Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Make sure you click the [WATCH FORUM] button to be notified of new topics in this forum.

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 
288 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 54


  Reply # 916622 17-Oct-2013 14:48 Send private message

USB3 is a huge one for me as it makes such a huge difference to transfer speed and will be more future compatible. Saving time is a big plus really

3399 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 797


  Reply # 916732 17-Oct-2013 21:04 One person supports this post Send private message

I've updated my first reply in the thread with a nice easy to read spreadsheet for feature comparison. I find it easier to look at than the table.

eXDee: Nicely formatted comparison table:!1972&authkey=!AEqRckzzvZEmTTY

Things of note:

The Technicolor already exists in what i assume is a V1 form, and this is the forthcoming upgraded V2 variant. Curiously this one does support G722.2 but the table says V2 does not. I assume this is a firmware thing.

Some of my thoughts:

-Most expensive of the lot
-A lot of information not available yet.
-Cat6 LTE is extremely cool and very high speed. However this feature is not going to be used by everyone and there is USB LTE modem support for users who want this.
-USB 3.0 is great. However only One port could be quite limiting. I imagine a hub would be supported, but otherwise users would have to choose between a Printer or single hard disk etc, and most people dont know about hubs. The speed however would be useful to those with Wireless AC and Gigabit networks.
-Filesystem support lacks Linux and Mac Filesystems
-Lacking mounting holes - I do not wall mount mine however i know several offices and users that do.

-Has the drawcard of lower price, but that seems to be about it.
-Less RAM than the Technicolor but this may not be that important. My tomato router has 128mb of ram but uses less than 20mb of this, even with a DLNA, Print and File server running off it. Depends on implementation however.
-Only USB2.0 as well as windows only filesystem support. As another user mentioned, and i've mentioned in previous threads, USB2.0 might not be a major problem if the throughput is close to 30MB/s (240Mbps). N300 operates at ~18MB/s(~150Mbps) max real world throughput. Wireless AC operates at ~500 to 700Mbps (~60-90MB/s), so only there and gigabit will you notice the bottleneck, and only with multiple devices using it, and file copying. It could easily sustain a HD movie stream, or more than one simultaneously.

-Nice balance of price.
-Lots of RAM, though as above my comments on RAM apply.
-Extremely fast Wireless AC - nothing else in the market can actually utilize this speed right now. We'll probably only see 867Mbps 2x2 and 1300Mbps 3x3 configurations for some time to come. But great to see they are pushing the boundaries. Realistically though we won't actually see a huge leap in throughput, if 2x2 > 3x3 Wireless AC is anything to go by.
-Wider range of filesystem support, good for linux and mac users.

Overall Concensus:
The Huawei is a nice device, but the LTE isn't that important realistically, and as mentioned can be added by USB modem. It's also more expensive which may be a barrier to uptake. USB3 however is it's biggest drawcard. More information is required regarding its specs.
The Sagemcom doesn't have any major advantages aside from price, and it's not very much less than the technicolor. Wouldn't suggest unless Telecom wants to push this out to as many people as they possibly can (ie price being very high priority).
The Technicolor has some advantages in specs, and telecom partners with Technicolor for their other devices.

My vote at this stage goes for the technicolor, conditional on the USB2 interface having greater than 20MB/s real world throughput, and the firmware being better than what i have used on older Technicolor Thomson devices (NB: haven't tried the latest gen). While the Huawei's specification has not been finalized, its still a very close second, and would be my top vote if it could get below $300.

3399 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 797


  Reply # 922097 26-Oct-2013 15:43 Send private message

Out of interest, is there anything in particular telecom wants from us in terms of response on these three modem candidates, before testing units are sent out?
Are these testing units that were ordered for telecoms use only, who then pick the prototype for geekzone users to trial, or will testers be sent one (or more) of these three units to provide feedback on as part of the selection process?
Lastly, the obligatory ETA question, when is a decision expected to be made on which device is chosen? (this may already be answered by the answer to my second question)

1 | 2 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic

Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new jobs are posted to our jobs board:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Trending now »
Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Forms of government for New Zealand
Created by charsleysa, last reply by KiwiNZ on 20-Apr-2014 18:55 (120 replies)
Pages... 6 7 8

MH370 - Call for Search & Rescue Help
Created by DS248, last reply by Sideface on 17-Apr-2014 17:28 (735 replies)
Pages... 47 48 49

why does the tax payer have to pay for the prince and princess' 6 star holiday?
Created by joker97, last reply by Geektastic on 17-Apr-2014 15:49 (67 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5

Naked Broadband, who's made the switch.
Created by Presso, last reply by DrCheese on 20-Apr-2014 19:13 (28 replies)
Pages... 2

galaxy s4 now on 4.4.2
Created by nzrock, last reply by jeffnz on 20-Apr-2014 14:10 (59 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4

Whats the best wife friendly media centre?
Created by amorpeth, last reply by jonolynn on 19-Apr-2014 20:20 (14 replies)

Snap suffering Trans-Tasman congestion 18/04?
Created by Lias, last reply by NonprayingMantis on 19-Apr-2014 00:05 (26 replies)
Pages... 2

Help ! Home business connection and VDSL dead. yikes.
Created by Scotsman, last reply by Scotsman on 17-Apr-2014 21:10 (26 replies)
Pages... 2

Geekzone Live »
Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.