Q.1 What are the key benefits/features of Interactive Web
A. Speed. It provides high-speed digital access -up to 40 times
faster than today's typical modems depending on the product
you choose. Always On. 24 hrs/day. You the Customer no longer
have to waste valuable time obtaining a dial-up connection.
Flexible It does not affect the normal telephone, so you can
make and receive telephone calls or faxes whilst they are on
line. Fixed prices Using ADSL does not incur call charges,
you simply pay a fixed fee for as much access as you need. Day
Q.2 What PC specification/operating system and equipment
will I need for the business 500/1000/2000PLUS Network ?
A. Pentium 166 MHz or equivalent,
16 bit sound capability,
4-speed CD ROM player,
Video card/display capable of 800x600,
256 colours, SVGA monitor,
150Mb free on the hard drive. All versions of Windows 95 (except
Win 95a,) Windows 98 - 98B, Windows 2000 professional, NT4 SP3
(workstation). BT Standard phone line and account.
One dedicated wall main socket for the modem/router.
A available (Network point on your computer, 10baseT compatible
Ethernet interface with an RJ45 connector.)
Q.3 What Apple Mac specification/operating system and equipment
will I need for the business 500/1000/2000 PLUS products (Ethernet)
A. PowerPC 601 or equivalent,
32MB System Memory,
2-speed CD ROM player,
Video driver and display capable of 800 x 600, 256 colours,
100MB free space on hard drive,
OS8.1 or higher, Open Transport 1.3 Networking Software,
10baseT Network Adapter with an RJ45 connector. BT Standard
phone line and account.
One dedicated wall main socket for the modem/router.
Q.4 What PC specification/operating system and equipment
will I need for the business 500 (USB)?
A. Pentium 200 Mhz or equivalent,
16 bit sound capability,
4-speed CD ROM player,
Video card/display capable of 800x600, 256 colours, SVGA monitor,
150MB free on the hard drive,
Windows 98, 98SE or 2000 Professional. Available USB port on
the computer. (Windows Software may be required for installation)
BT Standard phone line and account.
Q.5 What Apple Mac specification/operating system and equipment
will I need for the business 500 USB?
A. Currently not available. Support for this product will be
provided later this year .
Q.6 How can I tell if my PC will work with business 500 USB?
A. For a start, how old is it? If it was made before 1997, it
probably won't support USB; during 1997, it probably will; since
1997, it almost certainly will. Then check the ports (sockets)
on the back for a USB port symbol. For a full check you can
either go to www.usb.org/data/usbready.exe, download and then
run the free USB evaluation utility.
Q.7 Do I need any software for the installation?
A. All customers will receive a CD in their welcome pack upon
ordering. Customers who have ordered business 500 USB will also
receive a USB installation CD (this will be provided by the
Q.8 Can I use the basic telephone connection at the same
A. Yes, you can use the Internet at the same time as the telephone.
You will continue to receive your normal bill with existing
services, e.g., Friends & Family, BTTogether, & all select services.
Q.9 Can customers keep an existing telephone number?
A. Most customers will be able to keep their existing telephone
number. If you use another telephone service provider you have
to have a BT line installed, however this will still be subject
Q.10 How many computers can be connected to my service?
A. Customers may only connect one computer to the business 500
USB product. Customers may directly connect up to four computers
to the Network products. A further six computers may be added
via a hub (this is not provided).
Q.11 What is the specific transmission speed for Interactive
A. Up to 2000kbps depending on the product you have chosen.
There is also a contention ratio of 20:1 or 50:1, again depending
on the product you have chosen.
Q.12 What telephone service will I need to have to take the
A. Currently we can only convert standard BT telephone lines
and not BT ISDN or BT Highway lines. However, BT are currently
trialling the conversion of BT Highway and BT ISDN to ensure
the best level of customer service.
Q.13 Can I have another telephone extension running from
A. Yes, additional telephone equipment may be connected using
an approved telephone two-way adapter.
Q.14 Will I still be able to use my dial-up connection?
A. Yes. Any dial-up connection already working on your computer
will continue to work as before.
Q.15 What does the installation consist of?
A. business 500 USB product: a 'splitter' (that splits the Telephone
calls from ADSL signals), an ADSL modem, and a cable that connects
to the customers computer. Business 500/1000/2000 network products:
combined modem and Ethernet router, and a cable that connects
to the customers computer.
Q.16 Can I choose my installation date?
A. Yes, the current lead time is approx. 10 working days and
you can also choose an am or pm slot. An exception may be when
BT engineering need to change an appointment date - if this
is the case, We will contact you to arrange another convenient
Q.17 How much will the service cost me?
A. All costs can be found from www.wwwuk.net in the 'ADSL
Q.18 How do I pay for Interactive Web ADSL
A. Business products: invoiced quarterly to be paid in advance.
Q.19 What is the effect of installing ADSL on my dial up
A. Generally the modem will work as normal but some makes may
experience a lower grade of service. Any dial-up connection
already working on your computer should continue to work as
Q.20 What is the effect of installing ADSL on my Fax line?
A. Your fax will continue to work as normal.
Q.21 What is the effect of installing ADSL on my alarm line?
A. Most alarm systems will operate as normal, but some which
use 'out of band' (greater than 4khz) signaling will be incompatible.
To check whether your alarm system is compatible please refer
to your alarm system manual or provider.
Q.22 Will my Digital Switchboard work with an ADSL connection?
A. If your requirement is to operate a digital switchboard,
we recommend keeping your digital line and getting a separate
analogue service for ADSL.
Q.23 What happens to my connection if I move location?
A. Your connection will have to be ceased and you may be liable
to pay for the remaining term of your contract. Please see the
Terms & Conditions for full details. If you want ADSL at your
new Location you will need to place a new order (subject to
ADSL availability and survey).
Q.24 Can a company have more than one ADSL connection, for
A. Customers can have 2 lines however, Interactive Web do not
guarantee service on ADSL connections, therefore we do not suggest
an additional ADSL line for redundancy/up-time.
Q.25 Can a customer upgrade from business 500 USB to business
500/1000/2000 Network products or downgrade from business 500/1000/2000Network
to business 500 USB/?
A. Currently, this is not available, but is under evaluation.
Q.26 What are the limitations of who can receive the service?
A. There are a number of factors that will determine whether
you will be able to take advantage of ADSL. Your local exchange
will have to have been upgraded by BT to provide ADSL services.
You will also have to be within a certain distance of your local
exchange. ADSL is distance dependent - customers will typically
need to be located less than about 3.5-4km (3 miles) from the
local exchange. We expect 90% of people in the exchanges will
be able to receive the service. The availability of the service
is always subject to survey.
Q.27 How do I find out where my local BT exchange is/how do
I contact them?
A. There is no need for a customer to know where their local
exchange is. Customers may determine if their local exchange
has been ADSL enabled by using the Telephone
number checker on the site.
Q.28 Can I keep my old e-mail address?
A. Yes, providing you maintain the necessary subscription. We
advise customers to let all of their contacts know that they
have changed their e-mail address once they have ADSL installed
and then regularly check their old e-mail for 2-3 months or
have e-mail forwarding set up.
Q.29 Can I get a USB extension cable?
A. Yes, you can buy a longer USB cable (maximum 5 meters long).
Q.30 What do USB ports look like?
A. The USB port is rectangular in shape (the aperture is about
12 mm long) usually found in pairs (refer to Welcome Pack Book/CD
ROM for symbol usually found next to the port).
Q.31 Does ADSL use NAT (Network Address Translation)?
A. The business Network products do use NAT. Business 500 products
Q.32 What IP addressing do I get?
A. Interactive Web customers are dynamically allocated a single
(temporary) IP address. You can upgrade to a fixed IP Address.
Q.33 Will all BT Select services be supported?
A. Yes, all Select Services can be supported on your BT phone
line, including Call Waiting, Call Return and Caller Display.
Q.34 Can I have (use) my own domain name with Interactive
A. Yes. Your domain name would have to be transferred to our
Q.35 Will your products support a Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
(SMTP) mail feed?
A. Yes, all products support Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
Q.36 Can I get POP3 (Post Office Protocol) mail, as I do
A. Yes, but you will need to configure your e-mail client software
Q.37 Can I use other browsers or versions of IE5?
A. Yes, although you may not get the same levels of performance
as with the IE5.
Q.38 What are the upgrading options for higher bandwidth
A. Higher bandwidth services are available for our business
Q.39 Are the speeds, inbound and outbound, guaranteed?
A. No. At best, BT will offer access at up to 2000kbps downstream
(depending on the product you have chosen) and up to 250 kbps
upstream. Speeds will vary depending on various factors including
the number of other users online at the time and the overall
usage across the internet. As with any other internet connection,
the overall transmission speed is limited to that of the weakest
link in the network 'chain' that connects you with whatever
website or other resource you are connected to.
Q.40 What is the contention ratio?
A. business 500 USB - 50:1, business Network products - 20:1
Q.41 What does contention ratio mean?
A. The current contention ratio for our products vary between
50:1 and 20:1. This means that at any one time, up to a maximum
of 50/20 people may be trying to use the same broadband bandwidth
as you between the local telephone exchange and Interactive
Web. This may result in customers experiencing lower speeds.
However, the likelihood that the 50/20 people you are contended
with are all trying to send and receive data at the very same
instance is not that likely. Hence the service is good for bursty
content such as viewing web pages, which is what most people
do, but large file transfers/data streaming may experience fluctuating
Q.42 Given that data speeds are exponential (e.g. 16,32,64,128,256,512)
why do some sources quote 512/256kbps and your website quotes
A. BT, our network provider, states that their network will
support up to 500kbps downstream and up to 250 kbps upstream,
therefore, this is why we quote the same speeds.
Q.43 What is Network Address Translation (NAT)?
A. NAT is an acronym for Network Address Translation. It operates
as a solution to having multiple, global IP addresses. Network
Address Translation has the benefit of increased security on