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  Reply # 718024 15-Nov-2012 23:57
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@eth, Sucks aye. Driving home tonight I noticed the trenching signs have now gone up in the area. One now down St Ive Street...So close, yet so far! :/

How you getting on Clint?

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Reply # 720905 21-Nov-2012 18:22
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Hi all

Sorry for the delay in finishing up this thread but work (and enjoying my new UFB connection) got in the way :)

Will post the relevant parts of this thread to a blog, with pics for those that are interested, a bit later today.

So... where were we.......

7th Nov

Trenching had gone well the day before.

Around 9.30am I received a call from the techs confirming my address, and how to get here :) They turned up a bit later and we discussed the location for the ONT. The techs went to work, one under the house, and one above - every thing going swimmingly. They even drilled a hole and passed up the CAT 6 cable I was going to run under the house to get connectivity to the TV.

The fibre was run from the ETP and terminated, with a bit of extra length. The Huawei ONT mounted nicely against the wall, and call placed to the guy with the fibre blower.

I took off for the distribution point, about 80m away, and watched the setup from that ended. All pretty simple really, and the ducts are well labelled so should not be many issues down the line. I also checked out the Downer work order, had my address, the DP number, and the duct number all listed, so it looks like there will be no problems with incorrect connections :)

The fibre was blown through. Apparently you can do 30-50m just with the feeder unit, and only need the air for greater distances.

One quick join later ( apparently we are down to one joiner in ChCh at present, the US has ordered around 17,000 so the factory is a bit behind ) and the Huawei is powered on, a phone call made to the NOC. The GPON light goes solid  and all is confirmed as OK, ready for me to plug in my router. The techs pack up, bid fond farewells, and are on the road 2hrs  after arriving.

Now the fun begins...... :)

After trying to get my E4200 with DD-WRT working ( may create another thread for that) I rang Snap and ordered a Fritzbox.

8th Nov

Picked up Fritzbox, ran home, configured it and hit the net in less than 2 mins :)

Checked it out for around 4 hrs, made sure all was OK, then rang SNAP to say they could kill my Adsl connection.

So overall this was a great experience:  everyone knew their roles at all times, information was passed smoothly between the various entities, when changes happened it was communicated quickly and the professionalism was good all round.

My neighbours are looking at getting fibre, however the trenching guys went white when I showed them the property as there is a great big tree between the roadside point and where the ETP would go. As the drill bit costs around $6000, i don't think they were to keen :) 

If you don't want an internet outage I would recommend that you ask your UFB ISP to not cancel your Adsl till the day after the install just in case something goes wrong ( ie you think you know more about routers than you do :) )

Speed wise the connection is fine, international is OK for me. I am not experiencing any of the issues in some of the other threads. I haven't completely thrashed the connection yet, but it is definitely better than before.

The blog posting will have speedtest screen shots and photos of the install


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  Reply # 720931 21-Nov-2012 19:28
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  Reply # 721195 22-Nov-2012 10:32
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clinty: Blog is up

Thanks for the great write up, hope you are enjoying your new UFB!

I've sent your blog around everyone here at Snap to have a good read of.



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  Reply # 721202 22-Nov-2012 10:48
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clinty: Blog is up

This is funny and cool all at the same time...

I remember exactly the same stories and sites popping up when we moved from dialup to ADSL.

On one hand it's like "pffft.... ya... been there, seen this, done it before, what ever..."

...but it is actually so worthwhile, and so important!

The more buzz we all put out there about this stuff the better! 

It's just great for the industry here and around the world.

It's easy for some of us older guys to become real kill joy's about this stuff and we really must not.

Clint that's a really great little blog and this thread is also very cool and the more of these sites we see popping up the better!

It's sites like these that play on the emotions of others to get on with ordering the service to not be left behind.

UFB is going to create so much more employment opportunity for all of us and we all need to do all we can to drive and then ride the wave.

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