[QUOTE=JReynolds;2688619]A new record for me, in rural West Sussex, England, a long long way from our exchange. I got a new router with a built in ADSL modem (a Netgear DGND 3700 v2) - this seems to have made a difference.
That’s a nice improvement over your earlier speed. Like my experience above, it’s surprising the difference a better DSL router can make.
One thing worth checking is if you can get the Three mobile network in your area, e.g. with a network search on your mobile to see if ‘3’ is listed. If you can, pick up a basic prepay broadband SIM to run some speed tests. 3G speeds tend to be better in out in the country where there is coverage, as obviously there is less congestion than in a built-up area. This speed test above was in a small town.
If the speed is reasonably good (e.g. >5Mb) and plays BBC iPlayer in HD, then it would give you another broadband option, e.g. change your mobile provider to 3 with one of their ‘All you can eat’ plans and use your phone as modem. This is what I do while out or if I need to do a big upload, as I typically get 1.5Mb uplink on the phone while in a 3G area compared to the 0.3Mb uplink on my home DSL.