Be allows customers to change connection parameters
Unfortunately not all telephone lines are created equally, and so many of us will need our ADSL and ADSL2+ to run with a different set of parameters to the default. Be who use ADSL2+ have made available a range of settings in their customer web portal to let their users tweak their connection.
Giving control to the customer can reduce the work load on support staff and allows people to try out various combinations at will, or even tweak their connection to suit what their main activity will be on a specific day.
- Standard setting, sets a 6dB target noise margin and is the default.
- Optimise for speed, sets a 3dB target noise margin. A lower margin allows you to connect faster, but may be less reliable, particularly during the night.
- Optimise for reliability, sets a 9dB target noise margin. This sacrifices some connection speed but makes the connection more immune to noise.
- Gaming mode, can be either on or off, and is in addition to the other settings. It controls whether interleaving mode is turned on or off. Gamers will generally want interleaving turned off because the error correction methods used can increase your latency by a few milliseconds, which for first person shooters can be critical.
To some extent these tweaks are not worthwhile until you have tidied up the telephone wiring in your home if searching for extra speed. Items like the ring wire and a spiders web of telephone extension wiring can easily result in the connections performance degrading a lot during the hours of darkness and with longer nights rapidly approaching, now is the time to tweak your broadband connection. As well as just removing unused telephone wiring, there are three main other things you can do remove the ring wire, fit an ADSL/ADSL2+ faceplate, or fit an I-Plate.