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Topic # 133436 22-Oct-2013 13:29 Send private message

We're househunting at the minute and driving around Nikau Valley im lucky to get any signal at all with Telecom XT.

Anyone live there any idea if Voda is any better or is it just something you put up with being in a low population area in the valley?

Was thinking one of those mini tower things might be useful but the broadband is pretty ropey in the area too.

Appreciate any feedback!

Cheers,

Sam

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  Reply # 919676 22-Oct-2013 13:33 Send private message

Vodafone NZ coverage map shows limited coverage in the area

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/coverage/






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  Reply # 919678 22-Oct-2013 13:36 Send private message

Thanks John, appreciate the feedback.

Do the Vodafone personal cell tower extender thingys work ok on ADSL? as thats all thats available from Telecom or Voda in the area.

Cheers

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  Reply # 919724 22-Oct-2013 14:50 Send private message

Voda/TCom/2d all have their nearest tower on the hill above Big Save furniture, across SH1 from Coastlands, so coverage is likely to be as bad as each other.

A Vodafone suresignal is probably your only option, which requires Voda DSL and is a bit pricey for a short term stay



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  Reply # 919733 22-Oct-2013 15:06 Send private message

nickb800: Voda/TCom/2d all have their nearest tower on the hill above Big Save furniture, across SH1 from Coastlands, so coverage is likely to be as bad as each other.

A Vodafone suresignal is probably your only option, which requires Voda DSL and is a bit pricey for a short term stay


Thanks for that - I should qualify - we are potentially looking to move to Nikau Valley so it would be a permanent solution.
Bit gutted with the slow broadband and lack of mobile coverage though. Will depend how adamant my wife is :)

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  Reply # 919734 22-Oct-2013 15:10 Send private message

samdouglas: Thanks John, appreciate the feedback.

Do the Vodafone personal cell tower extender thingys work ok on ADSL? as thats all thats available from Telecom or Voda in the area.

Cheers


Sure Signal INFO is here

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/mobile/3g-sure-signal/

yes Sure Signal works over Vodafone xDSL






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  Reply # 919735 22-Oct-2013 15:11 Send private message

johnr:
samdouglas: Thanks John, appreciate the feedback.

Do the Vodafone personal cell tower extender thingys work ok on ADSL? as thats all thats available from Telecom or Voda in the area.

Cheers


Sure Signal INFO is here

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/mobile/3g-sure-signal/

yes Sure Signal works over Vodafone xDSL


Thanks JohnR

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  Reply # 919736 22-Oct-2013 15:12 Send private message

samdouglas: We're househunting at the minute and driving around Nikau Valley


Appreciate any feedback!

Cheers,

Sam


Think very carefully about Nikau Valley, we know loads of people who have moved there and not lasted due to the isolation. You just become a taxi service for your kids and their friends.

Just my two penneth :-)

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  Reply # 919746 22-Oct-2013 15:17 One person supports this post Send private message

samdouglas:
nickb800: Voda/TCom/2d all have their nearest tower on the hill above Big Save furniture, across SH1 from Coastlands, so coverage is likely to be as bad as each other.

A Vodafone suresignal is probably your only option, which requires Voda DSL and is a bit pricey for a short term stay


Thanks for that - I should qualify - we are potentially looking to move to Nikau Valley so it would be a permanent solution.
Bit gutted with the slow broadband and lack of mobile coverage though. Will depend how adamant my wife is :)


Lovely spot, nice walks and you can mountain bike up into the Maungakotukutuku valley from there too. Unfortunately its a bit of a broadband desert despite being so close to town - no TCL cable, no ADSL2+, no plans for UFB



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  Reply # 919751 22-Oct-2013 15:23 One person supports this post Send private message

Think very carefully about Nikau Valley, we know loads of people who have moved there and not lasted due to the isolation. You just become a taxi service for your kids and their friends.

Just my two penneth :-)


haha i know i know! though i quite like the isolation, my personal choice is peka peka but there is very little there on the market.


nickb800:
samdouglas:
nickb800: Voda/TCom/2d all have their nearest tower on the hill above Big Save furniture, across SH1 from Coastlands, so coverage is likely to be as bad as each other.

A Vodafone suresignal is probably your only option, which requires Voda DSL and is a bit pricey for a short term stay


Thanks for that - I should qualify - we are potentially looking to move to Nikau Valley so it would be a permanent solution.
Bit gutted with the slow broadband and lack of mobile coverage though. Will depend how adamant my wife is :)


Lovely spot, nice walks and you can mountain bike up into the Maungakotukutuku valley from there too. Unfortunately its a bit of a broadband desert despite being so close to town - no TCL cable, no ADSL2+, no plans for UFB


It seems a lovely area, if a little manicured :) and if the whole of kapiti gets hit by a tsunami its likely to be ok... also as only one road in it will be easier to defend from Zombie apocalypse.

Cheers :) 

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  Reply # 919754 22-Oct-2013 15:25 One person supports this post Send private message

I can confirm Vodafone have future RBI plans for Nikau Valley

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/network/rural/





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  Reply # 919758 22-Oct-2013 15:34 One person supports this post Send private message

It looks like there is an ASAM in the area which is getting upgraded in June 2016 under RBI, so broadband speeds will be pretty low, the sure signal will work but don't expect much from it :)




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  Reply # 919760 22-Oct-2013 15:38 Send private message

fantastic information, thanks folks :)


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  Reply # 920008 22-Oct-2013 21:42 Send private message

michaelmurfy: so broadband speeds will be pretty low, the sure signal will work but don't expect much from it :)

One reason why it would be nice to have the option of locking a SureSignal to a set group of IMEI's




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  Reply # 920086 23-Oct-2013 07:51 Send private message

Hi, yes there is a cabinet with a fibre fed ASAM on mai pomare rd, its quite visible and directly across from the small unmarked road/drive between number 20 and 36, the other numbers are actually up the unmarked road/driveway. So while you will only ever get 8Mb/s out of it, virtually all users will get that as the whole valley spans no more than 1.5km in any direction.

But yes Cell coverage by any provider is poor to non existent as is terrestrial TV coverage.

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  Reply # 926668 3-Nov-2013 19:00 Send private message

Sorry didn't notice your comment Cyril, thanks that's really helpful!

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