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  Reply # 826798 28-May-2013 09:05 Send private message

richms: Printers all come with wifi on them now anyway, which works directly with an app for iDevices and android. The days of needing a router to share a printer are gone. If you dont have one that does that, go spend $50 on a new one that does. Much better than any crippled printer sharing.


Actually that is a bit of a generalisation. I bought a new Brother mono laser 6 months ago and that does not have wifi although it is networked by a cable.

Also very few proper photo printers have wifi (I'm talking the pro grade $1500+ ones not the consumer ones).








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  Reply # 826802 28-May-2013 09:14 Send private message

I can't stop thinking that Telecom have already decided on a short list of hardware vendors and so it pointless recommending hardware features like external eSATA port and built-in hard drives etc. The competition is judged on merit and originality. So based on my idea that the hardware already exists and we just don't know about the technical details, all the 'features' must be software.

Telecom are looking for a original idea which can be software driven. For example API interface service which does not compromise on security. I know I would like to tinker with my device via some sort of POST/REST/WebService interface.

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Back in the 60's & 70's during the USA Apollo Space program, scientists would debate for months on where they should land the Lunar Lander. At the end of the day the final decision was made by the astronauts John Young & Charles Duke because it was them who was going to the moon and they had to land the sucker. The astronauts rational decision was based on what was going to be the easiest landing and one that had the most scientific merits.




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  Reply # 826836 28-May-2013 10:26 Send private message

chevrolux: There is no way in hell FXS ports will be left off this. It is probably one of the most imprtant things a new gateway needs now with UFB, if not THE most important feature.
I find it ridiculous people aren't even considering it. Sure the ONT has FXS ports but a lot of RSP's aren't using this. I understand the provisioning issue has been fixed but it still seems there is compatibility issues with some soft switches.


Well, have you posted a reply with this idea?








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  Reply # 826837 28-May-2013 10:28 Send private message

jimbob79: I can't stop thinking that Telecom have already decided on a short list of hardware vendors and so it pointless recommending hardware features like external eSATA port and built-in hard drives etc. The competition is judged on merit and originality. So based on my idea that the hardware already exists and we just don't know about the technical details, all the 'features' must be software.


Actually one of the first things Telecom told me was they would try and get hardware photos during development. They may have an OEM decided but they may not have a hardware design yet.

But if Telecom is looking for an original idea for software, then it's still a good thing - perhaps this is the platform/modem/gateway that can change how we consume content?







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  Reply # 826869 28-May-2013 11:08 Send private message

Geektastic: Certainly one reason I may not bother is simply due to inadequate connection speed to make it a smooth and quick experience.


Wait what? You can't get 3 -> 4mbps to watch a 720p YouTube video?
Remind me again why that needs USB3.0? I'm presuming the 480mbps of USB2.0 is now somehow greater than the 300mbps you're likely to get from your Smart TV over WiFi, and that the movie you're trying to watch has a bitrate that's higher than that?



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  Reply # 826914 28-May-2013 12:20 Send private message

I've seen comments in other forums and Twitter with people worried about this coming to be a monster router or something that won't work for average consumers...

Remember folks, when we start a brainstorm we want anything. We don't tell people what they can or can't say. In another stages we look at those comments and then filter out things that are completely out of the scope or can't be implemented for a good reason.

I've seem some very good ideas. And I think it's a reflection of how poorly designed our broadband plans are that people voted most for a way to monitor usage...





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  Reply # 826919 28-May-2013 12:24 Send private message

I think it's more that it's too easy for one person to burn through your data cap, even on slow ADSL speeds, with just a little bit of YouTube. Then, it's hard to pin the blame on somebody, or better still to prevent them from doing it in the first place ;)

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  Reply # 826926 28-May-2013 12:43 Send private message

One Geekzoner went to the trouble to PM me to tell me that my idea (on the first page of the ideas thread) was not a good one! He he :)



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  Reply # 826927 28-May-2013 12:44 Send private message

Sure, but why data caps are low? While there are some good sized ones (500GB on Telecom, unlimited on other ISPs), people still have to monitor how they use it...

Of course one solution would be charge for actual usage, like other utilities - water, electricity. But that would get people complaining all over the place.

How come the energy industry managed to get people to pay for petrol and electricity but the information industry can't do it?

