I recently moved flat in London, and I was quite reluctant to give up
Hyperoptic as my ISP. My new flat only has a VDSL line and so I went with
Andrews & Arnold, the UK ISP renowned for calling IPv4 the “legacy Internet”
and refusing to implement censorship technology.
This was a good move.
I’ve got a public IPv4 address and a /64 on IPv6; their account gives me a /48
should I so need it. I also get unfiltered, un-censored Internet access, and
2TB per month of traffic. This costs me £60 per month which is a fair bit more
than other “competitive” ISPs.
The service was installed by a BT OpenReach engineer which is standard across
most UK ISPs.
AAISP really start to shine in their online accounts. Firstly, every account
has 2fac via Google Authenticator. Secondly, they have separate accounts for
billing and line configuration.
There’s some nice graphs: certainly more detailed than my DD-WRT router gives
I get emailed whenever the line goes down:
I can see the logs from the server(s) hosting their end of the connection:
The most fascinating piece of the line admin page for me is the log of the
line’s transfer from the previous tenant’s provider. Every message between A&A,
BT, TalkTalk and me is logged and is available:
All in all I’m very impressed with A&A: as well as all the fancy buttons and
graphs and logs that make software people feel happy, the internet pipe is
absolutely stable: there’s no 8pm bottleneck to be seen.