I live in a small town in Apulian countryside, South Italy.
At the moment there’s no 5G in the area, there are only 2 mobile carriers (Iliad and WindTre) that have a decent LTE connection, but it’s unstable. Telecom used to be the one and only ISP that served the area, but we only had 20Mb ADSL until recently.
It’s been only a couple of months, but fibre has finally arrived in my town. FTTC, of course, with 100 Mb/s down and 20Mb/s up maximum speeds.
I’ve been one of the first users to upgrade from ADSL to FTTC, and at the beginning I experienced up to 97 Mb/s in download (tested through Ookla on a Dell XPS 15 connected via Ethernet directly to the modem) and 20 Mb/s upload. Unfortunately, as soon as more users started to upgrade to FTTC, I started to experience network instabilities (losing connection for brief seconds to the outside world. Not an issue when web browsing, but problematic when videoconferencing, playing videogames online or transferring files from or to the Cloud).
I called the ISP support, and they sent a technician who told me that I had only two possibilities:
- keep the 100 Mb/s download profile but risk network instabilities
- change profile to a 69 Mb/s down (nice!) capped one, and hopefully get a more stable connection
I opted for stability over speed, but I’m quite a bit annoyed, considering that I’m paying the same for a ~40% download speed reduction (the 100 Mb/s theoretical got up to 97/98 Mb/s, while the current 69 Mb/s setup gets me up to 61/62 Mb/s down directly from the modem).
I was wondering… is there a way to improve line stability so that I could let my ISP bring me back to the faster profile?
I thought about:
- changing modem
- changing in-house wiring
- shortening the distance between the outside cables and the primary telephone plug that is used for the modem
Do you have any other suggestions? And is there a way to have something like a “double” connection (DSL+LTE) for faster speeds and redundancy?