Apparently a little bit of home maintenance goes a long way when it comes to broadband speeds. Your dodgy wiring, interference, and even your crummy router might be crippling your broadband by up to 4Mbps.
Thankfully it's pretty simple to fix in most instances, if you have access to the copper wiring around your house that is. According to TalkTalk engineers (those are the ones we complain about most, if you remember), quite a few people don't plug their router into the master phone socket in their house, and some don't even realise you have to install an ADSL filter, truly crippling their potential maximum broadband speed.
So, if you're stuck with truly rubbish speeds, it might be worth having a look at the telephone wiring in your house. You could even install a new master socket closer to the mainline-in to cut out the interference from your bodged or dodgy wiring. Considering things like the BBC iPlayer need speeds in excess of 3Mbps to pump HD video down your pipe, gaining up to another 4Mbps on average could mean the difference between stuttering video and something actually usable. [The Telegraph]