Broadband News

Welcome to our new site

We started this website over 17 years ago and a lot has changed within the industry during this time. We're therefore pleased to be able to introduce you to our new website.

The new site is designed to be more accessible, including for mobile users and those with assistive devices, as well as making it easier for us to update the site, so we can spend more time writing content and less time on systems.

The ISP list in particular has been made easier to use with one-click filters to simplify your search, with advanced options for those looking for additional settings like technology. We also ask you to supply your postcode at the start, so if you're lucky enough to be in an area which is covered by KCom, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear or similar ultrafast services, we can bring them to your attention.

The core functionality of the site remains the same, however we will be looking to add new features in the coming months.

In the mean time, we're pleased to announce that our Broadband Quality Monitor (BQM) ping tool now supports hostnames, so those on dynamic IPs will be able to use it provided they subscribe to a free dynamic dns service (or one is provided by their broadband provider). Obviously those on Carrier-Grade NAT (CGNAT) implementations and using routers which do not respond to WAN PINGs will be unable to use the tool.

Our Local Broadband Information and Broadband Maps micro-sites as well as our forums will continue to operate as they are for the time being, although we will look to bring some of the information onto the main site in due course.

For those who have been with us for the past seventeen years, here's a reminder of how our site has progressed:

Comments

Loving the new look.

  • martindee
  • 6 months ago

@martindee: thanks

  • seb
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 6 months ago

@thinkbroadband And you can reply on twitter and see the replied in comments on news articles!

  • @sebtweet
  • comment via twitter
  • 6 months ago

@thinkbroadband Seeing the old website really does bring back memories of 56K and my struggle to even get ADSL... t… https://t.co/Ho8Iba04ju

  • @timmay2
  • comment via twitter
  • 6 months ago

Oooh, very good. Easy to navigate, so simples...

  • NilSatisOptimum
  • 6 months ago

@thinkbroadband

  • @neverdance1985
  • comment via twitter
  • 6 months ago

@thinkbroadband Lovely work :)

  • @ispreview
  • comment via twitter
  • 6 months ago

Change for change sake again and where are the new results going, not to my old profile ?
Have been using this for years and years and was so simple and fast. Why do I have to enter postcode every time ? As the norm, five steps forward and ten back, but hey, what do I know ?
Suppose you want me to go elsewhere where I will get different adverts?

  • GW3XJQ
  • 6 months ago

Crikey, I though someone had messed up my bookmarks.
Looks very fresh and modern.

  • rolandrat
  • 6 months ago

@thinkbroadband Loving the new design !

  • @andyd
  • comment via twitter
  • 6 months ago

Wow! TBB looks so fresh and new.. I love it. Here's to another 17 years! :-)

  • CJT-80
  • 6 months ago

@thinkbroadband Nice! But, the link to 'UK Broadband Speed Test Results for April 2017' https://t.co/Q9qKcy4C27 fro… https://t.co/q2kjsUJF6m

  • @aaisp
  • comment via twitter
  • 6 months ago

Hey! My speedtest graph is going backwards! I much prefer time to go from left to right.

  • bcooke
  • 6 months ago

@thinkbroadband Looks good.

  • @IanArnot
  • comment via twitter
  • 6 months ago

PLEASE Please please can we have an EDIT option????? :) :) Most chat pages will give you 10 mins to edit out mistrakes... :P :)

  • comnut
  • 6 months ago

A quick look and on an iPad looks great. One slight cosmetic problem is that on the package search the "Filtering by (click to remove)" on black background, the first two words are almost illegible, and the rest not easy. The individual filters easy to see.

  • uniquename
  • 6 months ago

@GW3XJQ
Re entering your postcode every time, do you mean on the package search? If so, you don't need to enter it at all, it is just another filter.

  • uniquename
  • 6 months ago

@comnut re editing option on News comments, I agree it would be nice. I don't like not being able to correct my typos. It's OK for staff, they can do it anytime! [wink] :).

  • uniquename
  • 6 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers!
Congratulations on the new design it looks great. Very clean.

  • Diggory
  • 6 months ago

@thinkbroadband I really like the new design, but my historical broadband quality charts are missing!

  • @chaz_6
  • comment via twitter
  • 6 months ago

Morning GW3XJQ speed tests so long as you are logged in are going to your profile and are in a table as you scroll down your profile page.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 6 months ago

On the speed test graph, yeap x-axis is the wrong way and goes onto the to-do list

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 6 months ago

Great on mobile devices very slow on IE on a W7 PC

  • g3uiss
  • 6 months ago

Nice - liking it.

  • the_norris
  • 6 months ago

Looking good. Although I'd still rather see the commenters name and comment time above the post rather than to the right - really slows down reading of a thread when you have to keep looking to the left to see who made the comment.

