October 10, 2011 6:43 AM BST
So with huge anticipation and excitement in my heart and the inner geek bubbling to the surface – my first Fibre optic internet connection came alive last week.
Now I am used to the usual problems of the first connections with any new service provider. Sky in the UK was a nightmare getting the ADSL activated, so when I was told by Numericable here in France that not only did I not need to have a phone line already installed but that everything would be working with eh engineer left and I would have 100mbps internet I was EXCITED.
But the reality seems to be far from the promise.
Nothing but constant issues, but I have to say when it works, it works. Wow. I downloaded iTune 10.5 last night in 4.5 seconds. Yes 4.5 seconds at a whopping 10.02mbps. I had to download it twice just to be sure….
The fibre modems (mine is netgear wifi n, 1gbps router) seems to have nothing but problems though – 7 days into my contract and I am on my 3rd modem and my internet is currently unplugged and I have a scheduled stop post work for modem #3.
What has been your experiences of Fibre so far? What kind of download speeds have you gotten in reality vs. the Fibre promise? Has anyone else found fibre modems to be much more fragile than their adsl counterparts?
So far like so many great things when they are new…maybe the idea is better than the practice. But hey like I said downloading iTunes in 4 seconds almost made the whole nightmare worth it, or at least more fun!