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Topic # 112866 24-Dec-2012 14:03 Send private message

I am looking for the fastest/most reliable ISP in Wellington Central. My location is in Northland if that helps.

At the moment my flat mates want Slingshot or Orcon due to low price and high cap. I said no because from what I heard they have bad service/speeds. Slingshot have a deal $61 for 250GB. Worth it or waste? 

I am thinking about Telecom at the moment. Decent speeds with good reliability. $120 for 500GB or $100 for 150GB.

Opinions would be great thanks.



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  Reply # 736871 24-Dec-2012 15:10 Send private message

Geographic location isn't really that important - ISP performance will be pretty similar no matter where in NZ you are.

What does make a difference is your distance from an exchange or cabinet, and more importantly the state of your internal house wiring since you've obviously looking at DSL.

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  Reply # 736872 24-Dec-2012 15:21 Send private message

sbiddle: Geographic location isn't really that important - ISP performance will be pretty similar no matter where in NZ you are.

What does make a difference is your distance from an exchange or cabinet, and more importantly the state of your internal house wiring since you've obviously looking at DSL.


Except that Northland should be able to get cable, which would give better performance, depending on what the original poster is looking for.



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  Reply # 736878 24-Dec-2012 15:52 Send private message

How much more $ is cable? I don't know much about this stuff, so this may come across as completely stupid, but does cable directly imply you are connected by a "cable", as in your computer is plugged into the wall. If that's the case, then we probably wouldn't go with it, because the majority of my flat mates would prefer wireless.

What is slingshot like as a company compared to Telecom. Customer service etc.

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  Reply # 736915 24-Dec-2012 17:32 Send private message

sbiddle: Geographic location isn't really that important - ISP performance will be pretty similar no matter where in NZ you are.

What does make a difference is your distance from an exchange or cabinet,


How can you determine how far you are from your exchange or cabinet? I think there's a phone cabinet at the other end of the street I'm in. If I'm correct, that's < 200 metres away.

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  Reply # 736916 24-Dec-2012 17:36 Send private message

Latham: How much more $ is cable? I don't know much about this stuff, so this may come across as completely stupid, but does cable directly imply you are connected by a "cable", as in your computer is plugged into the wall. If that's the case, then we probably wouldn't go with it, because the majority of my flat mates would prefer wireless.

What is slingshot like as a company compared to Telecom. Customer service etc.


'Cable' means a coaxial cable similar to what you receive TV reception off your roof with. This cable runs to a special modem inside your house. It's waaaay faster than DSL over old copper telephone lines. This can be distributed either wirelessly or wired to your computers.

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  Reply # 737096 25-Dec-2012 09:48 Send private message

If you're in a shared situation, multiple flatmates etc I'd really suggest Slingshots unlimited service. I'm with them and not having to think about data limits is a major plus.

P.S. Speed is more or less full line speed. I really dont notice any throttling at any time of the day/night.

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  Reply # 737100 25-Dec-2012 10:10 Send private message

rp1790: If you're in a shared situation, multiple flatmates etc I'd really suggest Slingshots unlimited service. I'm with them and not having to think about data limits is a major plus.

P.S. Speed is more or less full line speed. I really dont notice any throttling at any time of the day/night.


Yea I would definitely suggest an unlimited plan for the reason it will become a point of contention if one flat mate uses more than others. It might be slow but unless you want to put in something to emasure traffic it will be easier.





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  Reply # 737117 25-Dec-2012 11:20 Send private message

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Latham: How much more $ is cable? I don't know much about this stuff, so this may come across as completely stupid, but does cable directly imply you are connected by a "cable", as in your computer is plugged into the wall. If that's the case, then we probably wouldn't go with it, because the majority of my flat mates would prefer wireless.

What is slingshot like as a company compared to Telecom. Customer service etc.


'Cable' means a coaxial cable similar to what you receive TV reception off your roof with. This cable runs to a special modem inside your house. It's waaaay faster than DSL over old copper telephone lines. This can be distributed either wirelessly or wired to your computers.


Cable connects you to your ISP (TelstraClear) at a much higher speed than ADSL2+, however TelstraClear have sub-par international bandwidth and their prices are worse than anyone else.




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  Reply # 737144 25-Dec-2012 13:50 Send private message

So how do I get cable? Is it offered on a per ISP bases? Or is it only possible if my flat has a cable line connected to it.

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  Reply # 737155 25-Dec-2012 15:24 Send private message

Only through TelstraClear. Contact them to see if service is available at your address.




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  Reply # 737167 25-Dec-2012 16:05 Send private message

freitasm: Only through TelstraClear. Contact them to see if service is available at your address.


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  Reply # 737184 25-Dec-2012 19:21 Send private message

TCL cable isn't a great choice in a flatting situation, it's blazing fast but the data caps are low and overage is very expensive compared to pretty much any other ISP.

Slingshot's unlimited performance isn't terrible from what I hear, and the unlimited is better than Orcon's by all accounts. Best compromise for flatting IMO.


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  Reply # 737849 27-Dec-2012 21:56 Send private message

Take a look at our measurements here: www.truenet.co.nz

We only publish National downloads and browsing results at present, but that gives you a good idea as many sites/files are cached. As Sbiddle says, the major impact is distance to the DSLAM (Cabinet or Exchange) but other influences include the ISPs backhaul capacity, especially from Wellington. Peak traffic times of 7pm to midnight may be the critical factor for a flat.




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  Reply # 737857 27-Dec-2012 22:15 Send private message

Gargoyle Router will let you enforce quotas across flatmates.

The admin lists all MAC addresses and assigns IPs (clients stay configured with DHCP but will get a 'static' DHCP address), and any client trying to use a different IP from their MAC will be denied network access.

Very good system. You can simply divide your cap by number of flatmates, set quotas, and each flatmate can blow their cap as and when they like, at which point they get either throttled to dialup (or worse, or better), OR denied internet altogether.

Very cool, and no need to only look for unlimited plans.




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