Has internet connection put you off getting a house?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by garybUK, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. garybUK Guest

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    Okay i'm in a weird situation where I am looking for a place of my own (renting for now due to the economic climate). I found the PERFECT place not far from where I am now, stunning views from the decking at the back of the peak district, nice newly renovated 19th century stone cottage

    BUT i'm put off by the fact it can only get 2mbps broadband. :(

    Has the speed of internet in an area put you off getting a place? Strange times we live in :)
     
  2. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Seeing as I'm limited to 2.7mb at the moment, I'm not entirely bothered, as long as it's quicker. However impending move to London is hoped to be within an area already upgraded to Virgin's 50mb cable. :)

    Seriously considering it, it probably would make a difference when choosing a place. But really, 2mb is about average in the UK... so you should deal with it :p
     
  3. garybUK thread starter Guest

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    I'll deal with nothing :p at home i have O2 20mbps ADSL and Virgin 20mbps Cable so it's quite a step down!! :eek:
     
  4. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Well you should think yourself lucky right now ;)


    Now go deal with what the average UK user puts up with, you spoilt little brat :p
     
  5. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    2Mb is not too bad, although yes, it would put me off a little...
     
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    For a house like that I would gladly have 2mbps after all I would probably spend most of my time enjoying the house and surroundings.

    Personally I would only not consider getting a house if there was no internet at all or perhaps just dialup (really depends on the house).
     
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    I think if it's an area which can prove difficult in finding the right place, I'd take it even with the slow connection. They might roll down better connection speeds your way soon anyway.
     
  9. garybUK thread starter Guest

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    This is true, but the area is really not that type of place they would do it, if any one in the north west knows it, it's just off the Wood Head pass Manchester side.

    My new job will involve quite a bit of home working, just wondering if 2mbps will be enough.
     
  10. Queso macrumors G4

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    A 2Mbps pipe wouldn't put me off, but less than 1Mbps would. There are still parts of the UK where there is no broadband at all.

    You'll be fine with that. Some of the remote workers I know manage easily enough on 384Kbps 3G.
     
  11. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    Getting 2mbps would not put me off buying a house I otherwise would like. That's not a slow connection, after all. Dial up only however might be enough to make me look elsewhere...
     
  12. NewGenAdam macrumors 6502

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    As already said, I'd check out the ISPs and their planned speed rollouts.
    For me (I'm on Virgin 20Mb/s and 600KB/s is slow), 2Mb/s would be quite a turn off. But I'm addicted to the internet, and won't need my own house for a couple of years!
     
  13. Dagless macrumors Core

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    All the places I've been looking at have broadband, even if it's just 1mbps. I don't mind a slow download speed at all. Having no broadband for years, and then 512kbps for a few more years I've been brought up to download stuff overnight :p

    All that said I would love a super fast connection but I wouldn't buy a house based on it.
     
  14. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    in a few years when i finish uni i will be looking at buying a house/renting a house with my girlfriend. yes internet will play a MASSIVE part haha.

    i currently have the quickest (20mbps/1mbps) in our country (basically), i wont be downgrading thats for sure.
     
  15. iShater macrumors 604

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    Dang, are you guys lucky that you consider a 2Mbps a bad options :p

    We moved to our house 5 years ago or so, and I recall checking about internet options and finding that DSL "was offered in our area". Imagine my surprise when I found out that the local phone network was using some sort of MUXing that basically made it impossible to get any broadband. Only a couple of years later did our cable provider finally offer internet.

    2Mbps sounds like our average DSL service in the US, but I guess if you are used to 10+ Mbps, that would feel like dialup :D

    Edit: Did someone say they have a 20Mbps+ connection? :eek:
     
  16. bartelby macrumors Core

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    When we bought our house 7 years ago it didn't have a broadband connection...
     
  17. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i only got broadband 2 years ago.
     
  18. remmy macrumors 6502a

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    Same, our house only got broadband a few years ago. 2mbps is quite good if its a reliable connection, here its sometimes a bit slow
     
  19. garybUK thread starter Guest

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    20mbps is common place in the UK if you live close enough to a exchange ADSL2+ and/or you are in a Cabled area (our cables go underground not overground). But they don't cable any areas up anymore. Virgin (the cable company) is offering 50mbps internet and BT will start matching when they deploy 21cn, basically Fibre to the cabinet and then the last leg is copper to the home.
     
  20. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    at least you have competing companies! australia is basically ruled by one big lame company *doh*
     
  21. garybUK thread starter Guest

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    The infamous Telstra?

    The Majority of the country is DSL which uses BT's (British Telecom) infrastructure in one way or another. Competing companies can now install their own equipment in BT's Exchanges and take the Tail Heads (the cable that goes between your house and the exchange which is still owned by BT) and wire it into their own equipment (Local Loop Unbundling). A Lot of companies offer this but most use BT Wholesale (which does it all for them).
     
  22. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    If it were dial-up it could be a rational decision, 2mb isn't bad at all.
     
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  24. daneoni macrumors G4

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    That would be quite a painful downgrade. I currently get 12mb+ and going down to 2mb would be difficult but i guess you get used to it as long as its stable and not fluctuating which unfortunately most DSL lines do
     
  25. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    What exactly are you guys doing that requires these massive MB/down lines? The only thing I can think of is if you were downloading 50 torrents of blue ray porn because surfing the web is nearly instantaneous even on a 1.5 down line.
     

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