I will be leaving the competitive broadband paradise that is London (well, in theory it is) and heading home to Wellington in a few weeks. I will be saying goodbye to my free home and super speedy office connections (how do you compete with free!?), and have been checking out the current offerings at home with an increasing sense of gloom.
I'd appreciate some views about broadband connections, plans and providers there, particularly whether Telstra is all its cracked up to be.
I will be working from home and need a pretty robust internet connection (reliability, speed and data are all important), and had always assumed that Telstra's cable would be much better than a (resold) Telecom ADSL offering. But of course you check these things out, hence a visit to this site (kudos to all that contribute, by the way - some fantastic advice and answers!)
Some of the more recent posts in this forum have pointed out some real problems, seemingly with Telstra's (inherited) implementation of their cable network - numerous problems seem to have been reported, at least some of which don't appear to have been user errors. I note that some are even suggesting turfing their cable in favour of ADSL (not even ADSL2, which I don't believe is yet in Wellington?)
I have no particular need for a phone line nor digital TV, just a big fat internet pipe. Telstra's website offers 4/2 Mbps and 10/2 Mbps internet-only plans, but I see there are also some naked DSL plans starting to be offered from Telecom resellers (though of questionable value - topic for another forum). If absolutely necessary, I can of course put up with a phone line.
I will be living in Herald Street in Berhampore, which is about 1.4 km away from the South Wellington telephone exchange in Hall Street if I was going with ADSL (I assume this is the relevant exchange - the Island Bay one is about 2 km away I think). I know Telstra is definitely available, as previous occupants of the place have had it.
So… what's the verdict? Will I actually get anything like the advertised speeds (I know these are burst speeds only) on Telstra cable? How reliable is the Telstra network? I do not want to be putting up with constant dropped connections. Or will I get better performance out of ADSL? And will the network improvements described in some of the recent posts in the forum actually come to fruition? How much of a difference will they make?
I think of myself as sort-of semi-competent in this stuff, but to be fully honest with you the extent of my knowledge about the underlying technology of cable is basically that it is fibre for a certain portion but then co-ax to the home. Some of the stuff in these forums about vlan segmentation and arp reduction goes way beyond what I understand, so I've really no idea of the real-world implications of this.
Ideally I'd like to get this sorted before I head home so I can buy the necessary kit here and bring it with me (proper Amazon is something I will miss greatly!) Any suggestions on this side of things greatly appreciated too - I already have the Linksys WRT54GL on the shopping list thanks to some previous posts.
Any advice gratefully appreciated.