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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Folks, my EE connection over LTE 4G gives nearly 60Mbs. That's better than most ISPs in the area with the exception of Virgin media. I had no idea speed were that good!

I know Virgin's service seems to be absolutely crap for half of the ward and nearly faultless for my side of the ward so I will probably hang on to my virgin connection a bit longer.

So A 4G modem router like this one https://www.broadbandbuyer.com/products/33092-tp-link-tl-mr6400/?gc... and a data only SIM would be alternative to crappy copper- based ADSL deals.

EE and 02 networks seem to be the best for 4G speeds. 5G is not there yet with regards to data only services but will be a game changer for domestic broadband speeds.

If you want to keep your BT landline number you could port it to a VoIP service. Voipfone is the best one you there that I've found.

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To get the best speeds it is absolutely vital that you check cell location

https://www.cellmapper.net/map?MCC=234&MNC=20&type=LTE&...

The previous web site is not the prettiest web site but it is informative and you zoom in/out your location and check different networks O2, Three, EE

LTE is

(a) Very directional  and Line of sight - if you can see cell tower and point aerial at it then you can get good speeds.

(b) Speed will drop if a large building is in the way  40 Mega bits to 1 Mega bits i.e 4 megabytes a second to 1 mega bytes a second or slower!!!

(c) Time of day - at 5am in the morning you get top speeds 6 megabytes per second by 11am you can be down to 1 megabytes per second.

(d) Very simply network congestion - you could be sharing the same big(or small) pipe with several hundred people .

Finally,

both Smarty(O3) and GiffGaff(O2) are worth checking out they both do deals at £20 for 80/100 GigaBytes per month

https://smarty.co.uk/

https://www.giffgaff.com/sim-only-plansa

In practice, its try it and see.

For smarty and GiffGaff there is no contract - PAYG.

So get a trial sim from both and go for the £10 deal on both Sims for testing purposes.

Also get make sure your router has external antenna (Rabbits Ears) ideally detachable or scew on (SMA).

Data, I have done dozens of tests but they are fined tuned to me! and my location!

https://www.speedtest.net/

is my goto test it remembers your various runs and you can DL the data

https://speed.cloudflare.com/ is also pretty good

Arial's and Antenna there is a load of snake oil and Junk available.

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