself I suppose !!
There's only one way to find out....
Also worth noting, the speed will only be a maximum of 512Kbps, but any devices connected through your hub will take priority. You may find that the fon speed is slowly reduced to 0Kbps.
There is some further info here - http://community.bt.com/t5/BB-Out-About/Why-does-the-BTHH-transmit-the-Openzone-signal/m-p/37318#M22...