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#70719 29-Oct-2010 11:25
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I have a customer in the Christchurch CBD that has just signed up for BizNetGold, apparantly supplied via VDSL2.


They are currently a Telecom ADSL customer, using a Cisco 837H ADSL router. The TelstraClear salesdroid was suitably vague about the requirements of the modem to connect to the VDSL2 service, he just kept telling me"it's a fibre connection". Now while the backhaul network is fibre I'm pretty sure that the actual connection is via copper.


Is there a business grade modem/router that would offer the same level of reliability as the existing Cisco 837?

And how many hoops do I need to jump through to configure a router to connect to the VDSL2 service? Is it just like an ADSL connection only betterer?

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  #397247 29-Oct-2010 11:42
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The 837 is only ADSL, no VDSL. I don't believe they're backwards compatible, so you'll need a VDSL2 modem. I'm not aware of any consumer level VDSL2 modems, however Cisco does do one. The 887, I believe.


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  #397281 29-Oct-2010 12:28
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There are lots of "cunsumer level" VDSL2 modems out there, however there are very few in NZ at present due to the small numbers of VDSL2 connections.

I believe TCL still supply VDSL2 modems for their VDSL2 service.

  #397298 29-Oct-2010 12:52
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The customer is currently in a fixed term contract with Telecom for phone services, TelstraClear are paying out this contract.

Because they have done this they are not going to be supplying a new modem/router.

The sales person initially told me that all I would need to do would be update the username/password in the existing router.

He did have a flyer advertising NetComm modems, but I'm not convinced that they will be reliable enough. The existing Cisco replaced a number of Dynalink modems that failed and has been well worth the money. Hence my wanting another Cisco product.


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  #397304 29-Oct-2010 13:02
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VDSL2 products from many of the big name suppliers are still quite limited. Cisco don't do a lot yet and Draytek don't even have a single VDSL2 product yet.

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  #397397 29-Oct-2010 15:14
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I must admit that, on paper at least, regular cable represents far better value than BizNet. Using BizNet Premium as an example, $199.95 per month gives you up to 15Mbps/4Mbps. You then pay for data usage. Even Telecom's Business Broadband plans seem far better deals.

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