How To Improve Your Broadband Speed

So much of life is lived online these days, having a speedy, reliable broadband service is hugely important for most of us.

Making video calls, online gaming and watching content through streaming services have become the norm in many households. The increase in home-working is another key factor when it comes to increased broadband usage.

But what is a “good” broadband speed and, if your broadband is too slow, how do you improve it?

What types of broadband are there?

OK – here comes the science.

There are three main types of broadband in the UK – ADSL, cable and fibre.


Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) uses the copper wires of your phone landline to deliver broadband to your home. It’s widely available but has limitations.

With this method, often referred to as standard broadband, the speed of your broadband will depend on how far away you live

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The fastest VPN for outright speed 2020

Among all the considerations you need to think about when selecting your new VPN, one of the most significant is speed.

Because virtual private networks work by sending all your internet traffic through an extra set of encrypted tunnels via the provider’s secure server, that’s a lot of extra potential latency. Thankfully, by going for one of the fastest VPNs, you can pretty much avoid any slow down completely.

Depending on the robustness of the company’s network, and the number of servers it offers (with closer servers generally providing better speeds) – some VPNs barely impact your connection. And we’ve tested all the top VPNs out there on their speed to make sure that you can confidently pick out a provider that won’t slow you down – especially if you’re using your VPN to unblock sites or services and perhaps stream video where speeds are obviously are a priority.

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FUJIFILM Brings Speed with the XF 50mm f/1 R WR Lens; More Info at B&H Photo Video

NEW YORK, Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — B&H is pleased to announce the FUJIFILM XF 50mm f/1 R WR Lens for its X System of mirrorless digital cameras. This 76mm-equivalent prime lens is clearly characterized by its impressively fast f/1 maximum aperture, which benefits working in low-light conditions and also helps to achieve shallow depth of field and selective focus effects. This bright design pairs with the short telephoto focal length and rounded nine-blade diaphragm to realize an ideal lens for portraiture, fashion, and other applications where isolating subject matter with depth of field is desired.

FUJIFILM XF 50mm f/1 R WR Lens


Key Features

  • X-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 76mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element

Beyond just speed, the 50mm f/1 also features an advanced optical design that includes one aspherical element and two extra-low dispersion elements to reduce a variety of aberrations and

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World’s fastest internet speed recorded at 178TB/s

(Pocket-lint) – For those of us living on more mortal planes, an internet speed anywhere over around 50MB/s can feel seriously nice – you don’t have to worry about pages loading slowly, and you can handily power most streaming services at high resolutions.

As it turns out, though, we’re all playing with baby toys compared to what researchers are achieving in labs. A team at University College London (UCL) recently achieved a new world best for internet speed, topping out at 178TB/s. 

For some much needed context, that’s enough to download the entire Netflix library of shows and movies, every last one them, in a single second flat. It’s also about 24 times the peak daily traffic across the entire UK during lockdown earlier this year, using BT’s numbers. 

That’s quadruple the previous record, which was only achieved earlier this year in Australia, so it looks like the envelope

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Intel’s DAOS tops the IO500 speed challenge for HPC storage

Intel’s Distributed Application Object Storage (DAOS) object storage system – now open-sourced, but developed to make use of its super-fast Optane storage – came out top this summer in the IO500, which measures high-performance computing (HPC) hardware, software and file system combinations against each other.

DAOS arrived in 2015, and is an object storage system designed around Intel’s 3D Xpoint Optane technology, which provides something approaching the high-speed access capabilities of RAM but with persistent storage.

Intel wants DAOS to be a successor to the Lustre file system, which it previously held rights to but sold to DDN in 2018. In the November 2019 IO500, Lustre came third with a score of 453.68 while DAOS was second with 933.64, just behind winner WekaIO with its Matrix system.

Two tiers of Optane plus SSD

The IO500 test measures throughput and the speed of access to files between a compute node chosen

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Spirent Automation Helps Leading Malaysia Telecommunication Provider Speed Up Product Development

Spirent Communications plc (LSE:SPT), a leading provider of test, assurance, and analytics solutions for next-generation devices and networks, today announced the successful deployment of its Velocity Lab as a Service (LaaS) solution by a leading telecommunication provider in Malaysia to fully automate its largest test facility. Using Velocity, the provider has been able to accelerate test capabilities, speed up new product development and improve user experience.” data-reactid=”20″Spirent Communications plc (LSE:SPT), a leading provider of test, assurance, and analytics solutions for next-generation devices and networks, today announced the successful deployment of its Velocity Lab as a Service (LaaS) solution by a leading telecommunication provider in Malaysia to fully automate its largest test facility. Using Velocity, the provider has been able

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What is the real Warp Speed timeline?

With help from Zachary Brennan, David Lim, Brianna Ehley and Lauraine Genota.

— What is the real Warp Speed timeline? A new Pentagon website raises questions.


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WHAT IS THE REAL WARP SPEED TIMELINE? The Department of Defense unveiled an Operation Warp Speed website on Thursday, including a vaccine development timeline that raises new questions about whether the initiative will meet its goals.

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Tips to help improve broadband speed (Includes interview)

There are many frustrations from working at home, from other family members, to longer-hours and persistent bosses. Having a slow broadband speed does not help the situation of assist with creating a calm working environment. Poor broadband is often the result of inadequate infrastructure or the consequence of an overstrethed provider of Internet services (a service that most employees are having to pay for themselves). Nonetheless, there are things that consumers can do to drive an improved broadband service.

For those undertaking remote working at home and experiencing frustration with poor connections, Nick Baker from Uswitch offers his top tips for speeding up slow broadband for Digital Journal readers.

Check your speed

Run a broadband speed test so to assess what speeds are being provided. Baker advises running this at different times during the day. If the issues needs to be raised with a provider, Baker advises taking a screenshot

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Morrison concerned over 811 question delays, speed of test results

P.E.I.’s chief public health officer is echoing concerns brought to her attention about 811 delays that are preventing people with COVID-19 questions from getting through.

In an interview on CBC News: Compass Thursday, Dr. Heather Morrison said she is worried about the time it is taking for the call centre to return calls, as well as the length of time it takes from the point of testing to getting those results back to the patient.

“I know we have the testing capacity in terms of the lab, and we have been talking about increasing that capacity for a long time but … I’m concerned, and we’re having ongoing discussions right now, with how quickly 811 can return and arrange to call back, and also concerns around the testing and how quickly we can get the testing done,” she said.

Those who develop symptoms in line with COVID-19 and do not

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Consumer protection: OfReg launches internet speed test

Utility regulator OfReg is providing consumers with a new system to test the speed of their internet connections and verify whether they are receiving the level of service they are paying for.

Internet services have been the topic of frequent consumer complaints, Public Accounts Committee chairman Ezzard Miller said during a hearing concerning the performance of OfReg in July.

The new independent speed test system launched by OfReg last week is meant to support and further enhance the internet infrastructure in Cayman, the regulator said in a press release.

OfReg noted that consumers can file a complaint, if the speed test indicates a service provider is not delivering the contracted service level.

Alee Fa’amoe, executive director ICT at OfReg, said, “Sometimes internet issues exist outside the control of the ISPs, but there is occasionally intentional slowing to regulate online traffic. This can have costly and frustrating consequences for the consumer,

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