my broadband connection (tiscali, uk) has caused trouble for years. basically it works, then doesn't work so well, then grinds totally to a halt intermittantly until it pretty much stops full stop (all and any kind of connection), multiple times each day. pulling out the power plugs of my modem and airport -- restarting them -- restarts the grinding to a halt process from its start. i use bittorrent software a lot; i'm sure this accelerates the problem... it's got to the point where i've pretty much accepted this is part of broadband. i used to think it was the airport but now i realise it's probably not, as restarting just the modem usually temporarily fixes it, which indicates that it's not the airport and is either tiscali, the modem, or something else in the network.
both machines come to a grinding halt.
tiscali -> d-link modem -> airport base station ->(via air) laptop
->(via ethernet) desktop
i came across this a few days ago: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/05/i_plate/. it's talking about a filter thing which bt call an accelerator. just wondering if anyone's had any experiences with such a device (it's just a uk thing) or/and similar problems i'm having?
i'll probably get one of these accelerators as they're fairly cheep (near free it looks like apart from i think that's just for bt broadband customers which i'm not). the device filters out some signal or something which is connected with a redundant aspect of in home phone networks which allowed (no phones use it now) multiple phones in the same home. this signal causes noise to broadband.
the accelerator is talked about, obviously from its name, as a speed up thing (because it removes noise).
so the situation which this bt accelerator addresses is where the speed of the connection is 90% or whatever of what it could be because of the noise. but not where the speed slowly curves towards 0%, halts.
is it possible for noise to work like compound interest in a bank account -- compound noise; that is once noise has had its negative effect that effect (i still don't know when you should use affect or effect -- even after reading explenations i don't know) hangs around, sticks, while more actual noise has more negative effect (which also sticks)?[*] that doesn't seem to be what's happening with people who the accelerator is addressing, but could it be what's happening to me?, could it be the accelerator will be a stop-stopping-device for me?
.[*] that would explain the problem i'm seeing -- describes it well -- but i don't know if it's likely/possible because i made it up.
obviously i should just try getting an accelerator, but just wondering if anyone has any experiences/thoughts on (a) my problem in general, (b) bt's accelerator