[Gllug] Off Topic: Backup ISP

Bernard Peek bap at shrdlu.com
Tue Mar 29 11:44:07 UTC 2011

On 29/03/11 11:44, j.roberts wrote:
> On 29/03/2011 10:27, david at gbenet.com wrote:
>> Hash: SHA256
>> Wow! Never a problem and never been down! I've been with them a year
>> - just over - I'd say
>> that in a 12 month period they have been down 3 months - and as for 5
>> Mbs transfer I've
>> never ever got as high as 5Mbs. There is no fire optic cable!! They
>> are a bullshit company.
>> I'm trying to find an alternative cable company - ADSL's to slow and
>> unreliable
> Hate to say anything good about a service in any way (however faintly)
> connected with that abject t*sser Branson (who still owes me money for
> work I did in 1975-7) but -
> one of our staff has a Virgin 20 Mbps cable connection and in two
> years it has been down for 15 min. It consistently delivers better than
> 20 Mbps. So I'm thinking of getting one myself.
This thread started with someone asking whether it was worth considering
Virgin cable as backup connectivity. I haven't used it myself but I know
people who have without any major problems. So after reading all of the
comments since the start I don't think my recommendation would change.

I doubt that it's necessary for the OP to have a backup ISP unless
there's some critical service they provide that must keep running 24/7
at any cost. But I know that some companies are paranoid enough that
they might want to pay the extra cost for peace-of-mind.

If OP decides that they want backup connectivity then the choices is
between VM and a wireless dongle. If OP needs a lot of bandwidth then VM
is the only game in town. A second ADSL connection would be too likely
to be simultaneously hit by the same problems that could take out the
primary service.

Bernard Peek
bap at shrdlu.com

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