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# 154666 3-Nov-2014 22:39
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A relative is moving back to NZ from overseas, and since I "know about computers and stuff" I've been asked to give input on options for connection to a rural address on SH14 ~5km west of Maungatapere.

I've checked the location on chorus.co.nz/maps and it offers RBI Broadband > 5Mbps. This is probably not what they'll be used to, coming from overseas :)

What options can I put on the table for them? Solid internet is priority one, good packages (including TV etc - fairly tech-savvy retirement age couple) second. I don't know if satellite is still a thing and my last local information was when my mum lived up there and had dialup through iGRIN :D

Local experience / practical suggestions welcome. Thanks!

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  # 1168071 3-Nov-2014 22:42
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Advise them to move somewhere else, Good chance is it's a port waiter area as well

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  # 1168072 3-Nov-2014 22:46
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RBI > 5mbit would infer they are likely to be on an upgraded RBI cabinet..

shouldnt be too bad. Ild ask an isp for a prequal for a better idea of speeds.




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  # 1168073 3-Nov-2014 22:48
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Of course got it round the wrong way DOH!



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  # 1168081 3-Nov-2014 23:09
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Thanks both.

hio77: RBI > 5mbit would infer they are likely to be on an upgraded RBI cabinet..

shouldnt be too bad. Ild ask an isp for a prequal for a better idea of speeds.


Had to look up prequalification here ... so here, that means the ISP says "we expect you'll get XX/XX" and they'd have a better idea of what's on the table?

John (assuming you're still with VFNZ) - had trouble using VFNZ site to look up State Highway addresses. (Similar results on Snap & Orcon sites.) eg, try entering just "1400 State Highway" on the address checker, then change to 1401, 1402, 1403 etc and watch whole highways appear/disappear from results ... Can PM you the actual address on SH16 I'm looking for if you care, but this is just site feedback :D

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  # 1168090 3-Nov-2014 23:28
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Chorus maps also seems to have a little trouble.

so thats probably why the checks on ISPs sites are a bit funny..


Call an isp, any isp, speak to their billing/previsioning and ask for a prequal.

They should be able to give you estimated speeds/attenuation. 




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  # 1168095 3-Nov-2014 23:38
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Thanks. I emailed a couple with the address so will see what surfaces. The property in front gets > 20Mb/s so that may suggest even more hope if they throw a few bucks at cables or something.

Satellite is kind of a last ditch solution still, right?

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  # 1168096 3-Nov-2014 23:45
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Thats where im from. All the gear is going to be upgraded in that area by next year or so. 

 
 
 
 


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  # 1168107 4-Nov-2014 00:24
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Your estimate of ~5km west of Maungatapere on SH14 would put them smack bang between two fibre fed cabinets (one on Tatton Road and the other on Whatitiri Road)

The Chorus map puts most of this area as >20Mbps as far as I can see. As mentioned above get a pre-qual. You may be pleasantly surprised!

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  # 1168108 4-Nov-2014 00:25
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Ooops! Bit slow....

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  # 1168117 4-Nov-2014 01:26
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Depending on how far you are away from the turning point (the big cabinet house in central Maungatapere is the areas exchange/cabinet) where MTL is and that furniture place (elcom I think?) will pretty much give you a good estimate on how far your line could be.

Source I used to live there and I pulled a lovely 60/10 on VDSL2 :) thanks to TimA helping me pin point where the exchange was!





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