  • KarlAustin
  • 6 months ago

I miss the news sidebar in BQM.

  • thinkunbiased
  • 6 months ago

Some users speed tests when logged in were not logging to peoples profile, and that bug is fixed ~11:55

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 6 months ago

@comnut: This wasn't available before.. but it 's a great idea; we'll add it to backlog but this may take some time so no promises on timescales

  • seb
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 6 months ago

@GW3XJQ: We will address any usability issues so feedback welcome - ideally via [email protected] (easier to track; but we are pulling comments from here into a our backlog)

  • seb
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 6 months ago

@KarlAustin: They are in chronological order and most people probably don't read who wrote it?

  • seb
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 6 months ago

@KarlAustin: They are in chronological order and most people probably don't read who wrote it?

  • seb
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 6 months ago

Great stuff; broadband ping changed to hostname, bookmarks updated will explore more this evening.

  • ian007jen
  • 6 months ago

The "tbstaff" under staff names in these comments looks very like tpstaPP on this 15.6" 3840 x 2160 screen, and even more so on an iPad or Sony Z3.

  • uniquename
  • 6 months ago

Thanks for the BQM via host name change, you just need to update the information on the BQM page to remove the 'Can you monitor my connection if I have a dynamic IP?' section.

  • MaryHinge
  • 6 months ago

Isn't there a site-wide search facility? DO I have to use Google and do a search with site:https://www.thinkbroadband.com?

  • Fellwalker
  • 6 months ago

I like the fresh new look for the website.

Now is the time for the forum overhaul :)

  • YaZiN
  • 6 months ago

Where's my broadband monitor? It's gone from my profile and tells me to set a new one up, but when I do it says I already have one, there's a hole in my bucket!

  • ridders01
  • 6 months ago

It's a bit... white... Any chance we can get a dark mode? Huh, looks like Windows 10 has messed up again. Use to be able to push 100mbps on 5G but now it's capped to just 30mbps. Other devices still test at 100mbps. Oh fun times.

  • jackjt8
  • 6 months ago

seb: thanks very much for considering!! :)

have a look at theregister.co.uk - they give you 10 minutes to correct mistakes you missed... :)

  • comnut
  • 6 months ago

I like it great improvement and wow those old asdl pages.....old i feel

  • derekdel
  • 6 months ago

Been with you (Nearly) all the way. I was a long time lurker before posting. Just checked my sign up date Mon 07-Jul-03 07:45:08. I found you when pipex were doing their £23.44p offer (aovh33 btw). When was that?

  • Mitchy_mitch
  • 6 months ago

Nice (8-)

  • awontroba
  • 6 months ago

How can I get a dark background? My poor eyes can't take the bright backgrounds. Please can someone take in account the visually impaired?

  • drummerjohn
  • 6 months ago

since the the revised web site my bbq meter no longer refreshes

  • Robbiecollie
  • 6 months ago

New layout looks rather bright and clinical at first glance, will take time to get used to it but it will appeal to your younger viewers from the start no doubt :P

  • 21again
  • 6 months ago

Has anyone been having problems with the RSS feed lately?

I'm using Feedly to read http://www.thinkbroadband.com/rss/full/ and often get the same news articles showing up repeatedly.

This only happens to the thinkbroadband RSS feed so I don't believe it's a Feedly problem.

Loading the feed directly only shows single entries, are the GUIDs in the feed changing every couple of hours or something similar?

  • fusen
  • 5 months ago

@fusen There was some others seeing issues with the previous version of the site, but since the new site on the 6th no-one has mentioned the repeat issue.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 5 months ago

I actually preferred the old site format . . . Maybe I am alone but I am not really a Luddite. I liked the simple date format sequence. Now I have to hunt around for the latest news.

  • chriswillsher
  • 5 months ago

Like the new look. I did notice that new posts in the not spot forum don't show up in the "last 10 active forum posts" section on the front page.

  • craski
  • 5 months ago

Like the new format, if I could read all of it.
The broadband discussion section set in grey is difficult to read. If I access the site on my phone and it is a little bright, I can't read it at all.

  • casablancauk
  • 5 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
I have done a Speed Test on a system that gives me 1 up and 4 Down and found it too be very accurate. The results were in two decimal points 3.xx over the local network I did not register to my profile and all were in the History file. The website I feel is a great improvement over the old well done Andrews crew.

  • Blackmamba
  • 5 months ago

Welcome back Mamba, missed your contributions :-)

  • baby_frogmella
  • 5 months ago

Thanks Baby-frogmella.
While I fhave been in Spain I have been with the fibre boys seeing their method with my wife ex BT translating in Spanish.

  • Blackmamba
  • 5 months ago

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