Broadband issues with online yoga classes
This information about broadband connection may help even if you are already attending online yoga classes but sometimes have internet problems.
Historically broadband connections used ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) which uses copper cable from the exchange to your router. I used ADSL broadband until 2021 which worked most of the time but would occasionally hang or drop out whilst I was teaching yoga online.
Upgrading my broadband connection to Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) in February 2021 fixed all the problems I had with ADSL and has been fine ever since. My download speed is over three times faster and my upload speed is over seven times faster than previously. FTTC uses fibre optic cable from the exchange to your local roadside cabinet and copper cable from the cabinet to your router. In the UK these are the green cabinets you sometimes see OpenReach engineers working on.
So how do you know whether you are on ADSL or FTTC? Your telecoms bill should name your current service. You can also try the free Which Magazine speed test at broadbandtest.which.co.uk. If your download speed is less that 8 Megabytes per second you are almost certainly on ADSL.
If still unsure, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) will be able to tell you. As of March 2019, FTTC was available to 95% of the UK so should now be available to almost everyone in the UK.
Upgrading to FTTC can even save you money - I was out of contract and it did for me. Any cost increase should be very small. Bear in mind that changing from ADSL to FTTC will put you on a new contract. You will receive a new router as part of the upgrade from ADSL to FTTC with instructions how and when to fit it. The only other change is made remotely by your ISP so you use the fibre optic cable from the exchange to your local cabinet rather than copper cable.
You could still get performance issues having upgraded to FTTC but this is relatively rare. I am not aware of any existing students for whom this is the case. Usually this will relate to the copper cable and/or the connection to your premises. If you are on FTTC check with your neighbours to establish that this is what is happening - if both of you are on FTTC and their performance is consistently better than yours this could be because:
- The copper cable running from your local cabinet to your home has started to deteriorate. Copper cables can also be affected by extreme weather conditions. OpenReach are reluctant to dig up the road to fix this issue since it is very expensive and they are likely to suggest other alternatives.
- There may be a problem with the connection in your home. In some cases re-crimping the connection at your end may solve the problem.
- There can be issues with the sensitivity of routers to noise on the line. There have for example been instances of customers switching from BT to TalkTalk and then getting dropout problems where they had none before due to the TalkTalk supplied router being more sensitive to noise on the line than the one from BT.