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Topic # 185428 22-Nov-2015 16:33
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Hi folks sorry if this is a daft question I am having fiber 200 installed now they have finally done our street. I thought that it would be a good time to upgrade my wireless WiFi and modem but i cant find out what kind of modem to get I have a Huawei HG630b Home Gateway that came from spark ( I hate it ) what modems can I use on fiber ? should I get one with WiFi built in of a separate wireless Ap any help would be really grate many regards new to the forum   

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  Reply # 1432714 22-Nov-2015 16:37
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What are your requirements?

Spark will provide you with a HG659b for UFB. These are a pretty good device.










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  Reply # 1432716 22-Nov-2015 16:45
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Just wanted to know what choses I have I really don't like the HG603b Gateway

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1432742 22-Nov-2015 17:06
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PCH100: Just wanted to know what choses I have I really don't like the HG603b Gateway


Without specifying your requirements your question can't really be answered. There are a myriad of routers out there ranging from probably $60 right up to $600, so without knowing what you require in a router, it's not possible to recommend one.

The HG659 that you will receive is vastly superior to the HG630b that you already have. I personally wouldn't replace it because it is a very good device.

If you do want to buy a router you simply need an Ethernet router that supports 802.1p VLAN tagging on the WAN port. There are a large number of such devices on the market.








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  Reply # 1433136 23-Nov-2015 10:48
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many thanks for your help as you know they don't make it easy for new users to get all the details of how fiber differs from ADSL

many regards PCH100

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  Reply # 1433140 23-Nov-2015 10:53
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PCH100: many thanks for your help as you know they don't make it easy for new users to get all the details of how fiber differs from ADSL


What else were you wanting to know? These forums are a great place to ask.

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  Reply # 1433144 23-Nov-2015 10:57
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PCH100: many thanks for your help as you know they don't make it easy for new users to get all the details of how fiber differs from ADSL

many regards PCH100


There's a ton of facts and info and videos on the Fibre site
http://www.spark.co.nz/shop/internet/fibre-facts/

Have you had a look?

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  Reply # 1433171 23-Nov-2015 11:24
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Just to add to what others have said: I had the Huawei HG630b on a Spark VDSL connection and wasn't happy either - had a lot of trouble with wifi frequently dropping out and the device losing some of its settings when restarting. Spark eventually replaced it with a HG659b and I've been very happy with it - much better wireless coverage in the house and it seems very stable. Having the 5GHz band is useful too.

If you're going to receive a 659b with the install I'd suggest at least trying it for a month or so before spending any more money on something else.

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  Reply # 1433376 23-Nov-2015 16:07
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I asked a similar question when I had 200 installed.

My HG659b has been great, able to setup unotelly and block chromecast accessing google's dns.

Have been thinking about using a low-end commercial access point with the hg659b after reading something about even low end commercial equipment being better than high end customer stuff? Anyone have any recommendations? would need to be 2nd hand gear.

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  Reply # 1434300 25-Nov-2015 07:43
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Spark supply only 2 modems these days for all Retail customers:

ADSL, VDSL, UFB 30 & UFB 100: HG630
UFB 200, UFB 1000 Gigatown: HG659

I highly recommend people upgrade to the latest firmware off the Spark site for both of them as the 630 had a number of issues that were fixed with the latest firmware.
Of all the freebee ISP supplied modems I thin the 659 is one of the best.





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  Reply # 1434369 25-Nov-2015 09:38
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@BarTender

might want to update your site then as it says differently on this page
http://www.spark.co.nz/shop/internet/

to what it says on this page which i believe is showing the correct info
https://www.spark.co.nz/shop/internet/plans-and-pricing/

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  Reply # 1434507 25-Nov-2015 12:32
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They sent me the hg695b and I'm only signing up to the 30/10 fibre plan.

The enable guy said it won't hurt to use on adsl until the fibre is installed. Finding it vastly superior from my old modem TG582n.

Wifi signals are stronger, loving the 5G wifi.

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  Reply # 1434565 25-Nov-2015 13:40
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sbiddle:
PCH100: Just wanted to know what choses I have I really don't like the HG603b Gateway


Without specifying your requirements your question can't really be answered. There are a myriad of routers out there ranging from probably $60 right up to $600, so without knowing what you require in a router, it's not possible to recommend one.

The HG659 that you will receive is vastly superior to the HG630b that you already have. I personally wouldn't replace it because it is a very good device.

If you do want to buy a router you simply need an Ethernet router that supports 802.1p VLAN tagging on the WAN port. There are a large number of such devices on the market.









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  Reply # 1434608 25-Nov-2015 15:01
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Our HG659 has been disappointing (Fibre 200 connection) loses internet connection frequently frequently (WiFi and hardwired). This is resolved by rebooting it, but obviously this is a PITA.

I've also noticed it takes much longer for WiFi devices to authenticate with the HG659 than it did with our previous WNDR3700 router (same authentication settings).


sbiddle:

The HG659 that you will receive is vastly superior to the HG630b that you already have. I personally wouldn't replace it because it is a very good device.





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  Reply # 1434620 25-Nov-2015 15:42
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rugrat: They sent me the hg695b and I'm only signing up to the 30/10 fibre plan.

The enable guy said it won't hurt to use on adsl until the fibre is installed. Finding it vastly superior from my old modem TG582n.

Wifi signals are stronger, loving the 5G wifi.

Spark sent me the 695b and I'm only on VDSL!   OK, it was a last chance attempt to fix the numerous problems I'd been having with the 630, and they did end up asking me to pay for half of it when I said I wanted to keep it, but I'm not complaining - it's been great.

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