This is more an FYI for others having issues with very poor broadband as I’ve found that 4G is a very good alternative.
I’ve recently moved but my new area has no Virgin Media and the vast majority of companies will not offer an ADSL service and those that do will only offer up to 5MB with 1MB guaranteed.
I’m now using a 4G router with an external antenna and get around 45MB down and 10MB up, I’m still in a dead zone between two cell towers so the power level is very low. Some people are reporting well over 100MB download speeds with 4G broadband where the signal is strong.
If anyone else is having issues I’d recommend the following:
4G unlimited data SIM card (I’m using EE but apparently 3 are better as they use (were allocated) the lowest freq band (800 Mhz) which travels further)
4G router - I’m using the Huwaei B525 (300 Mbps) I’m getting around double the bandwidth with this over the one EE supplied.
Poynting 4G-XPOL-A0001 - external antenna (wall mounted about 5 metres high) this is an omni directional antenna as I’m stuck between two masts equal distances apart but if you know where your mast is Poynting also make a directional one you can use instead.
If you go with one of the mobile broadband packages from a carrier you are likely to have a download limit package, I originally got an EE 100GB package which came with a rebadged Alcatel router. After a bit of research I found that you get a 3rd party router and most carriers will offer unlimited data SIM only plans. Most will give you a 14 day cancellation period so you can test and return if it doesn’t work very well.
Try and work out where your closest cell tower is by using the Speedtest app on your phone at different locations around the house. There is also a (fairly) good site that shows all the cell tower locations: