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Topic # 113469 18-Jan-2013 04:03 Send private message

Hi everyone!
I have been living in Melbourne for the last four years and have decided it is time for the jump back across the ditch to be closer to family.
Had pretty average here with max 11 down and 0.8 up.
So coming back to New Zealand I will be looking at somthing quickish (Hopefully quicker than what I have here Wink) as I do a bit of online gaming on PS3 and Xbox.
So as I only have two weeks until me and the fiance move back I am looking at internet providers and just am looking for any advise on ISP's and plans that any of the knowledgable people of this forum deem relivent to my situation.
Moving into Porirua East if that info helps anyone and it seems I am in a VDSL area so that could be good as I see the speeds are halfway between ADSL2+ and Cable speeds.
Will need a new jack to be wired in for sure so what sort of cost would I be looking at for that?
Any helpful info or suggestions will be greatly appricated Laughing

Cheers!

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  Reply # 746616 18-Jan-2013 06:23 Send private message

Put your address into here  and you can select the UFB under layers to see if/when you are getting fibre in your area.

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  Reply # 746621 18-Jan-2013 07:01 Send private message

If you are in a VDSL area, I would recommend snap (snap.net.nz)

- The plans come with VOIP with good speeds, $5 unlimited youtube
(I haven't used their VOIP solution as I use 2talk instead)

- Support have always answered the phone for me in under a minute

- The modems they supply, while they may seem expensive are solid. mine never restarts on its own, currently been connected since Christmas Day but before that was over a month.. its so reliable that my Dynamic DNS keeps reporting it hasn't been updated for 30 days and will expire


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  Reply # 746649 18-Jan-2013 08:44 Send private message

I'm pretty much on the edge of Porirua and Tawa (more in Tawa really so I don't know how much help this will be) and I get 15/1.2 with Slingshot. Not bad really.




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  Reply # 746659 18-Jan-2013 09:14 Send private message

The speed of your connection is unlikely to be influenced by your ISP choice, that is far more related to the distance between your home and the DSLAM (Cabinet or exchange) 

The ISP can only influence the speed you get during peak demand periods of 7pm to midnight

have a look at our reports here for some guidelines on how well each ISP is performing now - www.truenet.co.nz




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  Reply # 746813 18-Jan-2013 13:09 Send private message

Thanks for all the replys!
You have all been a huge help.
I have narrowed my ISP selection to Snap!, Orcon or Slingshot.

@JOHNBUTT thanks for the link to your site it was most helpful. And I do know that speed is not going to be greatly influenced by my ISP choice but I hear that on the unlimited plans you can get a noticable slow down during peak hours and I am looking to stay away from that.
So I have been looking at some of the higher capped plans for both.

@Kingy Thats a decent speed. Wish I had that over here. lol
Is that ADSL or VDSL if you dont mind me asking?

@skewt I like the look of Snap! but their priceing seems a bit steep compared to other ISP's.
Also I dont think 50gb a month would be enough. Can you add extra quota per month? and if so what is the price like?

Cheers!

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  Reply # 746819 18-Jan-2013 13:18 Send private message

Unlimited plans in New Zealand seem to be pretty good compared to capped plans in Sydney. Check out our comparison with the one ISP we have sufficient probes, I expect to compare them with Orcon unlimited next month as we are getting some volunteers today

We have a few probes in Australia and are surprised at the poor performance.




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  Reply # 746827 18-Jan-2013 13:23 Send private message

It's ADSL2+. I see you're mentioning unlimited. I'm on the unlimited plan and while I do notice some drops in speed in the evenings it isn't bad. I'll normally go from ~1.5MB/s download to ~1MB/s. So while that is a 30% decrease I'm not going to complain about 1MB/s.




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  Reply # 746836 18-Jan-2013 13:25 Send private message

Poor performance is a understatment John.
Im on Telstra in Melbourne and only getting a max of 11 down and 0.8 up on a ADSL2+ connection.
I had Cable for an hour until a truck went past and ripped it out the side of the house :(
The cable was super fast but the landlord didnt want to pay for a mast on top of the house to have cable re installed. lol
With the unlimited plans I am just worried as the area I am moving into is a low income area and I can just see alot of people using torrents and that would create some serious drop in actual speeds.
May not be the case but just somthing I am taking into consideration:)

@Kingy Fair enough to. It is a really good speed for ADSL2+.
Thanks for the info man :)

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  Reply # 746850 18-Jan-2013 13:35 Send private message

MaximusR33:
I have narrowed my ISP selection to Snap!, Orcon or Slingshot.

@skewt I like the look of Snap! but their priceing seems a bit steep compared to other ISP's.
Also I dont think 50gb a month would be enough. Can you add extra quota per month? and if so what is the price like?


