As well as my new phone, I’ve got round to sorting my broadband provider. Regular readers will remember my quest to find a new ADSL service after hitting problems with my current supplier, Demon. Well, its taken a while but I’ve finally got my MAC code and I’m transitioning to my new service provider AAISP hopefully sometime on Monday.
I’ve chosen AAISP for several reasons:-
1) Their service is aimed at a corporate or ‘professional’ users – their website isn’t that pretty, but it has lots of technical information for those that are interested.
2) Whilst not an ‘unlimited’ service, they offer good Fair usage polices with the option to buy more if you exceed the limits. They operate a ‘daytime (9am-6pm)’ and ‘evening (6pm-midnight)’ tariff structure with transfers outside these times FREE!. I’ve gone for 4GB day/100GB evening rate because I generally use the Internet during the evening, but I do have stuff synchronising during the day too. I’ll have to see how it goes because you can adjust it monthly up or down depending on requirements. And having unlimited out of hours downloads is great because I can just schedule them to start & stop during this time.
3) When you sign up, you can request as many external IP addresses as you like (within reason). So I’ve got 5 routable static IP addresses available to use, plus they support IPv6 natively and they’ve assigned me a 48 bit IPv6 subnet – I could have 2^64 devices on my network without running out of capacity. So if everyone in the world decides to come round my house and each has a smartphone and a laptop, there’s still plenty to go around.
4) Bull plop isn’t bundled as a free extra. You only have to look at their support section to see this – They’ll admit when they make a mistake, but they’ll also say when the problem lies ‘upstream’ with a provider, e.g. BT. Plus, this is the first bit in their terms and conditions:-
It is up to you to pick the right service for you, and some services have usage limits. The internet is big and complicated and we do not control it. The internet has many good and useful things in it, but it also has bad things, so do not blame us for anything you find. It is up to you to protect your network. You must take responsibility for what you do with the service, and for anyone you let use the service. The internet has rules, so play fair. Things can break! If they do, we will try and fix things as quickly as we can. It can take days to fix some problems. We allocate you internet addresses, but they do not belong to you, and we can change them if we need to.
So, fingers x’d, things will go across smoothly on Monday. I will be spending the weekend reconfiguring my router for the new service. Ohh, and people who live in the Midlands and have broadband, I’ve some news for you on some major BT changes coming very soon – watch this space!