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- 24/12/12 - Merry Christmas
Wishing all our readers and members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
- 31/12/11 - Happy New Year - New Kitz Wiki
Kitz.co.uk would like to wish our members and readers all the best for 2012.
To kick off the new year we are happy to announce the new kitz wiki. The wiki is intended to be a searchable repository of useful broadband articles and technical facts.
The benefit of the wiki is that the wiki content team can update pages quicker and easier than on the static pages and gradually some of the static content on the main site will be moved over to the wiki. If you would like to participate in the wiki or have any comments about it, then you can currently do so on the kitz forums.
In 2012, we also hope to introduce a new system for ISP pricing that is easier to maintain and keep up to date.
- Jan 11 - Updated - ISP Prices
ISP Pricing updated to reflect changes in VAT rate.
- Jun 09 - New - Detailed ISP Information
The site already holds various information for circa 40 UK Internet Service Providers.
A new section has been added which consolidates all stored information about an ISP to a single page. Simply select the ISP of your choice and information such as contact details, prices, technical details and latest ratings & customer comments are displayed.
- Feb 09 - Updated - ADSL Exchange Checker
Due to some ISPs now starting to differentiate pricing depending upon location, the adsl checker has now been amended to include the most up to date information on Broadband Access Market Classification. To find out what market your exchange has been classified as well as what LLU operators are available in your area use our adsl line checker.
- Feb 09 - New - OFCOM Broadband Access Market Classification
Since the change in BTw pricing earlier this year, we are now beginning to see a differential in pricing not just between IPStream and LLU, but also depending upon location.
Orange was one of the first ISPs to appear to do this, closely followed today by Plusnet who are the first fully IPStream ISP that are passing on deregularised exchange savings their customers.
A new page entitled OFCOMs Broadband Access Market Classification has been published to explain why there's a difference between pricing depending on your geographical location and which exchange you are connected to.
- Jan 09 - New - ADSL Technology & DMT
A slightly more in depth look at the technology that makes ADSL work on the telephone line.
Includes information on modulation, DMT, adsl frequencies, carrier tones, synchronisation, bit loading & bit allocation, bit swapping process and Seamless Rate Adaption.
- Jan 09 - 2008 Round-up and Summary
2008 saw a new theme design for kitz.co.uk . The site has continued to grow during 2008 and is visited by thousands of individual users each day. Normally most new pages and updated pages are reported on the forum, but below is a selection of just some of the new and updated pages over the past year.
- How to interpret your adsl Line Stats
Major update to this page with a whole new look giving an explanation of attenuation, SNR, SNR Margin and Target SNR.
- Low SNR Margin & SNR Problems
This page has been around a long time so its time it had a revamp to include more information about how important SNR and SNR Margin is on the rate adaptive products available from LLU operators and Maxdsl.
- Maximum ADSL Speed Calculator
Added adsl2+ 21CN information to the maximum speed estimation calculator tool.
- IP + bRAS Profile
Updated and added 21CN WBC ADSL 2+ IP profiles.
- ADSL Migration and MAC key
A lot of the info has now changed - new info and new prices.. the BTw TAG department no longer exists, updated information on getting your MAC key and moving ISPs.
- How to get Line Stats from your Modem/Router
A popular page that has been in use for several years by many. New modem/router information is added as and when, but the major change is that router information on how to get your linestats is now held in a database and generated dynamically.
Many other pages have also had minor updates and as always the following pages are constantly updated throughout the year as and when information becomes available:-
- May 08 - Feature - A look inside the local Telephone Exchange
Inside a BT Exchange - Information and photos inside a local telephone exchange, showing how adsl works at the exchange level. This page extends on and updates how adsl works.
- Apr 08 - ADSL Line Stats Glossary + Info
Although the site has always maintained info on line stats and how to get your line stats from your router, some new pages have been added which give far more in depth information on what all the figures are and what they mean:
Line Stats - Glossary - Glossary of the important figures obtained from your router linestats.
Line Stats - Errors - What CRC HEC FEC and Errored Seconds are.
ADSL Data - Error Correction - A more detailed look at Data Error Detection and Correction.
- Mar 08 - Site Overhaul
The site gets an overhaul with a new look and theme.
- Feb 08 - New - Rate and Compare ISPs
Rate your ISP - Rate your ISP and Compare ISP ratings.
- Oct 2007 - New - ADSL Exchange Checker
Broadband Availability Checker - Checks line and exchange status and exchange information.
- Nov 2007 - New - ISP Price Compare Search
ISP Price Comparison Search - Search and compare product prices from over 25 UK ISPs.
- Dec 2007 - Redesigned - ISP CAPS, FUPs & Network Performance
ISP CAPs & FUPs - Compare ISP CAPs and FUPs and the effect it has on Network Performance.