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# 171369 15-Apr-2015 14:42
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Hi All,

I have a friend living in the Mangatangi area on the eastern side of the Hunua Ranges.

He is currently using a satellite based ISP which is rather expensive and apparently not that reliable.

A neighbour has ADSL - apparently fibre runs as far as the Mangatawhiri School, which is 5km away and then the neighbour has ADSL via copper from the school.   

My friend has been pondering as to whether there is some means by which he could set up a trial with Spark to see if there was some way he could see if ADSL would get him a better internet service than what he is already getting.

My suggestion was that he simply sign up for a no-term plan which he could terminate at any stage and see how ADSL works for him.   My feeling is that it would be slower than the satellite based service he's currently got, but may be more consistent.   

He's spoken to the major telco's who can't provide any details as to when cellular rural broadband may become available.

Would anyone here have other ideas as to how to "trial" ADSL apart from simply signing up and seeing "how it goes"?  Is there any other methodology by which the line could be tested for potential speeds?



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  # 1284940 15-Apr-2015 16:46
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Looking at the exact location, it would most likely be feed off the Mangatangi exchange, and would be more around the probably in the low sub 1mbit range, if even connectible at all.  

Are you sure of the distances you quoted? reason i ask is as far as i can see the distance from the school is twice what you quoted so something doesnt quite line up.

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