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Unread 18-01-2013, 07:55   #41
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Have they blocked streaming yet?
The big name streaming streaming services (Youtube, Netflix, iPlayer, RTE Player) have been blocked pretty much from the start plus a few other bulk data users like Windows updates and they have updated the banned list at least once. At least some radio streams, which are lower bandwidth, are not blocked. There are plenty of ways around it the block, but they do ask nicely on the captive portal page that passengers not do it.

Personally, on a busy Northern Commuter train I find the coverage more reliable than a mobile but lower performance - easier to stay connected longer to a company VPN for example. However there are days when the system is clearly less than 100% functional.
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Unread 19-02-2013, 14:25   #42
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Good news finally

The Google map that used to appear on the sign in page to show you where the train is has been removed. This was a suggestion put forward by RUI and was implemented within 48 hours. This change happened 3 weeks ago and as a result the sign in process is noticeably quicker.

The sign in page is to be totally replaced in coming days

1. New Irish Rail branding and website look
2. Registration/email no longer required, simple 'Accept T&C's


There are a number of coaches floating around with no wifi signal, they seem to be getting fixed one by one
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Unread 22-02-2013, 14:50   #43
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Are all intercity trains now fitted with plug sockets for ALL passengers?
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Unread 22-02-2013, 15:01   #44
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ICR have sockets for most passengers.
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Unread 22-02-2013, 16:14   #45
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Every seat on the intercity railcar fleet has a socket

On Dublin Cork Express trains, power sockets only in first class, or rear seats 05/06 in all standard class coaches. Dublin Belfast, first class only

All DART and Commuter trains have sockets as well normally at the carriage ends, under the seat

All have WIFI
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Unread 22-02-2013, 16:22   #46
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You cannot 100% depend on getting an ICR on routes they are supposed to be used. The commuter Railcars are used for some services to Sligo and as Mark says, there are only sockets at the end of the cars.

These don't always work and they are also positioned in such a way that you can't really access them from a seat with a table with the exception of the seats right outside the able-bodied toilets. If you just want to charge a phone, you'll be fine on any train if you sit at the end of the car but if you want to use a 15" or bigger laptop you are probably be out of luck as it isn't really possible to manage anything bigger than a 13" on seats with power on a commuter railcar.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 18:04   #47
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The problem is the wifi is virtually unusable as it is so slow and patchy. Particularly slow from Ballybrophy to LJ.

I find using my own phone is faster and more reliable.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 22:37   #48
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At best very slow, typically unusable.
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Unread 02-02-2016, 15:22   #49
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What have peoples' impressions of this service been over the last 3 years? Personally, on the northern corridor, particularly the 29ks, I find it very slow and unreliable, particularly the log-in process. I just usually revert to the 3G on the phone (reminder to get a 4G phone asap) or give up altogether in exasperation.

The NIR log-in is typically faster, I find, the few times I get to use it, and the service a bit better, blackspots notwithstanding.
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Unread 02-02-2016, 22:17   #50
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Do not really use it that often but It was been improved massively since it first started however there is still a long way to go about coverage on the network.
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I rarely use it as I find a personal hotspot on my 4G phone works a lot better. I go between Connolly and Edgeworthstown. The login process is still terrible but the speed isn't so bad on the rare occasion I do us it.

There seems to be bug in the login in that it looks like it is spending most of its time trying to figure out if you have already logged in. The page appears mostly instantly but the interface can be disabled for 30 seconds or longer. Quite painful really.
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Unread 03-02-2016, 06:39   #52
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Compared to offerings elsewhere in Europe, Irish Rail is better than average, what it lets it down is coverage. There are 500,000 sign ins/month currently.

Northern Ireland Railways can be fun with VPN's.

Apple's handling of sign in pages is non nonsensical which makes life tricky.

4G is being rolled out starting with the Cork fleet and it makes a big difference.

Just bear in mind, 100+ in a coach all sharing a single access point isn't going to work no matter how good the connection from the train to the internet is.
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Unread 03-02-2016, 11:51   #53
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Investing in 4G when the Cork line is probably one of the worst lines for coverage, very poor between Portlaoise-Mallow especially until Limerick J.

I think if IE asked Cork customer's sockets are number 1 priority not wifi.
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Unread 03-02-2016, 14:07   #54
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If the networking system was put together any way sensibly, upgrading it should be just a matter of swapping out a few modems. No way should it cost more than a couple of grand per train.

Adding sockets at each seat is a far more expensive proposition unless the carriages are being pulled apart for another reason.
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