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# 20901 9-Apr-2008 14:56
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Hi,

currently putting together a package for remote working in central Wanganui and wondered if anyone has real world experience with either the Vodem or one of the 3g data cards in terms of upload connection speed? I've looked at the online map of Vodafone’s 3g coverage and it has some orange there, indicating some 3g cell(s), but what speed has anyone experienced?

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  # 122325 9-Apr-2008 15:01
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My fandamily are up there, and occasionally when visiting them I have to do work there.  Last year I had no end of problems with the 3G card from Vodafone, the Merlin U630.  Turned out to be a card issue so Vodafone replaced it.  I do get 3G connections up there but can't quite remember what speeds.

I'm heading up this saturday so I could test it out for you if you like - I have a Vodem, HSDPA PCExpress Card, and Merlin U630 so can test out speeds on all 3 if you don't mind waiting a few days for an answer?

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  # 122326 9-Apr-2008 15:03
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Bear in mind also the new UMTS 900MHz network which has new devices due to be launched any day and has far greater coverage than the current 3G outside of the cities.

 
 
 
 




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  # 122328 9-Apr-2008 15:13
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No problem in waiting a few days - some real world speeds would be great. Also seeing which device gets the best speed will be interesting.


Thanks very much


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  # 122330 9-Apr-2008 15:16
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knoydart:

Hi,

currently putting together a package for remote working in central Wanganui and wondered if anyone has real world experience with either the Vodem or one of the 3g data cards in terms of upload connection speed? I've looked at the online map of Vodafone’s 3g coverage and it has some orange there, indicating some 3g cell(s), but what speed has anyone experienced?

Thanks



Centeral Wanganui has good 3G coverage including HSDPA up to 1.8mbps DL and 384k UL

All 3G sites in NZ are HSDPA

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  # 122331 9-Apr-2008 15:18
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knoydart:

No problem in waiting a few days - some real world speeds would be great. Also seeing which device gets the best speed will be interesting.


Thanks very much



The U630 is WCDMA only 384k DL and 128k UL in 3G coverage!

Also with Vodem make sure you are running latest lite SW 3.3 and firmware www.mobilenetworks.co.nz

The new lite SW can lock the Vodem to 3G only!

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  # 122333 9-Apr-2008 15:21
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Hey thanks johnr that's good info, i'll check out my firmware version tonight.

Central Wangas is what I was told by Vodafone at the time too.  My parents live about 5 mins drive from central wangas - mind you, everywhere in that town is 5 mins drive from the cbd :)  I'll post back on Saturday or Sunday night.



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  # 124635 18-Apr-2008 09:20
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How did the speed tests go by the way?

 
 
 
 


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  # 124688 18-Apr-2008 11:22
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Stupid me I left my laptop bag in the hall at home before loading it into the car :)
only realised when I got to Otaki.  I'm up there again in 2 weeks, if anyone still cares I'll post then.



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I still care. Thanks

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  # 128021 2-May-2008 20:14
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sweet as i'm there from the 14th so i'll post some results when i get there.

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