Don't want Broadband!

  wee eddie 17:40 21 Nov 2003

It has been written here and elsewhere that 'bt' are trying to persuade it's customers to redeploy to Broadband.

It certainly seems that 'bt' are making life difficult for those on a 56k connection. My connection is getting progressively slower (a year ago connections were at 52k or better now I am lucky to get 50k). Connection now frequently requires several attempts and the server has dropped me on any number of connections.

But, here at work I only connect about 4 times a day, just long enough to download my mail and maybe send an order, I really don't want Broadband, with all its problems of permanently open connections etcetera.

  sil_ver 19:16 21 Nov 2003

Broadband connection is only open when you open it so it's not a problem. Your 56K connection is probably slower because of the takeup over the period between your subscribing and the present. You could always try another ISP.

  Stuartli 08:45 22 Nov 2003

50 or 52kbps are just about the best speeds you can expect from a 56k dialup connection - in fact many people would give their right arm for such speeds...:-)

It depends on your ISP rather than BT. I get 49.2kbps with Tiscali but 50.7 or 52kpbs with Pipex.

Just be grateful you have what is a good dialup connection speed.

  wee eddie 11:50 22 Nov 2003

Several newspaper articles have suggested that 'bt' are attempting to persuade their customers to convert to broadband by degrading their dial-up service.

Since posting this, I have considered that I would be happy if they removed all the spurious Shopping and Sport's report sites from the Home Page.

But the service has been dropped frequently which I felt may be a symptom of the malaise.

  Stuartli 12:44 22 Nov 2003

It's another case of the conspiracy zyndrome.

  Stuartli 12:46 22 Nov 2003


  Stuartli 12:47 22 Nov 2003

If you click on the forwards-backwards arrows at the bottom (in Word or similar) you will know if the unwanted page has been created.

  Arnie 14:55 22 Nov 2003

If you don't like your current home page change it as follows:

On your existing home page click on Tools, Internet options, General tab.
Then type your new home page address e.g. click here Apply then OK.

As far as I know this will work on all current Windows OS.

I use Google because of its varied choice of search modes. Another excellent site is: click here Of course there are many other choices of default home pages. I am on NTL broadband but never use their home pages.


  Arnie 15:01 22 Nov 2003

Sorry missed off the co.

This one. click here


  wee eddie 18:49 22 Nov 2003

"bt" have a shortcut to their own dialler, which I believe ensures that no one hijacks your dialler.

But I also have an IE shortcut on the desktop that opens Google in another window - it's useful being able to flick between the two while you are looking at another site. Often just to check the veracity of a comment or find an alternative supplier without dropping the original link.

  Arnie 20:42 22 Nov 2003

Wee Eddie.

If you go to the Internet Options box I mentioned earlier. Then Connections, you can check the radio button is set to: Always dial my default connection.

This will keep your dialler as you want it. (Hopefully). Hackers excepted!


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