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Topic # 113400 15-Jan-2013 23:57 Send private message

Hey guys, 

I'm about to be moving into a hall of residence at Canterbury uni, (Ilam apartments).
Anyway i'm a ridiculously heavy internet user 100gb+ a month.
There is internet ports in each room running of a prepaid system from Snap (anyone had experience with this? Good, bad ect). There prepaid system seems to be insanely expense. 

Anyway i notice that the apartment had a phone jack so i went online and check Orcon's website to see if they could supply the uni apartment with the unlimited plane. Sure enough yes.

However when i contacted Canterbury uni i was told i could not do that my internet had to be supplied via snaps prepaid internet ports.
(are they just trying to drive customers to there provider?)

Has anyone had any previous experience with snaps prepaid system or getting internet accesses in a hall of residence?

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  Reply # 745409 16-Jan-2013 00:08 Send private message

Had a friend who was in ilam appartments.

$80 for 30GB I think.

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  Reply # 745419 16-Jan-2013 00:46 Send private message

ouch





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  Reply # 745424 16-Jan-2013 02:33 Send private message

After contacting Snap, they told me they can provide naked broadband plans via the prepaid network.
YAY!

Anyone ales in a similar situation moving into uni accommodation should take note. As i'm aware Snap have the contract to supply other University.

In the end ill have a $70 plan - 50GB
plus data add-Ons $15.00 for 100GB

Well end up MUCH cheaper then paying via prepaid.

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  Reply # 746982 18-Jan-2013 17:05 Send private message

Thats good to hear - well done Snap!

Usually when you are in a hall, the telephone systems can be connected via a PBX system - so you dont have to pay a full line rental, it can be shared. Because extra work needs to be done in the comms room of the building, it is typically not offered as the building owners dont want isp's fiddling with the wiring in there.

One of our clients runs a motel with a few long term residents. One of them tried to get broadband installed thinking he could use an old telecom modem he bought with him from his old house. Anyhow, they somehow managed to transfer the main broadband connection going into the motel without realising the pbx cannot pass broadband through. The motel owner was very annoyed when i broke the news that his guests would be without wifi for a couple of days until the line could be ported back.




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  Reply # 747046 18-Jan-2013 17:51 Send private message

Snap's prepay pricing is available here https://prepay.snap.net.nz/pricing/, as above $80 for 30GB

I was in University Hall a few years ago and same story, phone was via PABX so no chance at arranging a DSL connection.

Pretty awesome that SNAP are honouring naked dsl pricing on these hall connections

Bear in mind that there may still be 'the hub' within Ilam which is a local P2P network so if you normally download a lot of linux isos then you might not use up as much data from the general internet as you think. Traffic within the hall was unmetered back in my day


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  Reply # 747455 19-Jan-2013 17:42 Send private message

raytaylor: One of our clients runs a motel with a few long term residents. One of them tried to get broadband installed thinking he could use an old telecom modem he bought with him from his old house. Anyhow, they somehow managed to transfer the main broadband connection going into the motel without realising the pbx cannot pass broadband through. The motel owner was very annoyed when i broke the news that his guests would be without wifi for a couple of days until the line could be ported back.


Hope that didn't cut off their eftpos as well... Quite a few shops would have been offline during the recent telecom PPP outage.

A comms tech should be able to jumper a new adsl line directly onto the internal line to your room (after chorus has tagged the external pair they have put ADSL onto), and possibly put your internal phone service onto a different pair or outlet in the room if you are still entitled to an internal phone extension. Otherwise you could organise a voip phone with your choice of voip provider if you like the idea of a virtual landline.




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  Reply # 747693 20-Jan-2013 11:13 Send private message

webwat:
raytaylor: One of our clients runs a motel with a few long term residents. One of them tried to get broadband installed thinking he could use an old telecom modem he bought with him from his old house. Anyhow, they somehow managed to transfer the main broadband connection going into the motel without realising the pbx cannot pass broadband through. The motel owner was very annoyed when i broke the news that his guests would be without wifi for a couple of days until the line could be ported back.


Hope that didn't cut off their eftpos as well... Quite a few shops would have been offline during the recent telecom PPP outage.

A comms tech should be able to jumper a new adsl line directly onto the internal line to your room (after chorus has tagged the external pair they have put ADSL onto), and possibly put your internal phone service onto a different pair or outlet in the room if you are still entitled to an internal phone extension. Otherwise you could organise a voip phone with your choice of voip provider if you like the idea of a virtual landline.


Most broadband eftpos units now will store the transactions and send them when the broadband comes back on. The smartpay system that many retailers around here use is also capable of using the old shared dialer as a backup - so we didnt get many callouts relating to eftpos.

Yes your right - at a motel it is possible to bypass the pbx for dsl, but for the work required, when the guy is only there for 2 months is just not worth it.




Ray Taylor
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  Reply # 747750 20-Jan-2013 12:32 Send private message

Yes your right - at a motel it is possible to bypass the pbx for dsl, but for the work required, when the guy is only there for 2 months is just not worth it.


You mean the 5 minutes it takes to tone back the wire and jumper to the demarc? Really really not hard and worth doing for 2 months.

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