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Topic # 14053 12-Jun-2007 22:19 Send private message

I am shaking my head over the coverage of extend. For example there is excellent coverage in Kumeu, but just up the road in
Huapai there is none, yet further up the road again in waimauku it's moderate.
To me they seem to have coverage were it is not needed and where it is needed it is not there.

(Moved to wireless forum (brian))

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  Reply # 74452 12-Jun-2007 22:49 Send private message

It is a line-of-sight service, if you are in the shadow of a hill then you will not get it.  Unfortunately most people live in valleys with the large, prime properties on hilltops so by that most people will not be able to get it.  I am in Pakuranga and only have moderate coverage.  Woosh is borderline where we are, if I move 1km then I can get a good Woosh signal.  That's how it is with long range wireless.

As far as I know there is an option of installing a local transponder if you have a hilltop on your lifestyle block or farm to get the signal down to your home, but I do not know much about the finer details.

You can never have enough Volvos!

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  Reply # 74454 12-Jun-2007 23:01 Send private message

Maybe.. but wireless B & G coverage is alot after to gid up than your normal cellphone coverage.
You need good line of sight for it to work well.  No trees.. No hills... also no large bodys of water underneath.
But i think they will be extending it sometime soon.. well next 6 months..

Im just waiting for Wireless N to come out mainstream.. that should be heaps of fun..
With long coverage areas and you don't need line of sight. + heaps faster

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  Reply # 74460 13-Jun-2007 07:07 Send private message

If you can get good TV reception, it's highly likely you'll get good  Extend coverage too. There's "some" coverage where I am in Freemans Bay/Ponsonby - although we get very poor TV reception (despite being able to clearly see the TVNZ building less than 2km away) - this is mainly due to the amount of interference in the city from other transmissions.

As for Wireless-N, in my opinion there isn't much point in rolling this out as a metro area network. N works on the basis of signals bouncing off walls etc to get better coverage -- and there's not many walls to bounce off high in the sky on an antenna mast. The coverage will end up being the same as that of 802.11g (or maybe a _tiny_ bit better)

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Reply # 74538 13-Jun-2007 17:44 Send private message

But i think they will be extending it sometime soon.. well next 6 months..

This is speculation on your part?

With long coverage areas and you don't need line of sight. + heaps faster

If I had a dollar for everytime people based their opinions on marketoid material instead of commonsense, physics, information theory, economics etc....I would have many dollars! :D

Also, shouldnt this be under Wireless New Zealand not WorldxChange?

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  Reply # 74544 13-Jun-2007 18:57 Send private message

Fully speculation..

Anyways im on wireless at the moment and its great. Much better than DSL.. See link

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  Reply # 74556 13-Jun-2007 20:49 Send private message


Is that a Trango SU feeding an AP I see.

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  Reply # 74563 13-Jun-2007 21:14 Send private message

Fraktul: Laughing

Is that a Trango SU feeding an AP I see.

hehe could be.. no idea really but seems to do the trick..

I get 1-3 mb/s up&down with unlimited traffic for $50 a month. + can run Xnet VFX over it for phone for $11.25..

So no more Telecom for me.. havnt paid a cent to telecom for 8 months now Tongue out

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