Let's go with a couple of examples:

1.You buy a new car and part of the purchase is that you pay a set amount every month and can drive it as much as you want, with unlimited petrol flowing into the tank (unlimited broadband)

2.You buy a new car and part of the purchase is that you pay a set amount every month and can drive the car for a limited distance (broadband caps)

3.You buy a new car and get no plan with it. This means you can drive it as far as you want but you have to pay for the petrol

Both petrol and bandwidth are finite resources. Which one makes more sense for you? Why (3) was adopted by the car and energy industry but broadband seem to adopt (2) in New Zealand?








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  Reply # 826928 28-May-2013 12:45 Send private message

Satch: One Geekzoner went to the trouble to PM me to tell me that my idea (on the first page of the ideas thread) was not a good one! He he :)


Here's the thing: it's a brainstorm. Not all ideas are accepted for implementation but all ideas are welcome to start with.





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  Reply # 826958 28-May-2013 12:52 Send private message

freitasm:
Satch: One Geekzoner went to the trouble to PM me to tell me that my idea (on the first page of the ideas thread) was not a good one! He he :)


Here's the thing: it's a brainstorm. Not all ideas are accepted for implementation but all ideas are welcome to start with.



Yep, realise this.  And I'm not upset by someone providing feedback.  Just thought it was a bit of a laugh :)

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  Reply # 826960 28-May-2013 12:57 One person supports this post Send private message

freitasm: Sure, but why data caps are low? While there are some good sized ones (500GB on Telecom, unlimited on other ISPs), people still have to monitor how they use it...

Coz our ISP's are too cheap and like to oversubscribe too much, then when we finally get an unlimited plan like Big Time or Orcons, people go absolutely nuts and churn through several hundred gigs at a time.

Most people I know are happy to pay per-GB, $10 a month to go from a 100GB to a 300GB plan is bugger all, but a lot of plans have been a lot smaller. Keep in mind that latest results show an average "home" goes through 40GB a month, which has doubled in the last 18 months I believe. Give them a 100GB plan or a 300GB plan at a good speed and most people are MORE than happy.

In fact most people I know are happy with smaller caps, they just want to know who's to blame in their house when they start getting near to their cap, that's all.


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freitasm:
Satch: One Geekzoner went to the trouble to PM me to tell me that my idea (on the first page of the ideas thread) was not a good one! He he :)


Here's the thing: it's a brainstorm. Not all ideas are accepted for implementation but all ideas are welcome to start with.



Yep, realise this.  And I'm not upset by someone providing feedback.  Just thought it was a bit of a laugh :)

Yeah that's pretty funny :D

I think we've skipped the "Brainstorm" part coz we're already voting on ideas, rather than just throwing everything out and collating them later.

On top of that we have the *geeks* here (It is "Geekzone" after all) voting on what THEY want in a router, for the better part, as opposed to something the mass market would actually want and use.



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  Reply # 826962 28-May-2013 13:00 Send private message

ChillingSilence: On top of that we have the *geeks* here (It is "Geekzone" after all) voting on what THEY want in a router, for the better part, as opposed to something the mass market would actually want and use.


You Sir/Madam fell for it too. A lot of people think because the site is called "Geekzone" there isn't a mainstream presence here.

Actually, from demographics collected before we can easily say the majority of our audience is between 25 - 45 years old and are not "geeks" (or wouldn't be called geeks if you met them on the street).

Perhaps even the ideas may be coming from "geeks" but the votes could be from anyone, really. Who knows? I met a few people who aren't tech minded at all that frequent the site to find out what's going around tech in New Zealand and to get help - exactly because they aren't "geeks".





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  Reply # 826966 28-May-2013 13:03 Send private message

freitasm:
chevrolux: There is no way in hell FXS ports will be left off this. It is probably one of the most imprtant things a new gateway needs now with UFB, if not THE most important feature.
I find it ridiculous people aren't even considering it. Sure the ONT has FXS ports but a lot of RSP's aren't using this. I understand the provisioning issue has been fixed but it still seems there is compatibility issues with some soft switches.


Well, have you posted a reply with this idea?




Nope, it has already been posted ;)

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  Reply # 826967 28-May-2013 13:03 Send private message

freitasm: Of course one solution would be charge for actual usage, like other utilities - water, electricity. But that would get people complaining all over the place.



water is free in Christchurch ;)













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