I'm with snap currently and would highly recommend them without a doubt. I am on VDSL and get 39/10 on my line.

You can certainly add extra quota - you can do this on the fly, month-by-month through their web account management. Looking on my login 100GB is $15 and they have add-ons right up to 1TB.

Pricing may seem a bit steep compared to unlimited plans, but snap have consistently shown they have no issues with peak time speeds and outstanding support\helpdesk.

Naked VDSL + 2talk VOIP all the way for me :)



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  Reply # 746851 18-Jan-2013 13:38 Send private message

sidefx:
MaximusR33:
I have narrowed my ISP selection to Snap!, Orcon or Slingshot.

@skewt I like the look of Snap! but their priceing seems a bit steep compared to other ISP's.
Also I dont think 50gb a month would be enough. Can you add extra quota per month? and if so what is the price like?


I'm with snap currently and would highly recommend them without a doubt. I am on VDSL and get 39/10 on my line.

You can certainly add extra quota - you can do this on the fly, month-by-month through their web account management. Looking on my login 100GB is $15 and they have add-ons right up to 1TB.

Pricing may seem a bit steep compared to unlimited plans, but snap have consistently shown they have no issues with peak time speeds and outstanding support\helpdesk.

Naked VDSL + 2talk VOIP all the way for me :)


Thanks for the reply.
Snap! are starting to sound pretty good so I will start looking into them a bit more.
Have they been around long? I have been out of New Zealand for four years now and the telecomunications industry has changed alot in that time it seems

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  Reply # 746858 18-Jan-2013 13:46 Send private message

MaximusR33:
Thanks for the reply.
Snap! are starting to sound pretty good so I will start looking into them a bit more.
Have they been around long? I have been out of New Zealand for four years now and the telecomunications industry has changed alot in that time it seems


I think they have been around for quite a while, but I must admit I had't heard of them until relatively recently (I was a happy Vodafone customer before that but they don't offer VDSL and their datacaps weren't quite up with the rest) Seems they (snap) have been expanding more recently and making more of a name for themselves throughout the rest of the country. Much of it by word-of-mouth which I think is great, though I have seen some advertising more recently.

Oh, one thing I forgot to mention which is a major advantage for me is that when you buy one of their data add-on packs it includes free downloads from 1am - 7am (everything in this period is zero-rated) This is awesome for steam\game\demo\cloud backups\torrent downloads as I just schedule them for this period and it's like having an unlimited plan.



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  Reply # 746859 18-Jan-2013 13:49 Send private message

sidefx:
MaximusR33:
Thanks for the reply.
Snap! are starting to sound pretty good so I will start looking into them a bit more.
Have they been around long? I have been out of New Zealand for four years now and the telecomunications industry has changed alot in that time it seems


I think they have been around for quite a while, but I must admit I had't heard of them until relatively recently (I was a happy Vodafone customer before that but they don't offer VDSL and their datacaps weren't quite up with the rest) Seems they (snap) have been expanding more recently and making more of a name for themselves throughout the rest of the country. Much of it by word-of-mouth which I think is great, though I have seen some advertising more recently.

Oh, one thing I forgot to mention which is a major advantage for me is that when you buy one of their data add-on packs it includes free downloads from 1am - 7am (everything in this period is zero-rated) This is awesome for steam\game\demo\cloud backups\torrent downloads as I just schedule them for this period and it's like having an unlimited plan.


Thanks!
They are starting to sound better with every post. lol
I have two weeks until I get back so time to start researching hard I guess

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  Reply # 746967 18-Jan-2013 16:40 Send private message

JohnButt: The speed of your connection is unlikely to be influenced by your ISP choice, that is far more related to the distance between your home and the DSLAM (Cabinet or exchange) 

The ISP can only influence the speed you get during peak demand periods of 7pm to midnight

have a look at our reports here for some guidelines on how well each ISP is performing now - www.truenet.co.nz


For domestic speed sure.. but most of the internet isn't hosted locally.

Accessing international content (the majority of the internet) is a whole other kettle of fish... some ISP's definitely have higher contention than others!

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  Reply # 746979 18-Jan-2013 17:00 Send private message

Yes they can influence the speed you get any time, but most often during peak demand. While most traffic is international a very large amount is cached, both in the ISP and on CDN, making the traffic more National in flavour




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  Reply # 747687 20-Jan-2013 11:02 Send private message

I live on the borders of Waitangirua/Ascot Park/Whitby, and get 16/0.9 with Telecom as my ISP. I get consistently high speeds, and cannot complain about the service at all. And at $99 for 150GB, cannot complain about the cost either.

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